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Mustafina Wins Russian National Title
(33 votes, average 3.79 out of 5)



Nearly one year after suffering a serious knee injury, 2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina was back on top with a victory Wednesday at the Russian championships in Penza. Pictured: Mustafina flanked by runner-up Ksenia Afanasyeva and bronze medalist Anastasia Grishina

Nearly one year after suffering a serious knee injury, 2010 world all-around champion Aliya Mustafina was back on top with a victory Wednesday at the Russian championships in Penza.

Mustafina, who tore her left ACL in April 2011, scored 59.533 to reclaim the Russian all-around title. World floor exercise champion Ksenia Afanasyeva (58.387) was second over Junior European champion Anastasia Grishina (57.699).

Mustafina had the top score on both vault and uneven bars (click for video), and was third on both balance beam (new double tuck dismount) and floor exercise. Grishina had the top mark on floor exercise (video) but fell on bars (video) and beam (video).

Several notable gymnasts were sidelined, including world uneven bars champion Viktoria Komova, world medalist Tatiana Nabiyeva and first-year senior Anastasia Sidorova. Additionally, defending champion Anna Dementyeva is suffering from a sore throat, Russian coach Valentina Rodionenko explained.

"Not all of the strongest gymnasts will be able to compete in the Russian championships," Rodionenko said. "We need to take care of all of them because it is important that they be able to go to the Olympics in the best condition."

Polina Fedorova was the top qualifier in the junior women's competition.

Competition continues Thursday with the senior team finals. The competition is being broadcast live via webcast on the Russian Gymnastics Federation's website.

The Russian men's championships takes place April 4-8.

External Link: Russian Gymnastics Federation

2012 Russian Women's Gymnastics Championships
March 21, Penza

Senior All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Aliya Mustafina MOS 15.167 15.233 14.800 14.333 59.533
2. Ksenia Afanasyeva CFO-2 15.100 13.667 14.887 14.733 58.387
3. Anastasia Grishina MOS 14.833 13.800 14.233 14.833 57.699
4. Yulia Inshina CFO-2 13.300 14.367 14.400 14.267 56.334
5. Anna Pavlova CFO-2 14.800 13.133 14.367 13.367 55.667
6. Kristina Goryunova SZFO 13.600 14.100 14.933 12.667 55.300
7. Maria Stepanova CFO-2 12.450 13.800 14.325 14.050 54.625
8. Anna Rodionova PFO 13.633 14.267 14.267 12.267 54.434
9. Yulia Belokobylyskaya YUFO 13.467 12.100 14.567 14.000 54.134
10. Maria Chibiskova MOS 14.000 11.800 13.633 13.533 52.966
11. Anastasia Cheong SPB 13.867 10.767 13.267 13.367 51.268
12. Kristina Kruglikova CFO-1 13.567 11.267 13.667 11.533 50.034
13. Anna Myzdrikova MOS 13.767 11.233 12.533 11.967 49.500
14. Irina Sazonova SPB 12.667 11.967 12.100 12.667 49.401
15. Daria Lavrushina PFO 13.300 11.267 11.733 12.900 49.200
16. Maria Silyukova PFO 12.567 11.600 12.100 12.900 49.167
17. Olga Bikmurzina PFO 13.533 12.267 10.000 13.333 49.133
18. Maria Dunayeva SZFO 12.733 9.800 13.567 12.800 48.900
19. Marina Nekrasova CFO-1 12.333 9.867 13.367 12.800 48.367
20. Tatiana Kirilova SZFO 12.667 11.267 12.567 11.800 48.301
21. Maria Smirnova PFO 13.400 10.400 11.667 12.233 47.700
22. Olga Zemskova SPB 12.767 10.667 11.600 12.633 47.667
23. Alla Sidorenko CFO-2 12.733 12.133 10.233 12.567 47.666
24. Alyona Cheboksarova SZFO 12.267 10.733 12.667 11.600 47.267
26. Yelena Syrnikova MOS 12.900 11.967 11.667 10.367 46.901
27. Tatiana Arkhipova PFO 13.400 10.800 10.867 11.700 46.767
28. Ksenia Nikiforova PFO 12.633 11.433 10.933 11.767 46.766
29. Anastasia Godunova YUFO 12.500 11.800 12.167 9.833 46.300
30. Alexandra Kostyleva PFO 12.267 10.700 11.133 12.067 46.167
31. Yekaterina Tsvetkova CFO-1 13.533 9.967 10.567 11.833 45.900
32. Viktoria Ratnikova SZFO 11.900 10.600 11.833 11.467 45.800
33. Svetlana Vlasova SZFO 12.733 9.933 10.733 12.400 45.799
34. Viktoria Gordeyeva SPB 12.933 9.167 12.100 11.533 45.733
35. Kristina Beskromnaya YUFO 11.833 11.367 10.900 10.900 45.000
36. Kristina Vorotnikova PFO 12.600 9.267 11.467 11.600 44.934
37. Kristina Bodryagina CFO-1 13.000 9.033 11.933 10.767 44.733
38. Yelena Konstantinova PFO 13.100 9.433 9.533 12.633 44.699
39. Anastasia Osetrova YUFO 12.067 9.967 9.700 10.767 42.501
40. Oksana Rybakova PFO 12.900 7.567 10.533 11.433 42.433
41. Maria Paseka MOS 14.900 13.033 0.000 13.433 41.366
42. Ruzana Nabokova YUFO 12.933 0.000 11.667 12.063 36.663
43. Maria Dergacheva YUFO 11.967 0.000 10.700 10.667 33.334
44. Yekaterina Komarova CFO-2 12.733 11.100 0.000 0.000 23.833

Junior QualificationVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Polina Fedorova PFO 12.700 13.267 14.200 12.567 52.734
2. Yuna Nefedova CFO 13.200 12.300 11.967 13.700 51.167
3. Irina Yashina PFO 13.433 11.567 12.167 13.600 50.767
4. Yekaterina Shtronda SFO 13.033 12.267 13.133 12.200 50.633
5. Viktoria Shmidt PFO 12.633 12.867 12.267 12.800 50.567
6. Yulia Ovcharova DVFO 13.200 11.500 12.533 12.400 49.633
7. Maria Nechayeva SFO 12.700 12.467 11.500 12.633 49.300
8. Anastasia Kadysheva PFO 13.433 11.467 11.467 12.267 48.634
9. Galina Gannochyenko CFO 13.333 12.033 9.767 13.300 48.433
10. Marina Borisova CFO 13.367 11.100 11.133 12.400 48.000
11. Nailya Mustafina MOS 12.433 9.633 13.967 11.733 47.766
12. Irina Voropayeva CFO 13.533 10.067 10.400 13.233 47.233
13. Angelina Svistunova PFO 12.667 10.100 12.167 11.533 46.467
14. Natalia Medvedeva YUFO-1 13.333 9.033 11.667 11.833 45.866
15. Yelena Logutova DVFO 12.767 10.500 11.467 11.067 45.801
16. Ksenia Isayeva MOS 12.067 10.167 12.033 11.200 45.467
17. Anna Vanyushkina SZFO 12.800 9.067 11.767 11.767 45.401
18. Tatiana Lebedeva SFO 12.633 8.467 12.500 11.400 45.000
19. Yelena Klyuchkova YUFO-2 12.300 9.633 10.600 12.267 44.800
20. Yelena Scherbakova YUFO-1 13.067 10.933 9.633 10.433 44.066
21. Yekaterina Ilyankova SFO 11.833 9.667 9.800 11.800 43.100
22. Galina Yashchenko DVFO 12.167 8.233 10.833 11.367 42.600
23. Yana Tokminova SZFO 12.533 9.100 9.567 11.333 42.533
24. Sitara Makhmudova YUFO-2 11.733 8.700 10.233 11.133 41.799
25. Lyubov Pushkina YUFO-2 11.933 8.933 9.800 10.133 40.799
26. Alla Sosnitskaya MOS 12.133 4.267 8.100 12.400 36.900
27. Anastasia Karpova MOS 11.833 0.000 11.333 10.700 33.866
28. Yulia Chemaryova CFO 0.000 14.367 0.000 0.000 14.367
Comments (3)add comment

Rachel T said:

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What happened to Anna Myzdrikova?
At one point, I thought Anna was going to be Russia's top star. Her floor exercise routine was incredible. The last videos I have seen of her on youtube is liking seeing a completely different person. I barely recognized her. Did she suffer from a serious injury? She doesn't seem like she even has a remote chance for the Olympics.
 
March 21, 2012
Votes: +2

Margaret said:

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On to London Musty! :)
Congratulations to my favorite Russian gymnast! She seems on her way back. I hope she comes back strong for London. I would love it if she'd win the AA title! smilies/smiley.gif
 
March 21, 2012
Votes: +6

Margaret said:

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Love Pavs!
I love that Anna Pavlova was there too! She is one of my all-time favorite gymnasts, and my favorite of all in 2004-2008. smilies/smiley.gif
 
March 21, 2012
Votes: +0

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