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Spiridonova, Vernyayev Win Gander Memorial
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Daria Spiridonova (Russia) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) won the 31st Arthur Gander Memorial, held Wednesday in Chiasso, Switzerland.

Daria Spiridonova (Russia) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) won the 31st Arthur Gander Memorial, held Wednesday in Chiasso, Switzerland.

The Gander Memorial – which alternates each year between Chiasso and Morges – features female gymnasts competing three events of their choice and male gymnasts competing four events. The top six gymnasts after qualification (two events for women and three events for men) advanced to their final event, with all scores counting toward the final.

Spiridonova, who picked up bronze medals (team and uneven bars) at the world championships earlier this month in Nanning, edged Romanian star Larisa Iordache, 43.200-43.000.

Spiridonova competed vault for the first event, scoring only 13.300 for 10th place, but moved up to first place after her 15.000 on uneven bars. She repeated uneven bars in the final, scoring 14.900 to clinch victory.

Iordache, the all-around and floor exercise silver medalist in Nanning, competed vault, uneven bars and floor exercise to place ahead of German veteran Elisabeth Seitz.

In the men's competition, Vernyayev crushed the competition with an easy victory. He topped German star Fabian Hambüchen by more than 2 full points, 62.250-62.000. Russia's Nikita Ignatyev won the bronze medal with 59.250.

Vernyayev, who captured the world title on parallel bars in Nanning, impressed on that event in Chiasso with 16.250.

The organizers also awarded special trophies for the top scores on two events: women's floor exercise (Iordache) and parallel bars (Vernyayev).

Many of the gymnasts in the field will travel to Zurich for Sunday's Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs competition.

External Link: Official Website

31st Arthur Gander Memorial
Oct. 29, 2014, Chiasso, Switzerland

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXFINALTotal
1.Daria Spiridonova5.013.300 6.4 15.000 6.2 14.90043.200
2.Larisa Iordache 5.8 14.500 5.7 13.500 5.8 15.00043.000
3.Elisabeth Seitz 5.0 13.900 6.2 14.300 6.3 14.35042.550
4.Giulia Steingruber 5.0 14.400 6.1 13.350 5.0 14.50042.250
5.Youna Dufournet 5.0 13.750 6.1 14.450 6.0 13.30041.500
6.Ilaria Käslin 5.0 13.600 5.4 13.500 5.5 13.85040.950
7.Daniele Hypolito 5.0 13.900 5.1 13.05026.950
8.Carlotta Ferlito 5.0 13.800 5.4 13.10026.900
9.Angelina Kysla 5.0 13.950 5.2 12.75026.700
10.Mai Murakami 5.0 13.850 4.210.80024.650
11.Caterina Barloggio 4.9 12.850 5.0 11.75024.600

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBFinalTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.515.4006.015.1506.916.2506.715.45062.250
2.Fabian Hambüchen5.714.6505.914.8506.715.3006.715.40060.200
3.Nikita Ignatyev6.414.9005.614.9006.514.3006.415.15059.250
4.Marius Berbecar5.413.2005.615.1006.515.2006.214.65058.150
5.Arthur Mariano6.113.7505.614.500 6.514.1005.614.90057.250
6.Claudio Capelli5.914.0505.214.3005.714.050 5.914.00056.400
7.Kenzo Shirai6.014.2505.614.6005.913.250 42.100
8.Axel Augis5.90013.9006.013.9006.613.55041.350
9.Ludovico Edalli5.513.1505.213.3506.113.10039.600

Women's City of Chiasso Trophy - Floor ExerciseScore
1.Larisa Iordache13.500
2.Daniele Hypolito13.050
3.Angelina Kysla12.750
4.Mai Murakami10.800

Men's City of Chiasso Trophy - Parallel BarsScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev16.250
2.Marius Berbecar15.200
3.Fabian Hambüchen14.850
4.Nikita Ignatyev14.300
5.Claudio Capelli14.050
6.Axel Augis13.900
7.Kenzo Shirai13.250
8.Ludovico Edallli13.100

International Gymnast magazine’s coverage of Arthur Gander Memorial competitors includes:
"No Turning Back" – Claudio Capelli profile (June 2011)
"Shooting Star" - Youna Dufournet profile (April 2009)
"Taming Fame" - Carlotta Ferlito interview (January/February 2014)
"Renaissance Man"- Fabian Hambüchen cover story (December 2013)
"A New Swiss Standout" - Ilaria Käslin profile (December 2013)
Larisa Iordache center poster (June 2013)
"Growing Pains" – Iordache cover story (March 2013)
"Seizing the Moment" – Elisabeth Seitz interview (July/August 2011)
"Twist of Fate" - Kenzo Shirai interview (January/February 2014)
"Full Force" - Giulia Steingruber interview (June 2013)
"A New Hit for the Swiss" – Steingruber profile (December 2009)
"Front and Centered' - Oleg Vernyayev interview (January/February 2014)

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