In her first major international competition since 2008 and first for Azerbaijan, Anna Pavlova take gold on bars, fourth on beam
(Left) Anna Pavlova competing in the Pro Gymnastics Challenge in May, 2013, showing that despite being out of major international competition since 2008, she was in top competition shape. (photo ©2014 by J. Bierbaum / www.fotosportif.com)
Anna Pavlova brought home a gold medal on uneven bars for Azerbaijan in her first major international competition for her newly-adopted country at the World Challenge Cup held in Ljubljana, Slovenia April 18-20, 2014. An otherwise good performance on beam left her just out of the medals on that event when she sat down her dismount, relegating her to a fourth place result.
Silver on Bars was won by Anastasiya Yekimenka of Belearus, and bronze by Stefanie Siegenthaler of Switzerland. Gold on Beam went to Teja Belak of host Slovenia (who also won gold on Vault), silver to Jessica Stabinger of Austria and bronze to Austria's Siegenthaler.
Marina Nekrasova joined Pavlova in the campaign for Azerbaijan on Vault and Floor Exercise, finishing just out of the medals at fourth in both. Behind Belak on Vault were Ana Derek of Croatia and Ayelen Tarabini of Argentina, who also tied for the FX gold. Sharing the Floor gold was Sasa Golob of Slovenia, and Yekaterina Chuikina of Kazakhstan took the bronze.
Pavlova's and Nekrasova's teammate Aliya Inshina also competed for Azerbaijan in Balance Beam and Uneven Bars, but did not qualify for finals in either event.