Melnikova at the 2017 European Championships
Angelina Romanovna Melnikova
July 18 2000
Years on National Team
Angelina Romanovna Melnikova (Russian: Ангелина Романовна Мельникова, born July 18 in Voronezh) is an elite Russian gymnast and 2016 Olympian. She is the 2017 European Floor Exercise Champion, 2016 Russian National All-Around Champion, 2014 Junior European All-Around Champion, and 2014 Junior European Balance Beam Champion.
Melnikova competed at the Russian Hopes in 2013, winning team gold, and all-around, vault, and uneven bars silver.
She was added to the National Team in 2014 and traveled to Canada to compete at the International Gymnix. There, she won another team gold, all-around and uneven bars silver, and added a bronze medal on floor exercise. She showed much promise at the Russian Nationals in late March, winning team, all-around, balance beam, and floor exercise gold, and placing seventh on uneven bars.
In May, Melnikova competed in her first European Championships, nabbing the team, all-around and balance beam titles. She also won silver on uneven bars and placed sixth on vault. In late November, she took gold in the all-around, vault and uneven bars, and a sixth place team finish at the Top Gym in Charleroi, Belgium.
At the Russian Junior Championships in April, she won team gold, but a fall on bars in the all-around landed her in second place. She won an additional balance beam gold, floor exercise silver, and placed fifth on uneven bars. In May, she competed at a friendly meet against gymnasts from Italy, Romania, and Colombia, winning team gold and all-around silver.
Melnikova made her senior international debut at the Stuttgart World Cup in March, winning team gold. In April, she claimed her first senior National All-Around title. She also won additional gold medals with her team, on balance beam, and floor exercise, and placed fifth on uneven bars. In June, she competed at her first senior European Championships, helping Russia to a team gold medal. She initially qualified for both uneven bars and balance beam finals, but was pulled out of uneven bars in favor of a teammate. She placed fifth on balance beam.
In July, she competed at the Russian Cup, winning team, all-around, and balance beam gold, uneven bars silver, and floor exercise bronze. She was named to the Russian Olympic team shortly thereafter.
Russia competed in the second subdivision in qualifications, starting on balance beam. Melnikova had a rough competition, resulting in her not qualifying to the all-around, as her teammates Aliya Mustafina and Seda Tutkhalyan had qualified ahead of her. She continued to struggle in the team final, but less so than in qualifications. Russia won the silver.
Melnikova continued to compete after the Olympics. In November, she competed at the Arthur Gander Memorial in Spain, winning the all-around title.
In late February, she competed at the Russian Championships, winning team silver, vault and balance beam bronze, and placed eighth on floor and eleventh in the all-around. In March, she competed at the Stuttgart World Cup, where she won silver in the all-around. In April, she first competed at the City of Jesolo Trophy in Italy, winning team, vault, and floor exercise bronze, and placing sixth in the all-around and seventh on balance beam. She went on to compete London World Cup, where she placed fifth in the all-around.
Later in April, she competed at the European Championships in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Although she qualified to both the vault and floor exercise final, mistakes elsewhere cost her a spot in the all-around. She placed eighth in the vault final, but clinched a surprise gold medal in the floor final.
|Sofia European Championships||1st||1st||6||2nd||1st|
|2015||Russian Junior Championships||1st||2nd||5||1st||2nd|
|2016||Stuttgart World Cup||1st|
|Bern European Championships||1st||5|
|Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games||2nd|
|Arthur Gander Memorial||1st|
|Stuttgart World Cup||2nd|
|City of Jesolo Trophy||3rd||6||3rd||7||3rd|
|London World Cup||5|
|Cluj-Napoca European Championships||8||1st|
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