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Russians Shine Brightest at Moscow World Stars
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The host nation won 10 medals — five gold — Saturday in the finals at the "World Stars" Gymnastics World Cup in Moscow.

Anton Golotsutskov (Russia) won vault in Moscow.

Muscovite Yekaterina Kurbatova was the most successful gymnast of the day with two gold medals. The first-year senior won vault (Yurchenko double full, stuck layout Podkopayeva) and tied for the gold on uneven bars (Shaposhinokova, free-hip full, Tkatchev, Pak salto; Shaposhnikova half; double front-half from el-grip) with teammate Kristina Goryunova (Weiler kip, pirouette, toe-on Tkatchev; toe-on full, Tkatchev, Pak salto; full-twisting double).

Sanne Wevers (Netherlands) won balance beam, her second consecutive World Cup title after taking the beam gold two weeks ago in Glasgow. Wevers was slightly off on her trademark double turn with leg up, putting her leg down after a 1 1/2 rotations and then performing an extra half. Her routine also included a front aerial, Kochetkova; side aerial to side aerial; full turn with leg up to full turn in opposite direction; double turn; switch leap to Russian Rulfova and double full dismount.

Anna Myzdrikova, Kurbatova's clubmate at CSKA Moscow, won women's floor exercise. The 16 year old showed beautiful choreography as well as a triple full, punch back tuck; whip, Arabian double front (step out); double turn with leg up; 2 1/2 punch barani; stuck double pike. Slovenia's Adela Sajn and Brazil's Ethiene Franco, second and third respectively on balance beam, repeated their placings on floor.

The men's field in Moscow, with six 2008 Olympic medalists and four world champions, offered much more competition to the host nation.

"There was a very sharp rivalry in the men's competition," Russian head coach Andrei Rodionenko said. "We've possibly never had such serious company gather in Moscow. On each apparatus there were at least four people from the top group in the world competing. So I am very happy with our gymnasts' results."

Olympic bronze medalist Anton Golotsutskov (Russia) was the most successful male, winning the silver on floor exercise (layout double-double; 1 1/2, barani, tucked Thomas; layout Arabian 1 3/4; 2 1/2 front full; tucked full-in) and the gold on vault. He opted not to debut his handspring double front with 1 1/2 twists, instead performing a handspring double front-half (several steps back) and Tsukahara double pike.

Brazil's Diego Hypolito won floor exercise (Hypolito; layout Thomas; 1 1/2, front double full; 2 1/2 front full, whip layout Arabian 1 3/4; triple twist). Israel's Alexander Shatilov placed third with a six-pass routine (front double full, punch front 1 3/4; layout full-out; Randi; 2 1/2 front full; whip tucked Thomas; stuck triple full).

World Cup stalwarts took the remainder of the men's titles. Krisztian Berki (Hungary) won pommel horse, Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands) won still rings, Mitja Petkovsek (Slovenia) won parallel bars and Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) won high bar.

Three of the oldest competitors in the field also took home medals. Latvian Yevgeny Sapronenko, 30, was third on vault, American Raj Bhavsar, 28, was second on parallel bars and Slovenian Aljaz Pegan, who turns 35 on Tuesday, was second on high bar.

World Stars concludes the spring portion of the FIG World Cup circuit. The next event on the calendar will be the 2nd Doha World Cup, Sept. 28-30 in the Qatar capital.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

Click here to download detailed results.

2009 "World Stars" World Cup Finals
May 30, Moscow

Women's VaultDEScoreNDAvg
1.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.808.87514.67514.587
2.Yulia Berger5.508.92514.42514.412
3.Anna Kalashnyk5.808.55014.35013.925
4.Mayra Kroonen5.008.82513.82513.712
5.Tijana Tkalcec5.008.65013.65013.487
6.Ethiene Franco5.008.65013.65013.425
7.Alina Sotnikava5.008.45013.45013.362
8.Irina Deniskina4.408.47512.87512.812

Uneven BarsDENDScore
1.Kristina Goryunova5.98.42514.325
1.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.88.52514.325
3.Lucia Tacchelli5.58.55014.050
4.Sanne Wevers5.28.40013.600
5.Ethiene Franco5.38.27513.575
6.Marta Pihan-Kulesza5.77.25012.950
7.Valentina Golenkova5.77.05012.750
8.Feike Wilems4.86.15010.950

Balance BeamDENDScore
1.Sanne Wevers5.68.57514.175
2.Adela Sajn5.48.65014.050
3.Ethiene Franco5.38.65013.950
4.Kristina Goryunova5.97.47513.375
5.Yekaterina Kurbatova5.57.40012.900
6.Katarzyna Jurkowska4.97.95012.850
7.Marta Pihan-Kulesza5.86.92512.725
8.Mayra Kroonen5.16.97512.075

Women's Floor ExerciseDENDScore
1.Anna Myzdrikova5.98.3250.114.125
2.Adela Sajn5.38.77514.075
3.Ethiene Franco5.28.55013.750
4.Tina Erceg4.98.55013.450
5.Luisa Galiulina5.18.22513.325
6.Mayra Kroonen5.08.00013.000
7.Valentina Golenkova5.37.65012.950
8.Yulia Berger5.18.1000.312.900

Men's Floor ExerciseDENDScore
1.Diego Hypolito6.69.05015.650
2.Anton Golotsutskov6.49.15015.550
3.Alexander Shatilov6.58.75015.250
4.Filip Ude6.19.05015.150
5.Jeffrey Wammes6.28.60014.800
6.Tomislav Markovic6.38.47514.775
7.Roland Hauptli5.78.6750.114.275
8.Kristian Thomas5.58.9750.314.175

Pommel HorseDENDScore
1.Kristian Berki6.79.20015.900
2.Prashanth Sellathurai6.69.27515.875
3.Andrei Perevoznikov6.59.02515.525
4.Robert Seligman6.49.00015.400
5.Saso Bertoncezj6.48.85015.250
6.Vahang Stepanyan6.18.85014.950
7.Filip Ude5.98.67514.575
8.Louis Smith6.48.05014.450

Parallel BarsDENDScore
1.Yuri van Gelder6.88.80015.600
2.Konstantin Pluzhnikov6.88.72515.525
3.Alexander Balandin6.68.57515.175
4.Raj Bhavsar6.48.60015.000
4.Timur Kurbanbayev6.88.20015.000
6.Ali Alasi6.38.30014.600
7.Prashanth Sellathurai6.67.72514.325
8.Sergio Eras6.27.45013.650

Men's VaultDEScoreNDAvg.
1.Anton Golotsutskov7.08.80015.8000.115.887
2.Jeffrey Wammes6.69.30015.90015.875
3.Yevgeny Sapronenko7.08.95015.9500.115.800
4.Theo Seager6.69.25015.85015.762
5.Marek Lyszczarz6.69.35015.95015.700
6.Yernar Yerimbetov7.08.72515.72515.500
7.Jad Mazahreh6.29.10015.30015.325
8.Diego Hypolito6.69.20015.8000.115.262

Parallel BarsDENDScore
1.Mitja Petsovsek6.29.42515.625
2.Raj Bhavsar6.28.85015.050
3.Epke Zonderland6.28.80015.000
4.Alexander Tsarevich6.18.80014.900
5.Yernar Yerimbetov6.28.52514.725
6.Manuel Carballo5.88.75014.550
7.Roman Kulesza5.78.80014.500
8.Hung Pham Phuok6.57.32513.825

High BarDENDScore
1.Epke Zonderland6.98.65015.550
2.Aljaz Pegan6.49.02515.425
3.Alexander Tsarevich6.48.77515.175
4.Nikolai Kuksenkov6.48.62515.025
5.Rafael Martinez6.28.57514.775
6.Anatoly Vasilyev6.67.55014.150
7.Jeffrey Wammes5.77.77513.475
8.Alen Dimic5.06.32511.325

D = Difficulty Score | E = Execution Score | ND = Neutral Deduction

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