Anna Pavlova Sweeps Central Federal District Championship!
This week, Anna Pavlova dominated the individual events at the Central Federal District Championship in Russia. Most of the field seemed to be quite weak, but she did beat national team member Yulia Inshina by over three points in the all around. Besides that, what impresses me are her scores. Sure, there was probably “Russia bonus,” but Pavlova managed to score 57.8 in the all around, with a scoring breakdown of Vault-15.150, Bars-13.3, Beam-15.000 and Floor-14.350. The only score that she bettered in event finals was bars with a 13.4. It is clear, of course, that Pavlova is still strongest on vault and beam, but that is the best floor score I remember seeing from her post-injury. It seems unlikely, but it would be great if she got some of her old tumbling back.
These results make me question Pavlova not being on the national team even more. Does it have something to do with her training situation? If Diana Sapronova is on the main national team, why isn’t Pavlova? I would like to think that Pavlova has a much better chance at actually bringing Russia high scores at an international competition. It’s not like her national results have been better than Pavlova’s in the past year. Hopefully they will find a way to let her compete internationally and maybe even at worlds if she’s doing well enough, because she deserves it.