27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Tatarstan Artistic Gymnastics Open Cup concludes in Kazan

The Tatarstan Artistic Gymnastics Individual Open Cup came to an end in Kazan. The test competition was held at the Gymnastics Centre, one of the 29 unique competition venues built especially for the 27th Summer Universiade. Men's and women's finals were held on Day 3 of the tournament to determine champions and runners-up in each medal event.

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Valeria Goryunova of Kazan had no rivals to compete with in the women's horse vault under the Master of Sports programme. With a total score of 13.450, she finished ahead of Angelina Svistunova of Nizhnekamsk (12.850) and Yana Sakha of Vladimir (12.750) who placed second and third respectively.

Nadezhda Solomatina of Togliatti (13.000) took gold in the women's bars final. Daria Lopatina from Nizhnekamsk (12.300) and Kazan's Valeria Goryunova (11.500) ranked second and third in the standings. In the women's beam, the most convincing performance was demonstrated by Nadezhda Solomatina of Togliatti. Having scored 13.550, she outperformed her closest rivals Taisia Guriyashova of Dzerzhinsk (12.000) and Rushaniya Gabitova of Kazan (11.850). Nadezhda Solomatina of Togliatti also was awarded the highest score in the floor exercise (13.1000). Two other steps of the podium were taken by Daria Lopatina of Nizhnekamsk (12.800) and Taisia Guriyashova of Dzerzhinsk (12.500).

The women’s Candidate Master of Sports event finals were dominated by the following gymnasts: Ilmira Yangurazova of Kazan (13.450), Svetlana Mazunina of Ufa (12.975) and Daria Reznik of Togliatti (12.000) secured gold, silver and bronze medals respectively in the horse vault final while Ekaterina Zelenova of Izhevsk (12.700), Svetlana Mazunina of Ufa (12.650) and Lina Dumcheva of Togliatti (11.050) owned the bars podium with a first, second and third place finish. By the way, the latter gymnast compensated her third place with a clear-cut victory in the beam final after having scored 13.150. She was followed by Polina Pantyusheva of Dzerzhinsk (12.700) and Ekaterina Zelenova of Izhevsk (12.250). Svetlana Mazunina of Ufa (13.450), Lina Dumcheva of Togliatti (12.650) and Yana Pleteneva of Izhevsk (12.300) came first, second and third in the women' s floor exercise of the artistic gymnastics event.

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The men’s Master of Sports programme saw Sergey Stepanov of Cheboksary (13.500), William Katyn of Saransk (13.500) and Shamil Gatiyanov of Kazan (13.200) beat all their rivals in the floor exercise. In the horse final, the medal winning performances were those by William Katyn of Saransk (13.800), Evgeny Vasiliev of Cheboksary (12.800) and Vitaly Vanifatov of Penza (12.600).

Having scored 14.250, Sergey Stepanov of Cheboksary became the 'lord of the rings', with Shamil Gatiyanov of Kazan (13.900) and William Katyn of Saransk (13.500) finishing far behind. He scored a second victory in the men's horse vault (13.800), with Shamil Gatiyanov of Kazan being a runner-up (13.150) and Evgeny Vasiliev of Cheboksary placing third (12.550). William Katyn of Saransk (14.500), Sergey Stepanov of Cheboksary (14.200) and Shamil Gatiyanov of Kazan (14.000) climbed onto the podium's first, second and third spots in the bars final. William Katyn of Saransk (13.800), Sergey Stepanov of Cheboksary (13.700) and Evgeny Vasiliev of Cheboksary (12.950) were best in the crossbar.

The most nail-biting contest for medals took place in the Candidate Master of Sports category. Alexei Kanesev of Penza (13.500), Artem Ermilichev of Togliatti (13.000) and Andrei Makolov (12.800), Togliatti's another male gymnast, earned gold, silver and bronze in the men's floor exercise. The horse vault final was dominated by Andrei Makolov of Togliatti (13.400), Mansur Zaripov of Kazan (13.300) and Maxim Sinichkin of Kazan (12.900). The places on the men's rings podium were snatched by Maxim Sinichkin of Kazan (14.250), Andrei Makolov of Togliatti (14.050) and Mansur Zaripov of Kazan (12.350). The best vault performers were Andrei Makolov of Togliatti (13.200), Alexei Kanesev of Penza (13.050) and Arthur Zabbarov of Kazan (11.600).  Mansur Zaripov of Kazan (13.700) achieved the highest score in the men's bars, squeezing Alexei Kanesev of Penza (13.600) and Andrei Makolov of Togliatti (13.300) into second and third places. Three athletes from Kazan, Mansur Zaripov (13.050), Maxim Sinichkin (12.950), and Alexei Kanesev of Penza (12.850), outperfomed their competitors in the men's crossbar final.

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Promising results were also demonstrated in the men's 1 category programme. Sergey Naidin of Barnaul (13.200) finished on the top of the floor exercise podium, followed by Kazan gymnasts Alexander Chicherov (12.700) and Rinat Stankevich (12.200). Ildar Yuskaev of Penza (12.600), Alexander Chicherov of Kazan (12.300) and Sergey Naidin of Barnaul (12.100) grabbed medals in the the men's horse final. An exquisite technique demonstrated by Insaf Idiyatullin of Nizhnekamsk (13.800), Rinat Stankevich of Kazan (12.750) and Sergey Naidin of Barnaul (12.500) earned them medals in the rings event. The horse vault final brought medals to Ildar Yuskaev of Penza (13.300), Sergei Naidin of Barnaul (11.400) and Marat Khabibullin of Nizhnekamsk (11.350). Sergei Naidin of Barnaul (13.500), Alexander Chicherov of Kazan (12.800) and Insaf Idiyatullin of Nizhnekamsk (12.700) secured well-deserved men's bars medals. The first three places in the crossbar event went to Alexander Chicherov of Kazan (12.100), Ildar Yuskaev of Penza (12.100) and Rinat Stankevich of Kazan (11.850).

Kazan's Polina Gubenkova was the one who earned the individual all-around artistic gymnastics gold in the women’s 1 category programme.

Svetlana Mazunina of Ufa topped in the Candidate Master of Sports programme. The Master of Sports individual all-around final was won by Togliatti's representative Nadezhda Solomatina.

Alexander Chernov, a gymnast from Kazan, celebrated victory in the men's 1 category programme. Andrei Makolov of Togliatti dominated the Candidate Master of Sports competitions, while Sergey Stepanov from Cheboksary finished first in the Master of Sports programme.

The Tatarstan Artistic Gymnastics Individual Open Cup was the first 2013 test event held as part of the preparations for the Games. This year's programme of test events in the build-up to the 27th Summer Universiade includes the Spring Swallows FINA Diving Grand Prix, which will take place at the newly built Aquatics Palace, 10 national championships and republican tournaments.

The Summer Universiade artistic gymnastics tournament will be held at the Gymnastics Centre from 7 to 10 July. Tickets are already available at the official ticket offices and on the website of Kassir.ru, the Official Ticket Operator of the Games. Ticket prices vary from 200 to 250 rubles.

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Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate

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