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Russia Dominates Eurasian Youth Games
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Russia's juniors dominated the gymnastics competition at the II Eurasian Youth Games, a multi-sport event that concluded Sunday in Kazan, Russia. Olympic gold medalist Yelena Zamolodchikova, who served as a judge, presents medals to the winning Russian team.

The host nation dominated the gymnastics competition at the II Eurasian Youth Games, which concluded Sunday in Kazan, Russia.

The multi-sport event featured more than a thousand athletes, age 13 to 17 years old, from the Soviet-bloc nations that comprise the Eurasian Economic Community. The games served as a test event for the city of Kazan, which will play host to the XXVII Summer Universiade in 2013.

The gymnastics competition was open to female gymnasts born from 1995 to 1997 and male gymnasts born in 1994 and 1995. Only three nations sent gymnasts, making it a tri-meet among Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The host nation won 10 of the 12 titles, with the visiting nations each leaving with one men's gold.

Anastasia Sidorova, a member of Russia's first-place squad at the 2010 Junior European Championships, led her team to a sweep of the women's gold medals. Sidorova, who turns 14 on Sept. 28, won the all-around, vault and balance beam titles.

Fourteen-year-old Kristina Sidorova (no relation to Anastasia) won the uneven bars title and 13-year-old Maria Dunayeva was best on women's floor exercise.

All-around bronze medalist Inna Vasilyeva and 2010 Youth Olympian Moldir Azimbay led Kazakhstan to second over Belarus, which sent only three female gymnasts.

In the men's competition, Alexander Ruzhitsky, 16, and Vladislav Polyashov, 15, went 1-2 in the all-around for Russia. Russia won four of the men's finals, with golds from Polyashov (parallel bars), Nikolai Kovinov (pommel horse) Danil Monakhov (still rings) and Shamil Gatiyatov (vault).

Alexei Kushnerik won floor exercise for Belarus, and all-around bronze medalist Alexander Lazarev won high bar for Kazakhstan.

Three-time Olympian Nikolai Kryukov, now the head coach for the Russian junior men's team, said his gymnasts are preparing for the 2011 European Youth Festival and the 2012 Junior European Championships.

"These games are sort of practice, the opportunity to test their strength, because junior competitions are few and far between," said Kryukov, the 1999 world champion. "The gymnasts can compare their capabilities with teams from Belarus and Kazakhstan and learn from this. Perhaps, conversely, they will learn something from us. This is very useful for the kids."

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

II Eurasian Youth Games
Sept. 4-12, Kazan, Russia

Women's Team CompetitionVTUBBBFXTotal

Men's Team CompetitionFXPHSRVTPBFXTotal

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Anastasia Sidorova14.6012.4513.9514.2055.20
2.Anna Rodionova13.8513.7514.4012.6554.65
3.Inna Vasilyeva12.1011.5013.2013.0549.85
4.Moldir Azimbay12.5511.3511.9512.8548.70
5.Anastasia Yekimenko13.2011.5510.7512.7548.25
6.Anastasia Miklashevich12.3011.8512.4011.6548.20

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBFXTotal
1.Alexander Ruzhitsky12.6513.1013.5514.6013.5513.5080.95
2.Vladislav Polyashov13.7013.1513.2514.5013.1513.0080.75
3.Alexander Lazarev13.5011.5013.0513.1013.0013.0077.15
4.Alexei Kushnerik13.7511.4012.3013.3012.4012.1075.25
5.Alexei Podlinnov13.4512.1511.7012.5013.0512.4075.25
6.Dmitry Zayats13.0011.9511.8013.6511.4511.6073.45

Women's Vault FinalScore
1.Anastasia Sidorova14.20
2.Yevgenia Shelgunova14.03
3.Valeria Sukhoverkhaya13.70
4.Anastasia Yekimenko12.50
5.Inna Vasilyeva12.23
6.Anna Geidt12.23

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1.Kristina Sidorova14.50
2.Anna Rodionova13.95
3.Moldir Azimbay13.00
4.Inna Vasilyeva11.20
5.Anastasia Yekimenko9.55
6.Anastasia Miklashevich8.90

Balance Beam FinalScore
1.Anastasia Sidorova14.90
2.Anna Rodionova13.60
3.Anastasia Miklashevich12.75
4.Yelizaveta Gurenko12.50
5.Inna Vasilyeva12.05
6.Valeria Sukhoverkhaya11.50

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Maria Dunayeva13.80
2.Anastasia Sidorova13.75
3.Anastasia Yekimenko12.60
4.Anastasia Miklashevich12.60
5.Inna Vasilyeva12.10
6.Moldir Azimbay11.95

Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Alexei Kushnerik14.05
2.Vladislav Polyashov13.75
3.Alexei Podlinnov13.70
4.Sergei Stepanov13.65
5.Alexander Lazarev13.55
6.Dmitry Zayats13.15

Pommel Horse FinalScore
1.Nikolai Kovinov13.80
2.Alexei Podlinnov12.80
3.Dmitry Zayats12.50
4.Alexei Kushnerik11.90
5.Georgy Ivanov10.75
6.Danil Monakhov10.70

Still Rings FinalScore
1.Danil Monakhov13.70
2.Shamil Gatiyatov13.65
3.Alexander Lazarev12.80
4.Sergei Stepanov12.15
5.Kirill Kokorev11.95
6.Dmitry Zayats11.65

Men's Vault FinalScore
1.Shamil Gatiyatov14.65
2.Sergei Stepanov14.63
3.Alexander Lazarev13.73
4.Mark Gerun13.60
5.Denis Sanuvong13.48

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1.Vladislav Polyashov13.30
2.Alexander Ruzhitsky13.15
3.Alexander Lazarev12.80
4.Alexei Kushnerik12.40
5.Denis Sanuvong11.20
6.Alexei Podlinnov10.35

High Bar FinalScore
1.Alexander Lazarev13.85
2.Alexander Ruzhitsky13.65
3.Nikolai Kovinov13.55
4.Alexei Kushnerik12.25
5.Kirill Kokorev12.15
6.Dmitry Zayats11.60
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JB said:

interesting - the Russians are wearing American GK leotards
September 14, 2010
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