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In 2019 Viktoria Listunova won the AA at the first ever Junior World Championships. The title win coupled with her undeniable athletic skillset helped make Viktoria one of the most hyped prospects for the 2021-2024 Olympic quad. Originally born too late to be eligible for the Tokyo Olympics, Viktoria Listunova is able to compete for an Olympic spot now that the Games have been delayed to 2021.
Listunova is one of the few athletes in the world whose career has benefited immensely from the mass cancelation of sporting events in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The gymnast who once thought her Olympic dream was five years away has suddenly had to readjust her training schedule to prepare instead for an Olympics in the following year.
It is one of the more unusual predicaments a WAG has ever found herself in. But for Viktoria Listunova, it seems up to the challenge. In her debut in senior competition, Listunova won the 2021 Russian Championships, beating Angelina Melnikova in the process who was currently the reigning bronze medalist at the World Championships level. This effectively made Listunova the third ranked gymnast in the world. Listunova followed up this performance by defeating Melnikova again and winning the 2021 European Championships. Only Nadia Comaneci has won this competition as a 1st-year senior.
Russian Championship: Team – 1, Floor exercise – 2, Vault – 2
Russian Championship: Bars-1, Floor Exercise-1
Gymnix International: 3rd-AA (Junior Level)
Mikhail Voronin Cup: 2nd-AA, 3rd-VT, 4th-UB, 2nd-FX (Junior Level)
Championship of Russia, Chelyabinsk: Team all-around – 1, Individual all-around – 1, Vault – 2, Bars – 1, Balance beam – 3, Floor exercise – 1
Jesolo: 4th-AA, 2nd-VT, 1st-BB, 1st-FX, (Junior Level)
Jr. World Championships: 1st-AA, 8th-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-FX
Massilia Cup: 2nd-AA, 1st-FX
Russian Championship (Penza): AA – 2, Vault – 2, Balance beam – 3, Floor exercise – 1
EYOF (Baku, Azerbaijan): Team – 1, All-Around – 1, Vault – 1, Bars – 1, Beam – 7, Floor exercise-1
Russian Championship: 1st-Team 1st-AA, 2nd-VT, 2nd-UB, 1st-BB, 2nd-FX
European Championships: 1st-AA, 7th-FX
Articles Featuring Victoria Listunova:
The Unusual Rise of Viktoria Listunova
Viktoria Listunova Achieved a Record Only Held by Nadia Comaneci
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.