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Mustafina Wins Fourth Straight Russian Title
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World and Olympic gold medalist Aliya Mustafina easily defended her all-around title Thursday as the Russian women's national championships continued in Penza. Pictured: Mustafina flanked by runner-up Alla Sosnitskaya and bronze medalist Anastasia Grishina

World and Olympic gold medalist Aliya Mustafina (Moscow) easily defended her all-around title Thursday as the Russian women's national championships continued in Penza.

Mustafina won her fourth consecutive title, scoring 59.566 to lead a Moscow sweep of the medals. Alla Sosnitskaya (58.067) and 2012 Olympian Anastasia Grishina (56.467) rounded out the podium.

The competition also served as the qualification for the senior team finals on Saturday. Moscow topped the qualification over St. Petersburg and the Volga region.

Mustafina, the reigning world champion on balance beam, earned her high score on that event (15.400) with a routine that had just one wobble and a step on the dismount (side somi; switch half; Onodi, double turn; front aerial, front aerial, ff; side aerial; switch ring; round off double tuck). She also scored 15.100 on floor exercise, where she debuted her new triple turn with her leg held vertical (Memmel with an extra turn).

The 19-year-old Russian star said her goal was to get back into focus for competition as she tested her new routines for the European championships next month in Sofia. She stayed out of the gym for most of December and January to relax after a grueling competition season in 2013.

"If you compete without focus, you can get hurt, and, secondly, you have to keep going forward with everyone watching you and not embarrass yourself," Mustafina told the Russian media. "I rested, and so this will be the meet to get me ready for my next meet, which will [help] to get in shape before the European championships."

After 18 months off from competition, Olympic runner-up Viktoria Komova (Voronezh) made her return to competition. The 18-year-old competed three events for her team, scoring a high of 14.900 on bars (inside-Stalder-Shaposhnikova to Pak; inside-Stalder to Shaposhnikova half; inside-Stalder blind to layout Jaeger; inside-Stalder full to Tkatchev; stuck full-out) but erring on balance beam (11.600).

"It was a little scary," Komova said of her comeback. "I fought and prepared for a long time. Now I've come to the senses, to show what I'm ready to do. I had a lot of adrenaline, and couldn't always handle it."


Viktoria Komova (Voronezh)

All five of Russia's 2012 Olympic team members competed. Tula's Ksenia Afanasyeva decided to compete at the last moment for the Central squal, scoring well on vault and floor despite the lingering ankle injury that kept her out of last year's world championships.

"Suddenly I just pulled it together and jumped into the (Central) team," Afanasyeva said. "At the moment the main thing is to get in shape slowly. Today begins the start of the season and I just need to get in shape."

On Wednesday, Angelina Melnikova (Central Region) impressed with an 58.767 all-around score to qualify first to the junior all-around final in the Master of Sport Category. Moscow's Seda Tutkhalyan (58.000) qualified second over Anastasia Dmitriyeva (Volga) with 55.368.

Melnikova, who trains at the same Voronezh club that produced Komova, led the Central team to first place in the junior team championships. Moscow finished second ahead of the Volga region.

In the Candidate for Master of Sport category, Yekaterina Sokova (Vladimir) topped qualification over Yelena Yeryomina (St. Petersburg) and Yelizaveta Kochetkova (Moscow).

The senior women's competition continues Friday with the women's junior all-around final. Video will be streamed live on the Russian gymnastics federation's official website at sportgymrus.ru.

Read an exclusive profile on Aliya Mustafina and interview with her coach Raisa Ganina in an upcoming issue of International Gymnast Magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital edition of International Gymnast magazine or order back issues, click here.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2014 Russian Women's Gymnastics Championships
April 2-3, Penza

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Aliya Mustafina Moscow 14.733 14.333 15.400 15.100 59.566
2. Alla Sosnitskaya Moscow 14.700 14.467 14.067 14.833 58.067
3. Anastasia Grishina Moscow 13.867 13.900 14.400 14.300 56.467
4. Yekaterina Kramarenko St. Petersburg 13.900 14.533 13.167 14.067 55.667
5. Daria Spiridonova Moscow 13.600 15.133 13.733 13.200 55.666
6. Polina Fyodorova Volga 13.700 13.333 14.500 13.600 55.133
7. Tatiana Nabiyeva St. Petersburg 14.567 13.933 13.400 12.700 54.600
8. Daria Yelizarova Central 13.700 13.833 13.800 12.300 53.633
9. Lilia Akhaimova St. Petersburg 13.667 11.700 13.167 13.933 52.467
10. Kristina Kruglikova Central 13.667 12.033 13.233 13.533 52.466
11. Kristina Goryunova Northwest 13.500 11.833 13.167 13.900 52.400
12. Alexandra Yazydzhyan Moscow 13.800 12.667 12.600 13.000 52.067
13. Alla Sidorenko St. Petersburg 13.500 13.100 12.300 13.033 51.933
14. Anastasia Cheong St. Petersburg 13.800 11.833 13.067 13.033 51.733
15. Yekaterina Mikhalkina Volga 14.067 11.833 13.200 12.600 51.700
16. Alina Martynova South 13.400 11.400 12.233 13.367 50.400
17. Valeria Golenischeva South 13.233 11.533 11.800 12.733 49.299
18. Anastasia Osetrova South 13.567 11.267 12.767 11.633 49.234
19. Yekaterina Shtronda Siberia 12.900 11.267 11.767 13.100 49.034
20. Irina Yashina Volga 13.133 10.867 11.800 13.067 48.867
21. Yulia Ovcharova Far East 13.233 11.100 11.967 12.333 48.633
22. Marina Shashmurina Siberia 13.267 11.300 11.167 12.600 48.334
23. Maria Nechaeva Siberia 12.700 12.067 11.400 12.133 48.300
24. Anastasia Dulova Central-2 12.733 11.667 11.500 12.400 48.300
25. Olga Bikmurzina Volga 13.700 10.900 11.000 12.600 48.200
26. Anna Solomeina Urals 12.867 10.767 11.833 12.333 47.800
27. Ksenia Kolokolneva Volga 12.667 12.300 11.000 11.800 47.767
28. Margarita Artemova Siberia 12.767 10.467 11.767 12.700 47.701
29. Eleonora Goryunova Northwest 13.467 9.400 11.900 12.533 47.300
30. Arina Nedovesova Far East 12.867 8.900 12.467 12.967 47.201
31. Yelena Scherbakova South 12.100 11.900 11.733 11.433 47.166
32. Alyona Nedovba Siberia 12.733 10.233 12.133 11.933 47.032
33. Milana Maximova Central-2 12.767 9.800 11.667 12.233 46.467
34. Valentina Lukovnikova Central 13.100 9.467 12.433 11.433 46.433
35. Anastasia Kadysheva Volga 12.267 9.733 13.133 11.100 46.233
36. Natalia Medvedeva South 13.100 9.967 11.200 11.867 46.134
37. Galina Gannochenko Central 12.800 9.800 11.833 11.700 46.133
38. Anna Vanyushkina Northwest 13.400 8.600 11.200 12.800 46.000
39. Alina Oshatinskaya South 13.167 9.567 11.167 11.467 45.368
40. Kristina Kiseler Central-2 13.067 8.933 11.067 11.967 45.034
41. Anastasia Kutergina Central 12.933 10.300 9.667 11.900 44.800
42. Yulia Sedova Urals 13.033 9.033 10.000 11.833 43.899
43. Yana Sakha Central-2 13.333 7.900 10.533 11.567 43.333
44. Yulia Bulatova Central-2 12.567 6.467 11.067 12.533 42.634
45. Tatiana Ryzhova Volga 12.400 7.333 11.333 11.400 42.466
46. Alisa Masloboeva Urals 12.900 8.333 9.467 10.800 41.500
47. Viktoria Komova Central 14.267 14.900 11.600 40.767
48. Anastasia Davydova Urals 12.700 4.133 11.067 12.233 40.133
49. Anastasia Darenskikh Urals 12.433 6.767 9.467 10.667 39.334
50. Anna Rodionova Volga 13.800 15.067 28.867
51. Maria Paseka Moscow 15.033 13.433 28.466
52. Maria Kharenkova South 14.433 13.967 28.400
53. Ksenia Afanaseva Central 14.933 13.000 27.933
54. Maria Dunayeva St. Petersburg 10.567 11.300 21.867
55. Yulia Chemaryova Central-2 12.567 12.567
56. Maria Napalkova Central-2 12.100 12.100

 

Junior Qualification (MS)VTUBBBFXTotal
1. Angelina Melnikova Central 14.167 14.800 15.233 14.567 58.767
2. Seda Tutkhalyan Moscow 14.733 14.533 14.567 14.167 58.000
3. Anastasia Dmitriyeva Volga 14.167 13.267 13.667 14.267 55.368
4. Daria Mikhailova Moscow 13.900 12.900 13.733 14.100 54.633
5. Maria Bondareva Central 13.833 12.500 14.033 14.033 54.399
6. Polina Petukhova St. Petersburg 13.033 12.800 13.000 12.533 51.366
7. Palina Spirina Siberia 13.567 11.633 12.900 13.233 51.333
8. Yekaterina Tishkova Central 13.567 11.700 12.500 13.200 50.967
9. Yulia Biryulya Siberia 13.767 11.100 12.200 13.667 50.734
10. Olga Valekzhanina Volga 13.333 12.833 11.667 12.767 50.600
11. Yekaterina Tyunina Central 13.000 11.367 13.333 12.800 50.500
12. Yelena Alexenko Urals 12.833 11.833 12.333 13.500 50.499
13. Ksenia Molozhavenko South 13.633 13.133 12.333 10.833 49.932
14. Daria Lopatina Volga 13.833 11.333 12.933 11.733 49.832
15. Irina Kaigulova Volga 13.200 11.300 11.800 13.300 49.600
16. Inga Galeeva Urals 13.467 11.767 12.467 11.877 49.578
17. Alexandra Sadkova St. Petersburg 12.533 11.567 12.233 12.900 49.233
18. Daria Savatkina Northwest 13.033 10.733 11.700 12.300 47.766
19. Alina Bunina Central 13.200 11.500 11.767 10.433 46.900
20. Anastasia Kuznetsova Moscow-2 12.733 9.900 11.333 12.833 46.799
21. Ksenia Ivanova Central 13.300 11.300 10.833 11.300 46.733
22. Margarita Varnakova Central 12.300 9.000 13.167 12.167 46.634
23. Marina Mukhortova Urals 12.033 10.900 11.267 12.400 46.600
24. Vasilisa Cupina Northwest 13.100 10.667 10.333 12.467 46.567
25. Yulia Minina South 12.667 9.533 12.134 12.233 46.567
26. Olga Khamidullina Moscow 12.667 9.167 12.967 11.367 46.168
27. Alexandra Shapovalova Siberia 12.500 10.800 10.333 12.233 45.866
28. Svetlana Mazunina Volga 13.400 10.233 9.933 12.167 45.733
29. Yulia Popova Central 12.667 10.433 10.167 12.000 45.267
30. Yekaterina Boeva St. Petersburg 11.700 8.733 12.300 11.867 44.600
31. Yevgenia Menovschikova South 13.033 8.200 9.633 9.900 40.766
32. Daria Skrypnik South 14.500 13.534 28.034

 

Junior All-Around (CMS)VTUBBBFXTotal
1. Yekaterina Sokova Central 13.667 14.100 13.700 13.033 54.500
2. Yelena Yeryomina St. Petersburg 14.100 14.033 12.267 14.000 54.400
3. Yelizaveta Kochetkova Moscow 13.633 11.800 13.767 12.967 52.167
4. Ilsia Aminova Volga 13.667 12.667 12.200 13.367 51.901
5. Irina Mitreneva Siberia 13.467 12.500 11.333 12.700 50.000
6. Viktoria Trykina Moscow 12.767 11.633 12.600 13.000 50.000
7. Alyona Arkusha Siberia 12.533 11.733 12.333 13.400 49.999
8. Viktoria Mukhortova Volga 13.600 10.467 12.933 12.733 49.733
9. Varvara Batalova St. Petersburg 12.767 11.967 11.400 13.033 49.167
10. Yelizaveta Osina Northwest 13.200 11.200 11.467 12.967 48.834
11. Maria Vaselenok South 13.133 11.133 12.034 12.433 48.733
12. Polina Borzykh Urals 11.633 12.667 12.067 12.300 48.667
13. Yekaterina Polikarpova Central 13.500 11.533 11.133 12.367 48.533
14. Yelena Oganesyan Central 11.467 11.033 13.600 12.267 48.367
15. Anastasia Frolova Volga 13.100 10.667 11.833 12.367 47.967
16. Yulia Bashurova Siberia 12.533 10.400 12.800 11.900 47.633
17. Viktoria Korikova South 12.867 11.367 11.200 11.833 47.267
18. Ksenia Sabaldash Volga 12.367 10.100 12.833 11.767 47.067
19. Yelizaveta Yeryomina Northwest 13.067 11.333 11.767 10.833 47.000
20. Ulyana Borovykh Northwest 12.267 10.167 11.800 12.567 46.801
21. Alisa Spasova Urals 12.667 11.533 11.733 10.867 46.800
22. Anastasia Fadeeva Moscow-2 12.800 10.600 11.300 11.500 46.200
23. Anastasia Grekova Volga 12.567 9.533 13.100 10.800 46.000
24. Diana Dogmarova St. Petersburg 13.100 9.767 11.100 11.933 45.900
25. Maria Pavlova Volga 11.900 7.767 12.600 12.733 45.000
26. Anastasia Baiguzhina Urals 13.200 8.533 12.100 10.667 44.500
27. Diana Veryovkina South 12.933 10.733 9.067 11.467 44.200
28. Yelena Likhodolskaya Central 12.333 12.567 14.133 39.033
29. Viktoria Gazeyeva Moscow 11.600 12.733 10.634 34.967

 

 

 

International Gymnast Magazine's coverage of Russian gymnastics includes:
March 2013 - Anastasia 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
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

Comments (3)add comment

Rachel T said:

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Ok ok
Now I know why Ksenia didn't compete. I'm upset that ankle injury will void her being a true contender at Worlds...lets hope not!
 
April 03, 2014
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josh voroshilov said:

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vika komova will dominate
vika komova with out a doubt is the best gymnast out there she has recently returned to the competition and has stuck it every time i am not saying mustifana isn't good she,s amazing but vika is untouchable she will take her gold that awaits her in Rio 2016 after it was unfairly taken from her in London 2012 the results were so hard to watch i nearly broke my TV when she didn't win gold for the fact i knew she achieved and she was cheated out of it.All the same mark my words vika komova is the best then now and for all time and she will win gold in every competition. thank you vika for all the amazing momentssmilies/smiley.gif
 
April 04, 2014 | url
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DennisParker said:

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Fitness
I enjoyed reading it. I need to read more on this topic...I admiring time and effort you put in your blog, because it is obviously one great place where I can find lot of useful info..
 
April 05, 2014
Votes: +0

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