2016 Sochi Russian Championships: The race to the Olympics


Sochi 14-17 April. The selection of the two olympians is becoming way more difficult. During the All Around for clubs (held between 14 and 15) Dina Averina triumphed followed by her twin Arina. The 3 top competitors Kudryavtseva, Mamun and Soldatova arrived friday to compete for the russian title. Aleksandra Soldatova won brilliantly the competition with 4 very good executions obtaining 77,150 and imposing on Margarita Mamun (76,950). Dina Averina was 3rd with 76,500.

Yana Kudryavtseva one of the most claimed gymnast, had a crushing defeat. After obtaining only 14,750 with hoop and 18,200 with ball, she retired from the competition exhibitng during sunday’s finals with clubs and ribbon.

Margarita Mamun shined during the event finals by claiming 4 gold medals and by obtaining 19,900 with ribbon, the highest score under the COP 2013-2016. Soldatova perfomed with some mistakes and got silver with clubs and bronze with ribbon.

Pleasant surprise of the competition was the performance of russian group, exhibiting with the new member Ksenya Poliakova. In the group only from 2 weeks, after Sofia Skomoroth got injury during Thiais Grand Prix. The group performed showing more confidence and expression.

Now the question is will Yana be able to get in shape as her teammates before the olympics? And who is going to the European Championship in Holon?