Anna Bessonova

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Anna Bessonova
— Gymnast —
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Bessonova at the 2011 LG WHISEN Rhythmic All Stars Gala
Personal information
Full name Hanna Volodymyrivna Bessonova
Nickname(s) Anya, Bess
Country represented  Ukraine
Born (1984-07-29) 29 July 1984 (age 29)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Hometown Kiev
Height 174 centimetres (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 49 kilograms (108 lb)
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Club Deriugins School
Head coach(es) Albina Deriugina
Assistant coach(es) Irina Deriugina
Choreographer Irina Grischenko
Retired 2010

Anna Bessonova (Ukrainian: Ганна Володимирівна Безсонова/Hanna Volodymyrivna Bessonova; Russian: Анна Владимировна Бессонова/Anna Vladimirovna Bessonova, born 29 July 1984) is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is a two-time (2004, 2008) Olympic bronze medalist, the 2007 World All-around Champion, the (2005, 2003) World All-around silver medalist, (2009, 2001) World All-around bronze medalist, a four-time European All-around medalist (2004, 2008) silver, (2002, 2006) bronze, the 2003 Grand Prix Final All-around champion, the ( 2002, 2005) Grand Prix Final All-around silver medalist and 2004 Grand Prix Final All-around bronze medalist. She is one of the most decorated rhythmic gymnasts.

Personal life[edit]

Bessonova's father is the Dynamo Kiev football player Vladimir Bessonov. Her mother, Viktoria, is a former two-time World champion group rhythmic gymnast. She is the one that introduced her daughter to the sport. [1]

Today, Bessonova coaches girls at the Deryugin School. [2]

Career[edit]

Bessonova at the 2009 European Championships podium.

Bessonova began training in rhythmic gymnastics at age five. Her mother preferred to see her daughter on the ballet stage; however, Bessonova decided on rhythmic gymnastics. She was coached by Albina Deriugina and her daughter Irina Deriugina at the Deriugins School in Kiev.[3] She is 1.74m (5'9").

In 2001, Bessonova was the youngest in the Ukrainian team during the 2001 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, yet she made such a good impression that the RG specialists wrote her name immediately as a future top gymnast. In the 2001 World Championships, Alina Kabaeva and her teammate Irina Tchachina who originally won gold and silver medal in all-around respectively tested positive to a banned diuretic (furosemide) and were stripped of their medals, Ukraine's Tamara Yerofeeva who originally won bronze was awarded the gold with Bulgaria's Simona Peycheva from 4th to taking the silver and Bessonova from 5th was awarded the bronze medal.

In 2002, Bessonova briefly competed as member of the Ukrainian Group, she and the Ukrainian Group won the gold medal in 5 Ribbons in New Orleans. She dominated the 2002 World Cup Final in Stuttgart in November, by winning the first place on the Hoop, the Rope and the Clubs.

Bessonova at the 2008 World Cup Final

In 2003, when Bessonova was 19, she became a leader of the Ukrainian national team. In Budapest,She won two World titles - the hoop event final edging out Alina Kabaeva, performing to music from Swan Lake) and the clubs final where she beat Irina Tchachina for the gold. Bessonova was very close to the all around title, but finished with the silver medal behind Russia's Alina Kabaeva after a drop during her ball routine. In 2003, she also won three European gold medals - in hoop, clubs and ribbon event finals. She won three of four finals in the 2003 Grand Prix tournament in Kiev. [4]

In 2004, Bessonova won the all-around silver medal at the 2004 European Championships. She made her Olympic debut and won the bronze individual all around medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics with a total score of 106.700 (ribbon 26.725, clubs 26.950, ball 26.525, hoop 26.500) behind two Russians, silver medalist Irina Tchachina and gold medalist Alina Kabaeva.

In 2005, Bessonova became a six-time silver medalist during 2005 World Championships - in all-around, rope, ball, clubs and ribbon finals. She took four gold medals at the 2005 Universiade in Izmir, winning the all-around, rope, ball and clubs. She won the all-around bronze at the 2006 European Championships.

Bessonova at the 2011 LG WHISEN Rhythmic All Stars Gala

In 2007, Bessonova competed in a number of Grand Prix and World Cup Series, the year would also mark the start of a new challenge for Bessonova with rise of new Russian gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva. At the 2007 Corbeil-Essonnes World Cup, she won the silver medal behind Evgenia Kanaeva. She won all the gold medals in 2007 Summer Universiade beating Sessina and Kapranova. She became World champion at the 2007 World Championship in Patras, winning the all-around gold medal defeating Russians Vera Sessina and Olga Kapranova.

In 2008, Bessonova won all around golds at the LA Lights, Deriugina Cup (Kiev World Cup) and Miss Valentine Competitions, as well as the all-around silver at the European Championships in Torino behind Russian Star Evgenia Kanaeva. At 2008 World Cup events, Bessonova accumulated 15 medals. The year culminated in her all-around bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with Kanaeva winning the gold medal and Belarus' Inna Zhukova taking the silver medal.

In 2009, Bessonova placed first in the all-around at the Kiev World Cup and Deriugina Cup events, and also won bronze in both the World and European Championships behind reigning Olympic Champion Evgenia Kanaeva and Daria Kondakova. She competed at the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade and won four silver medals behind Kanaeva. Bessonova finally completed her career in 2010 at the Deriugina Cup in Kiev.

in 2013 Bessonova performed at the opening ceremony of the 2013 World Championships, held in Kiev, Ukraine.

Routine music information[edit]

Year Apparatus Music title [5]
2009 Hoop Carrots/Shots / Struggle For Ebullience / Night Running / Earth Zoom In / Linda Looks For Love (Part 1) / Plan B
music from Burn After Reading by Carter Burwell
Rope Boat Chase / Chopper Chase/Face Off music from The Italian Job by John Powell
Ball Chapel / Filet / Red Men music from Le Rêve by Benoît Jutras
Ribbon Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
2008 Hoop Avrora by Valeri Tishler
Rope Shiro's Estate by Brian Tyler
Clubs Gladiator Soundtrack - Barbarian Horde
Ribbon Hopak (Ukrainian Folk)
2007 Hoop Avrora by Valeri Tishler
Rope The Dance At The Gym music from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Clubs Gladiator Soundtrack - Barbarian Horde
Ribbon Bolero by Maurice Ravel
2006 Ball You Have A Special Purpose In Life / I'm Not Ready To Die / Renovatio music from The Island by Steve Jablonsky
Rope Conga Fury music from Animatrix by Juno Reactor
Clubs Plaza of Execution / Leave No Witnesses / The Ride / The Fencing Lesson / The Mask of Zorro
music from The Mask of Zorro by James Horner
Ribbon Molto Meno Mosso (Act IV, no.28) / Moderato (Act III, no. 24) music from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky
2005 Ball Miss San / Miko's Testimony / Song to Miko music from Wasabi by Eric Serra
Rope Finale from Carmen by G. Bizet, R. Shchedrin
Clubs Jesus Arrested / Mary Goes to Jesus / Jesus is Carried Down music from Passion of Christ by John Debney
Ribbon Fantasy - overture for orchestra in B minor from Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky
2004 Hoop Molto Meno Mosso / Allegro - Valse - Allegro - Vivo / Finale - Andante - Allegro Agitatoo -
Alla Breve - Moderato e Maestoso - Moderato / Moderato by Tchaikovsky
Ball Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian
Clubs Mona Lisa Overdrive from Matrix Reloaded by Don Davis & Juno Reactor
Ribbon Nyah / La Cavalera from Mission Impossible II by Hans Zimmer and Elliot Goldenthal
2003 Hoop Molto Meno Mosso / Allegro - Valse - Allegro - Vivo / Finale - Andante - Allegro Agitatoo -
Alla Breve - Moderato e Maestoso - Moderato / Moderato by Tchaikovsky
Ball Tennessee / Attack (from Pearl Harbour) by Hans Zimmer
Clubs Su-Chow Prison (from Spy Game) by Henry Gregson-Williams
Ribbon Nyah / La Cavalera from Mission Impossible II by Hans Zimmer and Elliot Goldenthal
2002 Hoop Molto Meno Mosso / Allegro - Valse - Allegro - Vivo / Finale - Andante - Allegro Agitatoo -
Alla Breve - Moderato e Maestoso - Moderato / Moderato by Tchaikovsky
Rope Nyah music from Mission Impossible 2 by Hans Zimmer
Clubs The Word [PMT Remix] music from Swordfish by Dope Smugglaz
Ball Tennessee / Attack (from Pearl Harbour) by Hans Zimmer
2001 Hoop Raid on Leonesse music from First Knight by Jerry Goldsmith
Rope Nyah music from Mission Impossible 2 by Hans Zimmer
Clubs Concierto Para Quinteto by Astor Piazzolla
Ball Barbarian Horde / To Zucchabar (from The Gladiator) by Hans Zimmer
2000 Hoop Act 1 and 2 (from Giselle) by Adolf Adam
Rope Night Borders / Camel Race / Main Theme music from The Mummy by Jerry Goldsmith
Ball Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Ribbon Serpent Dream by Mike Oldfield
1999 Hoop Nuestro Poema by Raul di Blasio
Rope Felicia music from Tango Forever by Luis Bravo
Ball ?
Ribbon Serpent Dream by Mike Oldfield
1998 Hoop ?
Clubs ?
Ball Gory, gory, moya zvezda (Ukrainian traditional)
Ribbon Private Investigations by Dire Straits

Detailed Olympic results[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2008 Olympics Beijing All-around 71.875 72.825
Hopak (Ukrainian Folk) Ribbon 18.225 18.325
Shiro's Estate by Brian Tyler Rope 17.975 17.950
Avrora by Valeri Tishler Hoop 17.775 18.450
Gladiator Soundtrack - Barbarian Horde Clubs 17.900 18.100
Year Competition Description Location Music Apparatus Score-Final Score-Qualifying
2004 Olympics Athens All-around 106.700 104.725
Nyah / La Cavalera from Mission Impossible II
by Hans Zimmer and Elliot Goldenthal
Ribbon 26.725 25.325
Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian Ball 26.525 26.750
Molto Meno Mosso
/ Allegro - Valse - Allegro - Vivo
/ Finale - Andante - Allegro Agitatoo -
Alla Breve - Moderato e Maestoso - Moderato
/ Moderato by Tchaikovsky
Hoop 26.500 25.900
Mona Lisa Overdrive from Matrix Reloaded
by Don Davis & Juno Reactor
Clubs 26.950 26.750

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