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Dutch Gymnasts Win Double Golds in Ljubljana
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The Dutch men won two of three finals Saturday as the 2014 Ljubljana World Challenge Cup continued Saturday in the Slovenian capital. Pictured: Anna Pavlova won uneven bars in her first competition for Azerbaijan.

The Dutch men won two of three finals Saturday as the 2014 Ljubljana World Challenge Cup continued Saturday in the Slovenian capital.

Dutch gymnast' Casimir Schmidt won floor exercise with an all-twisting routine (whip, 1 1/2 to double-twisting front; front full to Randi; half-in, half-out; tucked Thomas; 2 1/2, barani; stuck triple twist.) Croatia's Tomislav Markovič was second over European champion Alexander Shatilov (Israel).

Former world champion Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands) was the top gymnast on still rings (15.325). Great Britain's Courtney Tulloch (15.250) took second over French veteran Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues (15.125).

Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev won pommel horse (15.200) over 2008 Olympic silver medalist Filip Ude of Croatia (15.025) and Belarusian Vasily Mikhalitsyn (14.700). Vernyayev competed all six events in Friday's qualification, advancing to the final on all events except floor exercise.

Top qualifier Teja Belak won vault (handspring tucked front full and Yurchenko 1 1/2), while two-time Russian Olympian Anna Pavlova took the title on uneven bars in her first competition for Azerbaijan. Pavlova, who competed uneven bars and balance beam only to protect her problematic knees, swung a simple but clean routine to win (beautiful Jaeger and Pak salto; double pike dismount).

Competition concludes Sunday with the remaining apparatus finals.

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2014 Ljubljana World Challenger Cup
April 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Teja Belak5.38.70014.05014.112
5.38.92514.225
2.Ana Đerek5.28.67513.82513.800
4.88.97513.775
3.Ayelen Tarabini5.08.55013.55013.537
4.98.62513.525
4.Marina Nekrasova5.08.55013.55013.412
4.68.67513.275
5.Ema Kajic5.08.75013.75013.387
4.88.3250.113.025
6.Tjaša Kysselef4.68.60013.20013.325
4.88.65013.450
7.Anastasia Yekimenko4.68.6250.113.12512.875
4.28.5250.112.625
8.Valerija Grisane5.27.50012.7006.350
0.00.000

Uneven Bars Final DENDScore
1.Anna Pavlova4.58.32512.825
2.Ansastasia Yekimenko4.67.82512.425
3.Stefanie Siegenthaler5.07.05012.050
4.Camila Klesa4.77.02511.725
5.Tünde Csillag4.57.15011.650
6.Barbora Mokosova4.56.62511.225
7.Hanna Grosch4.96.17511.075
8.Teja Belak4.46.20010.600

Men's Floor Exercise Final DENDScore
1.Casimir Schmidt6.58.72515.225
2.Tomislav Markovič6.38.82515.125
3.Alexander Shatilov6.28.72514.925
4.Filip Ude6.08.90014.900
5.Rok Klavora6.08.30014.300
6.Kieran Behan6.47.70014.100
7.Andrew Smith5.58.6500.114.050
8.Stepan Gorbachev5.38.0500.113.250

Pommel Horse Final DENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.68.60015.200
2.Filip Ude6.28.82515.025
3.Vasily Mikhalitsyn6.58.20014.700
4.Robert Seligman6.37.85014.150
5.Michel Bletterman5.68.47514.075
5.Dmitrij Strefilovs6.08.07514.075
7.Sašo Bertoncelj6.17.82513.925
8.Alexander Tsarevich4.37.07511.375

Still Rings Final DENDScore
1.Yuri van Gelder6.78.62515.325
2.Courtney Tulloch6.48.85015.250
3.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues6.68.52515.125
4.Samir Aït Saïd6.68.47515.075
5.Theo Seager6.48.52514.925
6.Pavel Bulavsky6.28.37514.575
7.Markku Vahtila6.67.60014.200
8.Oleg Vernyayev6.67.45014.050

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Ljubljana Challenger Cup finalists includes:
"Beyond Brave" - Kieran Behan profile (August/September 2011)
"Still a Stunner" - Anna Pavlova profile (December 2012)
Samir Aït Saïd interview (June 2010)
"Aiming High" - Alexander Shatilov profile (January/February 2009)
"Fearless Finn" - Tomi Tuuha interview (December 2012)
"Great Expectations" - Filip Ude profile (June 2011)
"Power Trip" - Yuri van Gelder profile (January/February 2009)
van Gelder two-page center poster (June 2008)
"Front and Centered" - Oleg Vernyayev profile (January/February 2014)

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