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Vernyayev Takes Two Titles in Varna
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Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) won two golds and a silver Saturday in the first day of finals at the 2016 Varna World Challenge Cup in Bulgaria.

Ukrainian star Oleg Vernyayev won two golds and a silver Saturday in the first day of finals at the 2016 Varna World Challenge Cup in Bulgaria.

The FIG event attracted more than 100 gymnasts from 24 nations to the seaside city, with many using the competition as a warmup to the upcoming European championships in Bern. The competition is the ninth World Cup event of 2016.

Vernyayev, who qualified to all six finals in Varna, picked up gold medals on floor exercise and pommel horse, and finished second to teammate Igor Radivilov on still rings.

On floor exercise, Vernyayev posted a 6.9D score en route to first place (layout Thomas; 3 1/2 punch layout front full; layout front, Randi; 2 1/2 to Rudi; double-twisting front to layout barani; stuck triple twist). Slovenia's Rok Klavora won the silver over top qualifier Dominick Cunningham of Great Britain, who opened with fantastic 2 1/2-twisting double back to punch front full.

Vernyayev hit a 7.0-Difficulty set on pommel horse for 15.533, topping specialists Robert Seligman of Croatia (6.4) and Cyril Tommasone of France (7.0), who tied for the silver with 15.300

Radivilov, the 2013 co-European champion on still rings, brought a third gold for Ukraine (15.467/6.9). Vernyayev claimed silver (15.367/6.6) over 2010 Youth Olympian Daniil Kazachkov of Russia (15.133/6.5).

In the women's competition, Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber won vault with a stuck layout Rudi and a double-twisting Yurchenko with one step. Vietnamese world medalist Phan Thị Hà Thanh won the silver (piked barani; double-twisting Yurchenko) over Poland's Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska (beautiful layout barani; layout Tsukahara).

Russia's Daria Skrypnik won uneven bars (toe-full, Komova II to Pak to Stalder-Shaposhnikova-half; inside Stalder-blind to piked Jaeger; inside-Stalder-full to low full-twisting double back). Teammate Yevgenia Shelgunova took second (toe-full to Maloney-half; toe-blind to Jaeger; very sloppy Tkatchev to Pak; Maloney; double layout) over Steingruber (Maloney to Pak; Maloney-half; toe-full to Gienger; stuck double front).

Competition concludes Sunday with the second day of finals.

2016 Varna World Challenge Cup
May 14, Varna, Bulgaria

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Giulia Steingruber6.29.30015.50015.134
2.Phan Thị Hà Thanh5.09.03314.33014.400
3.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.49.16714.56714.167
4.Tjaša Kysselef5.38.96714.26714.134
5.Yevgenia Shelgunova5.88.50014.30013.867
6.Lisa Ecker5.08.96713.53313.750
7.Valērija Grišāne5.28.53313.73313.533
8.Gaya Giladi5.08.7330.113.63313.517

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Daria Skrypnik6.78.36715.067
2.Yevgenia Shelgunova5.98.16714.067
3.Giulia Steingruber5.78.30014.000
4.Marine Brevet5.97.93313.833
5.Ana Sofía Gómez5.68.00013.600
6.Marine Boyer5.17.16712.267
7.Valentina Rashkova5.06.43311.433
8.Teja Belak4.96.16711.067
9.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska4.35.3339.633

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.98.50015.400
2.Rok Klavora6.58.73315.233
3.Dominick Cunningham6.68.40015.000
4.Artem Dolgopyat6.78.00014.700
5.Botond Kardos5.88.43314.233
6.Tomislav Marković6.37.83314.133
7.Zachari Hrimèche6.47.9670.314.067
8.Danil Baturin6.67.10013.700

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev7.08.53315.533
2.Robert Seligman6.48.90015.300
2.Cyril Tommasone7.08.30015.300
4.Andrei Sienichkin6.38.83315.133
5.Slavomir Michnak6.38.70015.000
6.Sašo Bertoncelj6.58.46714.967
7.Andrei Likhovitsky6.87.53314.333
8.Vasily Mikhalitsyn6.18.00014.100

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Igor Radivilov6.98.56715.467
2.Oleg Vernyayev6.68.76715.367
3.Daniil Kazachkov6.58.63315.133
4.Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues6.88.30015.100
5.Dennis Goossens6.68.40015.000
6.Dang Nam6.58.30014.800
7.Ilya Yakovlev6.08.53314.533
8.Azizbek Kudratullayev6.47.96714.367
9.Isus Marinov6.47.63314.033
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