FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — FEB. 13, 2013 — The United States has a qualified vaulter to compete in the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final for the first time in 2013. Gabe Aniello is among six of the top male vaulters in the world to qualify to compete at the 2013 Final in Braunschweig, Germany March 14-17.
Aniello (Redwood City, CA) is no stranger to international competition after having represented the U.S. at the 2012 FEI World Vaulting Championship, where he placed tenth in the Individual Male championship. He has qualified for the FEI World Cup Vaulting Final on the strength of competitive performances in CVI-W competition in Paris, France, Leipzig, Germany and Bordeaux, France. The 21-year-old began his qualification process with a third place finish in Paris at the beginning of December. He then kicked off the new year with a sixth place effort in Leipzig, prior to claiming his Final's qualification with a fourth place finish in Bordeaux.
The other five male vaulters who have qualified to compete alongside Aniello in Braunschweig include France's Nicolas Andreani and Ivan Nousse, Lukas Klouda of the Czech Republic, Germany's Torben Jacobs and Koen Akkerman of The Netherlands.
To learn more about the 2012 FEI World Cup Vaulting Final and 2012/2013 qualifying season visit; http://www.fei.org/events/series-and-finals/fei-world-cup%25E2%2584%25A2-vaulting/calendar-and-rules.
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