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Mustafina Defends Russian Cup Title
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With the high score on every event, Muscovite Aliya Mustafina defended her all-around title at the Russian Cup on Thursday in Chelyabinsk. Pictured: Daria Yelizarova, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Mustafina, Ksenia Semyonova and Tatiana Nabiyeva line up for the judges Thursday in Chelyabinsk.

Muscovite Aliya Mustafina defended her all-around crown at the 2010 Russian Cup, held Thursday in Chelyabinsk.

Mustafina tallied 62.271 under Russia's modified scoring system which rewards bonuses for difficulty and originality. Mustafina, who turns 16 on Sept. 30, scored the top mark on every event Thursday. She earned a high of 16.934 on uneven bars, where she dismounts with a 1 1/2-twisting double back.

"Bravo Aliya, she won by a wide margin," team coach Valentina Rodionenko said. "We have tried hard, she was trying very hard, and here the results are apparent!"

2008 Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva (Tula) placed second, also repeating her showing from 2009. Tula teammate Ksenia Semyonova (58.674) took the bronze (56.868).

Two-time Olympian Anna Pavlova (Orekhovo-Zuevo) placed fifth behind 15-year-old Yulia Inshina (Voronezh). Pavlova plans to retire this year.

2008 Junior European Champion Tatiana Nabiyeva, second to Mustafina in Wednesday's qualifications, dropped to sixth after a missed beam routine (12.240).

Competition continues Friday with the men's all-around final.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2010 Russian Cup
Aug. 26, Chelyabinsk

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Aliya Mustafina Moscow 15.367 16.934 15.000 14.970 62.271
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva Khimki/Tula 15.000 14.467 14.540 14.667 58.674
3. Ksenia Semyonova Khimki/Tula 14.234 13.734 14.200 14.700 56.868
4. Yulia Inshina Voronezh 13.800 13.567 14.040 13.900 55.307
5. Anna Pavlova Orekhovo-Zuevo/Khimki 14.734 13.400 14.200 12.900 55.234
6. Tatiana Nabiyeva St. Petersburg 14.200 15.600 12.240 13.170 55.210
7. Daria Yelizarova Tula 13.300 13.367 13.940 14.240 54.847
8. Anna Dementyeva Khimki/Samara 13.567 13.300 13.670 13.900 54.437
9. Yulia Belokobylskaya Rostov-on-Don 13.467 12.667 13.270 13.270 52.674
10. Anastasia Novikova Moscow 13.467 12.567 12.770 13.340 52.144
11. Yekaterina Kurbatova Moscow 12.300 14.267 12.970 12.600 52.137
12. Irina Sazonova St. Petersburg 13.200 12.700 11.740 12.867 50.507
13. Diana Sapronova St. Petersburg 12.800 12.534 12.700 12.100 50.134
14. Yekaterina Skorodumova Khimki/Ulyanov 13.434 10.900 11.470 12.900 48.704
15. Maria Smirnova Yoshkar-Ola 13.134 10.100 11.500 12.800 47.534
16. Anna Myzdrikova Moscow 13.967 0.000 13.840 14.100 41.907
17. Maria Paseka Moscow 0.000 13.234 0.000 0.000 13.234
18. Valeria Sviridova Novosibirsk 0.000 12.367 0.000 0.000 12.367
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