Mustafina 1st in Russian Cup prelims

… solid all-around performance today and “easy” capture of the Russian Cup title. No doubt in body-preserving mode (and with a realistic view of her closest rivals), she didn’t pull out all the stops; her floor routine included three relatively uncomplicated passes and her bars routine was the one typically used for domestic meets …

Her non-watered down routines came on vault (DTY, 14.833) and balance beam …

Maria Paseka, stood up an Amanar vault and layed-out Podkapoyeva today to take the lead in vault qualification. She has a lot of momentum, leaving room for improvement in the landings …

Viktoria Komova also makes this list, having presented a reputable bar routine (also a routine that drew a lot of encouragement from everyone in the arena) but finishing third in qualifications with a 14.700. …

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