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World Challenge Cup Begins in São Paulo
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Gymnasts from three continents topped the qualification as the World Challenge Cup began Friday in São Paulo. Pictured: China's Shang Chunsong had the top score of the women's competition.

Gymnasts from three continents topped the qualification as the World Challenge Cup began Friday in São Paulo.

The 2016 Olympic host attracted gymnasts from 14 nations to the Geraldo José de Almeida Gym "Ibirapuera." After events in Cottbus, Doha and Ljubljana, the competition marks the halfway point of the 2015 FIG World Challenge Cup series; events to come are in Varna (May 7-10), Anadia (May 21-24) and Osijek (Sept. 17-20).

Brazilian gymnasts led qualification on three events. Olympic hero Arthur Zanetti qualified first on still rings as expected, scoring nearly a full point ahead of second-best Federico Molinari of Argentina, 16.050-15.250.

Chilean Olympian Tomás González led qualification on both floor exercise and vault. On floor, he had the highest Difficulty score at 6.8, and the best execution (9.000). Local favorite Diego Hypólito qualified second (6.5/15.200).

Pommel horse specialist Zhang Hongtao (China), the 2009 world champion, crushed the field, finishing 1.2 points ahead of his nearest rival, American Akash Modi, 15.800-14.600.

On parallel bars, German world team member Lukas Dauser scraped by Zhu Xiaodong (China) after a tiebreak, with both gymnasts scoring 15.650. Another Chinese newcomer, Ji Lianshen, qualified third.

With identical scores for Difficulty (6.5) and Execution (8.6), Ji tied Argentina's Nicolas Cordoba for first on high bar. U.S. Olympian John Orozco qualified third (14.800) and also qualified to the parallel bars final.

In the women's competition, Brazil's first-year seniors Rebeca Andrade (vault) and Flávia Saraiva (floor exercise) each led one event. China's Shang Chunsong (15.100) was untouchable on balance beam. Saraiva qualified second after falling on her roundoff, two-foot layout.

Germany's Elisabeth Seitz (14.800) and Sophie Scheder (14.600) qualified 1-2 on uneven bars.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of event finals.

External Link: Brazilian Gymnastics Confederation

2015 Brazil World Challenger Cup
May 1, São Paulo, Brazil

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Rebeca Andrade5.89.40015.20014.825
5.29.25014.450
2.Deng Yalan6.08.55014.55014.550
6.28.4500.114.550
3.Ana Lago5.09.10014.10014.000
4.89.10013.900
4.Letícia Lima Da Costa5.88.7000.114.40013.975
4.68.95013.550
5.Franchesca Santi5.88.80014.60013.950
4.88.6000.113.300
6.Hiu Ying Angel Wong5.28.90014.10013.850
5.08.60013.600
6.Ahtziri Sandoval5.58.2000.113.60013.850
5.38.80014.100
8.Ayelén Tarabini4.99.15014.05013.700
4.68.75013.350
9.Valērija Grišāne4.69.15013.75013.600
4.68.85013.450
10.Leah Griesser4.48.80013.20013.325
4.49.05013.450
11.Choi Nim Yan5.28.4000.113.50013.300
4.48.70013.100

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Elisabeth Seitz6.68.20014.800
2.Sophie Scheder6.48.20014.600
3.Shang Chunsong6.47.80014.200
4.Flávia Saraiva5.48.15013.550
5.Elsa García5.97.55013.450
6.Ahtziri Sandoval5.57.65013.150
7.Chen Siyi6.26.85013.050
8.Rebeca Andrade5.77.20012.900
9.Maria Stoffel5.17.70012.800
10.Simona Castro4.68.05012.650
11.Ailen Valente4.87.65012.450
12.Melany Cabrera4.47.55011.950
13.Yamilet Peña4.66.50011.100
13.Sabine Gosa4.17.00011.100

Balance Beam QualificationDENDScore
1.Shang Chunsong6.58.60015.100
2.Flávia Saraiva6.37.40013.700
3.Sophie Scheder5.57.90013.400
4.Ayelén Tarabini5.57.5000.112.900
5.Ana Lago5.87.0000.112.700
6.Paloma Guerrero5.27.15012.350
7.Chen Siyi5.76.60012.300
8.Hiu Ying Angel Wong4.87.40012.200
9.Melany Cabrera4.47.65012.050
10.Lorrane Oliveira5.46.60012.000
11.Simona Castro4.86.8000.111.500
12.Elisabeth Seitz5.06.30011.300
13.Yamilet Peña4.06.90010.900
14.Nim Yan Choi4.46.35010.750
15.Mariana Vásquez4.54.9509.450
16.Sabine Gosa4.12.9507.050

Women's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Flávia Saraiva5.78.20013.900
2.Lorrane Oliveira5.78.05013.750
3.Ayelén Tarabini5.38.40013.700
4.Leah Griesser5.18.25013.350
5.Valērija Grišāne5.07.9000.112.800
6.Elisabeth Seitz4.97.80012.700
7.Chen Siyi5.17.6000.112.600
8.Ailen Valente5.07.8500.312.550
9.Franchesca Santi4.87.60012.400
10.Elsa García5.67.0500.312.350
11.Simona Castro5.26.75011.950
12.Yamilet Peña5.16.8500.211.750
13.Shang Chunsong5.85.9000.311.400
14.Mariana Vásquez4.35.4509.750

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Tomás González6.89.00015.800
2.Diego Hypólito6.58.70015.200
3.Oskar Kirmes6.18.85014.950
4.Angel Assumpção6.58.40014.900
5.Mathias Fahrig6.88.05014.850
6.Akash Modi6.58.25014.750
7.Huang Xi6.67.7500.114.250
8.Heikki Saarenketo5.58.45013.950
9.Christian Decidet5.68.25013.850
10.Daniel Barrera5.97.75013.650
11.Andres Arean5.48.10013.500
12.Lukas Dauser5.87.50013.300
13.Mario Berrios5.87.40013.200
14.Mauro Martínez5.57.25012.750
15.Liu Kam Wah4.47.20011.600
16.Audrys Nin Reyes6.16.3500.911.550
17.Vitālijs Kardašovs4.96.35011.250

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Zhang Hongtao6.89.00015.800
2.Akash Modi6.18.50014.600
3.Dmitrijs Trefilovs6.18.45014.550
4.Xiao Ruoteng6.87.65014.450
5.Gustavo Simões5.98.45014.350
6.Petrix Barbosa5.98.35014.250
7.Andreas Toba6.08.15014.150
8.Leonardo Kusan5.78.30014.000
9.Oskar Kirmes5.58.35013.850
10.John Orozco6.57.30013.800
11.Lukas Dauser5.58.25013.750
12.Matija Baron6.07.35013.350
13.Nicolas Cordoba5.97.25013.150
14.Fransisco Barreto6.26.60012.800
15.Arian Muñoz4.68.05012.650
16.Andres Arean5.07.10012.100
17.Luis Silva5.66.40012.000
18.Joel Vergara4.76.80011.500

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.Arthur Zanetti6.89.25016.050
2.Federico Molinari6.78.55015.250
3.Henri Flores6.58.45014.950
4.Gustavo Simões6.08.90014.900
5.Andreas Toba6.18.30014.400
6.Oskar Kirmes5.38.65013.950
7.Tomi Tuuha5.38.50013.800
8.Christian Decidet5.57.90013.400
9.Joel Vergara5.67.60013.200
10.Mauro Martínez4.87.55012.350

Men's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Tomás González6.09.25015.25015.025
5.69.3000.114.800
2.Mathias Fahrig5.69.40015.00014.950
5.69.30014.900
3.Xi Huang6.09.10015.10014.925
5.69.15014.750
4.Angel Assumpção5.69.40015.00014.800
5.29.40014.600
5.Tomi Tuuha5.69.4000.114.90014.550
5.29.1000.114.200
6.Diego Hypólito5.29.15014.35014.375
5.49.00014.400
7.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.68.7000.114.20014.350
5.29.30014.500
8.Andreas Toba5.29.15014.35014.050
4.49.35013.750
9.Mauro Martínez4.88.90013.70013.875
5.28.85014.050
10.Daniel Barrera5.29.20014.40013.825
4.09.25013.250
11.Man Hin Jim5.67.8000.313.10013.675
5.29.05014.250
12.Audrys Nin Reyes6.08.0500.313.75013.525
5.67.70013.300
13.Heikki Saarenketo5.29.20014.40013.475
3.29.35012.550
14.Mario Berrios4.88.0000.112.70012.175
3.48.5500.311.650
15.Bastian Salazar3.67.8000.311.10012.050
5.27.9000.113.000
16.Nicolas Bracco3.88.90012.70011.925
3.87.6500.311.150

Parallel Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Lukas Dauser6.78.95015.650
2.Zhu Xiaodong6.98.75015.650
3.Ji Lianshen6.28.95015.150
4.John Orozco6.58.65015.150
5.Francisco Barreto6.38.80015.100
6.Akash Modi6.48.30014.700
7.Federico Molinari5.68.95014.550
8.Audrys Nin Reyes5.78.85014.550
9.Mathias Fahrig6.28.35014.550
10.Joel Vergara5.78.60014.300
11.Oskar Kirmes5.58.35013.850
12.Petrix Barbosa6.17.65013.750
13.Christian Decidet5.08.55013.550
14.Luis Silva5.28.30013.500
15.Osvaldo Erazun5.08.35013.350
16.Jim Man Hin5.27.50012.700
17.Daniel Barrera4.55.50010.000

High Bar QualificationDENDScore
1.Nicolas Cordoba6.58.60015.100
1.Ji Lianshen6.58.60015.100
3.John Orozco6.68.20014.800
4.Xiao Ruoteng6.68.10014.700
5.Andreas Toba6.68.00014.600
6.Audrys Nin Reyes6.28.20014.400
7.Oskar Kirmes5.68.55014.150
8.Dmitrijs Trefilovs5.58.20013.700
9.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.18.40013.500
10.Francisco Barreto6.76.80013.500
11.Petrix Barbosa6.16.95013.050
12.Man Hin Jim4.78.25012.950
13.Akash Modi5.87.15012.950
14.Daniel Barrera5.07.90012.900
15.Christian Decidet5.67.05012.650
16.Lukas Dauser5.47.20012.600
16.Joel Vergara5.47.20012.600
18.Osvaldo Erazun5.17.25012.350
19.Arian Muñoz4.57.40011.900
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