Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
Russian gymnasts are known for their elegance and grace on balance beam. Sadly, none made the apparatus' final in Rio, making it the only Olympics not to have Russian gymnasts in beam final.

The Russian Rio team had three potential balance beam workers, but what went wrong?

Aliya Mustafina 

Providing that she is a World and European champion on balance beam, Aliya Mustafina was expected to shine on the event. 

The Russian gymnast made grave errors. She suffered a fall and missed a composition requirement. There were also some missed connections.

She finished in 59th place.

Angelina Melnikova

Melnikova had a meltdown on balance beam. She had wobbles on most of her skills and had to grab the beam with both hands to save herself from falling off. She took to large hops upon landing her dismount.

She finished in 54th place.

Seda Tutkhalyan

Tutkhalyan, who is known for her inconsistency, delivered a nearly solid beam routine but wasn't enough to reach the event's final.

She finished in 14th place.


Russia's first Olympic appearance as an independent state since the fall of the USSR was in 1996.

At Atlanta Olympics, Dina Kochetkova and Rozalia Galiyeva qualified to the beam final. They placed in fourth and seventh respectively.

Sydney was the only Olympics that Russia had success on balance beam. Ekaterina Lobaznyuk won silver and Yelena Produnova won bronze.

Anna Pavlova finished in fourth place in Athens and Beijing. Ksenia Afanasyeva had a seventh place finish in Beijing and fifth place finish in London. Viktoria Komova finished last in London.

Written by Gigi Farid



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