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Melnikova, Vernyayev Win Gander Memorial
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Russia's Angelina Melnikova and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev won the all-around title Wednesday at the 33rd Arthur Gander Memorial in Chiasso, Switzerland.

Russia's Angelina Melnikova and Ukraine's Oleg Vernyayev won the all-around title Wednesday evening at the 33rd Arthur Gander Memorial in Chiasso, Switzerland.

The Arthur Gander Memorial, which alternates each year between the cities of Chiasso and Morges, attracted 11 Olympians from this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro. The competition format allowed gymnasts to compete an abbreviated all-around, with the women doing any three events and the men any four. Only the top six gymnasts advanced to the final rotation.

Vernyayev, the all-around runner-up and parallel bars gold medalist in Rio, easily won his third consecutive title at the Gander Memorial despite a fall on pommel horse (14.450/6.9). He skipped floor exercise and high bar, and scored 14.850 on still rings, 15.350 on vault and a massive 16.150 (7.2D) on parallel bars. His score on parallel bars, where he won the gold medal in Rio, also brought him the City of Chiasso Trophy, awarded to the top scorer on that event.

The Netherlands' Bart Deurloo took second (57.700). One of only four gymnasts to do high bar, Deurloo had the top score with 14.550. Ukraine's Igor Radivilov finished third (57.050) with the best mark on still rings (15.400/6.8).

Five-time Romanian Olympian Marian Dragulescu finished fourth (56.200). He competed floor exercise but skipped his best event, vault. Swiss gymnasts Marco Rizzo (55.950) and Benjamin Gischard (55.600) rounded out the top six.

Melnikova also won the women's title comfortably despite a fall on beam (13.150). The Russian had the top scores on vault (14.900) and uneven bars (14.75) to score 42.800. Dutch star Eythora Thorsdottir won the silver (40.950) and the women's City of Chiasso Trophy for the high score on floor exercise.

Three-time Venezuelan Olympian Jessica López showed no signs of letting up after her historic performance in Rio, finishing third all-around (40.700), with the second-best scores on uneven bars and floor exercise. Switzerland's Caterina Barloggio (39.400), Germany's Carina Kröll (39.200) and Switzerland's Ilaria Käslin (39.200) rounded out the top six.

Much of the same field will travel to Zurich for Sunday's Swiss Cup, a mixed-pairs event featuring teams of one male and one female gymnast.

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33rd Arthur Gander Memorial
November 2, 2016, Chiasso, Switzerland

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Angelina Melnikova 5.8 14.900 6.3 14.750 5.8 13.150 42.800
2. Eythora Thorsdottir 4.0 12.750 5.7 14.200 5.8 14.000 40.950
3. Jessica López 6.1 14.350 5.4 12.650 5.2 13.700 40.700
4. Caterina Barloggio 5.2 12.550 5.3 13.800 5.0 13.050 39.400
5. Carina Kröll 4.8 13.400 5.1 12.250 5.4 13.550 39.200
6. Ilaria Käslin 5.0 13.450 5.4 12.850 5.4 12.900 39.200
7. Angelina Kysla 5.0 13.750 5.6 12.450 26.200
8. Victoria Kayen Woo 5.4 12.450 5.1 13.200 25.650
9. Thea Brogli 5.0 12.400 4.9 12.100 24.500

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Oleg Vernyayev 6.9 14.450 6.6 14.850 6.0 15.350 7.2 16.150 60.800
2. Bart Deurloo 6.2 14.100 6.2 14.100 5.6 14.950 6.4 14.550 57.700
3. Igor Radivilov 5.8 13.150 6.8 15.400 6.0 15.150 5.7 13.350 57.050
4. Marian Dragulescu 6.3 14.500 5.3 13.650 6.0 15.000 5.3 13.050 56.200
5. Marco Rizzo 5.9 14.850 5.7 13.250 6.0 14.650 5.6 13.200 55.950
6. Benjamin Gischard 6.1 14.300 5.5 11.900 5.8 14.350 5.6 15.050 55.600
7. Arthur Nory Mariano 6.4 14.150 5.2 14.450 6.3 13.900 42.500
8. René Cournoyer 5.8 14.250 5.6 14.150 5.7 14.050 42.450
9. Lukas Dauser 5.2 14.400 6.7 14.250 5.6 13.500 42.150
10. Nikita Ignatyev 6.1 13.500 5.6 13.550 6.2 14.550 41.600
11. Paolo Principi 5.8 13.900 6.6 13.850 5.2 13.250 41.000

City of Chiasso Trophy for Women: Floor Exercise
1. Eythora Thorsdottir 5.8 14.000
2. Jessica López 5.2 13.700
3. Carina Kröll 5.4 13.550
4. Victoria Kayen Woo 5.1 13.200
5. Caterina Barloggio 5.0 13.050
6. Ilaria Käslin 5.4 12.900
7. Angelina Kysla 5.6 12.450
8. Thea Brogli 4.9 12.100

City of Chiasso Trophy for Men: Parallel Bars
1. Oleg Vernyayev 7.2 16.150
2. Nikita Ignatyev 6.2 14.550
3. Lukas Dauser 6.7 14.250
4. René Cournoyer 5.7 14.050
5. Marian Dragulescu 5.3 13.050

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
"Heaven Sent" - Melnikova profile (June 2016)
"Dutch Master" - Thorsdottir interview (April 2016)
"Aging Beauty" - Lopez cover story (March 2015)
"Front and Centered" - Vernyayev profile (January/February 2014)
"Golden Quest" - Dragulescu interview (January/February 2016)

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