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Ferrari, Uchimura Top Tokyo World Cup
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World champions Vanessa Ferrari (Italy) and Kohei Uchimura (Japan) scored victories at the Tokyo World Cup, held Saturday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

In a tight women's competition, Ferrari edged Spain's Roxana Popa, 56.799-56.565, followed by American Maggie Nichols in third with 56.432.

Ferrari held a slight lead over the Romanian-born Popa, 42.266-42.232, going into the final rotation. The powerful Popa tumbled a double layout and two whips to full-in for 14.333. Ferrari, the 2006 world all-around champion, impressed even more on floor exercise by tumbling a double-double and a new double layout second pass. She finished with a tucked full-in and double pike for 14.533 to win the overall title.

Canada's Victoria Moors finished fourth (56.232) after falls on uneven bars and balance beam but earned the highest score on floor exercise (14.633), although she landing her layout double-double completely out of bounds. Defending champion Asuka Teramoto finished fifth (55.732). Japan's Yu Minobe and Kim Bui rounded out the women's field.

The men's competition saw Uchimura untouchable once again in his 2014 debut. Uchimura, undefeated since finishing second at the 2008 Olympic Games, was invincible in Tokyo. He scored 92.898 to claim victory over German veteran Fabian Hambüchen (90.231) and Japan's Ryohei Kato (89.397).

Uchimura, who owns four world all-around titles and the 2012 Olympic all-around gold medal, earned the highest score on every event except parallel bars. He capped off his competition with an upgraded high bar, stick a triple-twisting double layout dismount.

Hambüchen performed cleanly on his nemesis, pommel horse, and hit the rest of his sets. The two-time Olympic high bar medalist was second to Uchimura on his best event by just .034.

Kato, who finished all-around between Uchimura and Hambüchen at last fall's world championships, was solidly in second going into the final event. But the 2012 Olympian fell on his Cassina (layout Kovacs) on high bar and settled for third place.

Brazil's Sergio Sasaki finished fourth over British Olympian Dan Purvis, who tied Hambüchen for the won the overall World Cup series title. The Tokyo World Cup was the final of four all-around World Cups in over the past six months, following events in Stuttgart and Glasgow in December and the American Cup in March.

Though absent from Tokyo, American Elizabeth Price won the overall series title for the women.

External Link: Japan Gymnastic Association

2014 Tokyo FIG World Cup
April 5, Tokyo

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Vanessa Ferrari14.16613.70014.40014.53356.799
2.Roxana Popa15.00014.36612.86614.33356.565
3.Maggie Nichols15.10013.06613.96614.30056.432
4.Victoria Moors14.93312.80013.86614.63356.232
5.Asuka Teramoto14.36613.33314.36613.66655.731
6.Yu Minobe13.43313.83314.16613.46654.898
7.Kim Bui12.36614.03312.93313.70053.032

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Kohei Uchimura15.60015.36615.26615.36615.40015.90092.898
2.Fabian Hambüchen15.53313.96615.00014.56615.30015.86690.231
3.Ryohei Kato15.53314.96614.96614.73315.53313.66689.397
4.Sergio Sasaki15.16614.43314.76615.06614.73313.63387.797
5.Dan Purvis14.56614.86615.00013.43315.13314.40087.398
6.Fabian Gonzalez14.56613.76613.90015.03314.26615.13386.664
7.Sam Oldham14.90014.40014.56612.96615.20014.53386.565
8.Zhou Shixiong13.13314.40014.26614.56615.43313.23385.031

International Gymnast magazine’s recent coverage of Tokyo World Cup competitors includes:
Kim Bui interview (April 2013)
"Vintage Ferrari" - Vanessa Ferrari interview (December 2013)
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"Sudden Impact" - Victoria Moors interview (January/February 2013)
Roxana Popa two-page center poster (January/February 2014)
"Nervous Purvis" – Daniel Purvis profile (November 2012)
"Pure Purvis" – interview (March 2012)
Daniel Purvis cover photo (November 2011)
"Full Force" - Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
Kohei Uchimura cover photo, 2013 World Championships special issue
(November 2013)
"10 Questions with Kohei Uchimura" – interview (April 2012)
Kohei Uchimura cover photo and center poster, 2011 World Championships
special issue (December 2011)
"Virtuoso!" - Kohei Uchimura profile (April 2010)

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