|Ksenia Afanasyeva and Yulia Inshina|
I have just been told that the judges used some sort of a judging system that gives bonuses for originality and difficulty which explains the mammoth scores. Uh huh.......serves me right for not reading IG this morning!
Aliya Mustafina proved that her somewhat lacklustre performances in Japan a while back may have just been a bit of competition exhaustion, returning to form (we hope) with a ridiculously high 62.271.
1 Aliya Mustafina Moscow 15.367 16.934 15.000 14.970 62.271 2 Ksenia Afanasyeva Khimki/Tula 15.000 14.467 14.540 14.667 58.674 3 Ksenia Semyonova Khimki/Tula 14.234 13.734 14.200 14.700 56.868 4 Yulia Inshina Voronezh 13.800 13.567 14.040 13.900 55.307 5 Anna Pavlova Orekhovo-Zuevo/Khimki 14.734 13.400 14.200 12.900 55.234 6 Tatiana Nabiyeva St. Petersburg 14.200 15.600 12.240 13.170 55.210 7 Daria Yelizarova Tula 13.300 13.367 13.940 14.240 54.847 8 Anna Dementyeva Khimki/Samara 13.567 13.300 13.670 13.900 54.437
Ksenia Afanasyeva, this year's comeback queen recovered from her 5th place finish in qualifying to take second. Afanasyeva was looking much sharper than Mustafina in Japan, but even with the stellar improvements she has made, there is no way she can catch Mustafina on bars, even with regular scoring by judges who wore their glasses on the day. She is vaulting and flooring it very well, though.
Ksenia Semonova seems to be making a steadily good show and we may just see the two Ksenias at Worlds. It looks, from the scores, as though she has returned a bit of that crazy energy back on on the floor, which will be welcome.
It is nice to see Yulia Inshina back after a prolonged foot injury in fourth place. If you remember she travelled to Melbourne for Pac Rims, but was unable to perform in the end.
Nabieva looked like an iffy performance was saved by her bars score. It certainly looks like beam got the better of her.
I have already said my goodbyes to Anna Pavlova. have you? It seems her sixth place finish at the Russian Cup this week was one of her final performance in elite gymnastics. According to her mother this year will be her last. She managed a sixth place inthe qualifying and a fifth in the final rounds of the meet. Anna looks like she had a great vault, but isn't working to well, or at least with much difficulty on floor.
By the way, I haven't seen any videos yet, but there is bound to be real soon)