Kharenkova at the 2016 Russian Championships
Maria Aleksandrovna Kharenkova
October 29 1998
Maria Aleksandrovna Kharenkova (Russian: Мария Александровна Харенкова, born October 29 in Rostov-on-Don) is an elite Russian artistic gymnast. She is the 2014 European Balance Beam Champion, 2015 European All-Around silver medalist, and 2012 Junior European Balance Beam and Floor Exercise Champion. She is also 2015 Russian National All-Around Champion, and 2014 World and European bronze medalist with the team. She trains in Rostov-on-Don, same as former national team members Yulia Belokobylskaya and Anastasia Sidorova.
Kharenkova started off her 2012 season by competing with the Russian team at the City of Jesolo Trophy. She won bronze with the Russian team and in the all-around in the junior division. She also competed at the Pacific Rim Championships, where she placed fourth in the all-around after a fall on uneven bars, and won bronze medals on both balance beam and floor exercise.
Kharenkova rose to prominence at the 2012 Junior European Championships. She helped the Russian team win a gold medal, but unfortunately faltered in the all-around, placing sixth (despite having qualified first to the all-around final). However, she redeemed herself in event finals, winning gold on both balance beam and floor exercise. She established herself as one to watch in the years to come.
In November, Kharenkova competed in the Elite Gym Massilia. She won gold on floor exercise and silver on vault.
In 2013, Kharenkova competed at the European Youth Olympic Festival, winning gold with the team, in the all-around and on vault. She also placed seventh on balance beam. In September, she competed at the Japan Junior International, placing fourth on bars and beam, fifth on vault, and seventh in the all-around.
Kharenkova's senior debut came at the Cottbus World Cup. She qualified to beam finals in last place after a fall. In the final, she had a lot of wobbles and missed connections but still managed to win a silver medal. She also qualified to floor exercise, where she won bronze.
She competed at the Russian Championships in April, competing on every event except floor. She helped her team win gold, and also won gold on beam and placed fifth on bars. Afterwards, she was named to Russia's senior team for the European Championships. There, she won gold on balance beam and bronze with her team. In August, she competed at the Russian Cup, winning all-around and balance beam silver, team and floor exercise bronze, and placed eighth on bars.
In October, she competed at the World Championships in Nanning, China. Unfortunately, she did not have her best day in qualifications, falling on balance beam and failing to make the event finals. She suffered another fall, this time on floor exercise, in the team final, but Russia was still able to win the team bronze.
Kharenkova started off her season by becoming Russian National Champion and winning an additional three medals: team and balance beam gold and floor exercise bronze. She also placed fourth on bars.
She was a heavy favorite to win the all-around heading into the European Championships. She qualified first to the all-around, and qualified to three event finals. However, she came up short in the all-around final, winning silver behind Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber. She had falls on bars and beam, and a step out of bounds on floor, placing her seventh, sixth, and seventh, respectively.
At the Russian Cup in September, she won balance beam gold, team silver, and all-around and floor exercise bronze. She was promptly named to the Russian team for the World Championships in October. There, she performed cleanly in qualifications, helping the Russians qualify second into the team final, but missing the event finals. Unfortunately, Russia would not duplicate their success in the team final, and finished out of the medals, behind the bronze medal-winning British team.
Kharenkova competed at the Russian Championships in April, winning team gold, balance beam silver, all-around and floor exercise bronze, and placing seventh on uneven bars. Later that month, she competed at the Osijek World Cup in Croatia, winning silver on balance beam.
She seemed to vanish after not making the Olympic team, but got back into training in June.
|2012||City of Jesolo Trophy||3rd||3rd|
|Pacific Rim Championships||4||3rd||3rd|
|Brussels Junior European Championships||1st||6||1st||1st|
|Élite Gym Massilia||2nd||1st|
|2013||European Youth Olympic Festival||1st||1st||7||1st|
|Japan Junior International||7||5||4||4|
|2014||Cottbus World Cup||2nd||3rd|
|Sofia European Championships||3rd||1st|
|Nanning World Championships||3rd|
|Montpellier European Championships||2nd||7||6||7|
|Glasgow World Championships||4|
|Osijek World Cup||2nd|
2012 - "Mirko" by Cirque du Solei
2013 EYOF - "Mas Zarzuela"
2013 Japan Junior International - "La Cumparsita"