International Junior Tournament Kazan 2018 Results

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Daria Trunikova (RUS)

Kazan is the stage elected before World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September. Most of top Russian rhythmic gymnasts are competing in Kazan which makes the competition even more interesting such as Irina Annenkova, Dina and Arina Averina and Mariya Sergeeva.

Junior rising star, Daria Trubnikova, won All-Around competition ahead Yana Striga, who is one of the top juniors of the season. Trubnikova’s coach is former gymnast, Amina Zaripova, who was also coaching current the Olympic Champion, Margarita Mamun. Unfortunatly, Polina Shmatko and Anastasiya Sergeeva could not compete here due to health reasons. Anastasiya published on social media that she was suffering from appendicitis.

 

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Over the Limit: Margarita Mamun’s documentary

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Margarita Mamun (RUS)

“Over the Limit” is about the story of Margarita Mamun, the Olympic Champion in 2016. This documentary paints an intimate portrait of a gymnast who can only reach success in her career if she gives up everything else. Its director is Marta Prus, a young film director from Poland. She was a gymnast and a ballerina. She also studied contemporary dance. Gymnastics became a part of her and that’s why she chose this sport as the main theme of the film.

“I wanted to make a film about Russian gymnasts because they’ve been unrivalled for years”

She was inspired both in rhythmic gymnastics and Russia.

“I grew up with a sense of Russia being a great country with limited freedoms. In Over the Limit, I wanted to talk about what freedom there is like today”.

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Irina Viner- Usmanova

Irina Viner-Usmanova is the head coach of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Russia. Currently, she is married to a billionare man in Russia. Marta Prus, met Irina Viner during Moscow Grand Prix in 2013. Viner wasn’t interested in talking to the director, not to mention being filmed. A week later, Marta travelled to the Novogorsk training centre for Olympic athletes in a suburb of Moscow. Prus lied to the soldier in the badge and told him she had a meeting with Viner.

She tried to convince Irina at Novogorsk but she was adamant. Irina Viner yelled at the woman that let “the stranger” walk in the hall. In that moment, Marta knew then that she would make this movie. After some competitions following Irina, she let this project start.

“Gymnasts in Russia are stars, wearing Gucci and riding in expensive cars. They’re worshipped in Russia, living a celebrity life of luxury and fame.”

A few scenes into the film, were interrupted after Irina Usmanova first watched it. She was upset because she was filmed telling a gymnast she was a piece of shit. But it was already too late. It was censored in Russia with “beep sounds” but in Amsterdam, it was screened without any censorship.

This short film named Marta Prus one of the ‘10 Europeans to watch in 2018’.

 

Source: Culture Poland. Translated from Polish by WK.

 

 

World Cup Sofia All-Around Results

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Russian individual team is again on top with the brilliant success of Aleksandra Soldatova, who won gold and Ekaterina Selezneva (silver).    Aleksandra skipped Grand Prix Thiais due to technical decisions, last week in France. She changed her hoop routine by third time this season choosing a Spanish music maybe looking forward European Championships. She also got the best score of this competition, by the moment.

Neviana Vladinova from Bulgaria is still recovering from an injury which prevents her to compete. Katrin Taseva and Boryana Kaleyn are representing the host country in this competition. They qualified for finals but could not get any medals in All-Around competition.

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Katrin Taseva (BUL)

Bulgarian senior group definitly got the best scores in both exercises and qualified first with a total of 41.250, almost 3 points ahead Japan and Italy.

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