Romania Dominate in the final day in Doha’s FIG World Challenge Cup

Doha (QAT) March 30, 2013: The Romanians shined on the podium tonight in the final day of the sixth FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Doha as they bagged four gold medals.
17-year old, Diane Bullimar got the crowds on their feet as she displayed a stellar floor routine that got her the gold medal. Her compatriot, Larisa Andreea settled for the bronze while China’s Siqi Zeng took silver.
“We continue to do our best and the best is the winner,” said Bullimar about Romania’s victorious run in the event.
Andrea who helped her team win the bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympics, proved why she is a world-class gymnast in the beam finals where she scored a whopping 15.500 to win the top spot.
China’s Siqi Zeng also bagged another silver, while Britain’s future star Gabrielle Jupp added another bronze medal after claiming it for the uneven bars yesterday. “I feel great. I really didn’t expect to win two medals. It is amazing,” said the 15-year old.
In the parallel bars, Andrei Vasile Muntean, another Romanian captured the gold medal, while Korea’s Jin Hyok Kim took the silver and China’s Qiuhua Liao took the bronze.
For the vault, Korea’s Se Gwang Ri claimed the gold medal, Vietnam’s Thanh Phuong Le took the silver medal and Armenia’s Arthur Davytan took the bronze.
And for the horizontal bar finals, Croatia’s Marijo Moznik won the gold medal, Netherland’s Jeffery Wammes took the silver while Switzerland’s Oliver Hegi got the bronze. “It is great to compete here. There are the best gymnasts in the world and it is an honor to compete here,” said Hegi.
An exciting atmosphere marked the final day of the event as more fans came to enjoy the gymnastics.
We look forward to welcoming you in the 7th FIG World Challenge Cup!


1)RI Se Gwang PRK 15.137
2)LE Thanh Phuong VIE 15.062
3)DAVTYAN Artur ARM 14.937














Balance Beam

1-IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 15.500
2-ZENG Siqi CHN 15.150
3-JUPP Gabrielle GBR 14.450














Parallel Bars

1-MUNTEAN Andrei Vasile ROU 15.325
2-KIM Jin Hyok PRK 15.225
3-LIAO Qiuhua CHN 15.000















Floor Exercise

1-BULIMAR Diana Laura ROU 14.625
2-IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 14.425
3-ZENG Siqi CHN 14.050















Horizontal Bar

1-MOZNIK Marijo CRO 14.925
2-WAMMES Jeffrey NED 14.875
3-HEGI Oliver SUI 14.825















By Mai Akkad, Media Committee


Hungary Steals the Show in Pommel Horse Finals

Vid-Hidvegi in the right sideThe Hungarians shined in the pommel horse finals as London 2012 Olympic champion, Krisztian Berki won the gold medal, while his fellow mate Vid Hidvegi settle for the bronze.
Berki, who is considered as the poster athlete in Hungary as he was elected as Sportsman of the year twice in his home country, has risen to a new level of fame after becoming an Olympic champion last summer.
“ Once I was walking with him near our gym and in five minutes, we were stopped by three people who wanted take a picture,” said Hidvegi about Berki’s celebrity-like life.
Hidvegi also added that Berki is inspiring more youngsters now in Hungary to practice gymnastics after all of his tremendous achievements he has done for the sport.
Regarding his bronze medal performance, Hidvegi said, “I am happy but I am not completely satisfied. Let’s say I am 90 percent happy. There are minor mistakes in my routine that I definitely need to fix because we have the European Championships in two weeks.”
The Hungarian duos are enjoying their time in Qatar as Berki said, “The competition in Qatar is very good. There is a big hall, very friendly people and many Hungarian fans.”

By  Mai Akkad, Media Committee

Qatar Receives the New Antwerp Apollo Floor

New Antwerp Apollo FloorQatar is the first country in the world to receive the new highly advanced Antwerp Apollo Floor for the floor exercise event by Janssen Fritsen, the manufacturer of professional gymnastics equipment and apparatus.
The new floor is different from the previous ones in that it has more rebound and springs to help the gymnasts jump higher without being detrimental to their safety. “It is a perfect product to develop the new generations of gymnasts,” said Thierry Deleuze, the product manager gymnastics in the company.
Other advantages of this new high quality floor are that it is very durable and easy to transport. “It is cheaper to transport because it is smaller and also in climates where it is hot and humid, it will stay in the same condition,” said Bart Prinssen, the Export manager.
Commenting on the new floor was London 2012 Olympic Champion Arthur Zannetti as he said that he has tested the new floor in the podium training and was very impressed by its upgraded standard.
The FIG certified floor will be introduced later on this year in the World Championships and will soon be delivered to other venues, according to Prinssen.
By Mai Akkad, Media Committe


First day Finals 28 March 2013

Doha (QAT) March 28, 2013: The first day Apparatus Finals was not a big surprise for all the apparatus; as expected the Olympic Champions Krisztian BERKI (HUN) and Arthur NABARRETE Zanetti (BRA) won respectively the Pommel Horse and the Rings:

MAG Floor
1-KOCZI Flavius ROU 14.925
2-OYAKAA Arthur BRA 14.900
3-KLAVORA Rok SLO 14.700

MAG Podium Floor QAT2013












1-PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.825
2-IORDACHE Larisa Andreea ROU 14.675
3-STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 14.662

WAG Podium Vault QAT2013













Pommel Horse
1-BERKI Krisztian HUN 15.450
2-OKA Jumpei JPN 15.125
3-HIDVEGI Vid HUN 15.100













Uneven Bars
1-TAN Jiaxin CHN 14.850
2-HARROLD Ruby GBR 14.500
3-JUPP Gabrielle GBR 13.925

WAG Podium Uneven Bars QAT2013
















1-NABARRETE Arthur BRA 15.700
2-LIAO Qiuhua CHN 15.425
3-TOVMASYAN Artur ARM 15.400

MAG Podium Rings QAT2013