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Ablyazin Wins Twice at Russian Championships
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Olympic medalists Maria Paseka, Anastasia Grishina and Denis Ablyazin were golden Wednesday as the Russian championships continued in Penza. Pictured: Uneven bars champion Anastasia Grishina poses with her new coach Viktor Razumovsky, who returned to Russia in December after nearly 20 years in Japan.

Olympic medalists Maria Paseka, Anastasia Grishina and Denis Ablyazin were golden Wednesday as the Russian championships continued in Penza.

Penza native Denis Ablyazin, who won the silver medal on vault and the bronze medalist on floor exercise at last summer's Olympics in London, took home gold medals on floor exercise and still rings. On floor, he competed a seven-pass tumbling marathon (layout Arabian 1 3/4; double layout; double-twisting front to immediate double front; Randi; piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2 front full; triple twist). David Belyavsky, who won the men's all-around title on Sunday, took second over 2010 Youth Olympian Daniil Kazachkov.

Ablyazin also won still rings with a massive 15.875. Former Ukrainian star Nikolai Kuksenkov, now representing Russia, was second with 15.300 over Olympian Nikita Ignatyev (15.000). Top qualifier Alexander Balandin, the reigning European champion on still rings, erred for fifth.

Specialist Matvei Petrov, an alternate to Russia's 2010 world team, won pommel horse with an impressive 15.675. Fellow specialist Andrei Perevoznikov edged Olympian Emin Garibov, 15.325-15.300. Kuksenkov was fourth, also scoring above 15.000 (15.275).

Maria Paseka, the bronze medalist on vault in London, won the women's vault title in a weak final. Paseka suffered an out-of-control landing on her Amanar and stepped over the side of the mat on a layout Podkopayeva. Reigning champion Anna Pavlova, a 2004 and 2008 Olympian, drilled her double-twisting Yurchenko but stumbled forward on her layout Podkopayeva second vault to place third.

Grishina grabbed the gold on uneven bars (inside Stalder, toe-on full to piked Tkatchev to Pak; Maloney half; piked Jaeger; full-twisting double). The Muscovite is now training under legendary coaches Viktor Razumovsky and Irina Razumovskaya, who previously trained stars Yelena Gurova, Yelena Shevchenko, Olga Chudina and Dina Kochetkova. The coaching couple returned to Russia in 2012 after nearly 20 years working in Japan.

Veteran Tatiana Nabiyeva won the silver medal on bars over Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina, who had a rare break on the event. Mustafina, who defended her all-around title on Sunday, came up short on a Stalder-full and fell over.

Competition concludes Thursday in Penza with the first day of event finals.

Read "Fresh Start," an interview with Anastasia Grishina, in the current issue of International Gymnast Magazine. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2013 Russian Championships
March 6, Penza

Women's Vault FinalTotal
1.Maria PasekaMoscow13.475
2.Kristina KruglikovaCentral13.400
3.Anna PavlovaCentral13.050
4.Olga BikmurzinaVolga12.750
5.Alyona PolyanVolga12.625
6.Maria SmirnovaVolga12.225
7.Anna MyzdrikovaMoscow12.175
8.Yekaterina TsvetkovaCentral11.300

Uneven Bars FinalTotal
1.Anastasia GrishinaMoscow15.100
2.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg14.625
3.Aliya MustafinaMoscow14.550
4.Anna DementyevaCentral/Volga13.975
5.Yevgenia ShelgunovaCentral13.625
6.Kristina GoryunovaNorthwest13.525
7.Alla SosnitskayaMoscow13.500
8.Maria PasekaMoscow11.725

Men's Floor Exercise FinalTotal
1.Denis AblyazinVolga/Moscow15.350
2.David BelyavskyUrals15.100
3.Daniil KazachkovSiberia14.630
4.Andrei CherkasovSiberia14.330
5.Kirill ProkopyevCentral14.250
6.Dmitry StolyarovMoscow13.975
7.Igor PakhomenkoSiberia13.175
8.Filipp ChuglazovNorthwest12.975

Pommel Horse FinalTotal
1.Matvei PetrovNorthwest15.675
2.Andrei PerevoznikovCentral15.325
3.Emin GaribovMoscow15.300
4.Nikolai KuksenkovCentral15.275
5.David BelyavskyUrals13.825
6.Dmitry GogotovSt. Petersburg13.500
7.Grigory ZyryanovSiberia12.875
8.Pavel RussinyakVolga12.775

Still Rings FinalTotal
1.Denis AblyazinVolga/Moscow15.875
2.Nikolai KuksenkovCentral15.300
3.Nikita IgnatyevSiberia15.000
4.Daniil KazachkovSiberia14.950
5.Alexander BalandinNorthwest/Central14.950
6.Pavel PavlovVolga14.900
7.Nikita LezhankinUrals13.925

International Gymnast Magazine's coverage of Russian gymnastics includes:

March 2013 - Grishina interview
January/February 2013 - Mustafina center poster
September 2012 - Olympic Games special issue
July/August 2012 - Mustafina and Komova on cover photo collage, Olympic Games preview
May 2012 - "Up for the Challenge" (Komova interview)
January/February 2012 - "Poised for Perfection (Afanasyeva cover photo and interview)
December 2011 - World Championships special issue
June 2011 - "Russian Intensity" (Nabiyeva interview)
May 2011 - Dementyeva and Mustafina on cover (May 2011)
January/February 2011 - "The Mustafina Mystique" (Mustafina profile)
December 2010 - Mustafina on cover, World Championships special issue
October 2010 - Komova on cover, World Championships preview
July/August 2010 - Komova on cover photo collage
June 2010 - Komova on cover

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