FIG Artistic Gymnastics Challenge Cup 2012, Doha-Qatar

LAUSANNE (SUI), March 30, 2012: Artistic Gymnastics Challenge Cup, With day one of the Finals behind us, gymnasts from nine different nations share the medals at midway point of the FIG Challenge Cup stopover currently taking place in Doha (QAT).

China’s Zou Kai, who qualified in fourth place, improved his execution significantly to top the field and take Gold on Men’s Floor Exercise. He was followed by top qualifier Tomislav Markovic (CRO) and Vlad Cotuna of Romania, who also improved on his work in the preliminaries.

1. Zou Kai (CHN) 15.500

2. Tomislav Markovic (CRO) 15.025

3. Vlad Cotuna (ROU) 14.825

On Pommel Horse, Slovenian Saso Bertoncelj confirmed his pole position, defeating Liao Qiuhua of China who won the Silver after having qualified in 7th rank only. Cyril Tommasone of France was consistent in third place and took home the Bronze. Second in Qualifications, Robert Seligman of Croatia fell off the apparatus in the Final and down to last place in the ranking.

1. Saso Bertconcelj (SLO) 15.225

2. Liao Qiuhua (CHN) 14.825

3. Cyril Tommasone (FRA) 14.625

Having come from 6th place in Qualifications, China’s Liao Qiuhua improved in Thursday’s Rings Final to outscore the field and take the title. Davtyan Vahagn of Armenia was second, while his compatriot Artur Tovmasyan fell back to fourth place and topqualifier Danny Rodrigues (FRA) settled for third in the Final.

1. Liao Qiuhua (CHN) 15.575

2. Davtyan Vahagn (ARM) 15.500

3. Danny Rodrigues (FRA) 15.525

Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland impressed in the Women’s Vault Final, scoring a total of 14.662 and gaining the lead on her nemeses by almost one point. Germany’s Nadine Jarosch and Teja Belak of Slovenia both moved up one position from the preliminary rounds for the Silver and Bronze respectively. Kirsten Beckett (RSA) had qualified in second place, but fell back to rank four in the Final.

1. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 14.662

2. Nadine Jarosch (GER) 13.837

3. Teja Belak (SLO) 13.812

The Final on Uneven Bars reflects the ranking in Qualifications, with Beth Tweddle (GBR) taking the Gold, followed by China’s Jiang Yuyuan in second and Lisa Katharina Hill of Germany in Bronze medal winning third place. Ahead of the field by .9 points in preliminaries and impressing with a 7.000 Difficulty value, Tweddle tried different elements in the Final and made some mistakes that shrunk her lead.

1. Beth Tweddle (GBR) 15.175

2. Jiang Yuyuan (CHN) 14.875

3. Lisa Katharina Hill (GER) 14.575

Organisers of the Qatar Gymnastics Federation are outdoing themselves as they host a tournament held at the impressive Aspire Dome for the fifth consecutive year; the venue provides fantastic facilities for gymnasts and professional service for fans and spectators. Follow the action worldwide via online live streaming (embedded at the event website, on Facebook and Twitter @DohaGym and check in for live results on your mobile device.

The competition concludes on Friday with the second day of event Finals, featuring on the Men’s side top qualifiers Du Wei (Men’s Vault), Guo Weiyang (Parallel Bars) and Zou Kai, all from China, as well as top scorers Catalina Ponor (Balance Beam) and Diana Laura Bulimar (Floor), both representing Romania in Women’s.

About 2012 FIG Individual Apparatus Artistic Gymnastics World Cup and Challenge Cup Series

The 2012 FIG Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics series for Individual Apparatus includes one World Cup (category A) and six Challenge Cup (category B) competitions.

Zibo City (CHN) on April 7 – 8 will host the 2012 Individual Apparatus World Cups, while 2012 Challenge Cups will take place on March 22 – 25 in Cottbus (GER), March 28 – 30 in Doha (QAT), April 20 – 22 in Maribor (SLO), April 27 – 29 in Osijek (CRO), June 9 – 10 in Ghent and November 23 – 24 in Ostrava (CZE).

Separate World Ranking lists will be established for CIII, six for men and four for women, with the Individual Apparatus rankings including combined lists for World Cups and Challenge Cups.

Invitation to the Individual Apparatus World Cup is based on the CIII rankings from the 2011 World Championships, the 2011 World Cup Ranking List for Individual Apparatus and the 2011 Challenge Cup Ranking List, and is limited to twelve gymnasts with a maximum of two entries per country on each apparatus. Moreover, the organising member federation can grant wild cards to a maximum of one man and one woman on one apparatus. The competitions include Qualifications and Finals with the best four gymnasts per apparatus proceeding to the final round. An additional one wild card per Men’s and Women’s competition is allowed in the event that the host federation fails to qualify for the Finals.

The Challenge Cup series is an open category featuring qualifying and final rounds, with participation limited to two gymnasts per country and apparatus. The best eight gymnasts per apparatus advance to the Final. An extra one wild card per Men’s and Women’s competition is allowed in the event that the host federation fails to qualify for the Finals.

The winners of the 2012 Individual Apparatus World Cup and Challenge Cup Series are those gymnasts with the highest number of points for each apparatus and the best four results counting after the last event in Ostrava, where special award ceremonies will be held and the winners will receive a cup.

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