Field is Set for 2015 Cottbus Challenge Cup

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The field for this year’s FIG World Challenge Cup in Cottbus, Germany – also known as Turnier der Meister – is now set.

This will mark the return of Romania’s Diana Bulimar, who will join teammates Larisa Iordache and Stefania Stanila with performances on bars, beam, and floor for the first time after injuring her knee last summer. Iordache will compete the same events as Bulimar while Stanila will stick to vault.

The competition also includes many senior debuts, including Kim Janas and Antonia Alicke of Germany, Veronika Cenkova of the Czech Republic, Boglarka Devai of Hungary, Tzuf Feldon of Israel, Gaia Nesurini of Switzerland, and Tutya Yilmaz of Turkey, in addition to performances from veterans like Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, Dorina Boczogo of Hungary, and Marta Pihan-Kulesza of Poland. It will also mark the first performance of former Russian gymnast Kristina Pravdina for her new nation, Azerbaijan.

On the men’s side, Diego Hypolito of Brazil, Jorge Giraldo Lopez of Colombia, Krisztian Berki of Hungary, Kenzo Shirai of Japan, Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, Tommy Ramos of Puerto Rico, and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine are just a handful of many familiar names in the lineup.

Canada, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Greece, Kazakhstan, and Mexico have all registered for spots but athletes for these nations have not yet been named.

The full list of competitors is below. The Challenge Cup, featuring qualifications and event finals only, will be held at the Lausitz-Arena from March 19-22.

ARGENTINA
Andres Alejandro Arean (FX, PH)
Nicolas Cordoba (PH, SR, PB, HB)
Osvaldo Martinez Erazun (PB, HB)
Mauro Martinez (FX, SR, VT)
Maria Stoffel (UB, BB)
Ayelen Tarabini (VT, BB, FX)
Alien Valente (VT, BB, FX)
AUSTRIA
David Kathan (FX, PB, HB)
Dirk Kathan (FX, PH, PB)
Daniel Kopeinik (PH, SR, VT)
Fabian Leimlehner (HB)
Lisa Ecker (AA)
Jasmin Mader (AA)
AZERBAIJAN
Ughur Khalilbayli (FX, PH, VT)
Eldar Safarov (SR, PB, HB)
Shakir Shikhaliyev (AA)
Yulia Inshina (UB, BB, FX)
Marina Nekrasova (VT, FX)
Kristina Pravdina (UB, BB)
BELGIUM
Maxime Gentges (PB, HB)
Dennis Goossens (SR)
Florian Landuyt (FX, PB)
Kristof Schroe (HB)
Donna-Donny Truyens (PH)
Siemon Volkaert (FX, PH)
BRAZIL
Pericles Fouro da Silva (PH, PB, HB)
Diego Hypolito (FX, VT)
Henrique Medina Flores (PH, SR, HB)
Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti (FX, SR)
CHILE
Enrique Tomas Gonzalez Sepulveda (FX, VT)
CHINA
Wang Bo (PH)
Zhang Hongtao (PH)
CROATIA
Matija Baron (PH)
Andrej Korosteljev (FX)
Robert Seligman (PH)
Tin Srbic (HB)
CZECH REPUBLIC
Veronika Cenkova (BB, FX)
Anna-Maria Kanyai (AA)
FINLAND
Petrus Sameli Laulumaa (FX, VT)
Jarkko Kalevi Pekkanen (PH)
Heikki Hermanni Saarenketo (FX)
Tomi Tuuha (SR, VT)
Marrku Vahtila (SR)
Anna Salmi (AA)
Monica Sileoni (AA)
FRANCE
Samir Ait Said (SR)
Kevin Antoniotti (FX, PB)
Axel Augis (PH, PB, HB)
Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues (SR)
Cyril Tommasone (PH)
Jim Zona (FX, HB)
GEORGIA
Shalva Dalakishvili (FX, SR, PB, HB)
Nodar Lionidze (PH, VT, PB, HB)
Paata Nozadze (FX, PH, SR, VT)
Nato Dzidziguri (AA)
GERMANY
Andreas Bretschneider
Lukas Dauser
Matthias Fahrig
Waldemar Eichorn
Sebastian Krimmer
Helge Liebrich
Antonia Alicke
Kim Janas
Michelle Timm
HUNGARY
Krisztian Berki (PH)
Zoltan Kallai (PH, SR)
Bence Talas (FX, SR, VT, PB, HB)
David Vecsernyes (FX, VT, PB, HB)
Dorina Boczogo (AA)
Boglarka Devai (AA)
IRELAND
Andrew Paul Smith (AA) Nicole Mawhinney (AA)
Ellis O’Reilly (AA)
ISRAEL
Artem Dolgopyat (FX, PH, VT)
Eyal Glazer (SR, PB, HB)
Andrey Medvedev (VT)
Alexander Shatilov (FX, PH, HB)
Moran Yanuka (SR, PB)
Tzuf Feldon (UB, BB, FX)
Gaya Giladi (AA)
Ofir Netzer (VT)
ITALY
Andrea Cingolani (FX, SR, VT)
Tommaso De Vecchis (PH, PB, HB)
Ludovico Edalli (PH)
Lorenzo Ticchi (FX, PB, HB)
JAPAN
Tomomasa Hasegawa (PH, SR, HB)
Kohei Kameyama (PH, HB)
Kenzo Shirai (FX, VT, PB)
Koji Yamamuro (FX, SR, PB)
LATVIA
Vitalijs Kardasovs (FX, VT, HB)
Dmitrijs Trefilovs (PH, HB)
Anastasija Dubova (UB, BB, FX)
Diana Jerofejeva (AA)
LITHUANIA
Rokas Guscinas (PH, SR, VT, HB)
Tomas Kuzmickas (FX, PH, SR, VT, PB)
Robert Tvorogal (FX, PB, HB)
LUXEMBOURG
Sascha Palgen (FX, PH, SR)
NETHERLANDS
Boudewijn De Vries (PH, PB)
Bart Deurloo (FX, VT)
Anthony van Assche (PH, SR)
Lambertus van Gelder (SR)
Jeffrey Wammes (FX, VT, HB)
Epke Zonderland (PB, HB)
NORWAY
Arian Bedzeti-Olsen (AA)
Stian Skjerahaug (AA)
Dina Nygaard (AA)
POLAND
Sebastian Cecot (SR, VT)
Adam Konrad Kierzkowski (PB)
Maksim Kowalenko (PH, SR, PB, HB)
Adam Rzepa (PH, HB)
Claudia Chmielowska (VT)
Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska (BB, FX)
Marta Pihan-Kulesza (UB, FX)
Paula Plichta (VT, BB)
PORTUGAL
Zoi Lima (AA)
Ana Filipa Martins (AA)
PUERTO RICO
Rafael Morales (PH)
Tommy Ramos (SR)
Angel Jose Ramos (FX, PB, HB)
Luis Rivera (FX, SR, PB, HB)
Alexander Rodriguez (PH)
ROMANIA
Diana Bulimar (UB, BB, FX)
Larisa Iordache (UB, BB, FX)
Stefania Stanila (VT)
SLOVENIA
Saso Bertoncelj (PH)
Alen DImic (PB, HB)
Rok Klavora (FX, VT)
Peter Lampret (SR)
Jure Pavlica (PH)
Ziga Silc (FX, VT)
Teja Belak (VT, UB)
Tatjana Holeczek (BB, FX)
Tjasa Kysselef (AA)
SPAIN
Nestor Abad (PH, HB)
Roberto Alvarez (FX, VT)
Fabian Gonzalez (PH, HB)
Ruben Lopez (SR, PB)
Alberto Tallon (SR, PB)
Rayderley  Miguel Zapata (FX, VT)
Nora Fernandez (BB, FX)
Ana Perez (VT, UB, BB)
Paula Raya (UB, FX)
SWEDEN
Jonna Adlerteg (UB, BB, FX)
SWITZERLAND
Christian Baumann (PH, PB)
Pablo Braegger (FX, HB)
Claudio Capelli (FX, PH, PB)
David Fuerst (SR)
Taha Serhani (HB)
Caterina Barloggio (UB, BB, FX)
Gaia Nesurini (UB, BB, FX)
TURKEY
Ferhat Arican (FX, PH, VT, PB)
Ibrahim Colak (SR, PB)
Ahmet Onder (FX, PH, HB)
Umit Samiloglu (HB)
Ekin Morova (AA)
Tutya Yilmaz (AA)
UKRAINE
Igor Radivilov (FX, SR, VT, HB)
Andrii Sienichkin (PH, PB)
Oleg Verniaiev (AA)
UZBEKISTAN
Anton Fokin (PH, SR, PB)
Eduard Shaulov (FX, PH, PB, HB)
Dilnoza Abdusalimova (VT, BB, FX)
Oksana Chusovitina (AA)

Article by Lauren Hopkins

8 thoughts on “Field is Set for 2015 Cottbus Challenge Cup

  1. Germany announced their competitors on the DTB website. The men’s team consists of Andreas Bretschneider, Lukas Dauser, Matthias Fahrig, Waldemar Eichorn, Sebastian Krimmer and Helge Liebrich. For WAG Michelle Timm, Antonia Alicke and Kim Janas are listed. I’m wondering if Koch will nominate another WAG athlete since Germany is registered for 4 WAG spots.

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