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PRC: USA topple China to take team title, Gafuik pips Offord for all-around crown


Team USA - the 2010 PRC team champions
Thursday, 29 April 2010

Summary

The all-conquering United States have taken out the men’s team competition at the Pacific Rim Championships at Hisense Arena tonight, whilst Commonwealth Games silver medallist Nathan Gafuik of Canada pipped home town hero Sam Offord to secure the all-around title.

Meanwhile at the State Netball Hockey Centre, Australia’s No. 1 rhythmic gymnast Naazmi Johnston is on the verge of causing a major upset at the half way point, where she currently leads her Russian rivals.

In the men’s competition, the focus centred on the team gold when the fired up United States unit hit Hisense Arena tonight.

Despite a shaky start on pommel and floor, the super-six in the stars and stripes bounced back to defeat the powerful combination from China 345.950 to 340.500.

Canada, the 2006 Commonwealth Games champions, finished third with 337.250, tipping Australia out of the medals to finish in fourth place with 333 points.

“The team is always our priority, so we are very happy with the result,” said USA men’s team coordinator Kevin Mazeika.

The victory was led by 2009 USA junior all-around champion John Orozco, who claimed the junior all-around title scoring 86.450. Teammate CJ Maestas collected the silver with 84.300. Under the Pacific Rim rules, teams must contain a minimum of three junior gymnasts.

“I’m very happy to win, it was my goal for this competition (to win the junior title),” said Orozco, whose combined total would have the captured the senior crown.

World high bar finalist Danell Leyva (USA) said there was more to look forward to in the apparatus finals.

“I only took out half of my routine on high bar today, but I will show the full difficulty in the final,” said Leyva.

Heading into the final rotation, the vocal Australian crowd thought reigning Australian champion Sam Offord was in with a chance of pulling off a surprise victory, but it wasn’t to be, Gafuik putting in a clean performance on pommel horse to win the Pacific Rim all-around crown 86.250 to 85.850. Doha World Cup winner Yuguo Huang from China collected the bronze with 85.850.

A delighted Offord, 24, was pleasantly surprised to secure his first all-around medal at a major competition.

“It’s good to get some consistency, particularly with the Commonwealth Games and world championships coming up later in the year,” said Offord.

“It’s good to be in the pressure situations and come through in six apparatus.”

“I still had mistakes and there’s plenty of things to work on but I held it together well enough to get a good all around score.  I don’t have a lot of difficulty compared to some of the other athletes, so for me consistency is what I need in order to get good results.”

Gafuik said the win was a confidence booster ahead of the world championships in October.

“It feels pretty good,” said Gafuik. “The Pacific Rim is a big competition on our calendar and I was really happy that I was in good shape to give it a good go and I did a good job tonight.”

“It was pretty sketchy in the middle, but I got there in the end.”

The men will return to Hisense Arena on Saturday night for the apparatus finals.

 Full results and the live action report can be found on www.gymnastics.org.au

 

Men's Sub Division 2 - LIVE

Rotation 1

Offord (AUS) - PH - clean routine to start, good job! 13.350
Akers (USA) - FX - double double tucked, fall on arabian double front, low landing on triple twist to finish. 12.100
Rongbing (CHN) - V - nice Kasamatsu full twist. 15.850
Bull (AUS) - PH - Nice routine, clean form. 12.300
Orozco (USA) - FX - Nice piked Arabian double front. Nice tucked full in to finish. 14.100
Wiwatowski (AUS) - PH - Two falls but finished well. 11.400
Yuguo (CHN) - V - Clean double front, but sat it down. That was his second vault. 15.650.
Scott (CAN) - R - Nice routine, finished with a double piked front dismount. 14.000
Cameron (USA) - FX - Nice routined, finishing with a 2.5 twist. 15.050
Lytwyn (CAN) - R - Yamawaki, Jonasson into cross. Good landing on his dismount. 14.850
Ruzhitskiy (RUS) - PB - Nice form but had some form errors. Double pike dismount. 12.950
Rickards (AUS) - PH - Beautiful triple Russian, very clean circles, very fast swing. Excellent routine. 13.150
Leyva (USA) - FX - Underrotated and fell on layout double double to open. Front layout into double front. Underrotated and fell on 2.5 twist, and a third fall on his double layout dismount. 10.600
Gafuik (CAN) - R - tucked double double dismount, large stumble forwards. 14.500
Wadsworth (AUS) - PH - a few form errors, but got though the routine well. 12.250
Demin (RUS) - PB - Nice routine with nice form. 14.250
Legendre (USA) - FX - Front double twist into front layout.Very high! Arabian double pike full twist out, layout Thomas, Arabian double tuck to finish. Excellent routine, and the USA contingent is very pleased! 15.150
Hennessy (AUS) - PH - Good swing, and made it through without major issue. 12.700
Maestas (USA) - FX - Put his hands down on opening tucked double double. Very nice twisting passes. Tucked full in to finish. Very nice routine. 13.200

After 1 rotation:
1. CHN 63.900
2. CAN 57.150
3. USA 56.400
4. RUS 53.850
5. AUS 51.050

Senior All Around
1. Yuguo (CHN) - 16.250
2. Leyand (CHN) - 15.950
3. Ronbging (CHN) - 15.850

Junior All Around
1. Shixiong (CHN) - 15.850
2. Peng (CHN) - 15.550
3. Xiaodong (CHN) - 15.450

Rotation 2

Rickards (AUS) - R - Planche. Fell out of a handstand, but recovered with a nice tucked full in dismount, just a step forwards. 13.000
Dowers (CAN) - V - Kasamatsu full twist. 14.700
Karachkin (RUS) - HB - Nice Tkatchev, good form, peeled off on his double layout dismount, and almost fell. 12.850
Watson (CAN) - V - Yurchenko full twist, small hop on landing. 14.050
Hennessy (AUS) - R - Nice position on his cross. Jonasson, Yamawaki. Tucked full in dismount. Nice routine. 13.850
Xiaodong (CHN) - PB - Nice form, and good difficulty. Double pike dismount. 14.250
Maestas (USA) - PH - Got through the routine well. 13.600
Birl (CAN) - V - Double twisting Yurchenko. Good height. Second vault was a Kasamatsu 1.5. 15.350
Wiwatowski (AUS) - R - Two crosses, Jonasson, Yamawaki, tucked double double dismount with a few steps back. 14.450
Wadsworth (AUS) - R - Cross, planche, planche. Tucked full in, just about stuck. 13.950
Oroczo (USA) - PH - Good routine. 14.300
Gafuik (CAN) - V - 2.5 twisting Yurchenko (16.250), handspring double front, low landing. 15.675
Leyva (USA) - PH - Fell mid-way through his routine. He's not having a good night so far. 13.300
Offord (AUS) - R - Nice planche, cross, nice position on another planche, Jonasson, Yamawaki, tucked full in, just a small hop forwards. Very good routine. 15.350
Yuguo (CHN) - PB - Tucked double back, pike front, double pike dismount - stuck solid. Very good routine. 14.200
Cameron (USA) - PH - Nice flairs and good form throughout the routine. 13.750
Bull (AUS) - R - Jonasson, Yamawaki, slightly shaky in his handstands but a nice tucked full in to finish. 13.600
Legendre (USA) - PH - A few form errors, and a fall just before his dismount. 10.850
Rongbing (CHN) - PB - piked front, straddled pike front, and double pike dismount. 14.900
Peng (CHN) - PB - Tippelt, very nice healy, nice and high double pike dismount, just a small step forward. 14.350

After Rotation 2:
1. CHN 122.100
2. CAN 119.450
3. USA 111.350
4. AUS 108.650
5. RUS 107.050

Junior AA:
1. Shixiong (CHN) - 30.700
2. Peng (CHN) - 29.900
3. Xiaodong (CHN) - 29.700

Senior AA:
1. Gafuik (CAN) - 30.750
1. Rongbing (CHN) - 30.750
3. Lytwyn (CAN) - 30.550

Rotation 3

Xiaodong (CHN) - HB - Layout Tkatchev but tucked his legs at the end, straddle Tkatchev, nice pirouetting work. Layout double double with a nice landing. 13.000
Bull (AUS) - V - Layout Tsukahara, with a step on the landing. 13.850
Birl (CAN) - PB - Diamodov, Tippelt, large step on dismount. 13.200
Hennessy (AUS) - V - Layout Tsukahara. Fell backwards on the landing. 13.450
Wadsworth (AUS) - V - Very good vault, just a small step on the landing. 15.400
Shixiong (CHN) - HB - Nice in bar work, tucked full in dismount. 13.300
Watson (CAN) - PB - Double pike dismount with steps on landing. Nice position in the air. 13.300
Wiwatowski (AUS) - V - Kasamatsu full twist. Very nice vault, just a small step on landing. 14.950
Offord (AUS) - V - Double twisting Yurchenko with a big lunge forward. 15.250
Leyva (USA) - R - Yamawaki, Jonasson, nice positions in his strength work. Full twisting double layout, with a step. 14.650
Rickards (AUS) - V - Layout Tsukahara, nice vault. 13.850

Yuguo (CHN) - HB - Layout Tkatchev, very nice swing. Nice full twisting double layout dismount, but a large stumble backwards on landing. 13.250
Legendre (USA) - R - Nice planche, cross, almost got stuck in his Yamawaki, full in dismount with a half turn. 14.400
Gafuik (CAN) - PB - Nice double tuck, very high and clean. Double pike dismount, stuck. 14.800
Rongbing (CHN) - HB - Gaylord, markelov, very nice pirouettes and in-bar work, but fell on piked Jaeger. Nice double double dismount. 13.650
Peng (CHN) - HB - Nice and high piked Tkatchev, very nice form and good swing. Nice and clean double layout dismount. 12.600

Russia, encouraged by shouts of STOI! (stick) from the Russian WAG team, performed good floor routines. Not the highest level of difficulty, but solid routines.

After 3rd Rotation:
1. CHN 176.200
2. CAN 174.850
3. USA 170.000
4. AUS 167.850

Senior AA Standings:
1. Gafuik (CAN) - 45.550
2. Rongbing (CHN) - 44.400
3. Lytwyn (CAN) - 44.250
4. Offord (AUS) - 43.950

Junior AA Standings:
1. Shixiong (CHN) - 44.000
2. Orozco (USA) - 42.900
3. Xiaodong (CHN) - 42.700

Rotation 4

Maestas (USA) - V - Yurchenko double twist, very good vault. 15.150
Xiaodong (CHN) - FX - 2.5 twist into rudi, triple twist to finish, low landing. 14.050
Orozco (USA) - V - Very nice Yurchenko double twist. Well appreciated by the enthusiastic crowd! 15.300.
Bull (AUS) - PB - Clean routine, with a tucked double back dismount. 13.600
Watson (CAN) - HB - Tkatchev, full twisting double layout dismount. 12.850
Leyva (USA) - V - Kasamatsu full twist, just a step to the side. 15.000
Hennessy (AUS) - PB - Tippelt, he has very nice form on his skills. Double pike dismount with just a small step. 13.100
Akers (USA) - V - Kasamatsu 1.5. Good vault. 15.850. Second vault was a handspring layout half turn.
Leyang (CHN) - FX - very nice routine, finishing with a clean 2.5 twist. 14.100
Legendre (USA) - V - with huge encouragment from his teammates. Very nice handspring double front. Very high and just a step forwards. 15.600

Wadsworth (AUS) - PB - Nice Tippelt, but almost fell on his double pike dismount, may have put his hand down. 13.750
Lytwyn (CAN) - HB - Huge release, but lost control on a pirouette element. Double twisting double layout dismount. 13.400
Cameron (USA) - V - Rudi. Landed very low and stumbled forward into the vault. 14.200
Yuguo (CHN) - FX - Layout... See more Thomas, 2.5 twist punch barani, Arabian double front to end. Very nice routine. 15.500
Gafuik (CAN) - HB - Nice tucked Kovacs but fell soon after. Great full twisting Kovacs. Double twisting double layout with a stuck landing. 14.200
Wiwatowski (AUS) - PB - Good routine with a few small form errors, nice double pike to finish. 14.200
Peng (CHN) - FX - Twisting pass to start. Clean double twist forwards. Very nice triple twist. 2.5 twist to finish. 13.250
Offord (AUS) - PB - Double tuck, Tippelt, straddled front, a little messy in his hop to one bar, double pike dismount with a small step backwards. 14.350
Rickards (AUS) - PB - beautiful lines. Extra swing, Tippelt, and missed his hand on a healy. Nice double pike dismount.

After 4th Rotation:
1. CHN 233.900
2. USA 232.000
3. CAN 228.900
4. AUS 223.750

Senior AA Standings:
1. Gafuik (CAN) - 59.750
2. Yuguo (CHN) - 59.200
3. Offord (AUS) - 58.300

Junior AA Standings:
1. Oroczo (USA) - 58.200
2. Shixiong (CHN) - 58.050
3. Maestas (USA) - 57.150

 

Rotation 5

Bull (AUS) - HB - Nice Voronin, very nice form throughout his routine. Nice double layout dismount. 13.550
Xiaodong (CHN) - PH - Very nice, clean routine. 12.700
Maestas (USA) - PB - Nice felga (peach) half, felga, very good Tippelt, and high double pike to finish. 14.250.
Wadsworth (AUS) - HB - Voronin, nice stoop half, looked like he stopped before a release but just had an extra swing and continued. Nice full twisting double layout dismount, but slightly piked down. 12.700
Shixiong (CHN) - PH - Nice routine but he fell mid-way through his routine. 12.450
Watson (CAN) - FX - 2.5 twist. Nice routine. 13.900
Orozco (USA) - PB - Excellent Tippelt, and nice pirouettes. Stuck double pike dismount. 14.250
Birl (CAN) - FX - Good tumbling, finishing with a full in. 14.250
Hennessy (AUS) - HB - Voronin, clean routine finishing with a nice full twisting double layout.13.300

Lytwyn (CAN) - FX - tuck front full into double twist forward. Whip half - double front. Very good tumbling. Nice 2.5 twist to finish. 14.650
Offord (AUS) - HB - Voronin, stoop in and beautiful L grip giants, stuck full twisting double layout dismount. 14.000
Gafuik (CAN) - FX - Piked double Arabian, very nice. Front double twist, full twist tucked.He looks very determined! 1.5 twist into Rudi. Sat down his final pass of 2.5 twist. 13.550
Wiwatowski (AUS) - HB - Tucked kovacs, Voronin, double twisting double layout dismount. Good routine! 14.450
Yuguo (CHN) - PH - Legs apart during circles, and not the best routine for him. 12.300
Leyva (USA) - PB - Overrotated on his diamadov, and had a big form error. Very nice giant full and pirouetting elements. Stuck double pike. Team USA is very pumped up! 15.450
Rickards (AUS) - HB - Voronin, very clean lines and good technique. Double layout dismount with a large lunge forward. Clean, but low difficulty. 12.000
Peng (CHN) - PH - Fell mid-routine but finished off well. 10.000
Akers (USA) - PB - A few "steps" on his elements, but nice double pike dismount, with just a step.

Standings after 5 Rotations:
1. USA 298.850
2. CHN 285.250
2. CAN 285.250
4. AUS 279.050

Senior AA Standings:
1. Gafuik (CAN) - 73.300
2. Offord (AUS) - 72.300
2. Lytwyn (CAN) - 72.300

Junior AA Standings:
1. Oroczo (USA) - 72.450
2. Maestas (USA) - 71.400
3. Shixiong (CHN) - 70.500

Rotation 6

Bull (AUS) - FX - Front layout into front double twist. Double twist to finish, low landing and step forward. 12.400
Maestas (USA) - HB - Tucked Kovacs, piked Tkatchev, straddled Tkatchev. Full twisting double layout dismount, but it was quite piked. 12.900
Ruzhitskiy (RUS) - Kasamatsu. Nicely done. 14.400... See more
Henessy (AUS) - Front double twist with a big step forwards. Nice 2.5 twist. Finishes with a stuck double twist. 13.550
Karachkin (RUS) - V - Nice double twisting Yurchenko, almost stuck. 15.150
Xiaodong (CHN) - R - Jonasson, Yamawaki, nice form throughout. Big step on his dismount. 14.300
Akers (USA) - HB - Tucked kovacs, Tkatchev. 13.450
Offord (AUS) - FX - Double layout, step out of bounds. 1.5 twist into full twist. Layout Thomas. Nice full in to end, with just a hop forwards. 13.550
Scott (CAN) - PH - Good routine. 13.050
Leyang (CHN) - R - Very nice layout front between the rings, into cross. Jonasson, Yamawaki. Full twisting double layout dismount, with a stumble forwards. 13.150
Wiwatowsi (AUS) - FX - Layout Thomas. Nice routine, with a 2.5 twist to finish. 14.100
Gafuik (CAN) - PH - solid routine, which should be enough for the all around title. 12.950
Orozco (USA) - HB - full twisting layout Tkatchev. Voronin, stop out half into Tkatchev. Layout double twisting double back to finish, just a hop on the landing. 14.000
Wadsworth (AUS) - FX - Double layout, small hop forwards. 1.5 twist into Rudi but put his hands down. Front layout into double twist forwards, but underrotated and fell. Full in to finish. 12.750
Yuguo (CHN) - R - Very good routine with a dobule layout full twist to finish - stuck solid. Good routine. 14.050
Leyva (USA) - HB - Layout Kovacs, layout Tkatchev, Excellent double twisting double layout to finish. 14.750
Rongbing (CHN) - R - Solid routine, with good strength elements. Full twisting double layout to finish. 13.000
Rickards (AUS) - FX - Double twist forwards. Punch double front, but underrotated and fell. 1.5 twist. Stuck double twist to finish. 13.100

 

Men's Sub Division 1

Rotation 1

Clutterbuck (NZL) - Tsukahara layout. 13.450
Field (NZL) - Tsukahara layout full twist. 14.800
Shek (HKG) - Good routine, finishing with a triple twist. 13.050
Palmer (NZL) - Tsukahara full twist. 13.450
Bishop (NZL) - Yurchenko full twist, nice and clean.14.550
Hennin (NZL) - Tsukahara full twist, with great execution. 14.850
Zi Jie Gan (SIN) - Very nice routine, with great control on the circles. 13.900

After one rotation:
1. NZL - 57.650
2. SIN - 46.400

Junior AA
Field (NZL) - 14.800
Clutterbuck (NZL) - 13.450
Kai Cheng Tay (SIN) - 11.300

Senior AA
Hennin (NZL) - 14.850
Bishop (NZL) - 14.550
Zi Jie Gan (HKG) - 13.900

 

Rotation 2

Mohd (MAS) - HB - Caught his Tkatchev, but then couldn't maintain his swing. Full twisting double layout dismount, large step forward. 10.300
Clutterbuck (NZL) - PB - Good routine with an interesting full twist dismount. 13.450
Meng (SIN) - R - Nice routine, double back dismount. 10.900
Field (NZL) - PB - Legs came apart after the diamadov. Fall on double tuck dismount. 12.500
Wan (MAS) - HB - Uprise to Voronin. Double back dismount. 11.800
Wei (SIN) R - Routine had mainly strength elements, and a double tuck dismount. 12.300
Palmer (NZL) - PB - Clean routine, with a front full twist dismount. 12.800
Bishop (NZL) - PB - A few slight form errors, and another front full twist dismount. 13.150
Hennin (NZL) - PB - Very nice routine, double back dismount. Looks very pleased with himself. 13.600

After two rotations:
1. NZL - 110.650
2. SIN - 90.750

Junior AA:
1. Field (NZL) - 27.300
2. Clutterbuck (NZL) - 26.900
3. Wei (MAS) - 22.950

Senior AA:
1. Hennin (NZL) - 28.450
2. Bishop (NZL) - 27.700
3. Palmer (NZL) - 26.250


Rotation 3


Clutterbuck (NZL) - HB - Nice routine, tucked full in dismount. 11.350
Mohd (MAS) - FX - Full in second pass, fall on his final 2.5 twist. 12.200
Kai (SIN) - V - Yurchenko full twist. 14.250
Field (NZL) - HB - Another clean routine, with a full in dismount. 12.600
Wan (MAS) - FX - Tucked Arabian 1 3/4 rollout. 13.000
Palmer (NZL) - HB - Voronin, interesting dismount of tucked double front with half turn over the bar. 12.550
Bishop (NZL) - HB - Gienger, just caught! Nice full in dismount, just about stuck. 12.900
Wei (SIN) - V - Nice handpring pike front, good height and landing. 13.800
Hennin (NZL) - HB - High Voronin and straddled Tkatchev. Double twisting double layout dismount. 13.250

After three rotations:
1. NZL - 161.950
2. SIN - 147.225

Junior AA:
1. Field (NZL) - 39.900
2. Clutterbuck (NZL) - 38.250
3. Wei (SIN) - 36.750

Senior AA:
1. Hennin (NZL) - 41.700
2. Bishop (NZL) - 40.600
3. Palmer (NZL) - 38.800

 

Rotation 4

Clutterbuck (NZL) - FX - double tuck to open, finishes with a clean double twist. NZ have a vocal contingent in the crowd, from the other NZ teams here at the PRC. 13.200
Kiu (HKG) - V - Handspring front layout half, but it was quite piked. 14.800
Bishop (NZL) - Front double twist-barani, front layout-Rudi and finishing with 2.5 twist. 13.700
Wai (HKG) - V - Great double front, nearly stuck. Great height! 16.200, with 9.6 execution. Fantastic! Second vault was Tsukahara double twist. 15.825.
Hennin (NZL) - FX - Very nice Arabian 1 3/4 roll out. Fall on his final 2.5 twist. 12.250
Palmer (NZL) - FX - Clean routine, but his difficulty level is quite low. Finishes with a double twist. 13.900
Wei (SIN) - PB - Double tuck dismount. 13.050
Field (NZL) - FX - Out of bounds on his side pass. Difficulty level was fairly low, but it's evident he has a sore ankle. Double twist to finish. 12.750
Kai (SIN) - PB - A few form issues throughout, but finishes with a nice double tuck. 13.300

After four rotations:
1. NZL - 215.500
2. SIN - 200.425

Junior AA:
1. Field (NZL) - 52.650
2. Clutterbuck (NZL) - 51.450
3. Wei (SIN) - 50.600

Senior AA:
1. Bishop (NZL) - 54.300
2. Hennin (NZL) - 53.950
3. Wai (HKG) - 53.250

 

Rotation 5

Wei (SIN) - HB - A bit late on a few of his turns. Finishes with a clean double tuck dismount. 10.650
Clutterbuck (NZL) - PH - A few form issues, and fell when his legs hit the horse on a circle. Finished the routine well. 9.300
Field (NZL) - PH - Had to use his strength on the dismount, but otherwise got through the routine well. 11.550
Wai (HKG) - PB - collapsed on one of his handstands, and sat on the bar after his Tippelt. Stuck double pike dismount. 13.100
Bishop (NZL) - PH - fall on his circles. Finished off well. 11.100
Kai (SIN) - HB - Voronin, full in dismount. 11.650
Hennin (NZL) - PH - muscled through the dismount with loud encouragement from his teammates, but otherwise got through the routine. 12.300
Palmer (NZL) - PH - A few form errors, but got through the routine. 11.000

After five rotations:
1. NZL - 261.450
2. SIN - 245.075

Junior AA:
1. Field (NZL) - 64.200
2. Kai (SIN) - 61.700
3. Wei (SIN) - 61.250

Senior AA:
1. Wai (HKG) - 66.350
2. Hennin (NZL) - 66.250
3. Bishop (NZL) - 65.400

Rotation 6

Kiu (HKG) - HB - Fairly low difficulty, and an overrotated double tuck dismount. 9.800
Clutterbuck (NZL) - R - 10.800
Field (NZL) - R - Cross, slipped off the rings on the bottom of his swing, so landed his dismount (safely) on his back. 11.400
Wai (HKG) - HB - Uprise to Voronin, piked Tkatchev, full in dismount. 13.800
Bishop (NZL) - R - Cross, a little shaky in his handstands, but nice full in dismount. 13.000
Meng (SIN) - FX - 2.5 twist. 12.450
Hennin (NZL) - R - nice position on the inverted pike hang, cross, nice full in dismount. 13.450
Wei (SIN) - FX - Fall on his 2.5 twist, stuck double twist to finish. 11.500
Palmer (NZL) - R - Good strength work with two maltese and a cross, front layout full twist dismount. 14.600
Kai (SIN) - FX - All twisting passes, including a triple twist. Finishes with a double twist. 11.950

Final results after Subdivision 1:
1. NZL - 313.900
2. SIN - 294.625

Junior AA:
1. Field (NZL) - 75.600
2. Kai (SIN) - 73.650
3. Wei (SIN) - 72.750

Senior AA:
1. Wai (HKG) - 80.150
2. Hennin (NZL) - 79.700
3. Bishop (NZL) - 78.400

 
 
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