Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships : end of the apparatus finals and team title

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Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships : end of the apparatus finals and team title

September 26, 2014

Russia's golden streak in Rhythmic Gymnastics continued yesterday night at the World Championships in Izmir (TUR), with its stars Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun splitting the World titles with the Clubs and Ribbon, respectively and who gave Russia the team title, determined by the accumulated number of points for routines performed during the qualification rounds.
In spite of increasing parity in Rhythmic, Russia proved that it still reigns supreme, even as some of its coaches accept offers to train athletes abroad, diffusing the Soviet/Russian style and techniques that have allowed Eastern European gymnasts to dominate the sport for decades.
 
Kudryavtseva, who was the favourite for this event, handily won her third gold of the 2014 Worlds in the Clubs final, her 18.750 points outscoring Mamun (18.650), who in turn took her second silver of the Championships. The teammates and good friends tied for the World title with the Ball during Tuesday's final.
 
 
Their positions were reversed when it came to the Ribbon. This time it was Mamun, performing to "Giselle," who obtained 18.566, well above Kudryavsteva's 18.183. The difference was in the Difficulty, with Mamun's 9.200 topping her younger teammate's 8.950, down from the 9.250 in the qualifying round.
 
 
Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova, fourth with the Hoop and Ball during the first night of finals in Izmir, broke into the medals with her efforts with dramatic performances with the Clubs (18.000) and with the Ribbon (17.766). Rizatdinova was initially awarded 17.900 for her Ribbon exercise, but the score was lowered after Ukraine lodged an inquiry into the exercise's Difficulty score, ostensibly trying to have it raised.
 
With Kudryavtseva, Mamun and first year senior Aleksandra Soldatova, Russia also won the team competition, a ranking of the 10 routines performed by each country’s gymnasts during the qualification round. Belarus, boasting Ball bronze medallist Melitina Staniouta, Hoop and Ball finalist Katsiaryna Halkina and Arina Charopa, won silver, with Ukraine (Rizatdinova, Viktoriia Mazur and Eleonora Romanova) once again taking the bronze.
 
 
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Ball bronze medallist Melitina Staniouta (BLR) participated in both Clubs and Ribbon finals but failed to medal. Staniouta was seventh with the Clubs and fourth with the Ribbon. 
Along with Kudryavtseva, Mamun and Rizatdinova, Hoop bronze medallist Son Yeon Jae (KOR) was the only gymnast to make all four event finals. Son, who trains in Moscow and is known for her expressiveness, was fourth with the Clubs and fifth with the Ribbon.
2012 Spanish Olympian Carolina Rodriguez, at 28 the oldest individual competitor at the World Championships, dropped her Ribbon at the end of her elegant routine in event finals and failed to medal.
 
The results of the qualification rounds strongly indicate that Friday's battle for the All-around title will be between Kudryavtseva and Mamun, but which of them will win is a more open question. Kudryavtseva was the top qualifier with the Hoop and Ball, while Mamun posted higher scores in the qualification rounds with the Clubs and Ribbon. Kudryavtseva also has the higher overall Difficulty score and has been very stable in All-around competition, while Mamun has been more prone to errors. 
While Kudryavtseva and Mamun are expected to go 1-2 in Friday's All-around, four gymnasts (Rizatdinova, Son, Staniouta and Neta Rivkin of Israel) all have a chance to win bronze. 
 
 
The FIG will be streaming the Individual All-around final live on Youtube Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Izmir time. The link for the livestream will be communicated a few hours before the competition begins.
 
 
More information : www.fig-gymnastics.com
 
 
 
 
Text FIG - Adapt. O. Do Rosario/UEG
Photos: V. Minkus/FIG