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Four U.S. gymnasts add apparatus gold on final day of men's competition at 2022 DTB Pokal Team Challenge
posted on 03/19/2022

© Qingwei Chen.

STUTTGART, Germany, March 19, 2022 - Following a U.S. sweep of the men's team competitions Friday at the 2022 DTB Pokal Team Challenge in Stuttgart, Germany, juniors Vahe Petrosyan (Van Nuys, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica USA) and Fred Richard (Stoughton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite Gymnastics Academy) and seniors Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics) and Khoi Young (Bowie, Md./Stanford University) claimed individual event titles Saturday as the men's competition came to a close at Porsche-Arena.

Hong took the top spot on still rings and added a silver on floor exercise, while Young earned gold on pommel horse and vault. In the junior division, Petrosyan led the way on rings and horizontal bar, and Richard topped the field on vault and parallel bars.

Hong's 14.266 on still rings outpaced runner up Carlo Horr of Germany (13.266) and bronze medalist Felix Dolci of Canada (13.266) by a full point. On floor, Dolci (14.300) just edged Hong (14.166) for the title. Germany's Milan Hosseini was third with a 13.600. Hong was fourth on parallel bars (14.500) behind Spain's Nicolau Mir (14.600), Germany's Glenn Trebing (14.533) and Italy's Lorenzo Minh Casali (14.533), who all finished within a tenth of a point of him.

Young delivered a 15.000 on pommel horse and 14.916 (14.966, 14.866) on vault to collect his second and third gold medals of the weekend. France's Benjamin Osberger (13.933) and Italy's Yumin Abbadini (13.866) were second and third, respectively, on pommel horse. Italy's Nicolo Mozzato (14.233) and Dolci (14.199) rounded out the vault podium.

Brody Malone (Belfast, Tenn./Stanford Universtiy) was fifth in the horizontal bar final with a 13.000. Horr took the top spot with a 13.833. Dolci (13.766) and Mozzato (13.466) earned silver and bronze.

Petrosyan notched the day's high scores in the junior division on still rings (13.400) and horizontal bar (13.133). France's Paco Fernandes Henriques was second on rings with a 13.066, while Germany's Jukka Nissinen finished third with a 13.033. Petrosyan edged Italy's Riccardo Villa (12.933) and Great Britain's Danny Crouch (12.866) for the high bar title. He finished just off the medal stand on pommel horse, posting a 12.733 to secure fourth. Villa's 13.700 topped the standings. France's Axel Breche finished second with a 12.900, and Germany's Daniel Mousichidis claimed the final podium spot with a 12.766.

Richard (13.666) outpaced the junior parallel bars field by more than half of a point. France's Nicolas Diez (13.066) and Austria's Alfred Schwaiger (12.433) rounded out the top three. On vault, Richard posted a 14.033 (14.300, 13.766) en route to the gold medal. Spain's Daniel Carrión took second with a 13.916, while Italy's Tommaso Brugnami was third with a 13.899. Richard's 12.233 landed him fifth in the floor exercise final. France's Hugo Carmona (13.166), Germany's Maxim Kovalenko (13.100) and Brugnami (12.466) collected hardware on the apparatus.

The women's junior and senior apparatus finals are set to begin Sunday at 5 a.m. ET. The DTB Pokal Mixed Cup, which will feature four teams representing Canada, Germany, Italy and the U.S. - each comprised of three men and three women - will follow at 9:30 a.m. ET. Catch all of the action from the final day in Stuttgart live here.