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Russian Championships Conclude in Penza
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Twelve gymnasts are in the running for the Russian men's Olympic team, Andrei Rodionenko announced following the conclusion of the national championships Sunday in Penza. Pictured: David Belyavsky

Twelve gymnasts are in the running for the Russian men's Olympic team, head coach Andrei Rodionenko announced following the conclusion of the national championships Sunday in Penza.

The gymnasts contending for London are Denis Ablyazin, Alexander Balandin, David Belyavsky, Andrei Cherkasov, Maxim Devyatovsky, Emin Garibov, Anton Golotsutskov, Nikita Ignatyev, Sergei Khorokhordin, Igor Pakhomenko, Konstantin Pluzhnikov and Dmitry Stolyarov.

On Sunday, Ablyazin picked up the vault title to go with the floor exercise gold medal he won Saturday. Pluzhnikov won still rings and Belyavsky won parallel bars. Ignatyev won the all-around title on Wednesday.

The next test will be the European championships for men, May 23-27 in Montpellier, France.

"There are very complicated rules, and there is no room for error for any gymnast," Rodionenko said. "As to who will go to the European championships, I can't quite say now. There are still some question marks about some of the contenders. But this regulation is necessary to test the psychological stability of the athlete, the ability to perform successfully in competition. We will know the final team of five gymnasts around the beginning of May."

Belyavsky, who impressed with sixth all-around at the 2011 Worlds, said lingering neck pain caused by cervical osteochondrosis contributed to his fourth-place finish in Penza.

"Because of the pain in my neck I can't even turn my head," he said. "This limits me a lot in training. With this much pain, I can't do much, because these muscles are involved in everything."

Belyavsky, 20, said he hopes to contend for an all-around medal at the Olympic Games in London.

"In general I don't need to add anything to the routines I did in the Russian championships," he said. "Maybe one skill on parallel bars. We need to work on cleaning everything up. If I can get 9.0 Execution on each event, then I can score around 91.000-91.500. With this result I may be able to fight for a medal."

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Russian Men's Championships
April 8, Penza

Senior Still Rings FinalDENDScore
1.Konstantin PluzhnikovSFO6.8009.03315.833
2.Alexander BalandinSZFO6.9008.86715.767
3.Denis AblyazinMOS/PFO6.7008.83315.533
4.Nikita IgnatyevSFO6.5008.60015.100
5.Maxim DevyatovskySFO5.7008.73314.433
6.Daniil KazachkovSFO6.2008.10014.300
7.Sergei KhorokhordinCFO/SFO4.7008.93313.633
8.Andrei CherkasovSFO5.3006.60011.900

Senior Vault FinalDENDScoreAverage
1.Denis AblyazinMOS/PFO7.0009.23316.23316.267
2.Andrei SovenkoYUFO6.2008.76714.96714.517
3.Nikita LezhankinUFO6.2008.5330.114.63314.367
4.Artyom MarkelovCFO/PFO6.2007.8000.313.70014.133
5.Alexei BykovYUFO6.2008.33314.53314.000
6.Dmitry YakubovskyMOS6.6008.40015.00013.967
7.Mikhail BodnarMOS/CFO7.0006.9000.113.8006.900
8.Roman SuetinUFO0.0000.0000.0006.633

Senior Parallel Bars FinalDENDScore
1.David BelyavskyUFO6.4008.66715.067
2.Sergei KhorokhordinCFO/SFO6.5008.46714.967
3.Alexander BalandinSZFO6.1008.53314.633
4.Emin GaribovMOS6.1008.43314.533
5.Nikita IgnatyevSFO6.3008.10014.400
6.Konstantin PluzhnikovSFO5.8008.53314.333
7.Kirill IgnatenkovCFO6.2008.06714.267
8.Maxim DevyatovskySFO6.2007.83314.033
9.Pavel RussinyakPFO6.0007.43313.433

Junior Vault Final (Master of Sport)DENDScoreAverage
1.Anton YakushevMOS6.6007.7000.314.00014.183
2.Yevgeny VasilyevPFO6.2008.1670.114.26714.183
3.Shamil GatiyatovPFO6.2008.20014.40013.667
4.Vladislav KozinSPB6.6007.5330.114.03313.667
5.Kirill ProkopyevCFO5.8008.93314.73313.617
6.Andrei MatyushechkinCFO5.4008.63314.03313.350
7.Andrei KolesnikovUFO5.4008.23313.63313.150
8.Dmitry RadionovYUFO5.4008.73314.1337.067

Junior Parallel Bars Final (Master of Sport)DENDScore
1.Grigory ZyryanovSFO5.4008.46713.867
2.Vladislav KozinSPB5.0008.56713.567
3.Sergei StepanovPFO4.7009.0330.313.433
4.Nikolai KovinovPFO5.2008.20013.400
5.Anton YakushevMOS4.6008.60013.200
6.Alexander RuzhitskyMOS5.1008.03313.133
7.Vladislav PolyashovPFO5.3007.26712.567
8.Andrei LagutovSFO4.6006.76711.367

Junior High Bar Final (Master of Sport)DENDScore
1.Grigory ZyryanovSFO5.1008.60013.700
2.Alexander RuzhitskyMOS5.5008.13313.633
3.Vladislav PolyashovPFO5.4007.86713.267
4.Kirill ProkopyevCFO4.9008.20013.100
5.Sergei StepanovPFO5.3007.43312.733
6.Andrei LagutovSFO5.3007.23312.533
7.Artyom ZhukovPFO4.6007.10011.700
8.Vladislav KozinSPB5.4005.46710.867

Junior Floor Exercise Final (Candidate)DENDScore
1.Viktor BritanUFO5.6008.76714.367
2.Ivan StretovichSFO5.3008.73314.033
3.Valentin StarikovPFO5.1008.7670.113.767
4.Denis KolpakovSPB5.1008.66713.767
5.Ivan TikhonovPFO5.1008.5330.113.533
6.Stanislav KhegaiMOS4.8008.50013.300
7.Artur DalaloyanMOS5.0007.63312.633

Junior Parallel Bars Final (Candidate)DENDScore
1.Kirill PotapovSFO5.2008.96714.167
2.Ivan StretovichSFO5.4008.30013.700
3.Ilya KibartasCFO5.4008.16713.567
4.Dmitry ZhigalovSPB4.9008.36713.267
5.Artyom PleshkinPFO4.7008.46713.167
6.Valentin StarikovPFO4.9008.03312.933
7.Vitaly VanifatovPFO4.7008.20012.900
8.Dmitry KirpichenkoUFO4.1007.83311.933

Junior High Bar Final (Candidate)DENDScore
1.Artur DalaloyanMOS5.1008.66713.767
2.Ivan StretovichSFO5.2008.46713.667
3.Vitaly VanifatovPFO4.8008.50013.300
4.Sergei YeltsovYUFO4.8008.26713.067
5.Alexander BogatyrevSFO4.3007.96712.267
6.Ilya KibartasCFO4.5007.26711.767
7.Dmitry ZhigalovSPB4.2007.03311.233
8.Viktor BritanUFO4.9006.30011.200
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