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    BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany — The FEI World Cup Vaulting Final wrapped-up March 17 with France and Italy earning the top spots in the Men’s and Women’s Finals, respectively. A total of seven nations took part in the two Finals and, demonstrating the growth of the sport over the past few years, the United States was represented for the first time by male vaulter Gabe Aniello.

    The Redwood City vaulter was lunged by Elke Schlep-Lensing on Pino del Rio to a seventh place finish. In the first round March 16, the 21-year-old scored 7.526 with high technique marks of 8.078 and 8.132. Aniello returned to competition the next day with another strong performance, vaulting to an improved score of 7.747. He completed on a two-day total of 7.636.

    Claiming top honors in the Men’s division was Nicolas Andreani of France on a score of 8.829 with Germany’s Thomas Brusewitz and France’s Ivan Nousse earning second and third place respectively on scores of 8.792 and 8.591. In the Women’s competition top honors went to Italy’s Anna Cavallaro with a score of 8.972. Earning second place was Switzerland’s Simone Jaiser on a score of 8.668 and third went to Germany’s Jennifer Braun with a score of 8.477.

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