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Dementyeva Tops Komova at Russian Cup
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Russian and European champion Anna Dementyeva successfully held off Viktoria Komova Thursday to take the Russian Cup all-around title in Yekaterinburg. Pictured: All-around medalists Komova, Dementyeva and Yulia Belokobylskaya

Russian and European champion Anna Dementyeva successfully held off Viktoria Komova Thursday to take the Russian Cup all-around title in Yekaterinburg.

After falling in Wednesday's qualification, Dementyeva landed her new double-twisting Yurchenko vault, though slightly low and with a step forward (14.700). She matched Wednesday's score on beam, 15.300 (illusion; switch ring; Onodi to sheep jump; front aerial, switch leap, back tuck; RO two-foot layout; ff ff triple twist with one step). She also improved her marks on bars (14.975) and floor (14.825), where she showed sassy new choreography (2 1/2 to layout front full; piked full-in; two whips to triple twist; tucked full-in dismount).

Komova, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery three months ago, again notched the high score of the day with her 15.700 on uneven bars, despite missing a connection into her Tkatchev. She played it safe on vault to protect her ankle, opting for a simple half twist (13.925). She performed her usual clean set on beam (punch front; ff to two layouts; standing Arabian; ff ff double tuck), with her only major wobble coming on a double turn (15.150). She showed off elegant new choreography on floor to "Swan Lake," but watered down her tumbling with a 1 1/2 to double tuck; double tuck; double twist and double pike (14.100).

Yulia Belokobylskaya, the bronze medalist on floor exercise at April's European championships, won the all-around bronze.

Top qualifier Ksenia Afanasyeva missed out on the medals after a disastrous routine on uneven bars, where she fell off on a short toe-on full on the low bar. She continued to and hit her big moves (toe-full to Shaposhnikova-half; toe-blind to Jaeger; Tkatchev to Pak) only to jump off again on a failed kip (12.500). The 2008 Olympian also showed off new choreography for the second-best score of the night (double layout; two whips to triple twist; double pike; 14.700).

World championship gold medalist Tatiana Nabiyeva competed two events again, improving both scores from qualification (14.400 for double-twisting Yurchenko vault and 15.200 on uneven bars).

This week's competition will largely determine the makeup of squad to October's worlds in Tokyo, Russian senior coach Andrei Rodionenko said.

"Yekaterinburg will determine 95 percent of the team that we will see in Japan," Rodionenko said. "The remaining few places will be chosen from September's results at the World Cup in Belgium and the All-Russian competition in Penza. Right now, the strongest gymnasts are not all ready for the start of the Russian Cup. The Russian coaching staff expects that over the next month they can reach the required physical condition."

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

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2011 Russian Cup
Aug. 18, Yekaterinburg

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Anna Dementyeva PFO/CFO 14.700 14.975 15.300 14.825 59.800
2. Viktoria Komova CFO/MOS 13.925 15.700 15.150 14.100 58.875
3. Yulia Belokobylskaya YUFO 14.600 14.275 14.400 14.575 57.850
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva CFO-1 14.275 12.500 14.300 14.700 55.775
5. Yulia Inshina CFO-2 13.625 14.500 14.500 12.575 55.200
6. Maria Stepanova CFO-2 13.175 14.000 12.600 13.975 53.750
7. Yekaterina Kramarenko SPB 13.775 13.825 12.600 13.425 53.625
8. Anna Pavlova CFO-2 14.675 12.000 13.925 12.950 53.550
9. Ksenia Semyonova CFO-2 13.525 12.350 14.100 12.550 52.525
10. Diana Sapronova SPB 13.150 11.450 13.000 13.900 51.500
11. Yekaterina Kurbatova MOS 13.200 11.700 11.850 12.925 49.675
12. Olga Zemskova SPB 12.600 11.575 12.600 12.700 49.475
13. Olga Bikmurzina PFO 12.900 11.075 12.500 12.350 48.825
14. Maria Smirnova PFO 12.950 11.650 11.100 12.575 48.275
15. Maria Gordeyeva SPB 12.900 10.375 12.150 12.575 48.000
16. Yelena Syrnikova MOS 12.550 9.875 12.050 12.500 46.975
17. Daria Lavrushina PFO 12.775 10.000 11.050 10.650 44.475
18. Francheska Yanayeva UFO 13.250 7.550 9.825 12.600 43.225
19. Maria Paseka MOS 14.525 13.050 13.150 40.725
20. Tatiana Nabiyeva SPB 14.400 15.200 29.600
21. Tatiana Solovyova PFO 13.500 13.975 27.475
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Sam said:

Team Russia
Alright, I've posted here before that as long as they have Alexndrov the situation will not be that bad. Now they have two Mustafinas; Komova and Dementyeva. In addition, Belokobylskaya ( god I got a problem with her name), Afanasyeva, Nabieva, Paseka, and an alternate. Doesn't seem that bad.smilies/grin.gif unless someone decides to go for an injury.
August 18, 2011
Votes: +2

Gaurav Dubay said:

I have to say that I am really interested in these results. I felt that Russia would not have a decent enough chance without Mustafina, but Komova is back, and more importantly, Dementieva (who is a personal favourite of mine) has really stepped up. I hope the scores reflect the performances given; I would hate to have a false hope in the Russian Team!

August 21, 2011
Votes: +1

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