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Central Wins Russian Title; Grishina Injured
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The Central squad won the women's team final as the Russian national championships continued Saturday in Penza, where 2012 Olympian Anastasia Grishina suffered a "serious" knee injury. Pictured: Viktoria Komova on beam in Penza

The Central squad won the women's team final as the Russian national championships continued Saturday in Penza, where 2012 Olympian Anastasia Grishina suffered a knee injury on floor exercise.

The Moscow region team should have won comfortably, but was forced to count Grishina's score of 3.2 on floor exercise. The team finished less than a point behind Central and 2 1/2 points ahead of third-place St. Petersburg.

"If she had not been injured, the girls would have been first by a wide margin," team head coach Yevgeny Grebyonkin told ITAR-TASS news agency, which only called the injury "serious."

Grishina was making her comeback after a back injury prevented her from competing in last year's world championships. She won the all-around bronze on Thursday, and started off well for Moscow on Saturday with a 14.600 on balance beam. On floor exercise, however, she fell to the ground after her mount of whip, triple twist, and had to be carried off the podium. There was no confirmation  on the status of her injury yet.

Superstar Viktoria Komova and Maria Kharenkova led the Central squad to victory. Komova, competing in her first meet since the 2012 Olympics, scored 15.333 on uneven bars (inside-Stalder to Pak salto; Komova transition; inside Stalder-half to layout Jaeger; insider Stalder-full to Tkatchev; stuck double-twisting double back dismount).

Kharenkova, a first-year senior, impressed with 15.600 on balance beam. Veteran Ksenia Afanasyeva, still struggling with an ankle injury, competed watered-down routines on vault and floor exercise.

After winning her fourth consecutive all-around title on Thursday, Aliya Mustafina scored above 15 on three of her routines. Mustafina, who suffered a torn ACL three years ago, competed gingerly on floor exercise after Grishina's injury. Mustafina fell on her Arabian double front, watered down her second pass to 2 1/2 punch front and bounced out of her double tuck dismount. She again attempted her new turn on floor exercise, a triple turn with her leg held vertical, this time turning immediately into a full turn.

The competition concludes Sunday with the junior and senior apparatus finals.

Video will be streamed live on the Russian gymnastics federation's official website at sportgymrus.ru.

The Russian men's national championships take place April 10-13.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2014 Russian Women's Championships
April 5, Penza

Women's TeamVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Central 42.767 41.633 40.967 40.433 165.800
Viktoria Komova 14.467 15.333
Daria Yelizarova 13.300 13.500
Kristina Kruglikova 14.233 12.000 12.067 13.533
Galina Gannochenko
Ksenia Afanasyeva 14.067 13.400
Maria Kharenkova 14.300 15.600
2. Moscow 44.700 45.133 44.100 31.337 165.270
Anastasia Grishina 14.600 3.200
Aliya Mustafina 15.067 15.033 15.333 13.700
Daria Spiridonova 14.767 14.167
Alla Sosnitskaya 14.800 14.437
Maria Paseka 14.833
Viktoria Komova 15.333
3. St. Petersburg 41.767 39.933 40.066 41.067 162.833
Alla Sidorenko 12.833
Yekaterina Kramarenko 13.867 13.167 13.233 13.467
Anastasia Cheong 13.800
Lilia Akhaimova 13.767 13.700 13.800
Tatyana Nabiyeva 14.133 13.933 13.133
4. Volga 40.366 40.901 38.366 39.267 158.900
Anna Rodionova 14.367
Polina Fyodorova 13.833 13.267 14.433 14.200
Ksenia Kolokolneva 13.267
Olga Bikmurzina 13.633 12.333 12.600
Irina Yashina 12.900 12.467
Anastasia Kadysheva 11.600
5. Urals 39.267 36.900 40.834 38.467 155.468
Yelena Scherbakova
Natalya Medvedeva 12.100
Alina Martynova 12.967 13.700
Valeria Golenischeva 12.500 12.167 12.267 12.667
Anastasia Osetrova 13.800 10.433 12.967
Maria Kharenkova 14.300 15.600
6. Siberia 39.767 34.400 36.133 38.267 148.567
Maria Nechayeva 11.067 12.100 13.133
Yekaterina Shtronda 12.300 11.433 12.567
Marina Shashmurina 13.500 11.033
Alyona Nedovba 13.000
Margarita Artemova 13.267 12.600 12.567
7. Central 2 39.701 28.467 36.134 37.166 140.468
Anastasia Dulova 9.067 12.167 12.300
Yana Sakha 13.767
Yulia Bulatova 11.567 12.033
Milana Maximova 12.667 9.200 12.400
Kristina Kiseler 13.267 10.200 12.833
8. South 38.100 20.600 32.500 35.733 126.933
Alisa Masloboyeva 12.700 11.900
Anna Solomeina 7.100 12.200
Anastasia Davydova 12.333 6.600 10.733 12.000
Yulia Sedova 13.067 6.900 9.567 11.833
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