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Gymnasts Go to Ghent for Pre-Worlds Challenge
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Twelve world and Olympic champions are among the standout gymnasts scheduled to take part in the Ghent Challenger Cup this weekend in Belgium. Pictured: World bronze medalist Huang Qiushuang (China)

Twelve world and Olympic champions are among the gymnasts scheduled to take part in the Ghent Challenger Cup this weekend in Belgium.

The Challenger Cup — the current name for the FIG World Cup "B" series — at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen is one of the final major international events before October's world championships in Tokyo. The event attracted world and Olympic champions from 32 nations, including China's Jiang Yuyuan, Wang Guanyin, Zhang Hongtao, Zou Kai, Germany's Fabian Hambüchen, Eleftherios Kosmidis and Greece's Vlasios Maras, Brazil's Daiane dos Santos and Diego Hypolito, Hungary's Krisztian Berki, the Netherlands' Yuri van Gelder and Slovenia's Mitja Petkovsek.

The impressive lineup includes numerous gymnasts expected to challenge for medals in Tokyo.

Youth Olympic champion Viktoria Komova (Russia), scheduled to compete on bars and beam in Ghent, is set to make her international return following ankle surgery in May. Teammate Maria Paseka, named to Russia's provisional squad for Tokyo, will try to impress coach Alexander Alexandrov on vault and floor exercise.

Ukrainian standout Nikolai Kuksenkov, fresh off his all-around gold medal at the University Games in Shenzhen, is on the roster for pommel horse and high bar. 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Alexander Vorobyov is scheduled to compete still rings again after a period of injury.

China sent a team of standouts looking for more experience before worlds. World team member Huang Qiushuang, who suffered a broken hand this past spring, is scheduled to compete vault and floor exercise only.

Competition begins Saturday with the qualification.

External Link: Official Website

2011 Ghent Challenger Cup
Sept. 3-4, Ghent, Belgium

Women's Roster
Lisa Ecker
Jasmin Mader
Gaelle Mys
Eline Vandersteen
Antje Vandevelde
Aagje Vanwalleghem
Lisa Verschueren
Lin Versonnen
Daiane dos Santos
Jade Barbosa
Adrian Nunes
Brittany Rogers
Kristina Vaculik
Makarena Pinto
Celia Riquelme
Huang Qiushuang
Jiang Yuyuan
Wu Liufang
Sherine El Zeiny
Nancy Mohamed Taman
Rosanna Ojala
Annika Urvikko
Andriana Syrigou Antoniou
Stefani Bisbikou
Vasiliki Millousi
Paschalina Mitrakou
Hiu Ying Angel Wong
Dorina Boczogo
Luca Diveky
Austin Sheppard
Dipa Karmakar
Meenakshi
Roni Rabinovitz
Valeria Maksyuta
Mitzi Unda Sosa
Alexa Citlali Moreno
Ashleigh Heldsinger
Nicole Szabo
Viktoria Komova
Maria Paseka
Diana Sapronova
Maria Stepanova
Ivana Kamnikar
Sasa Golob
Maria Homolova
Jonna Adlerteg
Ida Gustafsson
Goksu Uctas
Demet Mutlu
Alina Fomenko
Maria Livchikova
Yana Demyanchuk
Dilnoza Abdusalimova
Luisa Galiulina
Irodahon Sobirova
Daria Yelizarova
Jessica Lopez
Men's Roster
Juan Manuel Lompizano
Nicolas Cordoba
Mauro Martinez
Osvaldo Martinez
Juan Sebastian Melchiori
Federico Molinari
Jayden Bull
Luke Wadsworth
Lukas Kranzlmüller
Fabian Leimlehner
Matthias Schwab
Marco Baldauf
Steven Liesenborgs
Thomas Neuteleers
Donna-Donny Truyens
Jimmy Verbaeys
Koen van Damme
Jonas Toeback
Kristof Schroe
Diego Hypolito
Mosiah Rodrigues
Arthur Zanetti
Alexander Batinkov
Velislav Valchev
Huang Yuguo
Liao Qiuhua
Luo Xuan
Wang Guanyin
Zhang Hongtao
Zou Kai
Robert Seligman
Tomislav Markovic
Mohamed El Saharty
Mohamed Srour
Isaac Botella
Fabian Gonzalez
Sergio Muñoz
Ivan San Miguel
Juho Kanerva
Petrus Laulumaa
Markku Leinonen
Tomi Tuuha
Sakari Vekki
Shalva Dalakishvili
Fabian Hambüchen
Helge Liebrich
Steve Woitalla
Ivan Rittschik
Eleftherios Kosmidis
Vlasios Maras
Eleftherios Petrounias
Vasileios Tsolakidis
Ng Kiu Chung
Shek Wai Hung
Krisztian Berki
Adam Mihok
Attila Racz
Iqrar Hasan
Ashish Kumar
Rakesh Patra
Alok Ranjan
Alexander Shatilov
Ali Al-Asi
Jad Mazahreh
Daniel Corral
Asiel Gerardo Lopez
Santiago Lopeza
Luis Sosa
Anthony van Assche
Yuri van Gelder
Jeffrey Wammes
Epke Zonderland
Patrick Peng
Marek Lyszczarz
Adam Kierzkowski
Roman Kulesza
Manuel Campos
Gustavo Simoes
Dmitry Barkalov
Andrei Cherkasov
Anton Golotsutskov
Igor Pakhomenko
Pavel Russinyak
Dmitry Stolyarov
Saso Bertoncelj
Ziga Britovsek
Alen Dimic
Rok Klavora
Mitja Petkovsek
Slavomir Michnak
Samuel Piasecky
Ferhat Arican
Umit Samiloglu
Nikolai Kuksenkov
Oleg Stepko
Alexander Vorobyov
Alexander Yakubovsky
Igor Radivilov
Anton Fokin
Daulet Narmetov
Adickxon Trejo
Regulo Carmona
Comments (4)add comment

Yarden said:

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Where is Julie Croquet?
Strange she
 
August 30, 2011
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Margaret said:

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No U.S. gymnasts
As per usual no U.S. gymnasts sent to represent. The U.S. calendar really doesn't mesh well it seems with the rest of the gym world.
 
August 31, 2011
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collleen said:

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...
I know, they could of sent some gymnasts to get some international experience like Wieber and Maroney. It always seems like other countries compete and have way more international experinence than the U.S. Why don't we compete more??
 
September 01, 2011
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dp-foto said:

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Photo's from the event
I started uploading the photo's at http://www.dp-foto.be/sportfoto.html scroll down to AGD/AGH enjoy.
 
September 07, 2011 | url
Votes: +0

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