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Mustafina, Komova Dominate Russian Cup
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World champions Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina grabbed the final two gold medals for women as the Russian Cup ended Sunday in Penza.

World champions Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina grabbed the final two gold medals for women as the Russian Cup ended Sunday in Penza.

After finishing 1-2 in Friday's all-around final, Komova and Mustafina each picked up another gold and silver medal. Komova topped Mustafina for the balance beam title, 15.325-15.000, while Mustafina prevailed over her younger teammate on floor exercise, 14.750-14.300.

Mustafina, who won uneven bars Saturday, leaves Penza with three gold medals apiece. Both were members of the victorious Moscow team that took first on Wednesday. and Komova each

The Russian Cup is the final competitive chance for the gymnasts to prove themselves to Russia's coaching staff. Komova and Mustafina are locks for the squad, as is Anastasia Grishina, who competed uneven bars only and won the silver on that event.

European champion Anna Dementyeva picked up the bronze on balance beam with a solid 14.950, keeping her in the mix at least as an alternate to the squad. Former junior standout Anastasia Sidorova took third on floor exercise, but failed in Penza to reverse her reputation for inconsistency, falling multiple times throughout the competition.

David Belyavsky took another title on parallel bars to go with his all-around and pommel horse gold medals. Penza's own Denis Ablyazin vaulted to first.

Ablyazin, Alexander Balandin and Emin Garibov have already secured spots on Russia's Olympic team based on their medal-winning performances at last month's European championships. However, Konstantin Pluzhnikov made a case for a second Olympic appearance, winning the gold medal on still rings ahead of Ablyazin and Balandin.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Russian Cup
June 17, Penza

Balance Beam FinalDENDScore
1.Viktoria Komova6.39.02515.325
2.Aliya Mustafina6.18.90015.000
3.Anna Dementyeva6.48.55014.950
4.Yulia Inshina5.88.70014.500
5.Anna Pavlova5.48.65014.050
6.Alyona Polyan5.27.40012.600
7.Anna Myzdrikova5.46.62512.025
8.Ksenia Afanasyeva4.37.62511.925

Women's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina5.98.85014.750
2.Viktoria Komova5.88.50014.300
3.Anastasia Sidorova5.88.35014.150
4.Yulia Inshina5.58.52514.025
5.Anna Pavlova4.89.00013.800
6.Alyona Polyan5.48.0750.313.175
7.Anna Myzdrikova5.37.85013.150

Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.88.73315.533
2.Denis Ablyazin6.68.73315.333
3.Alexander Balandin6.78.50015.200
4.Nikita Ignatyev6.58.56715.067
5.Sergei khorokhordin6.38.66714.967
6.Daniil Kazachkov6.28.26714.467
7.Pavel Pavlov5.98.06713.967
8.Pavel Russinyak6.17.76713.867

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Denis Ablyazin7.09.10016.10015.850
2.Dmitry Yakubovsky6.68.70015.30015.233
3.Nikita Lezhankin6.28.7000.114.80014.700
4.Roman Suetin6.28.4330.314.33314.667
5.Sergei Danilenko5.88.53314.33314.000
6.Pavel Pavlov6.67.93314.53313.800
7.Alexei Bykov5.88.4000.114.10013.667
8.Mikhail Tsvetkov5.47.5670.112.86713.083

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.David Belyavsky6.48.86715.267
2.Sergei Khorokhordin6.58.53315.033
3.Nikita Ignatyev6.38.46714.767
4.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.18.50014.600
5.Dmitry Gogotov6.28.36714.567
6.Alexander Balandin6.18.33314.433
7.Alexander Fafashkin5.67.86713.467
8.Kirill Ignatenkov5.85.70011.500

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)
"Poised for Perfection" - Afanasyeva interview/cover photo (January/February 2012)
Dementyeva cover photo (May 2011)

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