Anna Pavlova is Golden in Istanbul

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Anna Pavlova, now competing under the Azerbaijani flag after leaving her home nation of Russia due to a lack of international opportunities, nearly swept the gold medals at the 26th annual Bosphorus Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey this weekend.

Pavlova won the all-around in addition to all event titles but floor, the one event final she didn’t compete. Her teammates were equally successful, as the girls from Azerbaijan (including fellow Russian expat Yuliya Inshina) placed in the top four all-around spots while grabbing four more event medals – Marina Nekrasova with vault silver and floor bronze, and Inshina with beam bronze and floor silver.

While this newly-revived Azerbaijani won’t fulfill everyone’s fantasy by showing up to World Championships and defeating the big gun gymnastics nations, it’s great to see that gymnasts who no longer have opportunities in their own nations have found a spot to call home and keep competing internationally. Pavlova may never again be the gymnast she was during her glory days in the early to mid-2000s and likely won’t make any finals in Nanning, but if she wants to keep competing no matter what the outcome, this is the perfect situation.

On vault, the bronze went to Tangsholpan Kenzhakyn of Kazakhstan. On bars, Ece Ayan of Sweden (who will replace Ida Gustafsson on their nation’s World Championship team after Gustafsson was injured) earned silver while Aida Bauyrzhanova of Kazakhstan took bronze. Bauyrzhanova also won the floor gold, while on beam, her teammate Zhanerke Duisek of Kazakhstan won silver.

In the junior competition, we saw a few familiar faces from last month’s Youth Olympic Games, including Rahma Al Dulaimi of Qatar and Arailym Khanseiitova of Kazakhstan. Al Dulaimi won bronze in the all-around and on vault while Khanseiitova earned bars gold and silver on beam and floor in addition to placing 4th in the all-around.

Turkey’s Cansu Altin won the all-around with a 50.000, showing promise on all four events but especially on vault, where she won gold with a 13.6 combined score. She also won bars silver and floor bronze.

Her teammates also had great success, with Ekin Ülvan winning all-around silver and bars bronze, Beyza Türkmen winning vault silver, Cagla Altundemir winning beam gold, and Iclal Özbay winning floor gold.

Senior All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX AA
1 Anna Pavlova Azerbaijan 13.650 12.400 13.100 12.550 51.700
2 Marina Nekrasova Azerbaijan 13.500 12.150 11.200 13.450 50.300
3 Yuliya Inshina Azerbaijan 12.550 10.850 12.350 13.200 48.950
4 Mariia Smirnova Azerbaijan 13.200 11.500 10.000 12.400 47.100
5 Aida Bauyrzhanova Kazakhstan 13.100 11.750 9.200 12.350 46.400
6 Tangsholpan Kenzhakyn Kazakhstan 12.800 9.700 11.150 12.250 45.900
7 Ece Ayan Sweden 13.200 7.600 10.500 12.650 43.950
8 Lahna Salem Algeria 13.400 8.600 8.950 10.500 41.450
9 Yelena Goloveskiva Turkmenistan 11.700 6.900 9.600 9.350 37.550
10 Dilyara Bufti Turkmenistan 11.150 0.250 6.250 9.250 26.900
11 Demet Mutlu Turkey 13.700 —— 10.100 —— 23.800
12 Zhanerke Duisek Kazakhstan —— —— 10.300 —— 10.300
13 Farah Mahmoud Qatar —— 10.250 —— —— 10.250
14 Busra Canatan Turkey —— 9.650 —— —— 9.650

Senior Vault Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total Average
1 Anna Pavlova Azerbaijan 4.7 9.000 13.700 13.625
5.0 8.550 13.550
2 Marina Nekrasova Azerbaijan 4.6 8.900 13.500 13.525
4.6 8.950 13.550
3 Tangsholpan Kenzhakyn Kazakhstan 4.4 8.900 13.300 12.950
4.2 8.400 12.600
4 Ece Ayan Sweden 4.4 8.400 12.800 12.925
4.4 8.650 13.050

Senior Bars Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Anna Pavlova Azerbaijan 4.5 8.050 12.550
2 Ece Ayan Sweden 5.2 6.800 12.000
3 Aida Bauyrzhanova Kazakhstan 5.0 6.150 11.150
4 Busra Canatan Turkey 1.5 8.400 9.900
5 Zhanerke Duisek Kazakhstan 3.4 6.300 9.700
6 Marina Nekrasova Azerbaijan 3.6 5.100 8.700
7 Farah Mahmoud Qatar 4.1 5.500 1.0 8.600

Senior Beam Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Anna Pavlova Azerbaijan 5.0 8.650 13.650
2 Zhanerke Duisek Kazakhstan 5.1 8.250 13.350
3 Yuliya Inshina Azerbaijan 4.4 8.150 -0.1 12.450
4 Tangsholpan Kenzhakyn Kazakhstan 4.5 7.900 12.400
5 Demet Mutlu Turkey 4.2 7.350 11.550
6 Ece Ayan Sweden 3.4 6.800 10.200
7 Yelena Goloveskiva Turkmenistan 4.0 5.900 9.900

Senior Floor Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Aida Bauryzhanova Kazakhstan 4.9 8.300 13.200
2 Yuliya Inshina Azerbaijan 4.3 8.600 12.900
3 Marina Nekrasova Azerbaijan 4.8 8.350 -0.3 12.850
4 Tangsholpan Kenzhakyn Kazakhstan 4.5 8.350 12.850
5 Ece Ayan Sweden 4.8 7.600 12.400
6 Lahna Salem Algeria 4.1 6.800 -0.3 10.600
7 Dilyara Bufti Turkmenistan 2.9 6.100 -0.1 8.900
8 Yelena Goloveskiva Turkmenistan 2.2 6.350 8.550

Junior All-Around Results

Rank Athlete Nation VT UB BB FX AA
1 Cansu Altin Turkey 13.600 11.300 11.600 13.500 50.000
2 Ekin Ülvan Turkey 13.100 11.550 12.000 12.750 49.400
3 Rahma Al Dulaimi Qatar 13.750 10.950 11.000 13.550 49.250
4 Arailym Khanseiitova Kazakhstan 12.450 11.650 11.800 13.100 49.000
5 Iclal Özbay Turkey 12.550 10.000 11.900 14.000 48.450
6 Doga Özgöcmez Turkey 12.600 10.200 11.900 13.400 48.100
7 Beyza Türkmen Turkey 13.650 11.150 11.750 11.300 47.850
8 Seher Atalay Turkey 12.550 10.700 10.850 13.400 47.500
9 Cagla Altundemir Turkey 11.600 10.200 12.150 13.200 47.150
10 Doga Ketenci Turkey 11.800 9.950 10.800 13.400 45.950
11 Anastasiya Bolshova Azerbaijan 12.200 11.200 10.700 11.650 45.750
12 Zarina Shametko Kazakhstan 13.000 8.950 12.400 11.050 45.400
13 Maysa Kuliyewa Turkmenistan 11.400 2.250 7.550 10.400 31.600
14 Lyubov Sarkova Turkmenistan 10.400 0.000 5.550 7.850 23.800

Junior Vault Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total Average
1 Cansu Altin Turkey 4.8 9.000 13.800 13.600
4.6 8.800 13.400
2 Beyza Türkmen Turkey 4.8 8.750 13.550 13.275
4.2 8.800 13.000
3 Rahma Al Dulaimi Qatar 5.0 8.800 13.800 13.150
4.4 8.100 12.500
4 Zarina Shametko Kazakhstan 4.6 8.500 13.100 13.150
4.6 8.600 13.200
5 Anastasiya Bolshova Azerbaijan 4.4 7.450 11.850 12.050
4.0 8.250 12.250

Junior Bars Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Arailym Khanseiitova Kazakhstan 4.9 7.900 12.800
2 Cansu Altin Turkey 4.0 7.800 11.800
3 Ekin Ülvan Turkey 4.0 7.150 11.150
4 Anastasiya Bolshova Azerbaijan 3.4 7.500 10.900
5 Zarina Shametko Kazakhstan 3.5 6.900 10.400
6 Rahma Al Dulaimi Qatar 3.1 6.650 9.750
7 Maysa Kuliyewa Turkmenistan 0.7 6.800 -4.0 3.500
8 Lyubov Sarkova Turkmenistan 0.4 6.950 -6.0 1.350

Junior Beam Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Cagla Altundemir Turkey 4.3 8.500 12.800
2 Arailym Khanseiitova Kazakhstan 5.3 7.450 12.750
3 Zarina Shametko Kazakhstan 4.7 7.700 12.400
4 Ekin Ülvan Turkey 4.2 7.500 11.700
5 Rahma al Dulaimi Qatar 4.2 7.400 11.600
6 Anastasiya Bolshova Azerbaijan 3.3 7.400 10.700
7 Maysa Kuliyewa Turkmenistan 3.1 5.600 8.700
8 Lyubov Sarkova Turkmenistan 2.3 2.950 5.250

Junior Floor Final Results

Rank Athlete Nation D E ND Total
1 Iclal Özbay Turkey 5.4 7.850 13.250
2 Arailym Khanseiitova Kazakhstan 4.7 8.150 12.850
3 Cansu Altin Turkey 4.6 8.200 12.800
4 Rahma Al Dulaimi Qatar 4.7 8.100 12.800
5 Zarina Shametko Kazakhstan 4.8 7.850 12.650
6 Anastasiya Bolshova Azerbaijan 4.4 8.050 12.450
7 Maysa Kuliyewa Turkmenistan 3.1 6.700 9.800
8 Lyubov Sarkova Turkmenistan 1.4 6.500 -0.2 7.700

Article by Lauren Hopkins

7 thoughts on “Anna Pavlova is Golden in Istanbul

  1. You were a brave soul to tackle that monster PDF of the results from the competition. I felt like dying after searching and typing out the men’s results.

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    • Supposedly yes. They’ve registered for Worlds intending to compete as a full team. However, they only have four seniors (their fifth gymnast is still a junior). That means all four would have to compete all-around and all their scores will count since qualification is 6-5-4.

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  2. For what it’s worth, their fifth gymnast, Anastasia Bolshova, wouldn’t even help because she’s by far the worst of the group. She would for sure have the lowest score across each event anyway, so they might as well stick with their better four.

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