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Mustafina, Komova 'Show Off' in Sardinia
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Russian stars Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova were golden at the Italian Grand Prix, an "exhibition competition" held Saturday in Cagliari. Mustafina and Komova pose with world and Olympic rhythmic champion Yevgenia Kanayeva at Rockefeller Hall.

Russia and Italy divided the trophies Saturday at the "Freddy Cup" Italian Grand Prix, an "exhibition competition" held in Cagliari on the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea.

A sold-out crowd of 2,500 packed Sardinia's Rockefeller Hall for a chance to to see some of the biggest names in gymnastics. The show featured just four events for artistic gymnastics — the women on uneven bars and balance beam, and the men on still rings and high bar — as well as rhythmic events. The winner of each event received a special trophy named for one of the show sponsor.

Russia brought its top gymnasts in world champion Aliya Mustafina, Olympic Youth Games champion Viktoria Komova, and world and Olympic rhythmic champion Yevgenia Kanayeva.

Mustafina, winner of two golds and three silvers at last month's worlds, used the opportunity to debut some new skills en route to the balance beam trophy. She added a full turn to the right immediately after her double turn to the left; a switch-half, back tuck combination, and a new side aerial to one foot (bringing her held leg all the way up) after her front aerial, Onodi. (Click for video). Komova had several wobbles, including on a new double turn.

Komova performed her well-known routine to win the trophy on uneven bars (15.500), while Mustafina missed several skills to place fourth.

Four-time world medalist Matteo Morandi won the trophy on still rings, where the Italians grabbed the top three places. Enrico Pozzo grabbed the trophy on high bar.

Neither Mustafina nor Komova are done competing for the year: The pair are scheduled to go to Japan in December for the Toyota Cup. Komova will be eligible for senior competition in January, and the anticipated all-around showdown between the two stars is expected at the Russian championships in March and European championships in April.

External Link: Italian Gymnastics Federation

19th Italian Grand Prix
Nov. 13, 2010, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

Uneven BarsScore
1.Viktoria Komova15.500
2.Serena Licchetta14.470
3.Lia Parolari13.940
4.Aliya Mustafina13.570
5.Vasiliki Millousi10.440

Balance BeamScore
1.Aliya Mustafina14.700
2.Viktoria Komova14.600
3.Vasiliki Millousi14.000
4.Elisabetta Preziosa13.770
5.Lia Parolari13.750

Still RingsScore
1.Matteo Morandi15.600
2.Matteo Angioletti15.400
3.Paolo Ottavi14.900
4.Jordan Jovtchev14.450
5.Samir Aid Said14.034

High BarScore
1.Enrico Pozzo15.140
2.Hamilton Sabot14.600
3.Vlasios Maras14.500
4.Mattia Tamiazzo14.240
5.Alberto Busnari13.800

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