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Entering 2020, Anastasia Motak was a relatively unknown 1st-year senior. Despite her 4th place finish on vault at the 2019 Junior World Championships, her participation had gone largely overlooked in the wake of so many high profile juniors such as Viktoria Listunova and Vladislava Urazova who were also in attendance. Motak ended up being one of the surprise breakout stars of 2020.
Her streak of success started with a silver on vault at the World Cup and winning the Ukrainian AA title. She was then selected to represent Ukraine at the European Championships. With so many countries withdrawing from the 2020 European Championships due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Ukraine was expected to dominate the field. What wasn’t as expected was Anastasia Motak being Ukraine’s top gymnast. Motak was Ukraine’s top scorer during the qualification round, and was the only Ukrainian gymnast to win medals in the individual events.
For the second time in 2020, Anastasia Motak had established herself as Ukraine’s leading gymnast, usurping the more experienced/better known Diana Varinska and Anastasia Bachynska in the process. The 2020 European Championships were Motak’s breakout performance propelling her from an unknown into an athlete who is now frequently talked about within the gymnastics community. Anastasia Motak is quickly becoming a fan-favorite due to the talent she has demonstrated, her status as a young gymnast with a bright future, and having a likable personality as seen by the way she conducts herself in front of the television cameras.
Tournoi International: 10th-AA, 6th-FX
Ukrainian Championships: 3rd-AA
Stella Zakharova Cup: 5th-Team, 10th-AA, 2nd-VT
Euro Games Test Event: 1st-AA, 1st-VT, 4th-BB, 4th-FX
Jr. World Championships: 4th-VT
European Youth Olympic Festival: 10th-Team, 2nd-AA
Ukrainian Championships: 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB
Szombathely World Cup: 2nd-VT
European Championships: 1st-Team, 3rd-VT, 5th-UB, 3rd-BB
Articles Featuring Anastasia Motak:
The Arrival of Anastasia Motak
Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these symbols can be found here.