Aleksandr Balandin (gymnast)

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Aleksandr Balandin
Full name Aleksandr Sergeyevich Balandin
Country represented  Russia
Born (1989-06-20) June 20, 1989 (age 27)
Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia
Residence Moscow
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International
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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Balandin (Russian: Александр Серге́евич Баландин, born June 20, 1989 in Petrozavodsk) is a Russian gymnast. He is well known for his work on the still rings and has three skills named after him on this apparatus. He competed at the Olympic Games in 2012.


He is known for his three skills – Balandin 1, Balandin 2 and Balandin 3. Balandin 1 is "From hang vertical pull up with straight arms to maltese cross". Balandin 2 is "From hang vertical pull up with straight arms to inverted cross". Balandin 3 is "From hang vertical pull up with straight arms to planche". All three elements are an (E) from the scale A to G in the Code of Points, which is used to show the difficulty of an element in gymnastics.[1]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Balandin competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as a member of the Russian MAG team. The team finished sixth in the team competition with a score of 269.603 pts. Individually he placed fourth in the still rings final with a score of 15.666 pts.


Balandin competed at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp. He qualified for the still rings final and won the silver medal – Russia's only MAG medal of the championships. At these championships he performed his eponymous skill which was officially named the Balandin 3.

In May 19-25, at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia, Balandin contributed a score of 15.633 (rings) for Russia and along with teammates (Denis Ablyazin, David Belyavskiy, Nikita Ignatyev, Nikolai Kuksenkov) won Russia the team event gold medal with a total score of 267.959, ahead of Great Britain. In the event finals, Balandin tied for the gold medal with teammate Denis Ablyazin – both scored 15.800 points.[2]


  1. ^ "Balandin skills on Rings". gymnastics coaching. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Final Day: Three European Titles for Denis Abliazin, four for Russia". gymmedia. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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