Viktoria Listunova adds another gold on final day of Russian Gymnastics Championships

The former junior world champ won women's balance beam gold, while Artur Dalaloyan secured the men's vault and Angelina Melnikova took the floor title in Penza

By Andrew Binner

Viktoria Listunova finished the Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championships as she started them, with a gold medal.

On the final day of the 2021 nationals in Penza, the 2019 junior world champion won the women's balance beam competition with a superlative 14.500 on Sunday (14th March).

Elena Gerasimova sealed silver with 14.266, and Victoria Trykina bronze with 13.633.

After winning the all-around title on Friday, 15-year-old Listunova - who is an eligible age for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the postponement to 2021 - has made a strong case for inclusion into the Russian Olympic team.

Elsewhere in the women's competition, Angelina Melnikova continued her good form from Saturday to win the individual floor title with 14.400.

Listunova finished second with 13.900, while Vladislav Urazov was third thanks to her 13.700 performance.

In the men's apparatus events, Artur Dalaloyan scored 14.883 to win the vault to add to his Saturday floor victory, ahead of second-placed Muhammadzhon Yakubov (14.333) and Dmitry Lankin (14.250) in third.

Vladislav Polyashov sealed his first gold medal of the event with 14.533 giving him top score in the parallel bars.

Dalaloyan's 14.266 put him in second position, while third went to Alexander Kartsev with 13.900.

In the final event of the competition, Kartsev won the high bar with 14.133, while Alexey Rostov (14.066) took second place, and Ruslan Makarov (13.733) was third.