Russian Cup: Belyavskiy Takes All-Around Title

David Belyavskiy from Yekaterinburg won the all-around title at the 2012 Russian Cup in Penza today. The 19-year-old scored 89.131 points to take the gold ahead of Sergei Khorokhordin (87.997) and Igor Pakhomenko (87.932). Belyavskiy looked stronger and more confident than at the recent European Championships in Montpellier but still struggled with his vault, landing the Tsukahara double pike on his knees. His other events did not provide much trouble for Belyavskiy, including a 15.166 on parallel bars (steps on his double front pike dismount) and a 15.066 on floor (a few hops on landings). Like many gymnasts, Belyavskiy opted to use a crash mat for his roll-out skills. He opened his competition with a very solid effort on high bar with an adler half to Tkachev, adler full to Yamawaki and full-twisting double layout dismount.

2008 Olympian Sergei Khorokhordin missed his grip on a turn on high bar but got away with a severe leg bend and an extra swing. He also included a Tkachev-Tkachev to mixed grip combination and a Kolman.  Solid elsewhere, he trailed Belyavskiy by six tenths going into his final event, parallel bars, and took a large step forward on his double pike. Third placed Igor Pakhomenko started his competition with a fall on floor but redeemed himself with the highest score on high bar (15.0/layout Jaeger full, layout double-double dismount) and a 14.800 on pommel horse. Strong on floor, rings and vault, the Russian team looks to have weaknesses on high bar and pommels. Pakhomenko is surely a candidate to fill the gaps. Nikita Ignatev took the Russian national all-around title this spring but was not part of the team that made the trip to the European Championships. At the Russian Cup he has so far failed to make a major impact, finishing sixth after a disaster on pommel horse with two falls.

Even though it was an all-around competition, the specialists competed on their events a second time. Alexander Balandin continued to impress not only with his rings but his relative usefulness on parallel bars and even pommel horse. Denis Ablyazin has shown remarkable consistency in his high risk vault and floor (though his marathon routine is always in danger of going overtime) as well as rings. He tried high bar again today – and fell again. Twice – both times on Weiler kips.Konstantin Pluzhnikov has the misfortune of being an excellent rings worker in a team of excellent rings workers. He has parallel bars and pommel horse to offer as his other events and was outscored by Balandin on all three events.

With Emin Garibov, Denis Ablyazin and Alexander Balandin looking to be locks for this team, the search for the two remaining gymnasts and the alternates goes on.

The competition at the Russian Cup continues tomorrow with the women’s all-around at 4:30 pm local time.

Russian Cup Men’s All Around Final

Belyavskiy David 15.066 14.900 14.366 14.900 15.166 14.733 89.131
Khorokhordin Sergei 14.866 14.066 14.966 15.366 14.633 14.100 87.997
Pakhomenko Igor 13.833 14.800 14.233 15.600 14.466 15.000 87.932
Russinyak Pavel 14.166 14.066 14.233 15.566 14.500 14.466 86.997
Gogotov Dmitri 14.366 14.200 14.100 15.233 14.833 13.700 86.432
Ignatyev Nikita 14.866 11.366 14.666 15.766 15.000 14.666 86.330
Ignatenkov Kirill 14.166 13.333 13.533 14.766 15.033 14.066 84.897
Dyomin Aleksandr 13.466 13.400 13.333 14.833 12.800 13.700 81.532
Klochkov Aleksandr 13.566 12.800 13.266 14.500 13.833 13.566 81.531
Fafashkin Aleksandr 13.733 11.966 13.866 14.133 14.233 13.166 81.097
Rostov Aleksei 12.133 12.566 13.333 14.566 13.833 13.933 80.364
Suetin Roman 12.400 12.900 12.333 15.200 13.500 13.600 79.933
Pavlov Pavel 12.633 11.100 13.800 14.366 14.200 13.100 79.199
Yakubovskiy Dmitri 12.533 12.900 12.700 14.233 13.866 12.366 78.598
Katin Vilyam 13.033 13.500 12.600 13.900 13.166 11.933 78.132
Veselov Vyacheslav 13.300 12.133 12.066 14.133 13.100 12.700 77.432
Danilenko Sergei 11.166 12.166 13.133 14.566 13.633 11.933 76.597
Kazachkov Daniil 11.900 13.433 14.400 14.833 6.833 13.733 75.132
Ablyazin Denis 15.600 0.000 15.333 16.166 0.000 12.100 59.199
Balandin Aleksandr 0.000 13.866 15.600 0.000 14.633 0.000 44.099
Cherkasov Andrei 15.000 0.000 12.800 14.033 0.000 0.000 41.833
Pluzhnikov Konstantin 0.000 11.800 15.400 0.000 14.466 0.000 41.666
Perevoznikov Andrei 0.000 13.733 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 13.733

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