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Giulia Steingruber Headlines Switzerland’s World Championships Team

Giulia Steingruber won bronze on vault at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni Switzerland has announced the World champion...

Giulia Steingruber won bronze on vault at the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Silvia Vatteroni

Switzerland has announced the World championships team. It will be formed of Olympic medallist Giulia Steingruber, Fabienne Studer, Jessica Diacci and Ilaria Käslin. The four gymnasts finished in the top four spots, in this order, at last week’s Swiss national championships.

Giulia Steingruber, 23, is Switzerland’s best ever female gymnast. She is the vault bronze medallist from the Rio Olympic Games, as well as a five-time European champion. She won three European vault titles (2013, 2014 and 2016), one floor title (2016) and one all around title (2015). Steingruber has a lot of records under her belt. In 2015 she became the first Swiss female gymnast to win a European all around title, and in 2016 she became the first Swiss female gymnast to medal at the Olympic Games. Steingruber has still to win a World medal, and, despite still recovering from an injury, this could be her year.

Ilaria Käslin, 19, competed at three World championships in the past (2013, 2014 and 2015). Her best individual result came in 2013, when she qualified for the all around final, finishing twenty-second. In 2016, she competed at the Rio Test Event and at the European championships in Bern, where she narrowly missed out on a medal on balance beam, finishing fourth.

Jessica Diacci, 23, also competed at three World championships in the past (2010, 2011 and 2015). She won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at the 2015 Doha World Challenge Cup. She finished third at last week’s Swiss championships with a score of 49.100.

Fabienne Studer, 16, is a first-year senior with a lot of potential. Last year she competed at the junior European championships and finished sixth with her team. She placed second in the all around at last week’s Swiss championships with a score of 49.800 and won bars with a 12.500.

On the men’s side, Switzerland will be represented by Oliver Hegi Kunstturnen, Pablo Brägger and Eddy Yusof.

The 2017 World gymnastics championships will be held in Montreal, Canada from 2 to 8 October.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua

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