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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 29 August 2010 20:10    PDF Print
Khorokhordin Wins Twice as Russian Cup Concludes
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All-around champion Sergei Khorokhordin of Barnaul won two more titles as the 2010 Russian Cup concluded Sunday at "Youth" Sports Hall in Chelyabinsk.

All-around champion Sergei Khorokhordin of Barnaul won two more titles as the 2010 Russian Cup concluded Sunday in Chelyabinsk.

Khorokhordin, a 2008 Olympian, added titles on parallel bars (15.000) and high bar (15.200) to go with his all-around gold from Friday.

Mikhail Kudashov of Chelyabinsk won the vault title for the host city. Olympic bronze medalist Anton Golotsutskov finished out of the medals in fourth.

Members of Russia's junior squad continued their rise in the senior ranks. Floor champion David Belyavsky (Yekaterinburg) won silver on men's vault ahead of Denis Ablyazin, another 18 year old. All-around silver medalist Igor Pakhomenko, 18, of Leninsk-Kuznetsky, picked up another silver on high bar.

Women's all-around and uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina (Moscow) claimed her third gold on floor exercise. The all-around medalists repeated their rankings on floor, with runner-up Ksenia Afanasyeva taking silver and Ksenia Semyonova (both of Tula) winning bronze.

First-year senior Anna Dementyeva (Samara) won the balance beam title. Junior Yulia Belokobylskaya of Rostov-on-Don, 14, took the silver ahead of Mustafina.

After analysing the results of the competition, Russia's coaches are expected to announce soon their training squads for October's world championships in Rotterdam.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2010 Russian Cup
Aug. 29, Chelyabinsk

Balance Beam FinalScore
1. Anna Dementyeva Khimki/Samara 15.375
2. Yulia Belokobylskaya Rostov-on-Don 14.900
3. Aliya Mustafina Moscow 14.850
4. Daria Yelizarova Tula 14.450
5. Ksenia Semyonova Khimki/Tula 14.450
6. Anna Pavlova Orekhevo-Zuevo/Khimki 14.175
7. Tatiana Nabiyeva St. Petersburg 13.000
8. Anna Myzdrikova Moscow 11.450

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Aliya Mustafina Moscow 15.300
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva Khimki/Tula 15.025
3. Ksenia Semyonova Khimki/Tula 14.850
4. Anna Dementyeva Khimki/Samara 14.575
5. Anna Myzdrikova Moscow 14.500
6. Daria Yelizarova Tula 14.375
7. Yulia Belokobylskaya Rostov-on-Don 14.200
8. Tatiana Nabiyeva St. Petersburg 13.850

Men's Vault FinalScore
1. Mikhail Kudashov Chelyabinsk 15.675
2. David Belyavsky Yekaterinburg 15.425
3. Denis Ablyazin Penza/Moscow 15.400
4. Anton Golotsutskov Seversk 15.175
5. Mikhail Bodnar Moscow/Vladimir 14.725
6. Anton Lobachyov Yekaterinburg 13.550

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1. Sergei Khorokhordin Khimki/Barnaul 15.000
2. Maxim Devyatovsky Leninsk-Kuznetsky 14.700
3. Dmitry Barkalov Vladimir 14.600
4. Pavel Russinyak Syzran/Penza 14.550
5. David Belyavsky Yekaterinburg 14.400
6. Andrei Cherkasov Leninsk-Kuznetsky 14.150
7. Konstantin Pluzhnikov Seversk 13.400
8. Igor Pakhomenko Leninsk-Kuznetsky 12.800

High Bar FinalScore
1. Sergei Khorokhordin Khimki/Barnaul 15.200
2. Igor Pakhomenko Leninsk-Kuznetsky 14.550
3. Mikhail Bodnar Moscow/Vladimir 14.350
4. Alexander Dyomin Chelyabinsk 14.150
5. David Belyavsky Yekaterinburg 14.100
6. Maxim Devyatovsky Leninsk-Kuznetsky 13.600
7. Dmitry Barkalov Vladimir 13.100
8. Pavel Russinyak Syzran/Penza 11.700
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 29 August 2010 18:45    PDF Print
Shatilov Wins Israeli Open Championships
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Four months after knee surgery, world medalist Alexander Shatilov won the Israeli Open Championships Saturday night in Tel Aviv.

World championships bronze medalist Alexander Shatilov defended his national title, winning the Israeli Open Championships Saturday night at the Hadar Yosef arena in Tel Aviv.

Shatilov scored 87.500 to defeat guest competitors — and Olympic medalists — Anton Fokin of Uzbekistan (86.150) and Filip Ude of Croatia (83.500). At the 2008 Olympics, Fokin won the bronze medal on parallel bars and Ude won the silver on pommel horse.

The 23-year-old Shatilov injured his knee at the Paris World Cup in April, and immediately underwent surgery to repair the meniscus. He began training with Russian acrobatics coach Valentin Potapenko, an specialist brought in by the Israeli Gymnastics Association to help Shatilov return to top form on tumbling.

Shatilov's personal coach, Sergei Vaysburg, told the Israeli media that Shatilov hopes to be 100 percent for October's world championships in Rotterdam. But their main goal, Vaysburg said, is to be ready to win the floor title at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo in order to be assured of qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A native of Uzbekistan, Shatilov is Israel's most successful gymnast in history and Israel's Athlete of the Year in 2009. He was a finalist on floor exercise at the 2008 Olympic Games, and won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships in London. He has won multiple World Cup medals on floor, including the gold at the 2008 Glasgow Grand Prix.

Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 28 August 2010 19:14    PDF Print
More Gold for Mustafina at Russian Cup
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Women's all-around champion Aliya Mustafina added the uneven bars gold and vault silver Saturday at the Russian Cup in Chelyabinsk.

Tatiana Nabiyeva of St. Petersburg throws a toe-on layout Tkatchev on uneven bars.

Women's all-around champion Aliya Mustafina (Moscow) added the uneven bars title Saturday at the Russian Cup in Chelyabinsk.

The 15-year-old Mustafina won the silver on vault behind Tatiana Nabiyeva (St. Petersburg), before topping Nabiyeva for the bars title. 2007 world uneven bars champion Ksenia Semyonova (Tula) was third on bars.

Since Mustafina's personal coach moved to the U.S., she now trains with the national team staff, including head coach Alexander Alexandrov, who returned to Russia from Texas in 2008. Her former coach, Dina Kamalova, left CSKA Moscow for WOGA in Plano, Texas, where her new pupils include U.S. champion Rebecca Bross.

Nabiyeva easily won vault before losing to her rival on uneven bars.

"I did everything I could. I even caught my toe-on layout Tkatchev," Nabiyeva said.

The men's competition saw 18-year-old David Belyavsky of Yekaterinburg defeat Olympic bronze medalist Anton Golotsutskov (Seversk) for the floor exercise title, 14.900-14.750.

"I'm not happy with my performance on floor exercise," Golotsutskov said. "Especially considering I took second place even though I know that I'm the leader on this event, at least for the moment. But I blame himself, because I relaxed too much on vacation. But for the world championships, I will gather my strength and compete with dignity to defend the honor of our country."

Matvei Petrov (Khimki) defeated specialist Andrei Perevoznikov (Korolyov) for the title on pommel horse. Men's all-around champion Sergei Khorokhordin (Barnaul) finished seventh in his only final of the day.

2008 Olympian Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Seversk) won the still rings title.

Gymnastics competition concludes Sunday in Chelyabinsk with the remaining apparatus finals.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2010 Russian Cup
Aug. 28, Chelyabinsk

Women's Vault FinalScore
1.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg14.550
2.Aliya MustafinaMoscow13.963
3.Anna DementyevaKhimki/Samara13.463
4.Yekaterina KurbatovaMoscow13.438
5.Yulia BelokobylskayaRostov-on-Don13.363
6.Anna MyzdrikovaMoscow13.350

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1.Aliya MustafinaMoscow14.775
2.Tatiana NabiyevaSt. Petersburg14.750
3.Ksenia SemyonovaKhimki/Tula14.500
4.Daria YelizarovaTula14.225
5.Ksenia AfanasyevaKhimki/Tula13.425
6.Diana SapronovaSt. Petersburg13.025
7.Yulia InshinaVoronezh12.125
8.Yekaterina KurbatovaMoscow11.925

Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.David BelyavskyYekaterinburg14.900
2.Anton GolotsutskovSeversk14.750
3.Igor PakhomenkoLeninsk-Kuznetsky14.600
4.Maxim DevyatovskyLeninsk-Kuznetsky14.400
5.Kirill IgnatenkovSmolensk14.400
6.Alexander DyominChelyabinsk14.350
7.Denis AblyazinPenza/Moscow13.450
8.Andrei CherkasovLeninsk-Kuznetsky13.150

Pommel Horse FinalScore
1.Matvei PetrovKhimki15.400
2.Andrei PerevoznikovKorolyov15.350
3.Dmitry BarkalovVladimir14.700
4.Igor PakhomenkoLeninsk-Kuznetsky14.600
5.Andrei LikhovitskyRostov-on-Don14.250
6.Emin GaribovMoscow13.500
7.Sergei KhorokhordinKhimki/Barnaul12.900
8.David BelyavskyYekaterinburg11.400

Still Rings FinalScore
1.Konstantin PluzhnikovSeversk15.450
2.Denis AblyazinPenza/Moscow15.100
3.Mikhail BodnarMoscow/Vladimir14.650
4.Dmitry BarkalovVladimir14.650
5.Alexander DyominChelyabinsk14.450
6.Matvei PetrovKhimki14.250
7.Maxim DevyatovskyLeninsk-Kuznetsky13.950
8.Ruslan NigmadzyanovVladimir13.200
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 28 August 2010 17:30    PDF Print
Sui, Guo Best at Chinese Championships
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Sui Lu (Shanghai) and Guo Weiyang (Guangdong) won the all-around titles Saturday at the Chinese Gymnastics Championships in Hunan.

Sui Lu (Shanghai) and Guo Weiyang (Guangdong) won the all-around titles Saturday at the Chinese Gymnastics Championships in Zhuzhou, Hunan Province.

Sui scored 56.900 to take first in the women's competition. 2008 Olympian Jiang Yuyuan of Zhejiang was second (56.350) ahead of Guangdong's Huang Qiushuang (55.600).

Sui, who also won China's spring national championships in May, earned a high score of 15.700 on balance beam.

"I was satisfied with my performance on balance beam today," Sui said. "Floor exercise was alright, but not the best."

Sui's coach Wang Qunce offered praise for her performance. Despite suffering from a slight cold all week, Sui successfully competed her new piked barani on beam.

"She's very solid on the balance beam, without any shaking. She successfully performed this skill and the score was beyond our imagination. I am also very pleased as a coach," Wang said. "We wanted this new skill ready for the world championships, but at her own request, we decided that we could give it a try, anyway, to practice it."

Jiang, the top qualifier, led after three events but was passed by Sui on floor exercise. The 19-year-old Jiang said she was pleased to compete four strong events after a year of injuries.

"I'm very happy to be able to compete at this level," she said.

2009 National Games champion Deng Linlin missed the competition with a pulled thigh muscle.

Guo, second in qualification, hit six events to earn 90.450 and win the gold. Liao Qiuhua (Guangdong) was second with 89.850 points. Lu Bo (Liaoning) and Tong Yingjie (Jiangsu) tied for the bronze with 89.750.

World and Olympic still rings champion Chen Yibing was fifth (85.750). He grabbed the lead after the first four events, but mistakes on parallel bars and low difficulty on high bar dropped him out of the medals.

"I tried hard, so for today's showing I'm still quite satisfied," Chen said.

Top qualifier Teng Haibin erred on floor exercise, pommel horse and horizontal bar to drop to 12th place.

Competition continues Sunday with the first day of apparatus finals.

Written by IG Online    Saturday, 28 August 2010 15:00    PDF Print
Downie Leads British Over Swiss
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Olympian Becky Downie won the all-around and led Great Britain to victory over Switzerland in a dual meet held Saturday in Gateshead, England.

Olympian Becky Downie won the all-around and led Great Britain to victory over Switzerland in a dual meet held Saturday in Gateshead, England.

Downie and three of her teammates finished first through fourth in the all-around, as the British gymnasts outscored Switzerland in the team standings, 168.70–152.85.

"It feels really great to put in a performance like I have today," said Downie, who placed 12th all-around at the 2008 Olympic Games. "I was really happy with beam and excited to be able to show off my new floor routine, so overall I'm very happy."

Recently crowned British all-around champion Hannah Whelan placed second (55.85), followed by Jennifer Pinches (55.30) and Danusia Francis (55.00).

Ariella Käslin, the 2009 European all-around bronze medalist and vault gold medalist, was the top Swiss competitor. She placed fifth all-around (53.10).

Great Britain vs. Switzerland (Women's Gymnastics)
Gateshead, England; Aug. 28, 2010

1. Great Britain "A" 168.70
2. Switzerland 152.85

1. Becky Downie GBR-A 55.95
2. Hannah Whelan GBR-A 55.85
3. Jennifer Pinches GBR-A 55.30
4. Danusia Francis GBR-A 55.00
5. Ariella Käslin SUI 53.10
6. Rebecca Wing GBR 52.75
7. Jocelyn Hunt GBR 52.15
8. Imogen Cairns GBR 52.00
9. Charlotte Lindsley GBR 50.85
10. Laura Edwards GBR 50.65
11. Linda Stämpfli SUI 49.80
12. Minu Krasniqi SUI 48.95
13. Jennifer Rutz SUI 46.85
14. Jennifer Senn SUI 46.35
15. Nicole Hibbert GBR-A 26.45 (2 events)

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"The British Invasion" – including profiles on Downie and Whelan (June 2009)
"Swiss Hit" – Käslin profile (December 2008)

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