The 2017 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championship has concluded on March 5 in Kazan, Russia with 16-year-old Natalia Kapitonova at the highest podium in the women’s All-Around.
Although Kapitonova was last year’s alternate in the Olympic Games and last summer’s Russian Cup bars champion, her win in this event was still surprising, to say the least, as people did not expect her to win at all. Some reviews said her routines are not that extraordinary and that there was nothing thrilling about it. It was worth noting that she had a fall on beam as well. Bars, of course, was her best event as she earned a 14.333 for her routine although it wasn’t one of the hardest Russian routines.
With a solid total score of 108.231, some avid spectators even speculated that Kapitonova won only because everyone else failed, either by falling or had different issues, making Kapitonova’s routines the best among the ones doing the all-around.
On silver was first-year senior Elena Eremina with a combined score of 107.732, albeit falling on bars and beam. The mentioned falls were quite surprising to some, because at the beginning Eremina started out her routines fantastically. However, fans still believes that the 15-year-old still has some of the greatest promise among all of the young Russians at the moment.
The bronze medalist for the women’s all-around in this Championship was 2016 Olympics’ alternate for the Russian team, Evgeniya Shelgunova. The 19-year-old gathered a total score of 106.597. Shelgunova’s fellow Olympian on this competition was Seda Tutkhalyan. The routines of this silver medalist from last summer’s Games was somehow disappointing as she totaled three falls in the two-day event, giving her just a 106.230 at the all-around, placing fourth.
For the men’s artistic gymnastics, full results are still not out at the moment but it was reported that Nikita Nagorny took the lead in parallel bars and David Belvsky dominated the high bar.
Out of all eight teams from different parts of Russia, Moscow ranked on the top spot, followed by Central Federal District 1 and St. Petersburg.
For a full list of winners and their scores, click here.
The 2017 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championship was a qualifying event for the World Championships, which would be held in Canada from September 26 to October 9. Also, this competition is the first qualifying leg of the European Championships that would be held from April 15 to 23 in Romania.
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