'I Hoped for the Best,' Says Melnikova
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Hindered by a recent ankle injury, Russia's Angelina Melnikova hopes to rebound from her 10th-place all-around finish in qualifications when she competes in Friday's all-around final at the world championships in Montreal.

Hindered by a recent ankle injury, Russia's Angelina Melnikova hopes to rebound from her 10th-place all-around finish in qualifications when she competes in Friday's all-around final at the world championships in Montreal.


Angelina Melnikova (Russia)

"I hoped for the best, but not everything worked out," said Melnikova of her all-around performance in qualifications, which included a 91st-place ranking on floor exercise after two falls.

Melnikova, 17, placed first on floor exercise at this spring's European championships, but said the ankle injury has left her with less time to train the event.

Competing in her first world championships, the Voronezh native said she was proud of staying on balance beam, her first event in qualification, although she felt she was too harshly judged.

"It's hard to calm yourself down on beam," she said. "You're shaking and can easily fall — beam is the toughest. But, apparently, I missed a special (composition) requirement, for jumps. I did a 5.9-Difficulty routine, but they gave me 5.4. Although, even with that Difficulty score, my Execution score was too low. I watched my routine, and it was not all that horrible, not worth three points of deductions. But this is a matter for judges, so I'd rather not say anything..."

After a clean vault, Melnikova finished with her strongest performance on uneven bars, tying for fourth with 14.966. However, she was bumped from the event final by the two-per-country rule, as teammates Yelena Yeryomina (15.100) and Anastasia Ilyankova (15.066) were the top qualifiers.

Despite the mistakes that cost her a higher position in qualifications, Melnikova said she believes she can pull herself together for a better all-around showing in the final.

"The main thing is to do my whole program, and then everything will be OK," she said.

The women's all-around final begins at 7 p.m. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

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