Russia dominates the Rhythmic World Championships but Italy prevents a clean sweep

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Russia dominates the Rhythmic World Championships but Italy prevents a clean sweep

September 16, 2015

Review of the 34th World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships: discover all the gymnasts that qualified to the Olympics, the test event and the World Games!

Russia was by far the most successful country at last week’s World Championships. In the individuals the Russian girls took gold and silver on each event, and their combined efforts brought them the team title as well. Yana Kudrayvtseva clinched her third consecutive all-around title, becoming the youngest gymnast to achieve this feat. Nicknamed ‘the Angel with Iron Wings’, Kudryavtseva was nursing a slight leg injury which caused her to withdraw from hoop qualification. As the top 3 scores counted towards the qualification towards the all-around final this meant that all three Russians could reach the all-around. The 2-per-country rule however made it exciting as to who would advance. In the end seasoned competitors Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun were not upset by younger teammate Aleksandra Soldatova, although Soldatova did qualify in first place to the hoop final and pushed Mamun out of clubs final. The veterans set things straight in the finals, with Kudrayvtseva taking all titles she entered in and Mamun grabbing the remaining gold, with hoop. Soldatova won silver with both clubs and hoop. In the crowd the girls were supported by many Russian fans. They even sang the national anthem out loud when it malfunctioned during the medal ceremony for hoop. Only Belarus’ Melitina Staniouta (bronze with ball and in the all-around) and Ukraine’s Ganna Rizatdinova (bronze with ribbon, hoop and clubs) managed to join the Russians on the podium.


Kudryavtseva (RUS)

All-around podium: Mamun, Kudryavtseva and Staniouta

Ganna Rizatdinova (UKR)

In the groups Russia started off strongly. They posted the top scores for both the 5 ribbons and the 3 pairs of clubs and 2 hoops routine, en route to winning the all-around World title. In the event finals however they were surpassed by the excellent ribbons routine of the Italian group. Gold went to Italy and Russia had to settle for silver. Japan’s group was delighted to clinch bronze, the only medal won by a non-European nation, and Japan’s first rhythmic medal at Worlds since 1975. In the last final of the Championships Russia restored order and took gold beating Italy and Bulgaria.





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Of course not only World titles and medals were at stake in Stuttgart! The all-around final for both individuals and groups were also decisive for direct qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics and qualification to the test event in Rio in April 2016 and for qualification to the 2017 World Games to be held in Wroclaw (POL).

Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers:


Gymnasts who placed in the top 15 secured a ticket for their federation to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here they are:

1.      Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS)

2.      Margarita Mamun (RUS)

3.      Melitina Staniouta (BLR)

4.      Salome Pazhava (GEO)

5.      Ganna Rizatdinova (UKR)

6.      Marina Durunda (AZE)

7.      Neta Rivkin (ISR)

8.      Laura Zeng (USA)

9.      Carolina Rodriguez (ESP)

10.   Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

11.   Son Yeon Jae (KOR)

12.   Kseniya Moustafaeva (FRA)

13.   Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

14.   Varvara Filiou (GRE)

15.   Kaho Minagawa (JPN)


Carolina Rodriguez (ESP)


The top 10 groups in the all-around qualified to Rio 2016, with a minimum of 3 continents represented:

1.      Russia

2.      Bulgaria

3.      Spain

4.      Italy

5.      Japan

6.      Israel

7.      Belarus

8.      China

9.      Ukraine

10.   USA



Rio 2016 Test event:

The top 23 individual AA finishers -behind the 15 who qualified directly- have qualified to compete in the test event from 22 to 24 April 2016 in Rio, except if their Federation already directly qualified.

1.      Elizaveta Nazarenkova (UZB)

2.      Sabina Ashirbayeva (KAZ)

3.      Jana Berezko-Marggrander (GER)

4.      Nicol Ruprecht (AUT)

5.      Veronica Bertolini (ITA)

6.      Ekaterina Volkova (FIN)

7.      Anastasiya Serdyukova (UZB)

8.      Jiahui Liu (CHN)

9.      Patricia Bezzoubenko (CAN)

10.   Alexandra Piscupescu (ROU)

11.   Jouki Tikkanen (FIN)

12.   Aliya Assymova (KAZ)

13.   Ana Luiza Filiorianu (ROU)

14.   Alessia Russo (ITA)

15.   Dora Vass (HUN)

16.   Karla Diaz Arnal (MEX)

17.   Viktoria Bogdanova (EST)

18.   Laura Jung (GER)

19.   Xiaolan XU (CHN)

20.   Lilit Harutyunyan (ARM)

21.   Olga Bogdanova (EST)

22.   Monika Mickova (CZE)

23.   Natalia Gaudio (BRA)

For groups, the top 7 nations not already qualified from the all-around final advance to the test event:

1.      Uzbekistan

2.      Germany

3.      Azerbaijan

4.      Greece

5.      Finland

6.      Brazil

7.      France

After the qualification at the test event the top 6 individuals and the top 3 groups (plus Brazil) will obtain a ticket to Rio.

2017 World Games

The top 21 all-around will be joined by the host nation’s Anna Czarniecka (POL), South Africa’s Grace Legote and Australia’s Danielle Prince. 

A big congratulations to all the participants for such a fantastic competition!

Photos FIG