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 Böczögö 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.

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

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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