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Maria Aleksandrovna Kharenkova (Russian: Мария Александровна Харенкова; born 29 October 1998) is a Russian-born Georgian artistic gymnast, currently representing Georgia in international competitions. She is the 2014 European champion on the balance beam.[3]

Maria Kharenkova
2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Floor - Maria Kharenkova 03.jpg
Kharenkova at the 2015 European Championships
Personal information
Full nameMaria Aleksandrovna Kharenkova
Nickname(s)Masha, Mashka
Country represented Georgia
Former countries represented Russia
Born (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 21)
HometownRostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, Russia
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Height143 cm (4 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight33 kg (73 lb)[2]
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
Years on national team2010–present
Head coach(es)Larisa Pirogova
Assistant coach(es)V.V. Yakubova
O.U. Kharenkova
L.R. Fudimova
Former coach(es)Olga Sagina
Music2012: "Mirko"
2013: "Mas Zarzuela" (EYOF)
2013: "La Cumparsita" (Japan International)
2014: "Concavo y Convexo" and "Cama y Mesa" (mixed)

Junior careerEdit

2011Edit

In April, Kharenkova competed at the Russian Championships in Penza, Russia in the CMS division. She placed sixth in the all-around competition with a total score of 106.000. In event finals, she placed fifth on uneven bars and took gold on floor.[4]

2012Edit

In March, Kharenkova competed at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, United States. She placed 4th in the all-around competition with a score of 52.950. In event finals, she placed fourth on vault scoring 13.550 and third both on balance beam scoring 14.025 and on floor scoring 13.950.[5]

Later that month Kharenkova competed at City of Jesolo Trophy in Jesolo, Italy. She helped the Russian team finish in third place and individually she placed third with an all-around score of 55.650. In event finals, she placed first on floor with a score of 14.300.[6]

In May, Kharenkova competed at the European Championships in Brussels, Belgium. She contributed scores of 14.100 on vault, 14.100 on balance beam and 14.366 on floor toward the Russian team's first-place finish. Individually, she finished sixth in the all-around competition (despite qualifying in first place) scoring 54.631. However, in event finals, she placed third on vault scoring 13.699, first on balance beam scoring 14.766 and also won gold on floor scoring 14.233.[7]

In November, Kharenkova competed at the Elite Gym Massilia event in Marseille, France. She helped the Russian team finish in first place and individually she placed fourth in the all-around competition scoring 54.250. In event finals, she placed second on vault scoring 13.688 and first on floor scoring 14.550.[8]

2013Edit

In July, together with teammates Maria Bondareva and Viktoria Kuzmina, Kharenkova competed at the 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands. She contributed an all-around score of 54.600 toward the Russian team's first-place finish. She won the all-around competition with a score of 54.950. In event finals, she placed seventh on balance beam scoring 13.100 and first on floor scoring 13.950.[9]

In September, Kharenkova competed at the Japan Junior International in Yokohama, Japan. She placed seventh in the all-around competition with a score of 54.900.[10]

Senior careerEdit

2014Edit

In March, Kharenkova competed at the 2014 Cottbus World Cup in Cottbus, Germany. She placed second on balance beam and third on floor.[11]

In May, Kharenkova competed at the 2014 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. In the team final, she contributed scores of 13.933 on vault, 14.566 on beam and 13.766 on floor toward the Russian team's third-place finish.[12] She then went on to win the balance beam title, scoring 14.933.[13]

In October, Kharenkova was selected to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, China alongside her teammates: Aliya Mustafina, Daria Spiridonova, Ekaterina Kramarenko, Tatiana Nabieva, Alla Sosnitskaya and Polina Fedorova. During qualifications, she fell on balance beam and didn't make the event final. In the team final, Kharenkova contributed scores of 15.033 on balance beam and 13.233 on floor toward the Russian team's third-place finish.[14]

2015Edit

On March 4, 2015, Kharenkova became the all-around champion at the National Championships in Penza, Russia. She also took the team title, balance beam title, placed 4th in the uneven bars final, and placed third on floor.[15]

In April, Kharenkova competed at the 2015 European Championships in Montpellier, France. She won the silver medal in the all-around with a score of 57.132, behind Giulia Steingruber, after qualifying in first place. She also qualified into the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise finals. A heavy favourite and top-ranked qualifier for the balance beam final, she ended up falling in her routine and placing 6th.

In October, Kharenkova competed at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, United Kingdom. In the team final, she contributed a score of 13.533 on balance beam toward Russia's 4th-place finish.[16]

2016Edit

Kharenkova suffered an ankle injury, thus missing contending for a spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics team.[17]

2017Edit

Since the 2017 season, Kharenkova has been coached by Larisa Pirogova. On August 23–27, Khranekova competed at the Russian Cup where she won gold on floor, silver in balance beam and bronze in the all-around behind Elena Eremina.[18]

2019Edit

In 2019 Kharenkova officially switched nationalities, opting to compete for Georgia.[19]

Competitive historyEdit

JuniorEdit

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2011 National Championships 6 5  
2012 Pacific Rim Championships 6 4 4    
City of Jesolo Trophy    
European Championships   6      
Massilia Cup   4    
2013 Euro Youth Olympic Festival     7  
Japan Junior International 7 5 4 4

SeniorEdit

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2014 Cottbus World Cup    
National Championships   5  
European Championships    
Russian Cup     8    
World Championships  
2015 National Championships     4    
European Championships   7 6 7
Russian Cup     6    
World Championships 4
Voronin Cup        
2016 National Championships     7    
Osijek World Cup  
2017 Russian Cup      
VTB Cup      
Cottbus World Cup    
Voronin Cup    
2018 National Championships 8
Voronin Cup   5
2019 Russian Cup 14
Voronin Cup   4 5    

International ScoresEdit

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2014 European Championships Sofia Team 3 169.329 3 170.621
Balance Beam 1 14.933 2 15.066
Floor Exercise 11 13.833
World Championships Nanning Team 3 171.462 3 228.135
Balance Beam 74 12.933
Floor Exercise 19 13.666
2015 European Championships Montpellier All-Around 2 57.132 1 57.698
Uneven Bars 7 13.433 3 14.733
Balance Beam 6 13.200 1 15.033
Floor Exercise 7 13.933 5 14.066
World Championships Glasgow Team 4 171.964 2 231.437
Uneven Bars 13 14.341
Balance Beam 7 14.366
Floor Exercise 64 13.300

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athlete Profile - Maria Kharenkova". utrecht2013.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Athlete Profile - Maria Kharenkova". utrecht2013.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ Мария Харенкова: ожидала серебра на бревне, но смогла превзойти румынку Иордаче [Maria Kharenkova: expected silver on the balance beam, but was able to beat Romanian Iordache]. All Sport (in Russian). 18 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ "International Gymnast Magazine Online – Grishina Grabs Russian Junior Championship". Intlgymnast.com. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  5. ^ USA Gymnastics. "2012 Pacific Rim Championship Finals", p. 3. 18 March 2012. Retrieved on 3 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Team USA wins in Jesolo". gymnastike.org. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  7. ^ European Union of Gymnastics. "29th ECh in Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Brussels/BEL – juniors apparatus finals (CIII)". 13 May 2012. Retrieved on 3 May 2013.
  8. ^ "2012 Elite Gym Massilia - Results" (PDF). elite-gym-massilia.com. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. ^ 2013 European Youth Olympic Festival. "2013 European Youth Olympic Festival - Results". 19 July 2013. Retrieved on 4 February 2015.
  10. ^ "GBR juniors make their mark in Japan". british-gymnastics.org. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  11. ^ 2014 Cottbus World Cup
  12. ^ "European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Sofia 2014 : seniors Team Final". ueg.org. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  13. ^ "European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Sofia 2014 : Appartus Finals - Competition III". ueg.org. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  14. ^ "US Women win World Gymnastics Championships - team gold in record rout". nbcsports.com. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  15. ^ 2015 Russian Artistic Gymnastics Championships
  16. ^ "USA wins third straight women's team title at 2015 World Championships". usagym.org. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  17. ^ "Тренер: боль в голеностопе вынудила гимнастку Харенкову пропустить Кубок России". Itar Tass. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Melnikova, Nagornyy Win Russian Cup Titles". International Gymnast Magazine. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Maria Kharenkova will compete for Georgia". Gymnovosti. 24 August 2019.

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