Double gold for Russia on day 2 of Rhythmic Europeans

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Double gold for Russia on day 2 of Rhythmic Europeans

June 18, 2016

Competition report of the junior qualifications and team final, plus senior all-around final at the 32nd Rhythmic Europeans

A wonderful atmosphere filled the Toto Arena in Holon this evening for a fierce battle between Europe’s top 20 Rhythmic gymnasts. The audience supported all gymnasts and showed their love for -and knowledge of- rhythmic gymnastics. Stuffed toys presented from fans filled the floor. As expected, Russia’s Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun challenged each other for the gold. Mamun had to play catch-up after she dropped her hoop, by the halfway stage she was in fourth, behind Kudryavtseva, Rizatdinova and Staniouta respectively. Then Staniouta makes a mistake with ball, dropping her behind Mamun. Last up, Kudryavtseva performs with hoop, and although it wasn’t perfect, having to count a drop, her score of 18.866 clinches her second European all-around crown. Mamun is nearly half a point behind and Rizatdinova grabs bronze, a medal that’s surely a good preparation for the Rio Olympics.

Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Top 8 all-around results:

1.      Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) 76.082

2.      Margarita Mamun (RUS) 75.632

3.      Ganna Rizatdinova (UKR) 75.299

4.      Melitina Staniouta (BLR) 73.715

5.      Salome Pazhava (GEO) 73.433

6.      Victoria Weinberg-Filanovsky (ISR) 73.082

7.      Marina Durunda (AZE) 72.116

8.      Linoy Ashram (ISR) 72.074

The juniors competed with ball and clubs today to complete their qualification round. Midway Belarus was leading, surprisingly in front of Russia. The Russian duo of Alina Ermolova and Polina Shmatko set the record straight today. Although Ermolova dropped her ball, the other three exercises were fabulous. Polina Shmatko attained the highest mark both with ball and with clubs, bumping her teammate out of both apparatus finals, due to the one-per-country rule. Ermolova did top the all-around standings. The strong Belarussian challenge, resulted in finals for Yulia Evchik and Yulia Isachanka. Israel had a good shot at another bronze medal but was surpassed by Italy. Alexandra Agiurgiuclese’s superb performances were vital to this medal, and she was rewarded with the second highest all-around score, and qualification to all apparatus finals.  

Team results:

1. Russia 101.031

2. Belarus 100.373

3. Italy 98.983

4. Israel 98.740

5. Bulgaria 96.289

6. Ukraine 95.031

7. Armenia 94.648

8. Azerbaijan 92.765


Qualified to ball final:

1. Polina Shmatko (RUS) 16.983

2. Julia Evchik (BLR) 16.883

3. Nicol Zelikman (ISR) 16.666

4. Alexandra Agiurgiuclese (ITA) 16.600

5. Yoana Nikolova (BUL) 16.266

6. Olena Diachenko (UKR) 15.916

7. Yulia Vodopyanova (ARM) 15.766

8. Danae Collard (FRA) 15.616


Qualified to clubs final:

1. Polina Shmatko (RUS) 17.066

2. Alexandra Agiurgiuclese (ITA) 16.750

3. Yulia Isachanka (BLR) 16.733

4. Yuliana Telegina (ISR) 16.650

5. Yoana Nikolova (BUL) 16.533

6. Yulia Vodopyanova (ARM) 16.033

7. Olena Diachenko (UKR) 15.866

8. Elisabeth Rachid (FRA) 15.583


Tomorrow the 32nd European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics concluded with the junior individual and senior group apparatus finals!