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Written by dwight normile    Saturday, 04 March 2017 15:25    PDF Print
Moldauer, Smith Clinch American Cup Victories
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

NEWARK, N.J.—In her first meet of the year, U.S. Olympic alternate Ragan Smith easily clinched her first American Cup title, which was held at the Prudential Center on March 4. Even a fall from balance beam on a standing tucked full could not stop her, such was the lead she had built up.

Smith defeated Japanese veteran Asuka Teramoto, 56.099-54.899, while Melanie De Jesus dos Santos of France finished third with 53.899.

Americans Yul Moldauer and Ragan Smith captured the American Cup on Saturday in Newark, N.J., the first of three all-around FIG World Cups in 2017.

"It feels amazing," said Smith of her victory, which included event titles on vault (Yurchenko-double twist) and floor exercise (double layout mount; 1.5 twist through to triple twist; Arabian double tuck; double pike). She also has her sights set on the biggest competition of 2017, the Montreal World Championships in October. Asked if she thinks she can win the all-around gold, Smith replied in the affirmative. Confidence is one of her strengths, to be sure.

Teramoto was steady throughout. The 21-year-old vaulted a handspring-layout barani and, on bars, performed a Gienger, piked Jaeger and a clean tucked half-in half-out. Her beam included a double turn, two flip-flops to a layout, an Onodi and a roundoff 2.5 twist dismount.

Olympic alternate De Jesus dos Santos placed first on beam (front pike mount; flip-flop layout; roundoff double tuck dismount, which she stuck). Her bars were also notable: inside Stalder-Shaposhnikova; inside Stalder-Tkatchev; Maloney-half; full-twisting double layout.

Germany's Kim Bui placed fourth and won uneven bars (piked Jaeger; Bhardwaj), while American Riley McCusker had a rough day to finish fifth. In her first meet as a senior, she missed her Stalder-piked Tkatchev on bars (although she nailed her barani-in back-out dismount from elgrip), and she crashed her double back dismount off beam when one foot slipped off the beam on her second flip-flop. She landed hard on her back but was able to perform on floor exercise, where her expressiveness is similar to that of MG Elite teammate Laurie Hernandez.

"Yeah, a little bit," McCusker said if she was more nervous than usual. "And it was my first international competition."

Xie Yufen (China), Tisha Volleman (Netherlands), Emily Whitehead (Australia) and Amy Tinkler (Great Britain; she withdrew from floor) finished sixth through ninth, respectively. Suffice to say that the season is young, and not every gymnast is in peak form yet.

In the men's competition, the last two American Cup men's champions were pitted against each other, but a couple of Americans made it interesting. Olympic gold medalists Ryohei Kato of Japan, the defending champion, and Oleg Vernyayev of Ukraine, who won this meet in 2015, were in the mix until the end. But the star of the day was American Yul Moldauer, who led throughout each rotation and earned the title with six steady routines. Vernyayev, who won three events despite looking a bit rusty (pommels, rings and a tie on p-bars), could not catch Moldauer in the final rotation. Turns out Vernyayev was missing an element group on high bar, which cost him 0.5. He lost to Moldauer, 85.931-85.699.

Still, Vernyayev respected the outcome. "I never discuss scores," he said, later adding the Moldauer had "earned" the win.

Moldauer, who may represent the future of U.S. men's gymnastics, won the first event, floor exercise, with a 14.566 (punch Randi; double Arabian, half-out; double-twisting front, front-full; 2.5 twist-barani; double twist; triple twist). He also said he did not change any of the routines he's been competing for the University of Oklahoma, where he is a sophomore. Afterward, Moldauer was humbled by his win.

"I feel great," he said. "I look up to all the guys here. I watched them in the Olympics, so it's very special to compete with them. Honestly, I thank them for coming to this venue and allowing me to compete with them. I just want to thank everyone who's helped me get here, and helped me in the gym and outside the gym."

Stanford senior Akash Modi grabbed third with 84.398 and tied for first on p-bars (full-out dismount, stuck cold). Asked how it was to compete against Vernyayev, Modi said, "It was not that intimidating, because I've competed against him before, but it was definitely awesome to compete with the Olympic silver medalist."

Coincidentally, Oklahoma competes at Stanford tonight, and both teams will be without their top all-arounders. Modi was hopeful that his team could pull out a win. "I think it should be pretty even," he said. Then, in jest, "Obviously, I know Stanford's going to come out on top." Moldauer declined to make any predictions.

Bart Deurloo of the Netherlands began with falls on floor and pommel horse but rallied the rest of the way to place fourth (80.165), which included an event title on high bar (Cassina; piked Kovacs; Kovacs; Kolman).

Eddy Yusof of Switzerland placed fifth (80.164) and won vault with an excellent piked double Tsukahara.

Kato was in the top four prior to high bar, where he fell hard on a Cassina. He ended up sixth (80.065).

Sun Wei (China), Sam Oldham (Great Britain) and Lukas Dauser (Germany) placed seventh through ninth, respectively, with each struggling on various events.

The American Cup was the first of three all-around competitions of the FIG's World Cup season. The second  is the DTB Cup, to be held March 18-19 in Stuttgart, Germany, followed by the London World Cup, scheduled for April 8 at the O2 Arena, site of the gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympic Games. Gymnasts earn points based on their finish at each event, ranging from 60 points to first to 25 points for eighth.

External Link: Official Website

2017 AT&T American Cup/FIG World Cup
March 4, Newark, N.J.

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Ragan Smith 5.4 14.433 5.6 14.400 5.8 13.266 5.6 14.000 56.099
2. Asuka Teramoto 5.0 13.766 5.5 13.766 5.5 13.633 4.8 13.066 54.231
3. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos 4.6 13.466 5.6 13.300 5.7 14.233 4.7 12.900 53.899
4. Kim Bui 4.6 13.500 6.0 14.533 4.7 12.466 4.9 13.133 53.632
5. Riley McCusker 5.4 13.766 5.9 13.100 5.5 12.600 5.1 13.500 52.966
6. Xie Yufen 4.6 13.100 6.0 13.833 4.7 12.700 4.7 11.966 51.599
7. Tisha Volleman 4.6 13.600 4.5 11.866 4.3 12.200 4.5 11.600 49.266
8. Emily Whitehead 4.6 13.433 5.0 13.066 4.8 11.300 4.7 10.600 48.399
9. Amy Tinkler 4.6 13.700 5.5 13.300 6.0 12.566 39.566

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Yul Moldauer 5.6 14.566 5.3 14.000 5.7 14.300 5.2 14.466 5.9 14.866 5.3 13.733 85.931
2. Oleg Vernyayev 5.8 13.300 6.5 14.700 6.1 14.633 5.6 14.433 6.7 15.033 5.4 13.600 85.699
3. Akash Modi 5.7 13.833 5.9 13.466 5.8 14.066 5.2 14.200 6.1 15.033 6.0 13.800 84.398
4. Bart Deurloo 5.2 12.500 6.1 11.666 5.3 13.633 5.2 14.433 5.7 13.400 6.4 14.533 80.165
5. Eddy Yusof 5.5 12.466 5.4 13.300 5.5 13.966 5.6 14.700 5.7 13.566 5.0 12.166 80.164
6. Ryohei Kato 5.9 13.600 6.0 14.066 5.6 14.100 5.2 14.500 5.4 12.733 4.9 11.066 80.065
7. Sun Wei 5.4 13.000 5.6 12.900 5.6 13.133 5.6 13.500 5.0 13.633 5.8 13.866 80.032
8. Sam Oldham 5.5 12.633 5.6 13.100 4.9 13.500 5.2 14.133 5.7 14.333 5.4 11.700 79.399
9. Lukas Dauser 5.3 13.000 4.8 11.400 4.6 12.133 5.2 13.100 6.0 13.300 5.2 13.066 75.999
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 04 March 2017 08:26    PDF Print
Kapitonova Golden Again at Russian Championships
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Women's all-around champion Natalia Kapitonova (Penza) took a second gold medal on Saturday at the Russian championships in Kazan, tying co-world champion Daria Spiridonova for the title on uneven bars.

Women's all-around champion Natalia Kapitonova (Penza) took a second gold medal on Saturday at the Russian championships in Kazan.

Kapitonova, 16, tied co-world champion Daria Spiridonova (Moscow) for the gold medal on uneven bars, which remains the Russian women's strongest event. Both gymnasts performed extremely clean routines, with Kapitonova particularly impressive in hitting her handstands (Stalder full, Komova II, Pak to immediate Stalder-Shaposhnikova half; inside Stalder full to Tkacthev; toe-full to full-twisting double). Spiridonova, a finalist on bars at last summer's Olympic Games, hit her best routine of the week in finals (inside Stalder, Komova II; Pak to Van Leeuwen; toe-blind to piked Jaeger; toe-full to full-twisting double tuck). The lanky Daria Skrypnik of Krasnodar, the top qualifier from Wednesday's team competition, won the bronze medal.

First-year senior Anastasia Ilyankova (Leninsk-Kuznetsky) finished fourth with a brilliant opening sequence (Hindorff to Pak to Maloney, back uprise, pirouette to Yezhova). Ilyankova, who won the uneven bars and balance beam at the 2016 Junior European Championships, competed bars only in Kazan but has a strong chance of making this year's Russian team to the upcoming European championships. Junior European all-around champion Yelena Yeryomina, second all-around to Kapitonova, finished fifth, with a new Nabiyeva release (toe-on, layout Tkatchev) to Pak salto and layout Jaeger.

2016 Olympian Seda Tutkhalyan (Moscow) won the women's vault title, topping Lilia Akhaimova (Saint Petersburg) and Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh).

In the men's competition, Kirill Prokopyev (Vladimir) won floor exercise (Randi; tucked double-double front full to double-twisting front; 2 1/2 to Rudi; triple twist). Top qualifier Dmitry Lankin overrotated his triple back mount to place fourth.

Two-time Olympian David Belyavsky (Yekaterinburg) won a close pommel horse final (14.366). Sergei Yeltsov (Astrakhan) won the silver with 14.333, one tenth ahead of Prokopyev.

Lankin won the gold medal on still rings (14.466) over veteran Nikita Ignatyev of Leninsk-Kuznetsky (14.366) and Daniil Kazachkov of Novosibirsk (14.233).

Competition concludes Sunday afternoon in Kazan with the remaining apparatus finals.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2017 Russian Gymnastics Championships
March 4, Kazan

Women's Vault FinalVault 1Vault 2Average
1.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow14.33314.13314.233
2.Lilia Akhaimova1997Saint Petersburg13.96613.73313.849
3.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh14.13313.43313.783
4.Anastasia Dmitriyeva1999Tolyatti13.76613.53313.649
5.Alla Sosnitskaya1997Moscow13.23314.00013.616
6.Eleonora Afanasyeva1996Veliky Novgorod14.33312.50013.416
7.Alyona Arkusha2001Zheleznogorsk13.00013.36613.183
8.Daria Yelizarova1991Tula13.83311.60012.716

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1.Daria Spiridonova1998Moscow14.700
1.Natalia Kapitonova2000Penza14.700
3.Daria Skrypnik2000Krasnodar14.433
4.Anastasia Ilyankova2001Leninsk-Kuznetsky14.400
5.Yelena Yeryomina2001Saint Petersburg14.333
6.Yelizaveta Kochetkova2001Moscow14.133
7.Daria Yelizarova1991Tula13.400
8.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow11.666

Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1.Kirill Prokopyev1994Vladimir/Smolensk14.533
2.Ilya Kibartas1996Vladimir13.866
3.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary13.666
4.Dmitry Lankin1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don13.600
5.David Belyavsky1992Yekaterinburg13.500
6.Kirill Potapov1996Tomsk13.433
7.Nikita Ignatyev1992Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk13.066
8.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow9.600

Pommel Horse FinalScore
1.David Belyavsky1992Yekaterinburg14.366
2.Sergei Yeltsov1996Astrakhan14.333
3.Kirill Prokopyev1994Vladimir/Smolensk14.233
4.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary14.100
5.Alexander Chicherov1999Kazan13.966
6.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow13.233
7.Nikita Nagornyy1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don12.666
8.Sergei Danilenko1992Chelyabinsk12.400

Still Rings FinalScore
1.Dmitry Lankin1997Moscow/Rostov-on-Don14.466
2.Nikita Ignatyev1992Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk14.366
3.Daniil Kazachkov1993Novosibirsk14.233
4.Nikita Simonov1996Syzran/Petrozavodsk14.166
5.Ilya Kibartas1996Vladimir13.666
6.Ildar Yuskayev1998Penza13.600
7.Kirill Prokopyev1994Vladimir/Smolensk13.500
7.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary13.500
Written by dwight normile    Friday, 03 March 2017 22:45    PDF Print
Rivers, Bauman Win 8th Nastia Liukin Cup
(5 votes, average 4.60 out of 5)

NEWARK, N.J.—Kai Rivers and Carly Bauman won the senior and junior all-around titles, respectively, at the 8th annual Nastia Liukin Cup, held Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. And their hard-earned victories proved, once again, that women's gymnastics is thriving in the U.S. Judging by the difficulty level and clean technique of this 36-gymnast field, it's easy to forget that this was a Level 10 competition.

Kai Rivers (left) and Carly Bauman (right) won the senior and junior all-around titles Friday at the 8th Nastia Liukin Cup.

The senior competition had a different leader after the first three rotations, but Rivers (Twistars Gymnastics) led after two events (high Yurchenko-double twist; strong bars with a double layout dismount), and closed her meet with solid beam set and an event-winning 9.825 on floor (clean front layout to rudi). Her 38.650 defeated defending senior champ Rachael Lukacs (North Stars), who tallied 38.525 and placed first on vault. Andrea Li, the junior winner at the 2016 Nastia Liukin Cup, grabbed third in the seniors with 38.425. Li, coached here by sister Anna Li, tied for first on bars with Abigail Brenner (Metroplex) and won beam outright.

"The competition was insane," Rivers said. "I honestly didn't think I would win because everybody was so amazing."

The junior division saw Bauman (Chow's), who resembles a young Nastia Liukin, grab the first-round lead with a clean routine on bars (bail-half to low, immediate free hip; stuck double front dismount). She never let go of it, either. She hit a steady beam routine (ff, layout; double tuck dismount) and mounted floor with a front handspring-double-twisting front. She closed her meet with a clean Yurchenko-full to post a 38.425.

"Feels pretty good," said Bauman, who also won vault and bars. "It's a fun meet."

Southeastern teammates Rose Casali and Lali Dekanoidze placed second (38.075) and third (37825), respectively. Dekanoidze, a native of Kutaisi, Georgia, was the junior runner-up last year.

There was plenty of great gymnastics outside the all-around medalists. Tiny Elizabeth Gantner (JPAC), a mini version of Ragan Smith (if there is such a thing), was superb on beam (ff, layout, layout) and performed a toe-on Tkatchev on bars. Lillian Lippeatt (Cincinnati) was another standout, winning beam and tying for first on floor with Colbi Flory (Texas Dreams).

The three-hour meet featured many more hits than misses, and it was also nice to return to the 10.0 scoring system for one night.

The event served as the opening act for tomorrow's American Cup, a World Cup event which will feature some heavy hitters in international gymnastics.

External Link: Official Website

8th Nastia Liukin Cup
March 3, 2017, Newark, New Jersey

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Kai Rivers Twistars 9.750 9.525 9.550 9.825 38.650
2. Rachael Lukacs North Stars 9.825 9.325 9.600 9.775 38.525
3. Andrea Li Legacy Elite 9.550 9.575 9.675 9.625 38.425
4. Natalie Wojcik Stallone 9.700 9.450 9.550 9.700 38.400
5. Abby Heiskell Southeastern 9.600 9.525 9.600 9.650 38.375
6. Abigail Brenner Metroplex 9.425 9.575 9.575 9.575 38.150
7. Rylie Mundell CGI 9.450 9.500 9.525 9.475 37.950
8. Lynnzee Brown GAGE 9.800 9.025 9.425 9.675 37.925
9. Anastasia Webb IGI 9.575 9.550 9.450 9.325 37.900
10. Rachael Flam Stars 9.825 9.500 8.800 9.750 37.875
11. Cassie Stevens Arizona Sunrays 9.600 9.175 9.425 9.625 37.825
12. Nevaeh DeSouza Dream Xtreme 9.450 9.500 9.425 9.425 37.800
13. Gabryel Wilson MAG 9.775 8.875 9.425 9.700 37.775
14. Cristal Isa Gymcats 9.375 8.950 9.350 9.550 37.225
15. Amoree Lockhart Empire 9.475 8.250 9.500 9.525 36.750
16. Mikayla Magee Pearland Elite 9.450 9.400 8.900 8.825 36.575
17. Jaedyn Rucker Desert Devils 8.350 8.950 8.850 26.150

Junior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Carly Bauman Chow's 9.525 9.700 9.575 9.625 38.425
2. Rose Casali Southeastern 9.425 9.325 9.675 9.650 38.075
3. Lali Dekanoidze Southeastern 9.275 9.400 9.600 9.550 37.825
4. Gabrielle Gallentine Everest 9.425 9.375 9.425 9.375 37.600
5. Abigail Mueller Classic 9.400 9.225 9.425 9.525 37.575
6. Sophia Groth Chow's 9.425 9.050 9.425 9.650 37.550
7. Lillian Lippeatt CGA 9.100 8.900 9.750 9.675 37.425
8. Colbi Flory Texas Dreams 9.475 8.600 9.625 9.675 37.375
9. Emma Pritchard Gym X-Treme 9.400 8.800 9.525 9.525 37.250
10. Nicole Riccardi Infiniti Elite 9.075 9.075 9.475 9.500 37.125
11. Quinn Smith Arizona Sunrays 9.475 8.650 9.325 9.425 36.875
12. Jacey Vore JPAC 9.200 9.025 8.700 9.525 36.450
13. Gillian Rutz Perfection 9.400 8.900 9.425 8.625 36.350
13. Nicola St. Louis North Stars 9.300 9.025 9.425 8.600 36.350
15. Mia Falcone Brandy Johnson's 9.375 8.200 9.075 9.275 35.925
16. Elizabeth Gantner JPAC 8.900 8.450 9.225 8.750 35.325
17. Kennedy Quay SCEGA 8.650 9.375 18.025
17. Teagan Torgerud Orlando Metro 9.325 8.700 18.025
Written by Amanda Turner    Friday, 03 March 2017 14:23    PDF Print
Dalaloyan Wins Russian Nationals
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Moscow's Artur Dalaloyan won the men's all-around title on Friday evening as the 2017 Russian National Championships continued in Kazan.

Moscow's Artur Dalaloyan won the men's all-around title on Friday evening as the 2017 Russian National Championships continued in Kazan.

Dalaloyan, the top gymnast during Wednesday's qualification, scored a combined 167.930 over both days to win his first national title. He was fifth all-around at last year's national championships and eighth in 2015. Dalaloyan trains at Moscow's famed Dinamo club under coaches Alexander Kalinin, Vladimir Kholdushkin and Sergei Shapkin.

Third after the first day, 2016 Olympic team alternate Nikita Ignatyev (Leninsk-Kuznetsky) outscored the field on Friday to take the all-around silver (166.495) with the top score on Friday. Vladislav Polyashov (Cheboksary), second to Dalaloyan on Wednesday, won the bronze (165.697).

The competition in Kazan will help determine the team for next month's European championships in Romania. Russia's top stars are likely to skip the Europeans this year in order to recover from injury or illness, and to give some younger gymnasts more competitive experience. Only two Olympians competed in Wednesday's competition, David Belyavsky and Nikita Nagornyy, with neither doing the all-around.

Dalaloyan, who turns 21 on April 26, was a member of Russia's silver medal-winning team at the 2014 Junior European Championships in Sofia, where he also placed fourth on still rings and seventh on vault. He said he was pleased with his results while competing under the new 2017-2020 Code of Points.

"I'm happy with the victory and the total score, as this was the first competition with the new rules," he said Friday. "To accommodate the new Code, I had to change a lot. There is a growing difficulty of combinations that have me putting elements in an uneasy sequence. All this collectively had an impact, so if earlier it was possible to score 90 points (in the all-around), now 84-85 points is quite a lot."

Competition continues Saturday in Kazan with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2017 Russian Gymnastics Championships
March 3, Kazan

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotalCombined
1.Artur Dalaloyan1996Moscow13.96614.03313.16615.00014.50013.76684.431167.930
2.Nikita Ignatyev1992Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk14.00013.96614.06613.86614.23312.63382.764166.495
3.Vladislav Polyashov1995Cheboksary13.90014.03313.50014.43314.20013.43383.499165.697
4.Ilya Kibartas1996Vladimir13.73313.93313.83313.96613.20013.80082.465162.797
5.Kirill Prokopyev1994Vladimir/Smolensk14.36614.26613.36613.83313.36613.10082.297160.861
6.Daniil Kazachkov1993Novosibirsk11.96613.26614.16614.00013.03313.16679.597159.429
7.Kirill Potapov1996Tomsk13.83312.60012.76613.03313.86612.86678.964159.194
8.Alexei Rostov1993Vladimir12.70012.06610.43314.46613.63313.96677.264157.829
9.Nikolai Kishkilov1999Moscow13.13312.13312.63313.80013.36612.63377.698156.929
10.Sergei Danilenko1992Chelyabinsk13.23313.96613.10013.03312.20011.76677.298154.563
11.Andrei Cherkasov1991Leninsk-Kuznetsky/Novosibirsk11.73313.26612.70013.20014.13311.66676.698154.230
12.Ivan Tikhonov1996Sizran12.16612.46612.86613.06612.96613.46676.996154.162
13.Alexei Kosyanov1995Moscow13.43313.20012.26613.60012.00011.83376.332153.863
14.Vilyam Katyn1992Saransk12.70013.76612.30012.56613.16612.00076.498152.961
15.Dmitry Govorov1998Yefremov13.43313.03312.73314.13311.76612.10077.198152.894
16.Alexei Bykov1991Rostov-on-Don13.26613.30012.46613.46611.66612.13376.297152.496
17.Boris Lozhkin1995Rostov-on-Don12.00012.76612.53312.80010.60012.73373.432151.996
18.Stanislav Khegay1997Moscow13.00013.70012.23313.86610.93312.36676.098151.762
19.Sergei Krivunets1997Vladimir/Volgograd11.36612.66612.13313.73313.40011.73375.031151.663
20.Artyom Pleshkin1996Saransk12.36612.26612.83314.26613.13312.73377.597151.662
21.Maxim Sinichkin1998Kazan12.03312.46612.86613.76613.76611.36676.263151.628
22.Viktor Britan1996Chelyabinsk12.93312.86612.80013.83311.83312.63376.898150.362
23.Alexei Kozlov1997Moscow13.56612.60012.66613.93312.46612.46677.697150.127
24.Sargis Arakelyan1998Saint Petersburg12.33312.86611.56613.76612.9669.50072.997148.728
25.Daniil Monakhov1998Saint Petersburg12.56612.70012.00013.86611.36611.66674.164147.629
26.Nikita Letnikov1998Krasnoyarsk12.66612.56612.86612.83312.83312.76676.530147.161
27.Kirill Kozin1998Tomsk11.60012.03311.76613.36611.53312.46672.764147.129
28.Denis Ignatyev1997Zvenigorod11.26611.70013.20013.03311.13311.33371.665145.797
29.Ivan Tsvetkov1996Kostroma10.73312.00012.23312.53312.43312.23372.165145.263
30.Konstantin Semyonov1996Seversk10.83311.70012.20012.70012.56612.40072.399143.764
31.Insaf Idiyatullin1999Nizhnekamsk12.66611.90012.83312.86611.10010.43371.798142.662
32.Andrei Lagutov1995Leninsk-Kuznetsky12.80011.66612.53312.33313.40012.80075.532135.263
33.Artyom Arnaut1998Penza12.23312.30012.73313.53311.40011.80073.99999.732
34.Valentin Starikov1996Sizran13.40012.80010.16613.86614.00011.80076.03289.898

Written by Amanda Turner    Thursday, 02 March 2017 13:05    PDF Print
Kapitonova Claims Russian Nationals
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

2016 Olympic alternate Natalia Kapitonova (Penza) won the women's all-around title Thursday as the 2017 Russian National Championships continued in Kazan.

Penza gymnast Natalia Kapitonova won the women's all-around title Thursday as the 2017 Russian National Championships continued in Kazan.

Third after Wednesday's qualification (53.432), Kapitonova capitalized on a mistake-filled competition Thursday to win her first national title. She improved her first-day score of 53.432 by more than a full point (54.799), netting a combined total of 108.231 for first place. She earned her high mark on uneven bars both days (Komova II to Pak; Van Leeuwen; inside Stalder-full to Tkatchev; toe-on full to full-twisting double), scoring 14.400 on Wednesday and 14.333 on Thursday. On Thursday she earned her second-best score, 13.700, on balance beam (double turn; split jump, punch front; double turn in Y; side somi; ff, ff, double tuck, stuck).

Kapitonova, who turns 17 on May 31, finished sixth all-around at the 2016 Russian Championships, and was an alternate to Russia's Olympic team last summer. She trains in Penza with coaches Olga Matrokhina and Galina Starkina.

Top qualifier Yelena Yeryomina (Saint Petersburg) finished half a point behind Kapitonova after struggling on the second day, scoring just 52.366, exactly three full points behind her first day score of 55.366. Yeryomina, the 2016 Junior European champion, increased her scores on vault and floor exercise but came apart on uneven bars (12.900) and balance beam (11.800). Yevgenia Shelgunova (Zvenigorod/Alatyr), eighth going into the final, moved up five spots to take the all-around bronze.

Olympians Seda Tutkhalyan (Moscow) and Angelina Melnikova (Voronezh) both had a disastrous day to finish out of the medals. Tutkhalyan, second to Yeryomina on Wednesday, stumbled to fourth with low scores of 13.000 on uneven bars, 11.833 on balance beam and 12.933 on floor exercise. Melnikova, the defending all-around champion, was tied for fourth on day one, but plummeted to 11th place after coming unglued on uneven bars (11.333), balance beam (12.100) and floor exercise (11.600).

Competition continues Friday afternoon at Kazan Gymnastics Center with the men's all-around final. The apparatus finals will take place Saturday and Sunday.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2017 Russian Gymnastics Championships
March 2, Kazan

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotalCombined
1.Natalia Kapitonova2000Penza13.50014.40012.46613.06653.432108.231
2.Yelena Yeryomina2001Saint Petersburg14.00013.90014.06613.40055.366107.732
3.Yevgenia Shelgunova1997Zvenigorod/Alatyr14.00012.73313.06612.96652.765106.597
4.Seda Tutkhalyan1999Moscow14.13313.36613.46613.23354.198106.230
5.Lilia Akhaimova1997Saint Petersburg13.96612.60013.20013.56653.332106.031
6.Viktoria Trykina2001Moscow14.30011.93313.50013.16652.899105.931
7.Daria Spiridonova1998Moscow13.60013.93313.03312.20052.766105.164
8.Daria Yelizarova1991Tula13.70013.03311.63313.46651.832105.098
9.Daria Skrypnik2000Krasnodar13.40014.73312.20011.73352.066104.899
10.Yelizaveta Kochetkova2001Moscow13.66614.10011.26613.16652.198103.197
11.Angelina Melnikova2000Voronezh14.36612.40013.20013.36653.332102.831
12.Polina Fyodorova1996Cheboksary13.43312.60012.16612.90051.099101.131
13.Anastasia Dmitriyeva1999Tolyatti13.50011.43313.40011.83350.16699.065
14.Varvara Batalova2000Saint Petersburg13.00012.13311.20012.56648.89998.565
15.Ksenia Artyomova1997Moscow13.36612.53310.73312.76649.39898.530
16.Yekaterina Polikarpova2001Tula13.26611.30012.10012.06648.73297.664
17.Yelena Likhodolskaya2000Tula13.36610.23311.93312.26647.79897.530
18.Eleonora Afanasyeva1996Veliky Novgorod14.40010.10011.63312.50048.63396.265
19.Ulyana Borovykh2001Severodvinsk12.46610.70011.46612.03346.66594.996
20.Ksenia Kim2000Obninsk12.70010.23312.23312.70047.86694.898
21.Olga Bikmurzina1994Saransk12.03310.53312.13312.13346.83294.264
22.Daria Mikhaylova1999Moscow13.13310.13311.76612.03347.06594.231
23.Daria Lopatina1999Nizhnekamsk13.36611.13311.73310.30046.53289.863
24.Irina Mitrenyova2000Barnaul13.50010.83310.46611.73346.53289.264

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