Maria Kharenkova won the AA over Alla Sosnitskaya and Seda Tutkhalyan who finished second and third with Aliya not competing due to a back injury.
Tatiana Nabieva the entertaining crazy member of the Russian team competed 3 events but might as well have stayed home. She scored a 13.033 on vault (5.8), 13.067 on bars (5.1) and a 10.733 on beam (4.6)
Viktoria Komova also competed bars and beam scoring a 14.700 on bars (6.1) and a 15.000 on beam (5.8) in the prelims and in the Event Finals she finished 5th on bars with a 13.600 (6.1) and 5th on beam with a 13.633 (5.9)
I am not really a big Afan fan but there is something about this music that makes me like this routine more than I should.
Not in love with the choreography and her twisting form is a mess but with a start value between 6.3 – 6.5 depending on who you believe in the comment section if she cleans this up she has potential to compete with Simone Biles on floor (mostly because Simone has huge bounces out of most of her floor landings.) If the judges deduct for those and Kesnia cleans up we might have a battle on our hands at worlds.
My favorite part of the routine is her signature double turn into another double turn. I also like the choreography she does at 27 seconds in but it is ruined when she does the double Memmel turn out of it. I think it would look a lot better if she danced out of it.
Daria Spiridonova has a brand new 6.7 Uneven Bar routine also with a lot of potential. She was my fave UB worker at last years worlds (who wasn’t Chinese) and I remember thinking her prelim routine was underscored. She needs to fix the handstands by Worlds but with Yao Yinnan out for the year she has a great shot at Gold.
Overall I would say this competition is up there with US Nationals when it comes to ridiculous scoring. The questionable connections of Maria Kharenkova on beam and Viktoria Komova’s beam scores in both competitions being a prime example of home cooking
Even with the low start values on floor I found almost all of the floor routines at this competition a hella lot more enjoyable to watch then anything we saw at Nationals last year. Russia doesn’t have the start values on floor needed to win world medals (with the exception of a few) but they sure can express the hell out of Floor routine.