2013 Russian and English Championships - Mustafina, Whelan, Belyavsky and Whitlock new senior champions

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2013 Russian and English Championships - Mustafina, Whelan, Belyavsky and Whitlock new senior champions

March 6, 2013

One month before the European Championships in Artistic Gymanstics in Moscow, let’s look at a few national results...

Aliya Mustafina David Belyavsky
Olympians Aliya Mustafina and David Belyavsky won the all-around titles Sunday as the 2013 Russian championships began in Penza.
 
Mustafina, the 2010 world champion and 2012 Olympic champion on uneven bars, delivered the highest score on three of the four events to defend her title. London teammate Anastasia Grishina won the silver over first-year senior Yevgenia Shelgunova.
 
World and Olympic medalist Viktoria Komova skipped the competition to rest a sore back.
 
Mustafina, who suffered a torn ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament injury) on vault nearly two years ago, looking fit and determined, appears tough to beat for the all-around title at the European championships next month in Moscow.
 
Now training under legendary coaches Viktor Razumovsky and Irina Razumovskaya, Grishina arrived second.
 
Reigning European champion Anna Dementyeva was sixth ahead of Olympians Anna Pavlova and Yekaterina Kramarenko. 2012 Olympic vault bronze medalist Maria Paseka competed two events only, as did Tatiana Nabiyeva.
 
Only three of the top 10 were first-year seniors: Shelgunova (3rd), Alla Sosnitskaya (ninth) and Polina Fyodorova (10th).
 
"We don't have replacements for those who competed in London, not yet," Russian team coach Valentina Rodionenko said. "Not enough time has passed. The guys are in a better position than the girls. There are still enough gymnasts to make up almost two teams. The competition is stronger."
 
Fourth in 2012, Belyavsky grabbed his first Russian championships all-around title. With the top scores on floor exercise (15.000) and parallel bars (15.500), Belyavsky edged defending champion Nikita Ignatyev, 87.950-87.800. Dmitry Stolyarov was third with 86.250.
 
Information:
Written by Amanda TURNER
For International Gymnast Magazine - Sunday, 03 March 2013 - 17:30
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Hannah Whelan Max Whitlock
 
The 2013 English Championships took place the first weekend of March at the Europa Centre in Kent, with Hannah Whelan and Max Whitlock being crowned the new senior champions. 
 
It was the first time Hannah Whelan had competed since the London Olympics and she looks set to continue her good form after solid performances led her to take the all-around and beam titles as well as debuting a new floor routine. Niamh Rippin took the silver in the all-around as well as the floor title with Laura Edwards in bronze. The vault title went to former Olympian, 31 year old Lisa Mason who used the English as a comeback in her gymnastics career.
 
In the men’s senior competition, Max Whitlock secured the all-around title, with strong performances on all six pieces of apparatus including a strong pommels routine. Olympic team mate, Dan Purvis was not far behind in silver with Max’s club teammate Reiss Beckford in the bronze. In the apparatus rankings, Max took home two more gold’s with both the floor and pommels titles. Theo Seager proved he is coming back strongly by taking gold on both the high bar and rings, and the remaining top spots went to Ashley Watson of Leeds on pbars and Reiss Beckford on vault.
 
Information:
http://www.british-gymnastics.org
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Photos: Russian Gymnastics Federation - T. Schreyer/International Gymnast - V. Minkus/UEG
 
 
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