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Alt, Vernyayev Repeat at London World Cup
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Stuttgart champions Tabea Alt (Germany) and Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) repeated their victories Saturday at the iPro World Cup in London, the third and final FIG all-around World Cup of 2017.

Alt and Vernyayev also sealed up the overall World Cup series titles for their countries, with Germany amassing the most points for the women and Ukraine for the men. (Instead of an individual winner, the FIG awarded the overall series to he national federations.) Vernyayev and Kim Bui both took second at the American Cup in March, the first of the series.

Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine), iPro World Cup champion

The competition, sponsored by iPro, brought the bright pink decor back to London's O2 arena, site of the 2012 Olympic Games. The competition took place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Alt scored 54.598 to top first-year American senior Victoria Nguyen (53.832) and Great Britain's Amy Tinkler (53.433) in a generally low-scoring contest. The top three gymnasts all vaulted double-twisting Yurchenkos in the first rotation, with Tinkler taking the lead with the highest score of the day for her stuck vault (14.600).

Alt once again stunned herself by winning. She started off with a strong vault, sticking the landing (although it was slightly incomplete on the rotation). She then had the top score on uneven bars, where she showed beautiful mechanics (toe-on full to Maloney to Pak; Van Leeuwen; Stalder-blind to piked Jaeger; double layout). She won despite a fall on her balance beam dismount (RO two-foot layout mount; aerial, layout, layout; switch leap, side somi; fall on double pike). She took the highest score on floor exercise for a fairly clean routine that showed tremendous attention to detail (tucked full-in; front to double tuck; double pike).

"I'm speechless," Alt said. "That I am here now with FIG trophy in my hand and the medal around my neck is incomprehensible."

Nguyen, competing in her second international competition following last weekend's Jesolo Trophy, managed four routines without a fall but racked up too many deductions to win (in particular, noticeable bent legs on many skills). After a good vault, she hit a strong set on uneven bars (inside-Stalder-full to Komova II to Gienger between the bars; inside Stalder blind to elgrip layout Jaeger; Pak; double layout, stuck). She was hesitant on balance beam with two large wobbles (ff layout, layout; side aerial, back tuck; switch leap, Onodi, sheep; front tuck; ff ff 2 1/2) and bounced forward on her first pass on floor exercise (tucked full-in; triple twist; double-twisting front; double tuck), performed to very dramatic music.

Tinkler, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist on floor exercise, excelled on the power events and thrilled the British crowd. She had the second-highest score on floor exercise, where she tumbled a full-twisting double layout; double layout; front full and double pike (13.233). However, her routine on uneven bars was very sloppy (lots of bent feet) and she was generously scored at 8.2 Execution. She grabbed the beam on her standing layout, layout combination and dismounted with only a double twist (12.000).

Spain's Ana Pérez, a late addition to the lineup, placed fourth. She tied Alt for the high score on uneven bars with a jammed-packed set (elgrip to piked Jaeger; toe-on piked Tkatchev; toe-on Tkatchev; Pak; Maloney to Gienger; full-twisting double layout).

Olympian Angelina Melnikova, Russia's top hope for the European championships, again failed to hit, finishing a frustrating fifth after missing three of four routines. With just 10 days to go before the European championships, Melnikova still seems to lack confidence in her performances. On uneven bars, she made the same mistake near the end as she did in Jesolo, missing a simple toe-on pirouette (Inside-Stalder full; Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside-Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; missed a toe-blind; nearly fell on her full-twisting double). On balance beam she dropped off on her on two-foot layout and then fell on piked full-in on floor exercise. Third at the Stuttgart World Cup, she tallied on 52.599 for fifth in London.

Switzerland's Ilaria Käslin (50.699), the Netherlands' Tisha Volleman (50.465) and China's Liu Jinru (47.665) rounded out the field. Liu had a particularly disastrous competition, falling on three events. She crashed her layout Rudi on vault, then flew off uneven bars after a Maloney (doing a front flip onto the mat), then fell off beam on her roundoff, two-foot layout. Liu at least ended well with a hit floor routine (triple twist; tucked full-in; 2 1/2 twist, punch front; double tuck) but was hammered for execution (12.633/5.0).

Vernyayev once again took the title with ease, winning despite some mistakes. He hit six routines, but was hammered for his execution on pommel horse (just 7.600 for a 12.9000). Notably, he won by more than a point in London with 83.864, but he was well below the scoring at this weekend's Japanese championships, where two-time Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won with a massive 86.350. Vernyayev will likely be untouchable at the European championships, but the Olympic runner-up will need to strengthen all his routines if he hopes to win this fall's world championships.

American Donnell Whittenburg won the silver medal (82.665), with the highest score on floor exercise (14.133). Germany's Lukas Dauser, who competed in all three World Cup meets like Vernyayev, won the bronze (81.698). He outscored Vernyayev on parallel bars with an excellent routine (14.933/6.3D)

British Olympians Sam Oldham (81.064) and Brinn Bevan (80.465) folllowed in the standings, placing fourth and fifth respectively. Bevan fell on floor exercise and on his Tsukahara double pike vault. Switzerland's Eddy Yusof (80.431), China's Luo Jianlin (77.931) and Russian newcomer Alexei Rostov (75.965) rounded out the men's field.

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2017 iPro World Cup/FIG World Cup
April 8, London

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Tabea Alt5.414.4665.413.8336.012.9665.013.33354.598
2.Victoria Nguyen5.414.1665.713.8005.812.8665.113.00053.832
3.Amy Tinkler5.414.6005.413.6004.812.0005.313.23353.433
4.Ana Pérez4.613.6005.713.8335.313.2334.912.63353.299
5.Angelina Melnikova5.414.1005.813.4665.412.3335.412.70052.599
6.Ilaria Käslin4.613.1335.012.6335.012.3334.912.60050.699
7.Tisha Volleman5.414.2664.512.6334.611.6334.911.93350.465
8.Liu Jinru5.612.9335.111.0664.611.0335.012.63347.665

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Oleg Vernyayev5.613.9665.312.9006.114.3005.614.7666.214.8665.513.06683.864
2.Donnell Whittenburg6.014.1334.712.3006.214.2335.614.5336.114.5335.612.93382.665
3.Lukas Dauser5.513.1335.012.4335.313.3334.814.1336.314.9335.513.73381.698
4.Sam Oldham5.712.8665.613.3334.912.6005.213.9665.914.1335.814.16681.064
5.Brinn Bevan5.412.2006.013.6005.213.3335.613.5665.513.9665.213.80080.465
6.Eddy Yusof5.711.4005.113.2335.613.7665.613.6336.014.3665.614.03380.431
7.Luo Jianlin5.512.7334.911.7665.713.6334.013.3335.913.4005.113.06677.931
8.Alexei Rostov4.812.6335.613.5665.613.5335.214.0335.210.8005.311.40075.965
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