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Russia Finalizes Training Squad
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Russian head coach Andrei Rodionenko finalized the Olympic training squad Sunday following the Russian Apparatus Championships in Lobnya.

The top three gymnasts from the Russian Cup all-around competition in Lobnya automatically qualified to the training squad. Six males and seven females were added Sunday to the squad, which will train in Leninsk-Kuznetsky until the final teams are announced at the end of July.

Women's squad: Ksenia Afanasyeva, Kristina Goryunova, Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova, Svetlana Klyukina, Yekaterina Kramarenko, Yulia Lozhechko, Anna Pavlova, Kristina Pravdina, Ksenia Semyonova and Daria Yelizarova.

Men's squad: Alexander Balandin, Maxim Devyatovsky, Dmitry Gogotov, Anton Golotsutskov, Sergei Khorokhordin, Nikolai Kryukov, Konstantin Pluzhnikov, Yuri Ryazanov and Anatoly Vasilyev.

The squads include four Olympic veterans: Pavlova and Yezhova, members of the bronze medal-winning women's team at the 2004 Olympics; Devyatovsky, a member of the sixth-place men's team in 2004; and Kryukov, a member of the gold medal-winning men's team in 1996 and the bronze medal-winning team in 2000.

Not selected to the squad were two-time Olympians Yelena Zamolodchikova and Alexei Bondarenko. Both gymnasts announced plans to continue training.

Sunday's apparatus finals for were women were split by Pavlova (vault and balance beam) and Semyonova (uneven bars and floor exercise).

Kryukov was the most successul male, winning the gold on parallel bars and bronze medals on pommel horse and high bar.

Rodionenko said the judging in Lobnya was purposefully harsh.

"The judging at these competitions was probably the strictest in the world," he said. "We install strict judging so we pay more rigid attention to our mistakes. It's better that we see our defects now when it's still possible to correct them, then have our heads in the clouds after high scores. However, I liked the girls' floor exercises today. Difficulty, harmony, musicality — it was all done in the best traditions of Soviet gymnastics."

Anna Pavlova vaults to gold in Lobnya

Anton Golotsutskov vaults to gold in Lobnya

Anatoly Vasilyev attempts a Yurchenko double pike

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2008 Russian Apparatus Championships
July 6, Lobnya

Women's Vault
1. Anna Pavlova (Orekhovo-Zuevo) 14.812
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva (Tula) 14.475
3. Yekaterina Kurbatova (Moscow) 14.400

Uneven Bars
1. Ksenia Semyonova (Tula) 16.350
2. Karina Myasnikova (Moscow) 15.225
3. Kristina Pravdina (Voronezh) 14.925

Balance Beam
1. Anna Pavlova (Orekhovo-Zuevo) 16.075
2. Lyudmila Grebenkova Yezhova (Moscow) 16.000
3. Yulia Lozhechko (Bryansk) 15.925

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Ksenia Semyonova (Tula) 14.925
2. Kristina Pravdina (Voronezh) 14.750
2. Anna Myzdrikova (Moscow) 14.750

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Sergei Khorokhordin (Barnaul) 15.300
2. Anatoly Vasilyev (Cheboksary) 15.225
3. Dmitry Gogotov (Moscow) 15.100

Pommel Horse
1. Matvei Petrov (Kaliningrad) 14.975
2. Vladimir Olennikov (Moscow) 14.825
3. Nikolai Kryukov (Voronezh) 14.650

Still Rings
1. Alexander Balandin (Petrozavodsk) 16.450
2. Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Seversk) 16.200
3. Maxim Devyatovsky (Leninsk-Kuznetsky) 15.500

Men's Vault
1. Anton Golotsutskov (Seversk) 16.437
2. Anton Lobachyov (Yekaterinburg) 16.275
3. Anatoly Vasilyev (Cheboksary) 15.313

Parallel Bars
1. Nikolai Kryukov (Voronezh) 16.000
2. Yury Ryazanov (Vladimir) 15.200
3. Dmitry Gogotov (Moscow) 15.200

High Bar
1. Anatoly Vasilyev (Cheboksary) 15.575
2. Sergei Khorokhordin (Barnaul) 14.700
3. Dmitry Gogotov (Moscow) 14.625
3. Nikolai Kryukov (Voronezh) 14.625

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