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Komova Wins Junior European Title
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Rising Russian star Viktoria Komova grabbed the all-around gold Friday at the 2010 Women's European Championships in Birmingham.

Viktoria Komova (Russia) performs on balance beam in Birmingham.

Komova, second to Anastasia Grishina in Thursday's qualification, outperformed and outscored her younger teammate and the rest of Europe in the final. Romania's Larisa Iordache won the bronze.

The 15-year-old Komova, daughter of 1985 World Championships gold medalist Vera Kolesnikova, topped Grishina by nearly 1.5 points. She earned the highest score of the day, 15.325, on uneven bars, nailing the only routine she had missed in preliminaries. Her lowest score of the day, a 14.100 for a slightly wobbly beam routine, was beaten only by the two Romanians.

Komova also outscored the field on both floor exercise (1 1/2 to Arabian double front mount) and vault, where she upgraded to the competition's only Yurchenko 2 1/2 (stumble back).

"The decision was made today to go for the 2 1/2-twisting Yurchenko," she said. "I decided to go for it."

As for her chances of returning to Britain for the 2012 Olympics in London, Komova was pragmatic.

"I do not think as far ahead as 2012 yet, but of course it is a dream to go to the Olympics," she said.

Grishina dug herself into a hole by missing her round-off tucked full on beam early in the competition. Nevertheless the 14 year old impressed with her difficult routine on uneven bars (15.225) and elegance on floor exercise (14.375) to hold off Iordache by more than a point.

"It is important after a fall to concentrate and not allow yourself to get upset or to focus on the fall, and continue with your competition," Grishina said.

Iordache and teammate Diana Bulimar, fourth, couldn't keep up with the Russians on vault or uneven bars, but nevertheless performed solidly. Iordache took the highest beam score of the day (kickover pike front to back tuck; double turn; round off ff triple twist dismount). Bulimar's 14.325 on floor exercise (double layout mount) was third behind Komova and Grishina.

The competition continues Saturday with the senior team final. Top qualifier Russia will attempt to hold off defending champion Romania to reclaim the title it last won in 2002.

External Link: Official Competition Site

2010 Women's European Championships
April 30, Birmingham, Great Britain

Junior All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Viktoria Komova14.52515.32514.10014.42558.375
2.Anastasia Grishina13.95015.22513.40014.37556.950
3.Larisa Iordache13.65013.15014.67514.20055.675
4.Diana Bulimar13.12512.57514.15014.32554.175
5.Erika Fasana13.92513.30012.25013.45052.925
6.Anne Kuhm13.40013.32512.70013.35052.775
7.Lisa Top13.10013.20012.70013.52552.525
8.Carlotta Ferlito13.47512.55012.67513.50052.200
9.Tess Moonen13.07513.62512.60012.85052.150
10.Natalia Zolotaryova13.05013.35012.30013.40052.100
11.Jonna Adlerteg13.32513.25012.70012.67551.950
12.Khrystyna Sankova13.32512.27512.60013.52551.725
13.Daryna Liubytska13.35013.05012.12512.97551.500
14.Laura Mitchell13.45012.67511.95013.12551.200
15.Nadia Muelhauser13.37512.92511.57512.87550.750
16.Janine Berger13.57512.32512.05012.60050.550
17.Leilah Mackenzie13.52512.82511.20012.87550.425
18.Maria Paula Vargas13.60012.12512.17511.80049.700
19.Desiree Baumert12.82511.60012.22512.77549.425
19.Nadia Baeriswyl12.77511.95011.97512.72549.425
21.Dorina Jelencsics13.17511.25012.15012.42549.000
22.Anabel Ruiz13.25011.92510.17512.75048.100
23.Elisavet Tsakou12.17511.45011.97512.22547.825
24.Eline Vandersteen11.65010.80012.42511.52546.400
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Bailey Lowry said:

I love gymnastics 4 ever and send me some gymnastics magazines
April 30, 2010
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