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Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 24 March 2007 20:50    PDF Print
Russian Championships Conclude
(2 votes, average 4.00 out of 5)
The 2007 Russian Championships in Lobnya concluded Sunday with the Russian Cup for individual apparatus.

New Russian national champions Ksenia Semyonova and Maxim Devyatovsky each won an event. Semyonova won her speciality, uneven bars, with the day's highest score for the women (15.975). Devyatovsky won silvers on floor and rings before winning the parallel bars gold.

Anton Golotsutskov was the only double winner, with golds on men's floor exercise and vault.

Veteran Anna Pavlova scratched the competition because of a slight injury to her leg, sustained before Thursday's qualification competition.

2007 Russian Cup for Individual Apparatus
March 25, Lobnya

Women's Vault
1. Anna Grudko 14.737
2. Yulia Lozhechko 14.362
3. Yelena Zamolodchikova 14.250

Uneven Bars
1. Ksenia Semyonova 15.975
2. Yekaterina Kramarenko 14.825
3. Polina Miller 14.550

Balance Beam
1. Ksenia Afanasyeva 15.350
2. Yulia Lozhechko 15.300
3. Ksenia Semyonova 14.825

Women's Floor Exercise
1. Yekaterina Kramarenko 14.450
2. Kristina Pravdina 14.425
3. Ksenia Afanasyeva 14.325

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Anton Golotsutskov 15.400
2. Maxim Devyatovsky 15.20
3. Alexander Dyomin 14.850

Pommel Horse
1. Ruslan Nigmadzyanov 15.250
2. Dmitry Vasilyev 15.000
3. Alexander Kalabin 14.650

Still Rings
1. Konstantin Pluzhnikov 15.900
2. Maxim Devyatovsky 14.950
3. Yuri Ryazanov 14.700

Men's Vault
1. Anton Golotsutskov 16.225
2. Alexei Bondarenko 15.725
3. Alexander Dyomin 15.600

Parallel Bars
1. Maxim Devyatovsky 15.350
2. Yuri Ryazanov 15.050
3. Dmitry Gogotov 14.650

High Bar
1. Alexei Bondarenko 15.150
2. Anatoly Vasilyev 15.050
3. Yuri Ryazanov 14.500

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 24 March 2007 20:47    PDF Print
Mackie Wins Friendship Classic
(1 vote, average 3.00 out of 5)

2004 Olympian Gael Mackie (Canada) won the senior all-around at the Friendship Classic, held Saturday evening in Pottsville, Pa.

Linders, Mackie and Proskurina

Mackie topped Loes Linders (the Netherlands) and Ukraine's Marina Proskurina.

Mackie, who has signed with the University of Utah, was the top scorer on vault, uneven bars and balance beam. Linders won floor exercise.

Ukrainian Valentina Golenkova won the junior all-around title over Russia's Anastasia Grishina. American Carol Byrnes (Girls Co-Op) won the all-around bronze.

Golenkova won beam and Grishina won bars. American Annette Miele (Lehigh Valley) won both vault and floor exercise. Miele, fourth all-around, is coached by 1983 World Champion Natalia Yurchenko.

The annual competition is hosted by the Pottsville Gymnastic Training Center.

2007 Friendship Classic
March 24, Pottsville, Pa.

Senior All-Around
1. Gael Mackie CAN (Omega) 55.90
2. Marina Proskurina UKR 54.90
3. Loes Linders NED 53.55
4. Chloé Henry BEL 53.20
5. Kakitani Maniko JPN 52.95
6. Lisa-Marie Farley CAN (Gym-Richelieu) 50.60

Junior All-Around
1. Valentina Golenkova UKR 55.50
2. Anastasia Grishina RUS 54.50
3. Carol Byrnes USA (Girls Co-Op Starbounders) 51.80
4. Annette Miele USA (Lehigh Valley) 51.45
5. Kim Levesque CAN (Gym-Richelieu) 50.60
6. Jennifer Fujis CAN (Gym-Richelieu) 50.10

Senior Vault
1. Gael Mackie CAN 14.20
2. Marina Proskurina UKR 14.10
3. Lisa-Marie Farley CAN 13.85

Senior Uneven Bars
1. Gael Mackie CAN 14.00
2. Marina Proskurina UKR 13.15
3. Loes Linders NED 12.70

Senior Balance Beam
1. Gael Mackie CAN 14.60
2. Marina Proskurina UKR 14.15
3. Chloé Henry BEL 13.80

Senior Floor Exercise
1. Loes Linders NED 14.55
2. Chloé Henry BEL 13.70
3. Kakitani Maniko JPN 13.70

Junior Vault
1. Annette Miele USA 14.25
2. Valentina Golenkova UKR 13.95
3. Cassandra Hanley (USA/Parkettes) 13.70

Junior Uneven Bars
1. Anastasia Grishina RUS 15.20
2. Valentina Golenkova UKR 13.60
3. Cassandra Hanley USA 12.90

Junior Balance Beam
1. Valentina Golenkova UKR 14.60
2. Carol Byrnes USA 13.90
3. Mariecarme Rivera PUR (Club FPG) 13.90

Junior Floor Exercise
1. Annette Miele USA 13.75
2. Anastasia Grishina RUS 13.70
3. Carol Byrnes USA 13.40

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 24 March 2007 20:45    PDF Print
China on Top as Cottbus Concludes
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

China won three of the five available titles as the Cottbus Cup concluded Sunday in Germany.

The Chinese won two of the three men's events: Du Wei took vault and Teng Haibin and Feng Zhe finished 1-2 on parallel bars.

Fan Ye, the 2003 world balance beam champion, topped reigning world beam champion Irina Krasnyanskaya of Ukraine. Both gymnasts rebounded from Saturday's disaster on uneven bars, where Fan fell twice and Krasnyanskaya fell three times.

Uneven bars champion Elsa Garcia earned another gold medal for Mexico with the floor title.

Greece picked up two medals, with Vlasios Maras taking the gold on high bar and Stefani Bisbikou winning the bronze on beam.

2007 Cottbus Cup
March 25, Cottbus, Germany

Balance Beam
1. Fan Ye CHN 15.650
2. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 15.250
3. Stefani Bisbikou GRE 15.050
4. Adela Sajn SLO 14.825
5. Aluissa Lacusteanu ROM 14.625
6. Katja Abel GER 14.450
7. Florica Leonida ROU 14.250
8. Jade Barbosa BRA 13.875

Floor Exercise
1. Elsa Garcia MEX 15.125
2. Olga Scherbatykh UKR 14.775
3. Alina Kozich UKR 14.625
4. Aluissa Lacusteanu ROM 14.500
5. Jade Barbosa BRA 14.400
6. Kim Bui GER 14.375
7. Katja Abel GER 13.900
8. Adela Sajn SLO 13.600

Men's Vault
1. Du Wei CHN 16.200
2. Thomas Bouhail FRA 16.112
3. Jeffrey Wammes NED 16.037
4. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 16.012
5. Luis Rivera PUR 15.787
6. Yuto Hayami JPN 15.637

Parallel Bars
1. Teng Haibin CHN 16.000
2. Feng Zhe CHN 15.825
3. Valery Goncharov UKR 15.725
4. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 15.600
5. Marcel Nguyen GER 15.300
6. Nicolas Böschenstein SUI 15.125
7. Gael da Silva FRA 14.925
8. Roman Kulesza POL 14.825

High Bar
1. Vlasios Maras GRE 15.675
2. Yusuke Tanaka JPN 15.350
2. Alexander Rodriguez PUR 15.350
4. Enrico Pozzo ITA 15.075
5. Christoph Schärer SUI 15.000
6. Ümit Samiloglu TUR 14.175
7. Alexander Tsarevich BLR 14.075
8. Nikolai Kuksenkov UKR 13.925

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 23 March 2007 20:43    PDF Print
Latin Americans On Top in Germany

With medals on every event, Latin American gymnasts continued their strong showing at the first day of finals at the Cottbus Cup, held Saturday in Germany.

Krisztian Berki

The nations of Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela each earned two medals. Mexico's Elsa Garcia won uneven bars and Venezuela's Regulo Carmona won still rings.

Ukraine's Vadim Kuvakin won his first World Cup medal with the gold on men's floor exercise.

On the pommel horse, Hungary's Krisztian Berki (right) topped Teng Haibin, the Olympic and World Cup Final champion on the event.

Naturalized German citizen Oksana Chusovitina won women's vault, the only medal for the host nation. (German star Fabian Hambüchen missed the competition because of a conflict with his school examinations.)

The Cottbus Cup concludes Sunday with the finals for women's balance beam and floor exercise and men's vault, parallel bars and high bar.

2007 Cottbus Cup
March 24, Cottbus, Germany

Women's Vault
1. Oksana Chusovitina GER 14.762
2. Jade Barbosa BRA 14.725
3. Elsa Garcia MEX 14.450
4. Daria Joura AUS 14.262
5. Alina Kozich UKR 14.150
6. Olga Scherbatykh UKR 14.037
7. Enikö Korcsmaros HUN 13.900
8. Maria Parsantanian GRE 13.425

Uneven Bars
1. Elsa Garcia MEX 15.250
2. Kristina Palesova CZE 15.075
3. Daria Joura AUS 14.675
4. Jana Sikulova CZE 14.400
5. Florica Leonida ROM 14.125
6. Olga Scherbatykh UKR 13.275
7. Fan Ye CHN 12.925
8. Irina Krasnyanskaya UKR 12.025

Men's Floor Exercise
1. Vadim Kuvakin UKR 15.525
2. Victor Rosa BRA 15.475
3. Enrico Pozzo ITA 15.200
4. Eleftherios Kosmidis GRE 15.175
5. Sascha Palgen LUX 14.775
6. Razvan Selariu ROM 14.675
7. Matthias Fahrig GER 14.550
8. Gael da Silva FRA 13.875

Pommel Horse
1. Krisztian Berki HUN 16.000
2. Teng Haibin CHN 15.925
3. Jose Luis Fuentes VEN 15.450
4. Anton Fokin UZB 15.275
5. Daniel Popescu ROM 15.075
6. Jorge Hugo Giraldo COL 15.000
7. Nikolai Kryukov RUS 14.625
8. Kazuki Mizutori JPN 13.700

Still Rings
1. Regulo Carmona VEN 16.125
2. Andrea Coppolino ITA 16.075
3. Alexander Vorobyov UKR 15.975
4. Yuri van Gelder NED 15.700
5. Alexander Balandin RUS 15.650
6. Danny Rodrigues FRA 15.175
7. Georgallas Irodotos CYP 15.100
8. Yuto Hayami JPN 14.550

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 23 March 2007 20:41    PDF Print
Semyonova, Devyatovsky Win Russian Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)
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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