Russian Cup: Komova Takes All-Around Gold

Viktoria Komova won the all-around title at the 2012 Russian Cup today, scoring a strong  60.767 to beat preliminary leader Aliya Mustafina (59.167) and Yulia Inshina (56.167). Komova only competed bars and beam at the European Championships in Brussels a month ago, only returning to the all-around competition here in Penza after surgery earlier this year.

Starting her day with a good double twisting Yurchenko (nice leg form), she moved to her signature event, bars. The reigning World and European performed her newly upgraded routine (piked stalder full to piked Tkachev; double full out dismount) confidently for a massive 16.200. On beam she wobbled but held on to the full turn with the leg at horizontal that had given her problems at the Europeans. The rest of the routine was very solid, including the standing Arabian and the ff-layout (only one today). Komova finished her day with a solid showing on floor (1 1/2 twist through to Arabian double front, double tuck, triple twist and double pike). With no major errors, Komova showcased the technique and form on all events that have gained her fans. The 17-year-old has gone through massive growth spurts since her days as a child prodigy at the beginning of the cycle and looks completely different from the Komova of 2009 or even 2010. The fact that she has been able to not only maintain her skill level on bars but upgrade it, is quite astonishing and an achievement in itself.

Aliya Mustafina also hit her double twisting Yurchenko in the first rotation. On bars, she did not perform the Shaposhnikova 1/2 after the Pak but went for the 1 1/2  twisting double back instead (she had only done a full-in in qualification).  On beam she opened with a confident double turn but broke connection on the front aerial before a ff-back tuck  and suffered a few wobbles. She stuck the Arabian double front (no leap) but had problems on both turns on floor.  Yulia Inshina, very much in the shadow of the star gymnasts, performed four solid routines for a well deserved third place. Her highest score was a 14.400 for her beam routine, an event on which she was a finalist at last year’s World Championships. She edged Ksenia Afanasyeva out of third by a mere tenth. Afanasyeva fell on vault and bars but put in another confident beam set – her 14.700 was the second highest score on the event. She used the same tumbling as in qualification (double tuck mount; double twist dismount).

Two time Olympian Anna Pavlova is in excellent shape and had a great day with a stuck double twisting Yurchenko and a 14.533 on beam. However, her 12.833 bars score (for a hit routine) kept her in fifth place. Anastasia Sidorova had a disappointing day with three falls (two on bars, one on beam) while Maria Paseka sat down her Amanar.

Anastasia Grishina, who had not competed in qualifications, did bars only where she struggled on a toe-on full before the dismount, having to rekip and add an extra swing and had low landing on the full-twisting double back dismount. The rest of the routine (piked stalder- piked stalder full-piked Tkachev-Pak; piked stalder half to piked Jaeger) was very good.

With Komova, Mustafina and Grishina virtual locks for Russia’s Olympic team the fight for the last two places remains interesting. According to FIG WTC member Lyubov Andrianova, judging at this competition is per FIG rules only, there is no bonus system in operation.

The competition continues tomorrow at 2:00 pm local time with the first half of event finals – high bar, floor and pommel horse for the men; vault and bars for the women.


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