© John Cheng

STUTTGART, Germany, March 20, 2017 – Allan Bower of Mesa, Ariz./University of Oklahoma, finished seventh in the International Gymnastics Federation’s all-around World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. The Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev won the men’s title. In the women’s competition, the USA’s Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics, took home the women’s all-around bronze medal.

Bower posted an all-around score of 81.699 for seventh. Verniaiev, who was second at the recent AT&T American Cup in Newark, N.J., clinched the men’s title with an 84.899. Japan’s Kazuma Kaya was second at 84.398, followed by China’s Sun Wei at 82.898.

Bower’s individual event scores were: floor exercise, 13.900 (third best score); pommel horse, 13.333; still rings, 13.833 (third best score); vault, 14.333 (third best score); parallel bars, 14.000; and horizontal bar, 12.300.

Men’s final standings
1. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 84.899
2. Kazuma Kaya, Japan, 84.398
3. Wei Sun, China, 82.898
4. Nikita Ignatyev, Russia, 82.799
5. James Hall, Great Britain, 82.665
6. Lukas Dauser, Germany, 81.797
7. Allan Bower, Mesa, Ariz./University of Oklahoma, 81.699
8. Oliver Hegi, Switzerland, 81.165
9. Sebastian Krimmer, Germany, 76.964

The all-around World Cup series wraps up on April 8 with the World Cup in London, Great Britain. The 2017 series includes the AT&T American Cup, Stuttgart World Cup and the London World Cup.

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, acrobatic gymnastics, and group gymnastics (known internationally as Gymnastics for All). For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.