Budapest pleased to crown new generation of Rhythmic Gymnasts

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Budapest pleased to crown new generation of Rhythmic Gymnasts

May 17, 2017

Preview of the 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships in Budapest (HUN)

On Friday competition will begin at Budapest’s fantastic Papp Laszlo Sports Arena. With the retirement of leading lady Yana Kudryavtseva and Olympic Champion Margarita Mamun and Ukraine’s Ganna Rizatdinova enjoying a well-deserved rest, the floor is open for the next generation to become the stars of Europe, and of the Rhythmic world in its entirety.

In fact only 2 former European individual medalists are on the roster in Budapest: Belarussian Katsiaryna Halkina and Azerbaijan’s Marina Durunda!

36 Federations will travel to Hungary to challenge for the first European titles of the new Olympic cycle. A total of 232 gymnasts are scheduled to compete, 83 senior individuals and 149 gymnasts form junior groups.

 

Who to watch?

Russia aims to extend its reign into this new Olympic cycle and is sending 2015 team European Champion Aleksandra Soldatova and the Averina twins, Dina and Arina. All three gymnasts have impressed in recent competitions. However, they face tough competition from Bulgaria’s Neviana Vladinova who just last weekend won the all-around at the World Cup event in Sofia and seems to be adapting to the new code of points with ease. Experienced Belarussian Katsiaryna Halkina will be joined by new colleague Alina Harnasko who impressed in the junior Championships last year in Holon (ISR). Viktoria Mazur and first-year senior Olena Diachenko will represent the Ukraine. Big names like France’s Kseniya Moustafaeva, Azerbaijan’s Marina Durunda, Israel’s Linoy Ashram and Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky and Italy’s new star Alexandra Agiurgiuculese will meet with Hungarian talents Alexandra Kis, Mira Varay and Fanny Pigniczcki.

 

Competition format

This European Championships is for junior groups and senior individuals. The first two days are qualification for both and the combined scores will determine the team rankings.

On Friday, the junior groups present their exercise with 10 clubs for the first time. The senior individuals compete with hoop and ball. They start according to the draw.

On Saturday, the junior groups present their exercise with 10 clubs for the second time. The senior individuals compete with clubs and ribbon. They start according to their results of day 1.

The best 8 gymnasts per apparatus and the 8 best groups after two exercises qualify for the event finals which will be held on Sunday. For the individuals there is a limit of 2 gymnasts per country per apparatus. The top 24 individuals in the all-around guarantee their country a starting place at next year’s European Championships.

On Sunday all apparatus finals are held.

 

Schedule

Friday 19 May 2017 – QUALIFICATIONS AND TEAM COMPETITION

10:00 – 12:00     Qualifications junior groups – 1st presentation

13:00 – 15:00     Qualifications senior individuals (hoop and ball) St. nr. 1 – 12

15:15 – 17:15     Qualifications senior individuals (hoop and ball) St. nr. 13 – 24

17:30 – 18:30     Opening Ceremony

18:30 – 20:15     Qualifications senior individuals (hoop and ball) St. nr. 25 – 35

 

Saturday 20 May 2017 – QUALIFICATIONS AND TEAM COMPETITION

11:00 – 12:10     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

12:20 – 13:40     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

13:50 – 15:10     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

15:20 – 16:40     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

17:00 – 18:00     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

18:10 – 19:10     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

19:20 – 20:20     Qualifications junior groups and senior individuals (clubs and ribbon)

20:25                   Award ceremony Team Competition

 

Sunday 21 May 2017 – APPARATUS FINALS

11:00 – 11:45     Junior groups, followed by award ceremony

12:20 – 13:10     Senior individuals finals hoop and ball

13:15 – 14:05     Senior individuals finals clubs and ribbon

14:15 – 14:35     Award ceremonies seniors

14:45 – 15:05     Closing ceremony

15:45                   Gala

              

How to follow the competition?

A livestream of the entire competition is available on https://www.oz.com/rhythmic-gymnastics-european. This costs € 4,99 for three days or € 1,99 per day. This will be geoblocked in Russia, Hungary, Belarus, Israel, Romania and Greece where it will be live on TV. 

Live scoring will be provide on the website of our scoring partner SmartScoring: http://live.smartscoring.com/

Results of past championships are available on our website.

As usual UEG will provide start lists, results, interviews, quotes and competition reports on its website and social media.

Official hashtag of the event: #rgbudapest2017

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