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Semyonova, Devyatovsky Win Russian Championships
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Top qualifiers Ksenia Semyonova and Maxim Devyatovsky won the all-around titles at the Russian Championships, held Saturday in Lobnya.

With a 58.400, the 14-year-old Semyonova scored nearly two points less than she had in Wednesday's qualification, but still came out on top. Yekaterina Kramarenko (57.950) finished second over Kristina Pravdina (56.850).

Devyatovsky, the 2002 Junior European Champion, earned 89.900 to win his first Russian championships. Yuri Ryazanov (88.900) won the silver medal over Ruslan Nigmadzyanov (86.450).

Devyatovsky told news agency ITAR-TASS that he was unhappy after falling from the pommel horse.

"Unfortunately, I made a mistake on horse," Devyatovsky said. "It's better the vault went right. Gymnastics is an unpredictable kind of sport. Here right before the team competition it was the opposite: I was doing fine on pommel horse and was not too happy with vault."

Russian head coach Andrei Rodionenko summed up the competition.

"The strongest ended up on the podium," he said. "Everything happened without any surprises. We will now head to the final selection for the European Championships, which takes place in April in Amsterdam."

Semyonova, who turns 15 in October, is not eligible for the senior competition in Amsterdam. She will be eligible for the world championships in Stuttgart, because 2007 is a qualifying year for the Olympics. Rodionenko listed Kramarenko, Pravdina, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Yelena Zamolodchikova, Anna Grudko, Svetlana Klyukina, Yulia Lozhechko and Anna Pavlova as the contenders for the European Championships.

Pavlova scratched today's all-around competition after injuring her leg prior to the qualification. X-rays were negative and she may compete in Sunday's Russian Cup for individual apparatus.

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