Russian Federation brush aside errors to dominate
DOHA: Back from maternity leave, three-time world all-around medalist Aliya Mustafina of the Russian Federation team contributed a trio of counting scores as her squad ruled the ninth subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Sunday.
Russian gymnast Angelina Simakova scored zero points on vault because she did not land feet first, and subsequently fell on uneven bars. Because the lowest mark on each apparatus is dropped, though, her team was not forced to absorb these errors.
With a team score of 165.497 points, the Russian Federation moved into second place behind the USA after nine of 11 subdivisions.
Russian all-arounder Irina Alexeeva expressed confidence that her team will avoid such random mistakes in Tuesday’s team final.
“It’s just qualifications and it’s the first day, so of course we had a little bit of nerves,” Alexeeva said. “So we’ll hope to get rid of those for the team final.”
Qualifications conclude with two more subdivisions on Sunday.