Gymnastics, World Challenge Cup Doha: Ponor wins gold medal in beam event, Bulimar takes silver in floor

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Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor has won the gold medal in the women’s beam event of the Doha World Challenge Cup competition in Qatar, digisport.ro informs.

Ponor made it to the final with the highest score in the event and won by 14.650 points.

The silver medal went to Brazil’s Thauany Lee de Araujo (14.150 points), and the bronze medal to Portugal’s Filipa Martins (13,900).

Diana Bulimar has won the silver medal in the floor event. Although after the qualifications she registered the fifth score, she completed in the final a good exercise and got 14.125 points. Gold was won by Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) with 14.700 points) and the bronze was won by Zsofia Kovacs (Hungary) with 13.925 points.

Organised by the Qatar Gymnastics Federation, the annual event that started in 2008 has attracted more than 100 gymnasts from 33 different countries this year. The championship features world-class gymnasts in six apparatus events for men – floor exercises, pommel horse, rings, vaults, parallel bars and horizontal bars. Women’s events include vault, uneven bars, balance beam as well as floor exercises.

Olympic medallist Catalina Ponor made her comeback to international competition in Doha this week. The 28-year-old was the most decorated gymnast at the Athens 2004 Olympics, winning gold in the team event — on Floor and on Balance Beam, gulf-times.com reports.

The Romanian retired from gymnastics following the London Olympics, where she bagged silver on Floor and bronze with the team.

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