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Dementyeva Wins Europeans After Mustafina Injured
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After an injury to her star teammate, Russian upstart Anna Dementyeva won the all-around gold Friday at the European championships in Berlin.

World champion and top qualifier Aliya Mustafina (Russia) withdrew after injuring her knee on a Yurchenko 2 1/2 in the first rotation. Though she initially stood up the vault, Mustafina grabbed her knee in pain and fell to the mat, and left for the hospital to undergo tests.

In Mustafina's absence, Dementyeva stood up to the challenge and delivered four clean routines to win comfortably over Germany's Elizabeth Seitz, 57.475-56.700. After starting well with a clean bars set, the diminutive Dementyeva earned the top scores of the day on balance beam (15.150) and floor exercise (14.475), where her joyous routine brought comparisons to legendary Oksana Omelianchik. Holding .9 lead over Seitz going into the final rotation, Dementyeva opted for a simple Yurchenko-full to seal the victory.

Dementyeva, a native of Samara, is coached by Yelena Zhiganova and Mikhail Savushkin. She was the youngest gymnast at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, where she contributed three events in team finals to help the Russian women win their first team title.

Seitz began her day with a double-twisting Yurchenko, earned the high score of the day on bars for her difficulty-packed set and finished strong on floor exercise with clean tumbling.

Romania's Amelia Racea edged teammate Diana Chelaru for the bronze medal, 56.700-56.600. Both gymnasts performed consistently but low bars scores kept them from challenging for the gold.

Youth Olympic bronze medalist Carlotta Ferlito (Italy) took fifth over veteran teammate Vanessa Ferrari, the 2006 world and 2007 European champion.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

With Mustafina's injury, Dementyeva now advances to finals on uneven bars and floor exercise. Belgian Julie Croket, 12th all-around, advances to the finals on vault.

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2011 European Gymnastics Championships
April 8, Berlin

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Anna Dementyeva13.60014.25015.15014.47557.475
2.Elisabeth Seitz14.62514.72513.62513.72556.700
3.Amelia Racea14.40013.82514.55013.82556.600
4.Diana Chelaru14.35013.45013.97514.55056.325
5.Carlotta Ferlito13.87513.17514.87513.90055.825
6.Vanessa Ferrari13.87513.90013.75013.95055.475
7.Celine van Gerner13.52514.37513.75013.80055.450
8.Ariella Käslin14.75013.62514.15012.85055.375
9.Giulia Steingruber15.37513.32512.87513.45055.025
10.Marine Brevet13.52513.35014.02513.77554.675
11.Marta Pihan-Kulesza13.57513.02514.22513.70054.525
12.Julie Croket14.00013.05013.07514.17554.300
13.Hannah Whelan13.52512.85013.95013.85054.175
14.Aagje Vanwalleghem13.77513.15013.15013.50053.575
15.Vasiliki Millousi12.70013.72513.97513.12553.525
16.Danusia Francis13.50013.12513.40013.35053.375
17.Dorina Boczogo13.50013.07513.17512.85052.600
18.Stefani Bisbikou13.20012.92513.57512.52552.225
19.Jana Sikulova13.65013.75011.97512.70052.075
20.Veronica Wagner13.60011.85013.52512.77551.750
21.Yvette Moshage13.27513.00012.47512.77551.525
22.Valeria Maksyuta13.92511.95011.57512.12549.575
23.Jonna Adlerteg13.20013.35010.27512.67549.500
24.Aliya Mustafina15.37515.375
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Aniela said:

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Svetlana Khorkina was the best bars worker in the world for many years and she didn't wear leather grips. It's all on preference. Personally, I got just as many rips without grips as I did with grips except with grips I would also get them on my wrists. I always thought it was more painful to get them on the wrists than on my hands.
 
April 08, 2011
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MoniqueJ said:

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I recall Nadia stating on a telecast on ESPN that most Romanian gymnast cannot afford the grips. They develop bad habits as young gymnast. By the time they make the senior team they can get them but most don't because they are used to working the bars without them and can't get used to wearing them. I noticed on YouTube that the Romanian gymnast stopped wearing them around 1983, that's when you can actually start to see a decline in them as a team on bars. I honestly think they gymnast would wear them if they had them because otherwise why use they gauze? I think that the Romanian Federation just could not afford them and maybe still cannot.
 
April 08, 2011
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vaultgirl said:

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I have wondered myself about the gymnasts possibly at risk of getting Aids from someone, as so many have bleeding hands from rips all the time...and sharing the swame chalk bin. what do others think?
 
April 08, 2011
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123 said:

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First congrats to Dementieva smilies/smiley.gif Regarding the grips I don't think it really matters. The Romanians have no excuses. The Russians have only started recently wearing grips. Semenova never wore grips and she's a world champion, Afanasyeva is decent on bars compared to the Romanians, and they both don't wear grips. The Romanians just don't know bars techniques.
 
April 09, 2011
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AmandaUSA said:

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There are many great bar workers that did not wear grips: Svetlana Boginskaia, Svetlana Khorkina, Ksenia Semenova, Lin Li, Mo Huilan, just to name a few. If I remember right only recently have the Chinese gymnasts been using grips regularly. Also...I used to do gymnastics, I got just as many rips on my hands when I wore grips, as i did without. I wore grips because I could grip the bar better.
 
April 09, 2011
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rabee said:

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You know, Afanasyeva was wearing grips and she scratched in UB last year. Then, she took them off, and could finish the routine. Some gymnasts can do better without the grips.
 
April 09, 2011
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Cutie said:

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I agree with "123" Afanasyeva does not wear grips she is coach by the same coach as Semenova. She wears this little gauge thing that protects her hands but they are not grips. The Romanians do wear the same type of protection as Afanasyeva. If the Romanians ever wants to remain competitive they really need to work on bars. Using grips or no grips is a poor excuse for poor bars!! Congratulations to all the AA medalists.
 
April 09, 2011
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Alex Liang said:

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Grips?
On the issue of grips, it's really a personal choice. I see some gymnasts wear socks and gymnastics shoes for beam and I think that's not a good choice as one would need to 'feel' the beam with one's toes to balance better. I trained high bar for years with grips and I ripped all the same and bled a lot - grips do not prevent rips, they just delay the inevitable. I like playing on the women's wooden bar sometimes over the pit and just do a couple of giants into a dismount and I must say, it's a lot more comfortable to grip without grips - I can really 'feel' the bar. Well, that's just a male gymnast's perspective on the issue. I chose to work rings without grips too BTW for the same reason, but working high bar without grips would've been impossible.
 
April 09, 2011
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jollybarb said:

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Thanks everyone- you have totally convinced me that "forcing" gymnasts to use the grip technology would be wrong! It would be a shame if the Romanian girls could not afford grips...I would be totally happy to supply them...and I live all the way in Australia! I'm just getting frustrated about their lackluster UB performances. I see so much potential.
 
April 09, 2011
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Shawna said:

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I think it's their terrible technique on bars, combined with the fact that they spend all their time on beam. Look at Sacramone and Raisman, who have Romanian coaches - they are great gymnasts who can afford grips, yet can barely get through a bars routine!

And Ukraine is awesome on bars (when they hit), but they don't wear grips for the same reason: they can't afford them growing up, so get used to bars without them.
 
April 09, 2011
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Margaret said:

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Congratulations to Anna Dementieva on winning the European AA! Well done!
As to bars, the great Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivas never wore grips-and she won gold on that event twice at '87 and '89 Worlds and she scored nothing less than a 10.00 each time she went up on bars at the '88 Olympics where she deservedly won the gold-again with no grips. That era of Romanian gymnasts imo was taught better bars technique than the teams that followed (after Belu took over no less). There have been some exceptions but overall Romania just teaches bad technique on bars from their earliest years-I think that's very obvious as one watches that team struggle on bars year after year.

 
April 11, 2011
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