Russia's Anna Pavlova is regarded as one of the unluckiest gymnasts of all time. She often lose medals due to biased judging, inconsiderable mistakes or inconsistency.

Pavlova has been nicknamed the queen of fourth or the gymnast who always gets robbed.

So, how many times exactly did Anna Pavlova place out of the podium at major international competitions. 

The 2003 Worlds was Pavlova's first major international competition as a senior. The Russian team finished a disappointing 6th, it was the first time for the team to finish outside the podium since 1995 Worlds.

Individually, she fell on bars in the all around and finished in 10th position.

On vault, low height had her placed 5th.


While on floor, uncontrollable landings led to her 7th place finish.

In 2004, Pavlova faced the biggest injustice of her life which is getting robbed of what should have been her Olympic all around bronze medal.

Pavlova finished in fourth position missing the bronze medal by a fraction 0.025 to China's Zhang Nan.

On beam, she again got fourth.

At 2005 Worlds, she came in seventh position in the all around,


fifth on vault,

and sixth on balance beam, as she fell, had a huge mistake on her Kolesnikova and under rotated her triple twist.

At 2006 Worlds, she finished in 19th place in the all around.

Just like the previous Worlds, Pavlova placed fifth on vault.

While on balance beam, she missed out on a medal by 0.2 of a point, finishing in fourth position.

At 2008 European championships, she got 5th on vault and another 5th position on floor exercise.

At the Olympics, she placed fourth with her team,

seventh in the all around,

last on vault,

last on floor exercise,

and fourth on balance beam. Many believed that she should have won the bronze over Cheng Fei.

So basically actually, Anna Pavlova is the queen of 4th and 5th place, as she finished in these two positions five times. She also finished seventh, three times.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

Photo by Sing Lo



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