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Qualification Begins at Osijek World Cup
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The FIG World Cup series resumed Thursday in Croatia with the first day of qualification at the Osijek World Challenge Cup.

The competition is the eighth World Cup event since February, and one of 13 planned for 2016. The series had a two-week break to accommodate the recent Olympic test event in Rio de Janeiro.


Natalia Kapitanova (Russia) qualified first on uneven bars.

The competition in Osijek attracted more than 100 gymnast from 25 nations, including Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Russia Ukraine and the United States. World all-around silver medalist Manrique Larduet (Cuba) headlined the field along with Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev. Vernyayev, straight from his dominating performance in Rio, entered the lineup for all six events in Osijek. 2008 Olympic pommel horse silver medalist Filip Ude, who just qualified for his third Olympic Games, was the star gymnast for the host nation.

Gymnasts from five nations led the event qualification, which is divided over two days. In the women's competition, Great Britain's Ellie Downie qualified first on vault (double-twisting Yurchenko, layout Podkopayeva) over Slovenia's Tjašsa Kysselef (handspring tucked front full and Yurchenko full) and Canada's Rose-Kayen Woo.

Russians Natalia Kapitonova (15.000/6.5) and Seda Tutkhalyan (14.700/6.0) qualified 1-2 on uneven bars. Both Kapitonova, a first-year senior, and second-year senior Tutkhalyan are on the bubble to make the upcoming European championships team. Tutkhalyan, who has earned a reputation for high difficulty and extreme inconsistency, will get another chance to prove herself in the beam competition on Friday. Britain's Ruby Harrold qualified third over Woo and Downie. Israel's Tzuf Feldon qualified in sixth.

In the men's competition, Americans Steven Legendre (15.200/6.8) and Paul Ruggeri (15.150/6.7) went 1-2 on men's floor exercise, with German veteran Matthias Fahrig qualifying third (15.000/6.7). 2014 world champion Denis Ablyazin (Russia) attempted the most difficult routine but fell, still qualifying in fourth thanks to his 7.2 difficulty score.

Slovenian specialist Sašo Bertoncelj qualified first on pommel horse (15.000/6.1). So far in this year's World Cup series, Bertoncelj has already won a silver medal in Ljubljana and bronze medals in Doha and Cottbus, but has strong competition for gold in Croatians Robert Seligman (14.950/6.1) and Ude (14.900/6.0). Vernyayev, who fell on both floor and rings, also fell on pommel horse but managed to sneak into the finals in seventh place (14.400/6.6).

Turkey's İbrahim Çolak was the top qualifier on still rings (15.750/6.7), leading Abylazin (15.600/6.8) and former European champion Igor Radivilov of Ukraine (15.250/6.9).

Qualification competition concludes Friday in Osijek with the remaining events. Finals will take place Saturday and Sunday.

External Link: Official Website

2016 FIG World Challenger Cup
April 28, Osijek, Croatia

Women's Vault QualificationDENDScoreAverage
1.Ellie Downie5.88.9500.314.45014.600
5.69.15014.750
2.Tjašsa Kysselef5.39.05014.35014.125
5.08.90013.900
3.Rose-Kayen Woo5.09.15014.15014.000
4.69.25013.850
4.Kirsten Beckett4.79.00013.70013.750
4.69.20013.800
5.Dora Székely5.08.70013.70013.475
4.68.65013.250
6.Jelena Stamenković4.68.55013.15013.350
4.68.95013.550
7.Hélody Cyrenne5.08.0000.112.90013.275
4.69.05013.650
8.Sofie Braaten5.08.25013.25013.100
4.68.35012.950
9.Ema Kajić5.08.9001.012.90012.900
4.48.50012.900
10.Anna Geidt4.88.45013.25012.825
4.08.40012.400
11.Paula Mejías0.00.0000.0007.350
5.79.00014.700
12.Sofie Skattun4.28.50012.7006.350
0.00.0000.000

Uneven Bars QualificationDENDScore
1.Natalia Kapitonova6.58.50015.000
2.Seda Tutkhalyan6.08.70014.700
3.Ruby Harrold6.57.90014.400
4.Rose-Kayen Woo5.58.50014.000
5.Ellie Downie5.68.40014.000
6.Tzuf Feldon5.28.05013.250
7.Dorina Böczögő5.28.05013.250
8.Carolyne Pedro5.27.60012.800
9.Sherine Elzeiny4.87.55012.350
10.Anna Geidt4.77.50012.200
11.Milena Theodoro5.66.45012.050
12.Kateryna Shumeiko5.16.80011.900
13.Ivana Kamnikar5.06.55011.550
14.Iryna Romanchuk5.65.95011.550
15.Hélody Cyrenne5.65.50011.100
16.Rahaf Armia Zakaria4.96.00010.900
17.Sofie Braaten4.06.85010.850
18.Dora Székely4.75.70010.400
19.Sofie Skattun4.63.8508.450

Men's Floor Exercise QualificationDENDScore
1.Steven Legendre6.88.40015.200
2.Paul Ruggeri6.78.45015.150
3.Matthias Fahrig6.78.30015.000
4.Denis Ablyazin7.27.8000.214.800
5.Tomislav Marković6.28.55014.750
6.Alexander Shatilov6.78.4500.414.750
7.Rok Klavora6.48.35014.750
8.Ahmet Onder6.38.40014.700
9.Nikita Nagornyy6.58.15014.650
10.Andrej Korosteljev6.38.6000.314.600
11.Botond Kardos5.98.65014.550
12.Tomi Tuuha5.59.00014.500
13.Žiga Šilc6.08.6000.114.500
14.Benjamin Gischard6.68.2000.314.500
15.Eddy Yusof6.38.05014.350
16.Heikki Saarenketo6.47.95014.350
17.Slavomir Michnak5.38.80014.100
18.Dominick Cunningham6.37.70014.000
19.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.97.80013.700
20.Ádám Babos5.48.25013.650
21.Oleg Vernyayev6.77.3000.413.600
22.Dušan Đorđević5.58.05013.550
23.Pietro Giachino5.48.05013.450
24.Bram Verhofstad6.56.70013.200
25.Artem Dolgopyat6.36.9500.113.150
26.Danil Baturin6.66.55013.150
27.Igor Radivilov6.07.3000.912.400
28.Mohamed Sherif Elsaharty5.16.80011.900
29.Bojan Dejanović5.46.20011.600
30.Rick Jacobs4.83.9508.750

Pommel Horse QualificationDENDScore
1.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.90015.000
2.Robert Seligman6.18.85014.950
3.Filip Ude6.08.90014.900
4.Slavomir Michnak6.38.50014.800
5.Oliver Hegi6.38.30014.600
6.Maxime Gentges6.18.35014.450
7.Oleg Vernyayev6.67.80014.400
8.Jay Thompson5.88.20014.000
9.Manrique Larduet6.07.95013.950
10.Petrix Barbosa5.98.00013.900
11.Benjamin Gischard5.87.55013.350
12.Dávid Vecsernyés5.37.95013.250
13.Emin Garibov5.77.50013.200
14.Luka Kisek4.78.45013.150
15.Petar Veličković4.88.30013.100
16.Dmitrijs Trefilovs6.17.00013.100
17.Pericles Silva6.46.70013.100
18.Mohamed Sherif Elsaharty5.27.85013.050
19.Artem Dolgopyat5.67.30012.900
20.Botond Kardos5.47.45012.850
21.Justen Zuidema5.07.55012.550
22.Sean Melton5.17.40012.500
23.Steven Legendre5.37.05012.350
24.Nurtas Kozhakov5.76.40012.100
25.Eyal Glazer5.56.35011.850
26.Markku Vahtila4.96.75011.650
27.Pietro Giachino5.46.25011.650
28.Maksym Semiankiv5.35.90011.200
29.Matthias Fahrig5.05.75010.750
30.Bojan Dejanović4.75.40010.100

Still Rings QualificationDENDScore
1.İbrahim Çolak6.79.05015.750
2.Denis Ablyazin6.88.80015.600
3.Igor Radivilov6.98.35015.250
4.Sean Melton6.38.85015.150
5.Manrique Larduet6.78.45015.150
6.Nikita Nagornyy6.58.30014.800
6.Ali Zahran6.58.30014.800
8.Steven Legendre6.18.40014.500
9.Markku Vahtila6.18.20014.300
10.Tomi Tuuha5.38.85014.150
11.Maxime Gentges5.58.65014.150
12.Benjamin Gischard6.18.00014.100
13.Rick Jacobs5.18.80013.900
14.Jay Thompson5.48.50013.900
15.Eddy Yusof6.17.45013.550
16.Ádám Babos5.48.10013.500
17.Pericles Silva5.58.00013.500
18.Azizbek Kudratullayev6.36.95013.250
19.Eyal Glazer5.08.05013.050
20.Oleg Vernyayev5.37.75013.050
21.Moran Yanuka4.98.10013.000
22.Ivan Vargovský5.57.45012.950
23.Miloš Paunović5.57.35012.850
24.Pietro Giachino5.17.70012.800
25.Dominick Cunningham5.17.65012.750
26.Norbert Dudás6.16.60012.700
27.Petrix Barbosa5.36.80012.100
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