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A foul day on the workplace


First yr senior Anastasia Grishina is the Russian staff’s main throughout gymnast at these Championships.  Image by sort permission of the RGF.

I’ve to present credit score to Romania right now – they recalled Romanian groups of the previous and carried out with confidence and power to beat Russia to first place in {qualifications}.  Ioana Iordache leads the unofficial throughout with a show of sunshine and exact acrobatics that should place her as a favorite for the person Olympic title if she will reproduce her type of right now as soon as extra, on that a lot anticipated July day in London.

This was a powerful, maybe the strongest doable, Romanian staff, drawing on Olympic champions previous and, perhaps, future.  As I had predicted, Iszbasa, Ponor, Iordache, Bulimar and Haidu pulled out all of the stops to present their finest and take first place in opposition to a considerably below-power Russian staff.  It stays to be seen whether or not the Russians can flip their kind round in two days flat and contend for gold within the remaining. 

The factor I can say within the Russians’ favour is that they do have some wiggle room, each throughout the staff of gymnasts introduced and, extra extensively, gymnasts at house in Moscow.  The staff undoubtedly missed the expertise and power of each Ksenia Afanasyeva and Tatiana Nabyeva, Komova competed on bars and beam solely, and Mustafina made uncharacteristic errors on each flooring and bars.  In the long run, the staff’s effort rested considerably on youth, with Grishina exhibiting progress in each her method and her aggressive manner.  Sidorova made a great account of herself on beam and certainly carried the burden of the staff’s efforts right here on her shoulders as begin off gymnast, whereas Paseka delivered two competent vaults to maintain the staff afloat. 

The staff have been decided to keep away from falls on beam and each Sidorova and Grishina greater than held the boat regular for a powerful routine from Viktoria Komova, who delivered a picturesque and technically completed routine, regardless of just a few wobbles.  Komova’s stature and bearing in Brussels has been altogether lighter and extra mature than in Tokyo; she has grown, not solely bodily, however mentally and, one suspects emotionally. 

Maybe it was the trouble of suppressing all these nerves that obtained to the Russians.  Seeming somewhat subdued, they progressed to flooring, the place Sidorova managed a pleasant efficiency marred by some severe errors that saved her rating down within the 12.9s.  Each Mustafina and Grishina adopted in the identical vein.  Their staff complete entitles them to say the ninth finest slot on flooring on this piece, a document I’m certain they are going to want to enhance on in Saturday’s remaining.  No Russians within the flooring finals on Sunday.

A reliable efficiency on vault was adopted by some nice workout routines on the uneven bars from Grishina and Komova, the place sadly Mustafina regarded relatively drained and suffered some uncharacteristic errors.

So in the long run, Russia did properly to complete second behind Romania, however forward of a assured British staff who introduced some very good gymnastics.  The actual fact they may do that while counting such a disastrous flooring rotation speaks volumes for his or her expertise, however Russia will be unable to afford such errors once more.  I cannot predict what would possibly occur on Saturday, not to mention in July, however to me the Romanian staff does look a lot stronger right here.

Individually, Grishina led this staff with a creditable second place within the unofficial particular person throughout.  Anastasia certified to occasion finals in vault, bars and beam, accompanied by her 2010 Junior Europeans staff mate Komova on bars and beam.  She is creating a formidable portfolio of worldwide competitors expertise, is taking over an more and more accountable position throughout the staff, and appears set to rival Mustafina for the second throughout spot for Russia in London if Mustafina can not totally overcome the psychological and bodily trauma of final spring earlier than July.

Hey ho, from tomorrow all the things begins once more from scratch.  Battle on, ladies.

Full outcomes can be found on the following hyperlinks :

Staff abstract outcomes

Detailed staff outcomes

Particular person outcomes (unofficial throughout competitors)

Vault {qualifications}

Uneven bars {qualifications}

Beam {qualifications}

Flooring {qualifications}

Additionally, you will discover a good assortment of movies on the Full Twist weblog.  Get pleasure from!



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