Melnikova at the 2016 Summer Olympics
|Full name||Angelina Romanovna Melnikova|
|Born||18 July 2000|
|Hometown||Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia|
|Discipline||Women's artistic gymnastics|
|Level||Senior International Elite|
|Head coach(es)||Sergei Denisevich|
"Spicy"/"Romeo and Juliet" (2017)
Angelina Romanovna Melnikova (Russian: Ангелина Романовна Мельникова, born 18 July 2000) is a Russian artistic gymnast. She is the 2014 European junior all-around, team and balance beam champion and uneven bars silver medalist. She represented Russia at the 2016 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the team competition. She is a 2016 European champion in the team event, and 2017 European champion in the floor exercise. Melnikova is also the 2016 Russian national all-around champion and 2014 Russian junior all-around national champion.
Melnikova competed at the 2014 L'International Gymnix to win the team gold medal and all-around silver medal in Junior International Cup. She also placed second on uneven bars and third on floor exercise. In April, Melnikova competed at the Russian National Championships which were held in Penza with her home team, the Central Federal District. Her team placed first with a combined total score of 267.966. Individually Melnikova had a strong showing placing first in the Junior Master of the Sport All-Around with a score of 58.300. She also won two other gold medals on beam and floor with scores of 14.700 and 14.167 respectively. She competed in the uneven bars final and placed seventh. The results of these championships were used to help determine the gymnasts who would compete at the European Championships in Sofia and due to her strong performance Melnikova was selected for the team. In May 2014, Melnikova competed at the European Gymnastics Championships in the junior division alongside teammates Maria Bondareva, Daria Skrypnik, Seda Tutkhalyan and Anastasia Dmitrieva. As a team they placed first with a combined score of 168.268. Melnikova then went on to win a gold medal in the all-around competition and on beam and a silver medal on bars behind teammate Skrypnik.
Melnikova competed at the Junior Russian Championships in Penza, Russia on 1–4 April. She finished in 1st place with her team, then went on to take the silver in the all-around, 5th on the uneven bars, gold on the balance beam, and silver on the floor.
In September she performed at the Russian Cup. She was ineligible to compete due to her junior status, so performed as a guest. Her overall score of 57.234 was the highest of the competition, beating official champion Daria Spiridonova's score of 56.733.
Melnikova competed at the Elite Gym Massilia meet in Marseille, France in November, taking the all-around title ahead of France's Marine Brevet and Romania's Diana Bulimar, and winning a silver team medal for Russia with teammates Daria Skrypnik, Evgeniya Shelgunova and Natalia Kapitonova. She qualified to the floor and uneven bars event finals, but counted falls in both events, leaving her in 6th and 5th place respectively.
On 18–20 March, Melnikova debuted in international competition at the DTB Pokal Team Challenge Cup where Team Russia won the gold medal. On 1–10 April, Melnikova won the all-around at the 2016 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championships; as well as taking gold in balance beam, floor exercise and finished 5th in the uneven bars final. In July, Melnikova was named to the 2016 Olympic team along with Aliya Mustafina, Maria Paseka, Daria Spiridonova, and Seda Tutkhalyan to represent Russia at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Olympic Games, she performed subpar, partially due to a strained hamstring suffered during podium training. In the qualifying session she fell off of the beam and again on floor, failing to qualify into the individual all around or any of the event finals as many expected her to. She improved upon her performance in team finals, competing all 4 events, but still counting a fall on beam. Her performances contributed to Russia's team silver medal.
Melnikova started her season at the Russian National Championships in Kazan. Although she was expected to do well in the absence of Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina, as well as coming into the meet as the reigning national champion, she faltered throughout the competition on every event except vault, finishing 9th in the all-around. She also placed 3rd on vault and Beam, falling on the latter. Despite her poor showing at nationals, Melnikova participated in the 2017 Stuttgart World Cup in March, placing second behind Germany's Tabea Alt and ahead of the USA's Morgan Hurd. She then competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy, where she received three bronze medals in the team all-around, vault and floor exercise. Later she participated at the 2017 London World Cup. She competed poorly, falling on beam and floor with major mistakes on bars and vault. It was announced in April that she would attend the European championships as part of the Russian team, along with 2016 Olympic teammate Paseka, Elena Eremina, and Natalia Kapitonova. During qualifiers, she fell on the balance beam and uneven bars, and she did not qualify for the individual all-around, but she qualified for the vault and floor exercise final. During the vault, her form was not as good as the other gymnasts, resulting in her coming 8th. During the floor exercise final, she did a surprisingly clean routine which resulted in her winning the gold medal ahead of British gymnast Ellie Downie and Eythora Thorsdottir from the Netherlands. Her score in the final (14.100) was the highest international score on floor exercise for the 2017 season thus far.
In August, Melnikova competed at the Russian Cup in Ekaterinburg, where she won the all-around ahead of Elena Eremina and Maria Kharenkova. She also placed first on the balance beam and third on vault and in the team competition.
After the Russian Cup, Melnikova was selected to represent Russia at the World Championships along with Paseka, Eremina, and Anastasia Ilyankova. In qualifications, Angelina competed the all-around, hitting her beam routine (12.600) but counting two falls and an out of bounds penalty on floor exercise due to a foot injury. Despite a low 11.166 on floor, she performed a clean Lopez and DTY (14.400) and hit her bars routine to qualifty for the all-around final with a score of 53.132. Her uneven bars score, 14.966, was the fourth highest in the competition, but she was not allowed to advance to the final due to the two-per-country rule; both Eremina and Ilyankova scored higher, with a 15.100 and 15.066 respectively.
In December, Melnikova competed at the Voronin Cup where she finished first in the all-around, finishing ahead of Viktoria Komova.
|2013||Russian Hopes (CMS)|
|National Championships (MS)||7|
|2015||National Championships (MS)||5|
|Elite Gym Massilia||5||6|
|2016||DTB Pokal Team Challenge Cup|
|Arthur Gander Memorial|
|Stuttgart World Cup|
|City of Jesolo Trophy||6||7|
|London World Cup||5|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro||Team||2||176.688||3||174.620|
- L'International Gymnix – Montréal, Canada – Saturday March 8th 2014. Internationalgymnix.ca (8 March 2014). Retrieved on 2016-08-05.
- График проведения Чемпионата и Первенства России 2014 г. Пенза. sportgymrus.ru
- 2014 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships#Timetable
- "Junior Melnikova is Unofficial Russian Cup Champion". The Gymternet. 18 September 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "2015 Elite Gym Massilia Results". The Gymternet. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
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