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Melnikova Wins Russian Cup Title
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Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) won the women's all-around title at the Russian Cup, held Wednesday and Thursday in Penza.

Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) won the women's all-around title at the Russian Cup on Thursday in Penza.

Melnikova, the Russian national champion, captured her first Russian Cup title with a two-day total of 117.150. She scored 57.625 with a missed beam routine on Wednesday (falling on two-foot layout; 13.675), but improved to 59.525 on Thursday with higher scores on every event.

"Before the Olympics I will need to clean up all the events, since I'm an all-arounder," Melnikova said after her win. "First of all, on floor exercise. After all, on floor exercise we all lag behind the world leaders in the difficulty scores. We can compensate with choreography. For example, turns done without executing a somersault. By the way, I didn't do everything I can do for choreography. I'm very glad of my victory in the all-around. And the finals in individual events I made it everywhere except vault."

2014 Youth Olympic champion Seda Tutkhalyan (Moscow) won the silver (116.150). After mistakes on Wednesday (including 11.975 on uneven bars), she added two points to her score to tally 59.075 on Thursday, with a high of 15.100 on balance beam.

World and Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina (Moscow) won the all-around bronze with 112.800, made her return to the all-around after leg surgery last fall. She uncharacteristically missed uneven bars on both days, scoring just 12.125 on Wednesday (jumped off after toe-on circle on the low bar, remounted and fell on Maloney-half) and 13.975 on Thursday (fall after missed cast handstand pirouette). She debuted new tumbling on floor exercise, mounting with a tucked full-in in place of the Arabian double front she has used for years, and also tumbled a 2 1/2 twist and double tuck.

"Aliya Mustafina was brilliant," said team coach Valentine Rodionenko. "In fact we suggested that she miss the meet as her back hurts, and we are protecting it. But she said, 'No, I will compete.' She is preparing for the all-around very seriously. If all her injuries heal, believe me, Aliya is really ready to fight for an all-around medal at the Olympic Games."

World champions Maria Paseka (vault) and Daria Spiridonova (uneven bars) were the top qualifiers to this weekend's finals on their respective specialities. Paseka, who missed the European championships, returned to score 14.825 and 15.475 on vault, while Spiridonova earned 15.425 on uneven bars (inside Stalder-full, Komova II, Pak, Maloney-half; inside-Stalder blind to piked Jaeger; toe-on full to full-twisting double).

Two-time Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva is absent after a minor surgery on her ankle, while two-time world team member Maria Kharenkova is sidelined with an ankle injury. Also missing is Viktoria Komova, who announced recently her back injury would not allow her to continue training for Rio.

Rodionenko stated that prior to the competition, the expected team for Rio is Afanasyeva, Melnikova, Mustafina, Paseka and Spiridonova, with Tutkhalyan, Yevgenia Shelgunova and Natalia Kapitonova also in the running depending on their performances in Penza.

Competition continues Friday with the men's all-around final.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2016 Russian Cup
June 28-29, Penza

Women's Team VTUBBBFXTotal
1.Central69.32563.52561.77563.575257.200*
Yevgenia Shelgunova14.60013.87513.92513.650
Angelina Melnikova14.95014.65013.67514.350
Margarita Varnakova13.32512.52510.70012.100
Yekaterina Tsvetkova13.67510.77511.05011.900
Maria Tsvetkova12.775
Yelena Guseva12.07511.70012.42511.575
2.Volga67.97560.87563.55064.750257.150
Polina Fyodorova13.60011.77513.62512.925
Daria Lopatina13.70011.60012.07512.300
Ilsia Aminova13.0009.57510.22510.950
Natalia Kapitonova13.87614.42512.30013.550
Olga Bikmurzina12.42510.52512.27512.925
Anastasia Dmitriyeva13.80012.55013.27513.050
3.Saint Petersburg65.92561.60064.20064.275256.000
Tatiana Nabiyeva14.55013.95013.52512.950
Lilia Akhaimova13.12513.30012.52514.150
Alexandra Sadkova12.52511.95012.95012.000
Varvara Batalova13.30011.12512.95012.825
Yekaterina Boyeva12.4259.65011.82512.350
Anastasia Cheong11.27512.250
4.Moscow70.92566.47565.85051.075253.325*
Aliya Mustafina14.82512.12514.32513.625
Maria Paseka14.82513.250
Daria Spiridonova15.42512.575
Seda Tutkhalyan14.82511.97514.12514.150
Daria Mikhaylova13.25011.70013.45012.125
Ksenia Artyomova13.20011.70011.37511.175
5.Southern67.87554.02560.35062.800244.050*
Viktoria Bykova12.87512.92512.22512.250
Yekaterina Ischenko12.9508.85011.52511.825
Anastasia Sidorova14.30013.22513.300
Daria Skrypnik14.12514.35012.07513.200
Alyona Chernova12.6759.47511.30012.225
Yevgenia Menovschikova13.6258.4259.90011.050
*Incurred 1.0 Neutral Deduction

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotalCombined
1.Angelina MelnikovaVoronezh14.95014.65013.67514.35057.625117.150
15.05014.97514.62514.87559.525
2.Seda TutkhalyanMoscow14.82513.97514.12514.15057.075116.150
14.52514.87515.10014.57559.075
3.Aliya MustafinaMoscow14.82512.12514.32513.62554.900112.800
14.87513.97514.75014.30057.900
4.Yevgenia ShelgunovaZvenigorod / Alatyr14.60013.87513.92513.65056.050112.250
14.40013.82514.45013.52556.200
5.Natalia KapitonovaPenza13.87514.42512.30013.55054.150110.350
13.90015.35013.92513.02556.200
6.Daria SkrypnikKrasnodar14.12514.35012.07513.20053.750110.300
14.07514.85014.12513.50056.550
7.Tatyana NabiyevaVoronezh14.55013.95013.52512.95054.975109.375
14.82514.00012.20013.37554.400
8.Lilia AkhaimovaVoronezh13.12513.30012.52514.15053.100106.850
13.77512.85012.87514.25053.750
9.Polina FyodorovaCheboksary13.60011.77513.62512.92551.925106.000
14.00013.35013.45013.27554.075
10.Daria MikhaylovaMoscow13.25011.70013.45012.12550.525100.775
13.32510.62513.70012.60050.250
11.Varvara BatalovaSaint Petersburg13.30011.12512.95012.82550.200100.075
12.92512.07512.37512.50049.875
12.Alexandra SadkovaSaint Petersburg12.52511.95012.95012.00049.42599.000
12.40012.17513.27511.72549.575
13.Olga BikmurzinaSaransk12.42510.52512.27512.92548.15098.475
12.52511.87512.62513.30050.325
14.Yulia BiryulyaLeninsk-­Kuznetsky14.32510.85011.75011.12548.05097.950
13.62512.57511.92511.77549.900
15.Viktoria BykovaRostov-­on-­Don12.87512.92512.22512.25050.27597.925
12.70012.00010.72512.22547.650
16.Daria LopatinaNizhnekamsk13.70011.60012.07512.30049.67597.400
13.8009.52511.90012.50047.725
17.Arina NedovesovaVladivostok11.87512.05011.65012.00047.57596.250
12.60011.75011.77512.55048.675
18.Yelena GusevaZvenigorod12.07511.70012.42511.57547.77596.150
12.45011.87512.15011.90048.375
19.Margarita VarnakovaVoronezh13.32512.52510.70012.10048.65095.200
13.00011.60010.12511.82546.550
20.Anastasia DmitriyevaTolyatti13.80012.55013.27513.05052.67592.175
12.82514.40012.27539.500

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