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INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS CHALLENGE
February, 21st - 27th, Sydney, Australia

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  • PREVIEW
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SYDNEY SET FOR TEST

Nine months from now gymnastics' best will square off in Sydney in the first Olympics of the new millennium.

Top gymnasts -- including artistic, rhythmic and trampoline competitors -- from around the world are scheduled to take part in a pre-Olympic "test" event February 23-27, held in the Sydney Superdome, the Olympic arena.
Joining the above athletes will be as-yet-unnamed representatives from Russia and Romania as well as nearly 40 athletes from the host nation (Australia), which will have their 2000 national artistic championships in conjunction with the tournament.
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  • EVENT BACKGROUND:
    This competition is the first held in the Olympic venue and is classified as the Test Event for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
    ARTISTIC & RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS:
    The Top 10 countries at the 1999 World Championships have been invited to the competition. Should any nation not accept the invitation then it will be extended to the next nation ranked until ten countries are confirmed.
  • The Qantas International Gymnastics Challenge starts on Wednesday 23 February with the Trampoline competition. The top 10 Men and Women, plus the next two highest-ranking Australians from the FIG World Cup meet to be held on Sunday February 20 at Gosford, will compete.
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The Men’s and Women’s Senior National Champions will determined at the beginning of the week in the Qantas Australian Gymnastics Championships:     (22-02-2000)

- There are 12 Men entered in the Men’s Senior event on Tuesday February 22 at 7.30pm. The current National Champion is Andrei Kravtsov. The 28 year-old veterans of the sport, Andrei and Brennon Dowrick will face strong competition from the new generation of Australian male gymnasts including
Philippe Rizzo, Damian Istria  and Adrian Looney.

- There are 20 Women entered in the Women’s Senior event on Wednesday February 23 at 7.30pm. The current National Champion is Trudy McIntosh.
The title of 2000 National Champion will be closely fought between the three gymnasts whom following the World Championships, continued their winning form on the FIG Word Cup circuit. They are Trudy McIntosh, Allana Slater and Lisa Skinner.

- In this session Trudy McIntosh will perform her new floor routine for the first time. This routine is accompanied by the tune “Waltzing Matilda”. She will also perform her own Vault “The McIntosh”, which was named in her honour being the first gymnast to successfully perform the Full Twisting Front Layout at a World Championships or Olympic Games.

The Qantas Australian Gymnastics Championships serve as the sole qualification event for the Australians who will compete later in the week in the

Qantas International Gymnastics Challenge.

The International Men’s All Around Final is on Thursday 24 February at 7.30pm.
The International Women’s All Around Final is on Friday, 25 February at 7.30pm
From these two sessions the top eight gymnasts on each apparatus will qualify for the

  Apparatus Finals to be held over two sessions:
On Saturday February 26 at 7.30pm the apparatus featured will be Men – Floor, Pommel Horse,
  Rings and Women – Floor and Vault.
On Sunday 27 February at 2.00pm the apparatus featured with be Men - Vault, Parallel Bars & High

  Bar and Women - Uneven Bars and Beam.

The first session of Rhythmic competition in the Qantas International Gymnastics Challenge starts

  at 12.00pm on Saturday 26 February. This qualification session will be contested by 14 of the 15 
  medallists from the 1999 World Championships.
  The Rhythmic Final will be held at 11.00am on Sunday, 27 February.

(Information: Australian Gymnastics Federation / Thanks!!) 

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PARTICIPANTS / TEILNEHMER

. NATIONS AG women AG men Rhythmic Gymnastics
BELARUS Natallia Naramovich
Maryna Zarzhytskaya
Alexander KRYLOV
Alexei SINKEVICH
Yulia RASKINA
Valeria VATKINA
BULGARIA
Dimitri LOUNTCHEV
Dian JORDANOV
CANADA Julie BEAULIEU
Emilie FOURNIER
Alexander JELTTKOV Amelie PLANTE
CZECH REPUBLIC Jana KOMRSKOVA
CHINA KUI, Yuanyuan
YANG, Yan
DONG, Zhen
ZHENG, Lihui
FINLAND Heini LAUTALA
FRANCE Ludivine FURNON
Elvire TEZA
Florent MAREE
Yann CUCHERAT
Eva SERRANO
Aurelie LACOUR
GERMANY Sven KWIATKOWSKI
Peter NIKIFEROW
Helene ASMUS,
Christiane HORNECK
GREAT BRITAIN Natalie LUCITT
Holly MURDOCK
HUNGARY Szilveszter CSOLLANY
Zoltan SUPOLA
ITALY Martina BREMINI
Elena OLIVETTA
JAPAN Naoya TSUKAHARA
Yoshihiro SAITO
Akihiro KASAMATSU
Rieko MATSUNAGA
Ai YOKOCHI
POLAND Anna KWITNIEWSKA
Agnieszka BRANDEBURA
ROMANIA Loredana BOBOC
Andreea ISARESCU
Loan Silviu SUCIU
Rares Iulian Orzata
RUSSIA Yulia BARSUKOVA
Alina KABAEVA
SLOVENIA Mitja PETKOVSEK
SPAIN Laura MARTINEZ
Sara MORO
Jesus CARBALLO
Omar CORTES
Esther DOMINGUEZ
Almudena CID TOSTADO
UKRAINE Halyna TYRYK
Nataliya HORODNIY
Alexander SVETLICHNIY
Ruslan MEZENTSEV
Elena VITRICHENKO
Tamara YEROFEYEVA
Ganna BESSONOVA
USA only Jeanette ANTOLIN
Robin PHELPS (injured !!)
Sean TOWNSEND
Guard YOUNG


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EVENTS:
( from February,
the 22nd on) 

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Artistic gymnastics
WOMEN
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Artistic Gymnastics
MEN
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Rhythmic Gymnastics
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Trampoline
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update: 25-02-2000