Nikita Nagornyy reigned over the men’s competition at the Russian Championships, cruising to his first Russian all-around title Friday in Penza.
Illness prevented 2018 world all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan from defending his 2018 title, clearing the field for Nagornyy, who accumulated 173.296 points over two days of competition, well ahead of Vladyslav Polyshov (166.730) and 2012 Olympic team alternate Nikita Ignatyev (165.230).
Earlier in the week, Nagornyy led his Moscow team, which included Dalaloyan, Lankin, Alexey Kosyanov, Stanislav Khegai and Nikolai Kishkilev to silver in the team competition. The less-favored Central Federal District (2016 Olympian Ivan Stretovich, Polyashov, Sergey Krivunets, Alexey Rostov, Ilya Kibartas and Kirill Prokopyev) won the title by just over a point. The Siberian Federal District, including Ignatyev and 2016 Olympian Oleg Stepko, won the bronze.
Despite his margin of victory, Nagornyy, who took bronze in the all-around behind Dalaloyan and Xiao Ruoteng at the 2018 World Championships, found plenty to critique about his performance in Penza. “Unfortunately, I failed to accomplish what I set out to do today,” he said. “There were mistakes in the exercises on the horse, on the rings and on the parallel bars.”
All the same, Nagornyy was clearly the class of the field, and proved it during Saturday and Sunday’s event finals, where he went five for six, winning everything except floor exercise, where he took silver.
Despite being criticized for lack of preparation in the press by Russian head coach Andrei Rodionenko, the talented Dalaloyan’s chances of competing at next month’s European Championships remain intact. The world champion is scheduled to take part in this weekend’s Stuttgart World Cup, where he’ll have another chance to show what he’s capable of.
Russian Championships - Men’s Event Finals
1 - Dmitry Lankin, 14.3
2 - Nikita Nagornyy, 14.1
3 - Kirill Prokopyev, 14.033
1 - Nikita Nagornyy, 14.366
2 - Sergey Eltsov, 14.233
3 - Kirill Prokopyev, 14.2
1 - Nikita Nagornyy, 14.266
2 - Ilya Kibartas, Denis Ablyazin and Nikita Ignatiev, 14.133
1 - Nikita Nagornyy, 14.683
2 - Artur Dalaloyan, 14.516
3 - Oleg Stepko, 14.233
1 - Nikita Nagornyy, 15.0
2 - Dmitry Lankin, 14.533
3 - Nikita Ignatiev, 13.9
1 - Nikita Nagornyy, 13.733
2 - Nikita Ignatiev, 13.7
3 - Ivan Stretovich, 13.5