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Mustafina, Ignatyev Golden at Russian Cup
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2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina scored 16.150 to take the uneven bars title as competition continued Saturday at the Russian Cup in Penza. Pictured: Uneven bars medalists Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina pose with vault bronze medalist Tatiana Nabiyeva.

2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina won the uneven bars title Saturday as competition continued at the Russian Cup in Penza.

Mustafina hit a 7.0-Difficulty routine for an outstanding 16.150 to take the gold medal over Anastasia Grishina (15.450/6.5D). Overall champion Viktoria Komova, who scored 16.20 in Friday's all-around final, fell on her new double full-out dismount but still won the bronze (15.100/7.0D).

Two-time Olympian Anna Pavlova won the vault gold medal over Tatiana Nabiyeva and Anna Myzdrikova. Pavlova still has not restored the Amanar vault she competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, making her a long shot for a third Olympic Games.

Nikita Ignatyev, who finished fifth in the men's all-around final, remains in the Olympic mix with gold medals on floor exercise and high bar. Penza's own Denis Ablyazin, the top qualifier to the floor final, tumbled the most difficulty routine in the world (7.1 D) but fell to place fifth.

All-around champion David Belyavsky picked up a complete set of medals with the gold on pommel horse, silver on high bar and bronze on floor exercise. All-around silver medalist Sergei Khorokhordin earned the silver on floor exercise and bronze on high bar, while all-around bronze medalist Igor Pakhomenko was third on pommel horse.

Head coach Andrei Rodionenko announced that Ablyazin, Alexander Balandin and Emin Garibov have already secured spots on Russia's Olympic team based on their medal-winning performances at May's European championships. Belyavsky's strong performance in Penza should guarantee him a berth, leaving Khorokhordin, Ignatyev and Pakhomenko as the leading contenders for the final ticket to London.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Russian Cup
June 16, Penza

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Anna PavlovaCentral5.
2.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg5.88.900.114.60014.150
3.Anna MyzdrikovaMoscow5.08.65013.65013.800
4.Yekaterina TsvetkovaCentral4.68.35012.95012.875
5.Kristina BodryaginaCentral4.48.60013.00012.788
6.Olga BikmurzinaVolga4.67.22511.82512.025
7.Maria PasekaMoscow5.87.7502.011.55011.925

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya MustafinaMoscow7.09.15016.150
2.Anastasia GrishinaMoscow6.58.95015.450
3.Viktoria KomovaCentral7.08.10015.100
4.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg6.18.80014.900
5.Anna DementyevaCentral6.18.32514.425
6.Anna RodionovaVolga6.27.30013.500
7.Maria PasekaMoscow6.17.07513.175
8.Ksenia AfanasyevaCentral5.77.20012.900

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Nikita IgnatyevSiberia6.18.633.114.633
2.Sergei KhorokhordinCentral5.88.63314.433
3.David BelyavskyUrals6.08.16714.167
4.Alexander IlyinSt. Petersburg5.68.46714.067
5.Denis AblyazinVolga7.
6.Igor PakhomenkoSiberia6.27.56713.767
7.Dmitry GogotovMoscow6.07.53313.533
8.Andrei CherkasovSiberia4.

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScore
1.David BelyavskyUrals6.38.90015.200
2.Andrei PerevoznikovCentral6.68.43315.033
3.Igor PakhomenkoSiberia6.28.56614.766
4.Sergei KhorokhordinCentral5.88.63314.433
5.Nikita IgnatyevSiberia5.78.60014.300
6.Alexander IlyinSt. Petersburg5.77.26712.967
7.Dmitry GogotovMoscow5.57.43312.933
8.Alexander BalandinNorthwestern5.17.10012.200

High Bar FinalDENDScore
1.Nikita IgnatyevSiberia6.78.13314.833
2.David BelyavskyUrals6.08.46714.467
3.Sergei KhorokhordinCentral6.27.83314.033
4.Alexei RostovMoscow6.07.83313.833
5.Kirill IgnatenkovCentral5.97.43313.333
6.Andrei CherkasovSiberia4.97.63312.533
7.Daniil KazachkovSiberia5.17.40012.500
8.Alexander KlochkovMoscow2.78.00010.700
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Alison Clements said:

Oh how I love that Anna Pavlova is making it so difficult for the Russian selectors to leave her out. I think they'll leave her out anyway, mind - but the Russian team's vault specialist was supposed to be Maria Paseka doing an Amanar, and (even without an Amanar) Anna has beaten her twice this weekend.
June 16, 2012
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