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Russian Cup Prelims/Team Competition

August 18, 2011

In the qualifying competition for the all around, 2008 Olympian Ksenia Afanasyeva finished first ahead of European Champion Anna Dementyeva and 2010 Youth Olympic Games Champion Viktoria Komova. While there are no videos of the competition, there is a great report from Tess on the russian forum and photographs.

Tess’s report states that Komova, Afanasyeva, Dementyeva, Pavlova and Semenova all have new, beautiful floor routines. Afanasyeva is in fantastic shape and her routine were well executed. She vaulted a double twisting yurchenko, as did Komova. Dementyeva also competed a double twisting yurcheko for the first time, but judging by her score struggled with it. Judging by the photos, Komova is still doing the piked tkachev but her jaeger also looks piked. Nabieva’s dismal vault score was an Amanar attempt.

Afanasyeva showed consistent scores all around, breaking 14 on every event. Her high score of the day was a 14.975 on floor. Dementyeva scored very well on her three strong events, bars, beam and floor, but struggled on vault and only scored 13.4. Komova, who was only planning on competing two or three events, ended up competing all around for the first time in a year and had mixed results. Her 15.8 on bars is what we’ve come to expect from her, but she watered down her floor routine and fell on one of her tumbing passes. Belokobylskaya, 4th, also had a decent competition with low 14s on vault, beam and floor. Maria Paseka, competing for the first time this year, was first on vault.

Anna Pavlova finished second on vault, but that will not be enough to take her to worlds. On beam, the other event where she could potentially help the team, she only scored 13.025 and failed to make finals. Ksenia Semenova and Ekaterina Kurbatova seem to be in similar or even worse positions. Kurbatova’s high score was a 13.325 on vault (the rest were 11s and 12s) and Semenova’s was a 13.6 on vault, usually her weakest event.

The competition continues tomorrow with the all around. Click here for a post from Rewriting Russian Gymnastics that includes a link to a live stream that will start at 7:00 AM EST.

I’m going to go ahead and predict Russia’s World Championships team, although I will probably change it at the end of the Russian Cup. Alexandrov is also using results from the Ghent world cup to pick the team. It has been reported that Mustafina is officially out of the running. Team finals events are in bold.

Ksenia Afanasyeva- VT UB BB FX (I’m afraid of doing this and the coaches will be too, but it’s the only option)
Anna Dementyeva- VT UB BB FX
Viktoria Komova- VT UB BB FX (depending on what she is looking like, she could compete vault and/or floor,
Yulia Belokobylskaya- UB BB FX (could do beam in team finals if Afanasyeva bombs in prelims)
Maria Paseka- VT FX (could also compete bars in prelims)
Tatiana Nabieva- VT UB (it would be very nice if she could add beam for a bit of a cushion in prelims. i would not let her do an Amanar in team finals)

Alternate: Ksenia Semenova, who probably can’t contribute much, but she’s consistent. People may think that I should put her on the team, but I think that the other girls can contribute more, at least if Komova is not 100%. Inshina, Stepanova or Dunaeva also seem like possibilities for this position.

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