National champion Sergei Khorokhordin topped the qualification competition at the Russian Cup, which began Wednesday in Moscow suburb Lobnya.
Despite errors on parallel bars and high bar, Khorokhordin was the only gymnast to break 90 points in a mistake-filled competition.
"I didn't like my execution at all on parallel bars and high bar, which are generally my best events," Khorokhordin told news agency All Sport. "The other events came out more or less OK. I had made it my main goal to go through six routines without falling and I managed this. It was important to me to show the head coach that I can be stable... Stupid mistakes happen, but it is important to not be upset, and to understand why it happened and to keep working."
Khororkhordin, the defending Russian Cup champion, said he plans to step it up in Friday's all-around final.
"I think I will be better in the all-around final on Friday," he said. "In qualification I was not acting conservatively, I went full force, but all the same, in the finals I will compete in another way. In gymnastics it often happens that the qualification winner can't do anything in finals. My first place today still means nothing. On Friday I am starting with a clean slate."
Yuri Ryazanov and Dmitry Gogotov finished second and third, respectively. 2007 European champion Maxim Devyatovsky finished fifth.
Two-time European floor exercise champion Anton Golotsutskov ended his floor routine after his first pass because of a twinge in his Achilles tendon.
"I got scared and immediately left the floor," he said. "As a result, thank God, everything appeared normal and there is no injury. But I'm trying try not to lose heart, because nothing terrible happened. Although I only qualified for two finals, I still have a chance to make the Olympic team."
After the Russian Cup, nine male and nine female gymnasts will be named as the Olympic training squad for Beijing. The top contenders began Wednesday on vault, as the Russian men will during the qualification competition at the Olympics.
Rodionenko said the rough performances were expected as the men were debuting their final Olympic routines.
"We don't need to pay a lot of attention to the mistakes and falls," he said. "If we did the usual consistent routines, everything would be nice, but what would be the point of that? We are working on more difficulty for the Olympics. We want to peak in Beijing, and now we are at the right stage. It's like when someone grows a beard. When the beard first starts to grow it looks ugly, and then look, it fills in. So for our team, we are letting our beards grow and we hope to change."
Competition continues Thursday in Lobnya with the women's qualification.
2008 Russian Cup July 2, Lobnya
Men's All-Around Qualification 1. Sergei Khorokhordin (Barnaul) 90.300 2. Yuri Ryazanov (Vladimir) 89.350 3. Dmitry Gogotov (Moscow) 89.200 4. Dmitry Barkalov (Vladimir) 88.700 5. Maxim Devyatovsky (Leninsk-Kuznetsky) 88.250 6. Vladimir Olennikov (Moscow) 88.250 7. Yevgeny Vasilyev (Cheboksary) 86.550 8. Anton Lobachyov (Ekaterinburg) 86.525 9. Alexander Kalabin (Vladimir) 85.805 10. Alexei Bondarenko (Moscow) 85.650 11. Ruslan Nigmadzyanov (Vladimir) 84.375 12. Kirill Ignatenkov (Smolensk) 83725.000 13. Anton Neudakin (Vladimir) 83.250 14. Yevgeny Karasyov (Vladimir) 82.800 15. Timur Kuzmin (Vladimir) 82.725 16. Roman Yuvanen (Petrozavodsk) 81.775 17. Mikhail Bodnar (Moscow) 81.700 18. Valery Voronov (Saint Petersburg) 80.875 19. Alexander Fafashkin (Moscow) 79.125 20. Nikolai Ulitin (Moscow) 78.700 21. Alexei Balandin (Petrozavodsk) 77.650 22. Sergei Luzin (Yekaterinburg) 75.825 23. Andrei Likhovitsky (Rostav-na-Don) 69.750 24. Nikolai Kryukov (Voronezh) 61.825 25. Anatoly Vasilyev (Cheboksary) 60.475 26. Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Seversk) 59.955 27. Anton Golotsutskov (Seversk) 58.975 28. Alexander Dyomin (Chelyabinsk) 54.875 29. Pavel Russinyak (Syzran) 53.025 30. Gennady Savelyev (Volgograd) 40.700 31. Alexander Balandin (Petrozavodsk) 31.175 32. Anton Perevoznikov (Korolyov) 29.550 33. Dmitry Vasilyev (Izhevsk) 27.350 34. Matvei Petrov (Kaliningrad) 14.900
Steliana Nistor and Razvan Selariu won the Romanian National Open, held Saturday and Sunday in Ploiesti.
The tournament combined the Romanian Gymnastics Championships with the Romanian International held each spring in Ploiesti.
Saturday's competition determined the all-around results for both competitions and the individual event results for the Romanian Championships. Sunday saw the open event finals and additional event finals for the Romanian Junior Championships.
Nistor, who missed Friday's domestic team competition because of her senior exams, showed steady performances on all events on Saturday (15.100-16.200) to defend her 2007 titles.
Andreea Grigore, second all-around, appeared to be back in peak shape.
Greece's Stefani Bisbikou performed uneven bars and balance beam only, but won the all-around bronze as the only foreign gymnast in the women's open competition. Andreea Acatrinei won the national all-around bronze.
Sandra Izbasa withdrew from the competition after injuring her right foot warming up on vault. She immediately left for Bucharest to take X-rays, and returned to Ploiesti on Sunday for the event finals. She did some warm ups but did not compete, and team officials confirmed she did not sustain any serious injury.
With Izbasa's absence, Nistor dominated the open event finals with all four titles. She won vault and uneven bars in the Romanian national competition, with Gabriela Dragoi winning balance beam and Acatrinei winning floor exercise.
Selariu, third at the 2007 Romanian nationals, topped Flavius Koczi, who was also second in 2007. France's Rafael Wignanitz won the all-around bronze in the open competition.
Koczi had a disastrous day with falls on vault, parallel bars and high bar. He missed his final element on high bar, and instead of dismounting, repeated the skill and fell again.
Daniel Popescu, third all-around in the Romanian race, also fell from parallel bars.
Marian Dragulescu showed he was back to strength with the gold on floor exercise and bronze on vault. Andrei Ursache, Alin Jivan and Marius Berbecar successfully proved their abilities with individual silver medals.
The head coaches for the men's and women's teams have yet to announce the final squads for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing. Team announcements are expected following more competitions in July.
In the junior event finals, Deva's Claudia Voicu was a double winner with titles on uneven bars and balance beam, while Lugoj's Vlad Cotuna won four of the six men's golds.
Men's Open All-Around 1. Razvan Selariu ROM 92.450 2. Flavius Koczi ROM 89.550 3. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 88.050 4. Mohamed Sherif EGY 68.950 5. Mohamed Hani EGY 64.300 6. Rahman Sobhi EGY 54.650 7. Vlasios Maras GRE 44.650 8. Dimitrios Markousis GRE 42.800 9. Christoph Scharer SUI 28.450
Senior National Men's All-Around 1. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 92.450 2. Flavius Koczi (Dinamo) 89.550 3. Adrian Bucur (Sfantu Gheorghe) 89.500 4. Andrei Ursache (Dinamo) 88.050 5. Cristian Bataga (Bistrita) 87.650 6. Cosmin Malita (Resita) 87.400 7. Ovidiu Buidoso (Resita) 86.600 8. Andrei Muntean (Bistrita) 85.500 9. Narcis Mucalau (Resita) 84.800
Senior National Still Rings 1. Robert Stanescu (Dinamo) 16.000 2. Daniel Popescu (Dinamo) 15.550 3. Alin Jivan (Steaua Bucuresti) 15.450 3. Flavius Koczi (Dinamo) 15.450 5. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 15.400 6. Adrian Bucur (Sfantu Gheorghe) 14.800 7. Cristian Bataga (Bistrita) 14.750 8. Andrei Suciu (Bistrita) 14.500
Senior National Men's Vault 1. Alin Jivan (Steaua Bucuresti) 16.425 2. Marian Dragulescu (Dinamo) 16.225 3. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 16.100 4. Flavius Koczi (Dinamo) 15.300 5. Narcis Mucalau (Resita) 14.950
Senior National Parallel Bars 1. Marius Berbecar (Bistrita) 15.600 2. Flavius Koczi (Dinamo) 15.200 3. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 14.900 4. Andrei Ursache (Dinamo) 14.800 5. Adrian Bucur (Sfantu Gheorghe) 14.700 5. Daniel Popescu (Dinamo) 14.700 7. Cosmin Popescu (Dinamo) 14.500 7. Ovidiu Buidoso (Resita) 14.500
Senior National High Bar 1. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 15.450 2. Marian Dragulescu (Dinamo) 15.050 3. Andrei Muntean (Bistrita) 14.450 4. Tiberiu Cismadia (Lugoj) 14.400 5. Adrian Bucur (Sfantu Gheorghe) 14.350 5. Daniel Popescu (Dinamo) 14.350 7. Cosmin Malita (Resita) 14.300 7. Ovidiu Buidoso (Resita) 14.300
Open Men's Floor Exercise 1. Marian Dragulescu ROM 15.600 2. Dimitrios Markousis GRE 15.550 3. Flavius Koczi ROM 15.500 4. Adrian Bucur ROM 15.300 5. Razvan Selariu (Dinamo) 14.900 6. Mohamed Hani EGY 12.800 7. Rahman Sobhi EGY 12.550 8. Mohamed Sherif EGY 12.500
Open Pommel Horse 1. Daniel Popescu ROM 15.700 2. Andrei Ursache ROM 15.550 3. Costin Manolache ROM 15.100 4. Cosmin Popescu ROM 15.050 5. Christoph Scharer SUI 14.200 6. Rahman Sobhi EGY 13.750 7. Mohamed Sherif EGY 12.850
Open Still Rings 1. Robert Stanescu ROM 15.950 2. Alin Jivan ROM 15.750 3. Daniel Popescu ROM 15.600 4. Adrian Bucur ROM 15.350 5. Rahman Sobhi EGY 14.100 6. Mohamed Hani EGY 13.650
Open Men's Vault 1. Flavius Koczi ROM 16.475 2. Alin Jivan ROM 16.325 3. Marian Dragulescu ROM 16.250 4. Razvan Selariu ROM 16.025 5. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 15.725 6. Vlasios Maras GRE 15.500 7. Narcis Mucalau ROM 15.350 8. Mohamed Sherif EGY 15.300
Open Parallel Bars 1. Cosmin Popescu ROM 15.450 2. Marius Berbecar ROM 15.350 3. Robert Stanescu ROM 15.200 4. Flavius Koczi ROM 15.100 5. Dimitrios Markousis GRE 14.850 6. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 14.550 7. Mohamed Hani EGY 11.550
Open High Bar 1. Razvan Selariu ROM 15.500 2. Christoph Scharer SUI 15.400 3. Raphael Wignanitz FRA 15.300 4. Marian Dragulescu ROM 14.900 4. Vlasios Maras GRE 14.900 6. Dimitrios Markousis GRE 14.650
The Brazilian women and Belarusian men won the team and all-around titles at the Vitaly Scherbo International Gymnastics Cup, held Saturday and Sunday in Minsk.
Jade Barbosa led Brazil to victory over Ukraine and Belarus in the women's team competition.
In the individual all-around, Barbosa earned 60.250 to top Ukraine's Alina Kozich and Poland's Marta Pihan.
In the men's competition, the host nation scored 360.700 to defeat France and Ukraine .
Belarus' Dmitry Savitsky won the men's all-around over France's Benoit Caranobe and Alexander Shatilov.
In Sunday's event finals, four nations won women's titles: Ukraine's Olga Scherbatykh on vault, Brazil's Lais Souza on uneven bars, Uzbekistan's Luisa Galiulina on balance beam and Belarus' Anastasia Zaitseva on floor exercise.
In the men's competition, Brazilian world champion Diego Hypolito won the gold on floor exercise. Belarus earned two golds with Alexander Tsarevich on still rings and Dmitry Kasperovich on vault. France won three golds: Danny Rodrigues on still rings and Yann Cucherat on both parallel bars and high bar.
The competition is named in honor of legendary Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo, the most decorated gymnast of all time. Scherbo, who now operates the Vitaly Scherbo School of Gymnastics in Las Vegas, was on hand in Minsk.
2008 Vitaly Scherbo Cup June 29-30, 2008, Minsk
Women's Team Competition 1. Brazil 235.350 2. Ukraine 233.700 3. Belarus 224.000
Men's Team Competition 1. Belarus 360.700 2. France 356.400 3. Ukraine 339.700
Women's All-Around 1. Jade Barbosa BRA 60.250 2. Alina Kozich UKR 60.050 3. Marta Pihan POL 58.600
Men's All-Around 1. Denis Savitsky BLR 90.650 2. Benoit Caranobe FRA 89.450 3. Alexander Shatilov ISR 88.050
Switzerland's Claudio Capelli and Yasmin Zimmerman won the all-around titles on Saturday at the Luxembourg Gymnastics Open.
Sascha Palgen, Luxembourg's sole qualifier to the 2008 Olympics, finished second.
The competition served as the national championships in Luxembourg, the small European nation with a population of fewer than half a million people. Guest gymnasts traveled from Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Switzerland.
Olympic qualifier Nikolina Tankusheva picked up her sixth all-around title at the Bulgarian National Gymnastics Championships, held Saturday in Sofia.
Tankusheva (CSKA) scored 55.400 to take the title over Levski's Maya Hristova (51.800) and CSKA's Iliyana Sheytanova (51.300).
The Bulgarian women finished 24th out of 24 teams at the 2007 World Championships, their worst finish in history. Tankusheva earned an individual berth to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In the women's junior competition, Ralitsa Mileva (51.100) earned an easy victory as the only gymnast who performed on all four apparatus. Stara Zagora's Dilyana Georgieva (33.800) won the silver over CSKA's Nikoleta Nikolova (30.800).
CSKA won the women's team title, scoring 149.350, five tenths ahead of Levski (148.850) and Chernomorsky Yunak (113.900).
In the men's competition, CSKA's Alexander Batinkov scored 85.300 to win the title. Ukrainian native Yaroslav Vovk, who moved to Bulgaria in 2004, tied Bogomil Koyumdzhiev for second (78.800).
Top Bulgarian gymnast Jordan Jovtchev — preparing for his fifth Olympic Games — competed still rings only.
2004 Olympic vault finalist Filip Yanev competed pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar only. He will soon undergo another knee surgery to remove the pins inserted in a previous operation.
The Bulgarian men finished 21st at the 2007 Worlds, tied with 2006 for their worst finish in history.
Chernomorsky's Velislav Valchev (79.600) won the junior title over CSKA's Pavel Manolov (77.650) and Angel Peychev (76.400).
CSKA won the men's team title with 257.800. Chernomorsky Yunak finished second (231.100) over Varna (158.700).
Jovtchev and Tankusheva leave Wednesday for a 10-day training camp in Thessaloniki, Greece. The two Olympic qualifiers will train on Janssen-Fritsen equipment, which will be used at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
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