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Russians Emphasizing Teams in Stuttgart
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Russia will concentrate on its team performances above individual medals at the upcoming world championships, head coach Andrei Rodionenko said this week.

"The world championships in Stuttgart are the qualifier to the Olympic Games, so therefore both the construction of the team and our preparation strategy will be done according to world championship rules," Rodionenko told newspaper Sport-Express.

Kristina Pravdina

Rodionenko said the top performers at the recent 2007 Russian Cup will continue to train at the national training center at Lake Krugloye. Russia will also hold a dual meet against Belarus at Krugloye.

"We plan to push through the final stage of preparation with the expanded team which will prepare intently for the world championship, and simultaneously we will generate men's and women's teams for the University Games," Rodionenko said.

Kristina Pravdina and Sergei Khorokhordin were the victors at the Russian Cup, held last week in Chelyabinsk. Maxim Devyatovsky, the current European champion, finished in a tie for second.

"The level the guys showed in the all-around in Chelyabinsk is on par with the rest of the world," Rodionenko said. "This is certainly nice to see. The more there are such gymnasts, the more likely we are to be competitive. But I repeat, this is not the main goal. If we make a strong team, within it there will certainly be individual stars. 'From the team comes the leader' is the rule on which we build all our work."

Rodionenko said he was pleased overall with the performances of the gymnasts in Chelyabinsk, but there is still work to be done.

"The gymnasts have committed frequent enough execution errors in what are generally good routines," Rodionenko said. "There is only a little time left until the world championships, so we will work therefore on reliability and quality."

At the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, the Russian men finished second and the women finished third.

"You should know that wherever this or that team placed is not always an objective measure," he said. "The rules are too severe: on each event three gymnasts represent the country, and all three scores count. A few years back the Chinese women's team lost to Australia. Does this mean that China is weaker? No, certainly not. Simply the Chinese women lost two tenths for one infraction, and as a result the team dropped to fourth place.

"So our main goal is not to think about concrete places, but to pass through the qualification. Therefore our current strategy is directed first of all at making both teams as strong as possible."

2007 Russian Cup
July 16-21, Chelyabinsk

Women's All-Around
1. Kristina Pravdina 59.050
2. Svetlana Klyukina 58.350
3. Yulia Lozhechko 58.250
4. Polina Miller 57.700
5. Anna Pavlova 57.000
6. Irina Isayeva 56.350
7. Daria Yelizarova 55.850
8. Alyona Polyan 55.100
9. Anna Myzdrikova 55.050
10. Yelena Zamolodchikova 54.900
11. Alyona Pronina 54.850
12. Svetlana Fedorova 54.100
13. Yulia Berger 53.550
14. Alyona Donodina 53.350
15. Maria Chibiskova 52.900
16. Alyona Zmeu 52.350
17. Irina Petrushkina 51.400
18. Nadezhda Chikhiryova 42.700

Men's All-Around
1. Sergei Khorokhordin 88.800
2. Yuri Ryazanov 88.250
2. Maxim Devyatovsky 88.250
4. Alexander Dyomin 84.800
5. Dmitry Barkalov 84.700
6. Dmitry Gogotov 84.650
7. Vladimir Olennikov 83.950
8. Nikolai Kryukov 83.450
9. Timur Kuzmin 83.050
10. Maxim Komlev 82.750
11. Alexander Borisov 82.100
12. Gennady Savelyev 81.800
13. Dmitry Paramonov 81.750
14. Ashot Kazaryan 81.600
15. Anton Lobachev 80.150
15. Andrei Belousov 80.150
17. Valery Voronov 79.700
18. Yevgeny Karasev 77.850
19. Kirill Gusev 76.500
20. Roman Yuvanen 73.500

Women's Vault
1. Anna Pavlova 14.725
2. Anna Grudko 14.562
3. Leysira Gabdrakhmanova 14.000
4. Alyona Zmeu 13.950
5. Yelena Zamolodchikova 13.873
6. Yulia Lozhechko 13.612
7. Irina Petrushkina 13.475
8. Nadezhda Chikhiryova 13.287

Uneven Bars
1. Ksenia Semyonova 15.850
2. Svetlana Klyukina 14.775
3. Daria Yelizarova 14.725
4. Irina Isayeva 14.625
5. Polina Miller 13.550
6. Alena Pronina 13.300
7. Yulia Berger 11.950
8. Alyona Zmeu 11.200

Balance Beam
1. Yulia Lozhechko 15.525
2. Alyona Zmeu 14.950
3. Lyudmila Yezhova 14.925
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva 14.425
5. Ksenia Semyonova 14.425
6. Anna Pavlova 14.375
7. Svetlana Klyukina 14.175
8. Alyona Donodina 13.725

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Daria Yelizarova 14.875
2. Yulia Lozhechko 14.575
3. Alyona Polyan 14.325
4. Svetlana Klyukina 14.275
5. Alena Pronina 13.750
6. Kristina Pravdina 13.500
7. Nadezhda Chikhiryova 13.475
8. Yekaterina Kramarenko 13.225

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Anatoly Vasilyev 15.650
2. Anton Golotsutskov 15.500
3. Alexander Dyomin 15.300
4. Maxim Devyatovsky 15.150
5. Vladimir Olennikov 14.900
6. Yuri Ryazanov 14.900
7. Sergei Khorokhordin 14.800
8. Anton Lobachev 14.600

Pommel Horse
1. Nikolai Kryukov 15.100
2. Dmitry Vasilyev 14.450
3. Maxim Devyatovsky 14.450
4. Andrei Likhovitsky 14.350
5. Yuri Ryazanov 13.850
6. Ruslan Nigmadzyanov 13.550
7. Maxim Komlev 13.350
8. Timur Kuzmin 13.350

Still Rings
1. Alexander Safoshkin 16.350
2. Konstantin Pluzhnikov 16.250
3. Alexander Balandin 16.250
4. Yuri Ryazanov 14.700
5. Andrei Belousov 14.000

Men's Vault
1. Anton Golotsutskov 16.150
2. Anton Lobachev 15.300
3. Alexander Dyomin 14.950
4. Anatoly Vasilyev 14.925
5. Ashot Kazaryan 14.800
6. Gennady Savelyev 14.750
7. Anton Neudakin 14.600
8. Timur Kuzmin 14.225

Parallel Bars
1. Dmitry Gogotov 15.050
2. Vitaly Buyanov 14.000
3. Vladimir Olennikov 13.950
4. Maxim Komlev 13.900
5. Konstantin Pluzhnikov 13.500
6. Gennady Savelyev 13.400
7. Sergei Khorokhordin 13.350
8. Maxim Devyatovsky 12.900

High Bar
1. Anatoly Vasilyev 15.100
2. Vitaly Buyanov 14.550
3. Yuri Ryazanov 14.500
4. Gennady Savelyev 14.050
5. Dmitry Paramonov 13.400
6. Alexander Dyomin 13.200
7. Nikolai Kryukov 13.050
8. Maxim Devyatovsky 12.250

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