Dina Averina claims 4 individual World titles, Soldatova completes Russian sweep

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Dina Averina claims 4 individual World titles, Soldatova completes Russian sweep

September 15, 2018

Competition report of the individual finals at #RGSofia2018

Yesterday evening, the individual competition at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia (BUL) concluded. Big star of the event was Russia’s Dina Averina. The defending World Champion cruised to the all-around victory despite dropping her ribbon. Her sheer difficulty and excellent execution with the other three apparatus made her untouchable. Linoy Ashram overcame her qualification jitters to perform consistently on her way to the silver medal, the best ever results for Israel. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) took herself out of title contention early on when she messed up her ribbon routine but she scored a massive 21.275 with hoop, posting the highest score of the entire competition.

For Dina Averina, the all-around victory meant she collected her 4th individual World title of the meet. Earlier on she had claimed gold with hoop, ball and clubs! She did not compete with ribbon where twin sister Arina had a stroke of bad luck in qualifications, for an all-time low of 13.800. So it was up to Soldatova to defend the Russian honour in the final: "It was quite difficult to perform, as I was the only one competing for Russia in the final and then the burden of responsibility is huge. There were shortcomings, not everything went smoothly, I skipped elements that I was not very sure of. I hope it still looked good. You just cannot imagine how valuable this gold medal is for me."Also in the team competition, the Russian ladies were in a league of their own, claiming the gold medal more than 10 points ahead of the host team Bulgaria. Italy edged Israel for a historic first team medal.

Linoy Ashram won the silver medal with hoop, ahead of Arina Averina who was the top qualifier. With ball Aleksandra Soldatova claimed silver, just 1 tenth behind Dina, and Italy’s Alexandra Agiurgiuculese won the bronze medal, Italy’s first individual medal in 27 years. With clubs, Katsiaryna Halkina needed an accepted inquiry to actually get to the final but once there, she performed an excellent routine for second place, again just a tenth away from Dina. Arina Averina got the bronze medal. Scores in the ribbon final were even closer together … just one tenth separated the three medal winners! Despite minor mistakes, Soldatova won her first individual World title while Milena Baldassarri claimed Italy’s best ever result as she clinched the silver. Ashram added the bronze to her collection.

 

Results

Hoop

1. Dina Averina (RUS) 20.850

2. Linoy Ashram (ISR) 20.000

3. Arina Averina (RUS) 19.700

 

Ball

1. Dina Averina (RUS) 20.300

2. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 20.200

3. Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA) 19.900

 

Clubs

1. Dina Averina (RUS) 19.000

2. Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) 18.900

3. Arina Averina (RUS) 18.850

 

Ribbon

1. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 18.600

2. Milena Baldassarri (ITA) 18.550

3. Linoy Ashram (ISR) 18.500

 

All-around

1. Dina Averina (RUS) 81.450

2. Linoy Ashram (ISR) 79.700

3. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 79.175

 

Team

1. Russia 161.325

2. Bulgaria 150.975

3. Italy 147.550

 

Full results can be found on the website of the FIG: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=14845

 

Photos: FIG