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Kysla, Vernyayev Repeat as Swiss Cup Champs
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Ukrainian Olympians Angelina Kysla and Oleg Vernyayev captured the Swiss Cup on Sunday in Zurich, becoming the first pair to win back-to-back titles at the long-running event.

Ukrainian Olympians Angelina Kysla and Oleg Vernyayev captured the Swiss Cup on Sunday in Zurich, becoming the first pair to win back-to-back titles at the long-running event.

The Swiss Cup pairs a female and male gymnast, each competing one event per round. Six teams advance to the semifinal and three teams advance to the final. The gymnasts cannot compete the same event through the first three rounds of competition, but can compete any event in the three-team final. (Gymnasts who choose to compete on vault must show two different vaults for an average of the two scores.)

Third after the first round, the Ukrainian duo saved their best for last, putting up the top total of the day in the finale (29.575). Kysla averaged 13.775 on vault and Olympic champion Vernyayev earned 15.800 on parallel bars.

Germany's Kim Bui and Marcel Nguyen grabbed the early lead in the first round, but ultimately finished second (28.925) in the finale, where Bui earned 13.875 on vault and Nguyen 15.050 on still rings.

Russians Angelina Melnikova and Nikita Ignatyev qualified second to the finale, but wound up third (27.800) after Melnikova fell off uneven bars on her Jaeger (12.900).

Kysla, who recently married fellow Olympian Igor Radivilov, and Vernyayev will split the $30,000 prize money for finishing first. The runners-up take home $15,000 and the third-place team $10,000.

The Swiss pair of Ilaria Käslin and Pablo Brägger finished fourth, missing the cutoff for the finale. The mixed-pair of Jessica López (Venezuela) and Arthur Nory Mariano (Brazil) finished fifth over a second Swiss team of Caterina Barloggio and Eddy Yusof.

A second German team of Leah Griesser and Lukas Dauser finished seventh ahead of France's Anne Kuhm and Julien Gobaux. Dutch pair Eythora Thorsdottir and Bart Deurloo and Canada's Victoria-Kayen Woo and René Cournoyer rounded out the lineup.

The only other double winners of the Swiss Cup are Germans Elisabeth Seitz and Fabian Hambüchen, who won in 2010 and 2012.

External Link: Official website

34th Swiss Cup
Nov. 6, 2016, Zurich

TeamRound 1Round 2SemifinalFinale
1. Ukraine 28.700 58.050 86.050 29.575
Angelina Kysla 5.6 13.800 13.650 5.8 13.000 13.775
Oleg Vernyayev 6.9 14.900 7.0 15.700 6.5 15.000 7.1 15.800
2. Germany 1 29.050 57.950 85.550 28.925
Kim Bui 5.7 14.150 13.950 5.2 13.550 13.875
Marcel Nguyen 6.4 14.900 6.1 14.950 5.9 14.050 6.4 15.050
3. Russia 28.800 56.750 85.750 27.800
Angelina Melnikova 6.1 14.000 6.2 13.600 5.8 14.300 5.4 12.900
Nikita Ignatyev 6.2 14.800 5.9 14.350 6.2 14.700 6.4 14.900
4. Switzerland 1 28.500 57.400 84.650
Ilaria Käslin 5.4 13.400 5.3 13.700 5.3 13.450
Pablo Brägger 6.5 15.100 6.9 15.200 6.5 13.800
5. Venezuela/Brazil 28.875 56.375 84.575
Jessica López 6.1 14.250 5.1 13.450 5.4 13.900
Arthur Nory Mariano 14.625 5.9 14.050 6.3 14.300
6. Switzerland 2 26.900 55.000 82.350
Caterina Barloggio 5.2 12.350 5.1 13.350 5.0 12.950
Eddy Yusof 6.1 14.550 6.0 14.750 6.3 14.400
7. Germany 2 27.700 54.700
Leah Griesser 5.4 12.350 4.9 13.200
Lukas Dauser 6.7 15.350 5.7 13.800
8. France 26.300 54.050
Anne Kuhm 5.2 12.350 5.1 13.300
Julien Gobaux 5.8 13.950 5.9 14.450
9. Netherlands 27.900 53.950
Eythora Thorsdottir 5.8 13.300 5.2 12.550
Bart Deurloo 6.4 14.600 5.9 13.500
10. Canada 27.500 53.950
Victoria-Kayen Woo 5.5 13.700 4.5 12.350
René Cournoyer 5.8 13.800 5.6 14.100

Swiss Cup Champions, 1982-2015

2015 Angelina Kysla Oleg Vernyayev
2014 Daria Spiridonova Nikita Ignatyev
2013 Larisa Iordache Andrei V. Muntean
2012 Elisabeth Seitz Fabian Hambüchen
2011 Giulia Steingruber Claudio Capelli
2010 Elisabeth Seitz Fabian Hambüchen
2009 Kim Bui Matthias Fahrig
2008 He Ning Lu Bo
2007 Steliana Nistor Flavius Koczi
2006 Oksana Chusovitina Jordan Jovtchev
2005 Han Bing Teng Haibin
2004 Catalina Ponor Marius Urzica
2003 Oana Ban Marian Dragulescu
2002 Monica Rosu Philippe Rizzo
2001 Silvia Stroescu Marian Dragulescu
2000 Yelena Zamolodchikova Alexei Bondarenko
1994-1999 Individual event competition
1993 Yelena Piskun Vitaly Scherbo
1992 Svetlana Boginskaya Vitaly Scherbo
1991 Shannon Miller Scott Keswick
1990 Natalia Laschenova Valery Belenky
1989 Kim Zmeskal Lance Ringnald
1988 Gabriela Potorac Marius Toba
1987 Daniela Silivas Nicusor Pascu
1986 Ecaterina Szabo Marian Rizan
1985 Yang Yanli Li Ning
1984 Simona Pauca Daniel Wunderlin
1983 Not Held
1982 Natalia Soloveya Dmitry Bilozerchev

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

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