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Larisa Iordache and Andrei Vasile Muntean, first place at Swiss Cup
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Romanians Larisa Iordache and Andrei V. Muntean paired up to bring the Swiss Cup back to Romania, which hadn't won the competition since 2007.

The annual event pairs a female and male gymnast, each competing one event per round. Eight teams advance to the semifinal and four teams advance to the final. Gymnasts who choose compete on vault must show two different vaults for an average of the two scores. The gymnasts cannot compete the same event through the first three rounds of competition, but can compete any event in the four-team final.

Romania is the most successful nation in the competition's history, with eight outright victories (1986-1988, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2013) and two championships which included a Romanian gymnast paired with an athlete from another nation (1984 and 2002).

Iordache, whose training before the recent world championships had been hindered by her sore back, looked stronger in Zurich. She particularly impressed with an improved set on uneven bars with 14.900 (Stalder-full to Maloney-half; giant blind to Jaeger; toe-full to Tkatchev to Pak; Maloney; full-twisting double).

After wobbling on her two-foot layout in the first round, Iordache nailed a nearly error-free routine on beam in the finale for 15.300 (ff tucked full; round-off layout; full turn with leg held vertically; front aerial to sissone; side somi; ro ff triple twist; 6.6D).

Teammate Andrei Muntean had a slight falter on his peach to one rail on parallel bars in the finale, but still scored a healthy 15.050 to give Romania the victory over Germany and Switzerland.

Source: www.intlgymnast.com

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Posted on Mar 12 2014
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