European Championships 2011: A review

Aliya Mustafina

From Friday afternoon I was not really online, I only had access on my iPhone. I had an extremely busy weekend teaching gymnastics classes and coaching at competitions which unfortunately kept me from blogging.  I arrived home on Friday evening to see tweets such as “noooo Mustafina” and “she’s been taken off in a wheelchair”. I quickly tuned in online to see the awful news that Mustafina had torn her ACL.

WAG Results

Vault

1. Sandra Izbasa – 14.675
2. Oksana Chusovitina – 14.537
3. Ariella Kaeslin – 14.475

4. Tatiana Nabieva – 14.287
5. Elisabeth Seitz – 14.187
6. Giulia Steingruber – 14.000
7. Amelia Racea – 13.725
8. Nastassia Marachkouskaya – 13.062

Bars
1. Beth Tweddle – 15.100
2. Tatiana Nabyeva – 15.075
3. Kim Bui – 14.675

4. Anna Dementyeva – 14.475
5. Elisabeth Seitz – 14.175
6. Aagje Vanwallehem – 14.075
7. Celine Van Gerner – 13.975
8. Vanessa Ferrari – 12.850

Floor
1. Sandra Izbasa – 14.500
2. Diana Chelaru – 14.475
3. Yulia Belokobylskaya – 14.450

4. Beth Tweddle – 14.300
5. Julie Croket – 14.275
6. Carlotta Ferlito – 14.050
7. Anna Dementyeva – 13.950
8. Tunde Csillag – 13.150

Beam
1. Anna Dementyeva – 15.350
2. Carlotta Ferlito – 14.500
3. Elisabetta Preziosa – 14.325

4. Julie Croket – 14.150
5. Ariella Kaeslin – 14.125
6. Vasiliki Millousi – 13.800
7. Marta Pihan-Kulesza – 12.850
8. Hannah Whelan – 11.950

 

Photo via AP

A word on Mustafina

As we all know, an ACL tear is awful, truly awful. The mechanism for this injury occurs when force to the outside of the knee is received while the foot is fixed on the ground in external rotation. This can be seen in the video of her vault.  No matter how fit Aliya is, the knee takes a very long time to heal. Rushing it and coming back to train on it too soon would be terrible. Mustafina will be out until 2012 for sure, we won’t be seeing the challenge between her and new senior Viktoria Komova soon, liked we had all hoped. Recovery guideline time for an ACL tear is 6 – 9 months but as always, everyone’s body is different. I’m not going to criticize her legs in her Amanar vault.  Best of luck to Aliya when she undergoes surgery tomorrow in Berlin.

 

MAG Results

Vault

1. Thomas Bouhail FRA 16.362
2. Samir Ait Said FRA 16.262
3. Anton Golotsutskov RUS 16.125

P Bars

1. Marcel Nguyen GER 15.525
2. Epke Zonderland NED 15.300
3. Vasileios Tsolakidis GRE 15.075

High Bar

1. Epke Zonderland NED 15.575
2. Philipp Boy GER 15.350
3. Marcel Nguyen GER 15.300

Floor

Flavius Koczi ROM
2. Alexander Shatilov ISR
3. Anton Golotsutskov RUS

Pommel

Krisztian Berki HUN
2. Cyril Tommasone FRA
3. Harutyum Merdinyan ARM

Rings

1. Konstantin Pluzhnikov RUS
2. Alexander Balandin RUS
3. Eleftherios Petrounias GRE

 

When I regain my energy, I’ll be sure to look at all of the videos from Between The Olympics! I’m looking forward to the Glasgow World Cup next week – I really can’t wait!

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