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Anna Pavlova Sweeps Central Federal District Championship!

January 27, 2011

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.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    January 27, 2011 11:12 AM

    I agree! I am confused why she is not on the National Training Team when she is better than some of those gymnasts!! I am seriously hoping we see her in international competitions she deserves a gold medal in TF! Too bad that Euros doesn’t have TF this year!!

    • January 28, 2011 10:08 PM

      A few of the national team things confuse me. I actually think that Maria Dunaeva is better than a few of the gymnasts on the main national team. She’s got a pretty good floor routine (double layout, 1 1/2 through to 2 1/2, double tuck, double pike) and her beam also has some potential but needs a harder dismount. They IMO are both near the level of Semenova. Myzdrikova looked pretty bad in the event finals videos I saw from the Moscow Championships. I’m not saying throw her off the national team now because she was at worlds, but she isn’t going anywhere. Neither is Kurbatova, who has a decent vault that shouldn’t be useful this year and a bars set that wasn’t even used in TF last year. I mentioned Sapronova above because she seems to be the weakest on the national team, but I think that Pavlova is better than a lot of the gymnasts. Enough for the reserve team for sure.

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