Sho Nakamori
© John Cheng

MARIBOR, Slovenia, April 28, 2008 – Sho Nakamori of Albany, Calif., finished fifth on parallel bars at the World Cup held in Maribor, Slovenia, April 25-27.

Nakamori, a member of Stanford University’s men’s gymnastics team, scored a 15.250 on parallel bars. France’s Yann Cucherat won the gold medal with a score of 15.900, and Uzbekistan’s Anton Fokin claimed the silver medal and Slovenia’s Mitja Petkovsek earned the bronze medal with scores of 15.750 and 15.650, respectively. France’s Gael de Silva was fourth.

The other men’s champions were: Ievgeny Bogonosiuk of the Ukraine, floor exercise; Zhang Hongtao of China, pommel horse; Yuri Van Gelder of the Netherlands, still rings; Ri Se Gwang of North Korea, vault; and Aljaz Pegan of Slovenia, horizontal bar.

The USA did not enter a women’s team, but the women’s champions were: Hong Un Jong of North Korea, vault; Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs of Canada, uneven bars; Kristina Vaculik of Canada, balance beam; and Suzane Harmes of the Netherlands, floor exercise.

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.

World Cup
Maribor, Slovenia
April 25-27, 2008
Final results


Floor exercise
1. Ievgeny Bogonosiuk, Ukraine, 15.400
2. Ri Se Gwang, North Korea, 15.375
3. Arthur Zanetti, Brazil, 15.000

Pommel horse
1. Zhang Hongtao, China, 15.925
2. Robert Seligman, Croatia, 15.300
3. Donna-Donny Truyens, Belgium, 15.000

Still rings
1. Yuri Van Gelder, Netherlands, 16.675
2. Yan Mingyong, China, 16.575
3. Danny Rodrigues Pinheiro, France 16.325

1. Ri Se Gwang, North Korea, 16.400
2. Raphael Wignanitz, France, 16.012
3. Benoit Caranobe, France, 15.387

Parallel bars
1. Yann Cucherat, France, 15.900
2. Anton Fokin, Uzbekistan, 15.750
3. Mitja Petkovsek, Slovenia, 15.650
U.S. finish
5. Sho Nakamori, USA, 15.250

Horizontal bar
1. Aljaz Pegan, Slovenia, 15.350
2. Alen Dimic, Slovenia, 14.950
3. Christoph Scharer, Switzerland, 14.875


1. Hong Un Jong, North Korea, 14.300
2. Marissa King, Great Britain, 14.075
3. Nansy Damianova, Canada, 13.837

Uneven bars
1. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Canada, 14.875
2. Kristina Vaculik, Canada, 14.850
3. Marta Pihan, Poland, 14.500

Balance beam
1. Kristina Vaculik, Canada, 14.975
2. Sanne Wevers, Netherlands, 14.425
3. Nathalia Sanchez Cardenas, Colombia, 14.275

Floor exercise
1. Suzane Harmes, Netherlands, 14.525
2. Yasmin Zimmermann, Switzerland, 13.950
3. Nansy Damianova, Canada, 13.900