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Komova Victorious Over Mustafina at Russian Cup
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Viktoria Komova defeated teammate Aliya Mustafina to win the Russian Cup women's all-around title, held Friday in Penza.

With the top score on every event, Viktoria Komova defeated 2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina for the Russian Cup women's all-around title, held Friday in Penza.

Komova improved her score from Wednesday's qualification by 1.533 points to take the title, her first all-around victory since the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Her total of 60.767 showed her to be back on track for this summer's Olympic Games after ankle surgery earlier this year, which had limited her to bars and beam at last month's European championships.

The reigning world and European champion on bars showed an upgraded set (piked Tkatchev and double full out dismount) that earned 16.200 — the highest mark of the day — and also had the best scores on vault (15.200), balance beam (15.067) and floor exercise (14.300).

Mustafina, the top qualifier, had the second-best scores on vault (15.037) and uneven bars (15.867), and notched 14.100 on balance beam and 14.133 on floor exercise. Her all-around total of 59.167 was slightly lower than she had scored in qualification, but still positive considering she suffered a torn ACL just 14 months ago.

2011 world team member Yulia Inshina won the bronze, exactly 3 points behind Mustafina.

Despite a strong showing from Komova and Mustafina, the remaining contenders for the Olympic team performed poorly. Anastasia Grishina competed uneven bars only and struggled (13.800). Maria Paseka, who landed an Amanar on Wednesday for 15.800, could only muster 14.533 on Friday. World floor exercise champion Ksenia Afanasyeva scored only 14.267 on her best event and fell again on vault. European all-around champion Anna Dementyeva, who scored the top beam mark of 14.867 in qualification, fell Friday for 13.067.

First-year senior Anastasia Sidorova — whose chances for the Olympics appear to diminish further with each competition — finished eighth with disappointing scores on all four events.

Two-time world team member Tatiana Nabiyeva, on the other hand, appears back in contention for the Olympic squad with 14.767 on uneven bars. Nabiyeva, whose training had been limited by a back injury, may make a trip to London if she can regain her Amanar vault in the next month.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Russian Cup
June 15, Penza

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Viktoria KomovaCentral15.20016.20015.06714.30060.767
2.Aliya MustafinaMoscow15.06715.86714.10014.13359.167
3.Yulia InshinaCentral13.70014.20014.40013.86756.167
4.Ksenia AfanasyevaCentral13.60013.50014.70014.26756.067
5.Anna PavlovaCentral 214.73312.83314.53313.60055.699
6.Anna MyzdrikovaMoscow13.83311.86713.30013.40052.400
7.Yulia BelokobylskayaSouthern13.36712.50013.56712.90052.334
8.Anastasiya SidorovaSouthern14.30010.33313.13314.03351.799
9.Maria DunayevaSt. Petersburg13.03311.70013.50013.00051.233
10.Anna RodionovaVolga13.80012.96713.83310.50051.100
11.Alyona PolyanVolga13.53311.70012.23312.50049.966
12.Olga BikmurzinaVolga12.76713.23310.90012.63349.533
13.Alla SidorenkoCentral 212.23311.80011.23311.73346.999
14.Kristina BodryaginaCentral 213.03310.00011.76711.43346.233
15.Yekaterina TsvetkovaCentral 213.40011.23310.70010.73346.066
16.Yulia VolkovaSt. Petersburg12.8338.50011.56712.56745.467
17.Anastasia CheongSt. Petersburg13.13310.53310.83313.30047.799
18.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg14.23314.7670.0000.00029.000
19.Maria PasekaMoscow14.53313.6670.0000.00028.200
20.Anna DementyevaVolga0.00014.73313.0670.00027.800
21.Anastasia GrishinaMoscow0.00013.8000.0000.00013.800

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features:
"Up for the Challenge" - Komova interview (May 2012)
Komova cover photo (June 2010, July/August 2010, October 2010,
"The Mustafina Mystique" - profile (January 2011)
Mustafina cover photo (December 2010)
"Russian Intensity" - Nabiyeva interview (June 2011)
"Poised for Perfection" - Afanasyeva interview/cover photo (January/February 2012)
Dementyeva cover photo (May 2011)

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Comments (4)add comment

alexandra_m said:

We want videos please!
Can we get some links for the routines?
June 15, 2012
Votes: +0

Rachel T said:

What happened to Anna?
I have to say it again...what happened to Anna Myzdrikova? There was a time I thought she was going to be Russia's top gymnast and her floor routine was simply amazing. I don't know if she has had a lot of injuries over the last couple of years, but she doesn't even look like the same person. I can't recall seeing a gymnast change this much in such a dramatic fashion so quickly. Don't get me wrong, I love her but I just find it puzzling. She did end up in sixth position, but her scores don't seem very high. Thoughts?
June 15, 2012
Votes: +3

Anon said:

Komova is a true threat for the AA in London.
June 15, 2012
Votes: +1

Anon said:

Game on! Now we have a fight on our hands between Vika, Wieber, Douglas for THAT gold in London!
June 15, 2012
Votes: +0

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