Angelina Melnikova

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Angelina Melnikova
Ангелина Мельникова
Angelina Melnikova 2016.jpg
Melnikova at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Angelina Romanovna Melnikova
Nickname(s) Gelya, Melka
Country represented  Russia
Born (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 17)
Hometown Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia
Residence Voronezh
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior International Elite
Club SDUSHOR
Head coach(es) Sergei Denisevich
Music Kalinka (2015-16)
"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.

Junior career[edit]

2014[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

2015[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Senior career[edit]

2016[edit]

Melnikova (second from right) and the Russian team with their Olympic silver medals after the women's team final on 9 August 2016

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.

2017[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Competitive history[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2013 Russian Hopes (CMS) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2014 L'International Gymnix 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
National Championships (MS) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Top Gym 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2015 National Championships (MS) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
ITA-RUS-ROU-COL Friendly 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Elite Gym Massilia 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 6
Voronin Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2016 DTB Pokal Team Challenge Cup 1st, gold medalist(s)
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 5
Russian Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Olympic Games 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Arthur Gander Memorial 1st, gold medalist(s)
Swiss Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Toyota International 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
2017 National Championships 2nd, silver medalist(s) 11 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8
Stuttgart World Cup 2nd, silver medalist(s)
City of Jesolo Trophy 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
London World Cup 5
European Championships 8 1st, gold medalist(s)
Russian Cup 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 5
World Championships 16
Mexican Open 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Voronin Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 8


Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2016 European Championships Bern Team 1 175.212 2 173.261
Uneven Bars WD 3 14.866
Balance Beam 5 14.166 2 14.500
Floor Exercise 18 13.533
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro Team 2 176.688 3 174.620
All-Around 22 56.499
Uneven Bars 13 15.100
Balance Beam 54 13.266
Floor Exercise 53 13.200
2017 European Championships Cluj-Napoca All-Around 15 52.257
Vault 8 14.000 7 14.166
Uneven Bars 43 12.025
Balance Beam 18 12.633
Floor Exercise 1 14.100 6 13.233
World Championships Montreal All-Around 16 51.341 10 53.132
Vault 10 14.116
Uneven Bars 4 14.966
Balance Beam 18 12.600
Floor Exercise 91 11.166

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