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Ukraine Takes Two More Titles in Varna
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Ukrainians Igor Radivilov and Oleg Vernyayev each won another title Sunday as the Varna World Challenge Cup concluded in Bulgaria.

Ukrainian Olympians Igor Radivilov and Oleg Vernyayev each won another title Sunday as the Varna World Challenge Cup concluded 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.

The Ukrainian men combined for five of the six titles in Varna. Radivilov added the vault title to go with his still rings from Saturday, while Vernyayev won parallel bars after winning floor exercise and pommel horse.

Radivilov, the bronze medalist on vault at the 2012 Olympics, won the vault title Sunday after standing up his Dragulescu and Tsukahara double pike vaults (one step on each). France's Zachari Hrimèche won the silver with clean landings on the same vaults. Israel's Andrey Medvedev took third with a Blanik (piked handspring double front) and Tsukahara double pike.

Vernyayev overarched a peach to one rail but was unparalleled in the p-bars final, winning with a 15.833 (6.9 Difficulty). Axel Augis brought another silver for France (15.500/6.8) over Russia's Dmitry Lankin (15.400/6.7).

Belarusian Andrei Likhovitsky won high bar with a clean but simple routine (layout Tkatchev; Yamawaki; German giants; stuck full-twisting double layout; 14.700/6.4). Lithuanian Robert Tvorogal (Možnik; Tak-full to Yamawaki; layout Tkatchev; Tkatchev-half; double layout; 6.0D) and Slovenian Alen Dimic (layout Tkatchev; Možnik; Tkatchev-half; Tkatchev; layout double-double; 6.5D) tied for second with 14.267.

France's Marine Boyer won balance beam with a very clean routine (RO, two-foot layout; switch leap, switch side; sissone, front aerial, sissone, wolf jump combo; side somi; RO, double pike; 14.500/6.2). Vietnamese Olympian Phan Thị Hà Thanh, the runner-up on vault on Saturday, won a second silver with a gorgeous routine (sissone, front aerial, wolf; ff, two-foot layout to sissone, switch leap, switch side; switch leap full with a large wobble; side aerial, sissone, side somi; RO, double pike; 14.367/6.3). The wonderfully elegant Ilaria Käslin (Switzerland) won the bronze (14.100/5.8). Top qualifier Marine Brevet (France) finished last after a hesitant routine with missed connections.

Vault champion Giulia Steingruber took a second gold with the floor exercise title (14.733/6.1), tumbling a clean layout full-in, double layout and tucked full-in (upgraded from double pike in qualification). Teammate Käslin won the silver (triple twist; double tuck; 2 1/2; 13.933/5.5) over Russia's Yevgenia Shelgunova (1 1/2 to messy triple twist; piked full-in; double tuck; double pike; 13.767/5.9).

The FIG World Challenge Cup series continues next weekend, May 20-22, in São Paulo.

2016 Varna World Challenge Cup
May 15, Varna, Bulgaria

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Marine Boyer6.28.30014.500
2.Phan Thị Hà Thanh6.38.06714.367
3.Ilaria Käslin5.88.30014.100
4.Ana Sofía Gómez6.27.86714.067
5.Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska5.98.13314.033
6.Tutya Yılmaz5.88.13313.933
7.Dorina Böczögő5.58.2000.113.600
7.Marine Brevet5.58.10013.600

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Giulia Steingruber6.18.63314.733
2.Ilaria Käslin5.58.43313.933
3.Yevgenia Shelgunova5.97.86713.767
4.Marine Brevet5.28.3330.313.233
5.Marine Boyer5.18.06713.167
6.Dorina Böczögő5.57.56713.067
7.Daria Skrypnik5.47.56712.967
8.Yekaterina Chuikina5.26.13311.333

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Igor Radivilov6.09.33315.33315.283
2.Zachari Hrimèche6.09.0330.114.93315.100
3.Andrey Medvedev6.08.7670.114.66714.950
4.Lê Thanh Tùng6.08.66714.66714.717
5.Vitālijs Kardašovs5.69.20014.80014.684
6.Ilya Yakovlev6.08.86714.86714.650
7.Oleg Vernyayev6.09.36715.36714.567
8.Dominick Cunningham4.49.40013.80014.317

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Oleg Vernyayev6.98.93315.833
2.Axel Augis6.88.70015.500
3.Dmitry Lankin6.78.70015.400
4.Phạm Phước Hưng6.78.53315.233
5.Andrei Likhovitsky6.09.03315.033
6.Brinn Bevan6.48.33314.733
7.Dominick Cunningham6.27.70013.900
8.Đinh Phương Thanh6.57.13313.633

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Andrei Likhovitsky6.48.30014.700
2.Robert Tvorogal6.08.26714.267
2.Alen Dimic6.57.76714.267
4.Nicolás Córdobaa6.28.00014.200
5.Daniil Kazachkov6.37.83314.133
6.Alexander Shatilov6.67.23313.833
7.Axel Augis6.57.13313.633
8.Oleg Vernyayev6.74.73311.433
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