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All-Russian gymnastics championship began in Penza after official ceremony

16:22 | 03.03.2015 | Sport

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Penza, 3 March 2015. PenzaNews. The official opening ceremony of the All-Russian gymnastics championship was held at the “Burtasy” Penza sports palace on Tuesday, March 3.

All-Russian gymnastics championship began in Penza after official ceremony

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The sportsmen had an opportunity to test the equipment before the ceremony.

The competition gathered over 140 strongest gymnasts of the country who will perform programs of sports masters.

Emin Garibov, Alexander Balandin and Aliya Mustafina will skip this championship, stated Valery Starkin, president of the Gymnastics Federation of the Penza region.

“This is one of the final qualifying events for the European championship,” he explained.

According to Valery Starkin, the competition will be followed by the final gathering event to choose six men and six women for the country team.

Denis Ablyazin is seen to be the keystone of the Penza sports team, and he will potentially perform new free exercises and a vault, noted the president of the regional Gymnastics Federation.

The competition itself will begin on Wednesday, March 4, with men’s and women’s all-arounds.

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