U.S. wins two silver, one bronze at Osijek World Challenge Cup
posted on 05/01/2016

OSIJEK, Croatia, May 1, 2016 – U.S. athletes won three medals on the final day of competition at the 2016 Osijek World Challenge Cup in Osijek, Croatia. 2015 World team member Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center) finished second in the vault and horizontal bar final, while Sean Melton of Orlando /Ohio State University picked up bronze on the parallel bars.

On the high bar, Ruggeri won the silver medal with a score of 15.050. He finished behind Umit Samiloglu of Turkey, who posted a 15.225, to take the gold. Croatia’s Tin Srbic won the bronze, earning a 14.700. Ruggeri also finished second in the vault final. He earned scores of 14.950 and 14.725, giving him an average score of 14.838. Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaev scored a 15.325 to win the gold medal, while teammate Igor Radivilov earned the bronze (14.725). Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton (University of Oklahoma) placed seventh with a 14.450.

Melton scored a 14.875 to win the bronze medal on parallel bars. Russia’s Emim Garibov took the gold medal with a 15.750. Cuba’s Manrique Larduet was second (15.474).

Event Finals Results - Day 2

Vault
1. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - 15.325
2. Paul Ruggeri (USA) - 14.838
3. Igor Radivilov (UKR) - 14.725
4. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) - 14.638
5. Denis Abliazin (RUS) - 14.625
6. Andrey Mededev (ISR) - 14.513
7. Steven Legendre (USA) - 14.450
8. Vitalijs Kardasovs (LAT) - 14.250

Parallel Bars
1. Emin Garibov (RUS) - 15.750
2. Manrique Larduet (CUB) - 15.475
3. Sean Melton (USA) - 14.875
4. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) - 14.800
5. Samuel Piasecky (SVK) - 14.475
6. Ibrahim Colak (TUR) - 14.425
7. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) - 14.325
8. Norbert Dudas (HUN) - 13.425

Horizontal Bar
1. Umit Samiloglu (TUR) - 15.225
2. Paul Ruggeri (USA) - 15.050
3t. Oliver Hegi (SUI) - 14.700
3t. Tin Srbic (CRO) - 14.700
5. Manrique Larduet (CUB) - 14.575
6. Ahmet Onder (TUR) - 14.275
7. Pietro Giachino (NOR) - 13.575
8. David Vecsernyes (HUN) - 11.450