Russia rules opening day in Budapest

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Russia rules opening day in Budapest

May 19, 2017

Competition report of the first day of qualifications at #rgbudapest2017

After two days of podium training, the Laszlo Papp sports arena hosted the first day of the 33rd Rhythmic Europeans.

The juniors kicked off these Championships with the first presentation of their routine with 5 pairs of clubs. An impressive total of 7 group presented an exercise of the highest difficulty value, 8 points. Russia showed the best execution, topping the rankings with 17.000, ahead of Israel whose funky routine earned them 16.350. The next three are all within 2 tenths from each other: Belarus, Italy and Ukraine. These ladies present their clubs routine a second time tomorrow. The total of the 2 scores will determine the 8 finalists.

Top 8 junior groups after the 1st presentation:

1.      Russia 17.000

2.      Israel 16.350

3.      Belarus 16.200

4.      Italy 16.100

5.      Ukraine 16.000

6.      Bulgaria 15.700

7.      Azerbaijan 15.150

8.      Estonia 14.900

In the afternoon the seniors took to the stage to perform with hoop and ball. The Russians and Belarussians competed in the first of three groups, setting the standard for the rest to beat.  Aleksandra Soldatova, sporting a nice braided hairstyle, performed an excellent hoop routine to take the lead early on. Only in the last group, someone came close. Israel’s Linoy Ashram impressed with a 18.150 to qualify in second place, bumping Belarussian Katsiaryna Halkina to third.  

Arina Averina topped the ball rankings, narrowly missing out on a 19.000. She scored three tenths more than her teammate Soldatova while first-year senior Alina Harnasko from Belarus expressed great style in her routine, showing her medal worth. Bulgaria’s top gymnast Neviana Vladinova placed 5th with hoop and 4th with ball. She will look to improve that placing in Sunday’s finals!

Qualified to apparatus finals:


1.      Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 18.600

2.      Linoy Ashram (ISR) 18.150

3.      Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) 17.800

4.      Dina Averina (RUS) 17.625

5.      Neviana Vladinova (BUL) 17.500

6.      Alina Harnasko (BLR) 17.250

7.      Marina Durunda (AZE) 16.750

8.      Katrin Taseva (BUL) 16.600


1.      Arina Averina (RUS) 18.950

2.      Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 18.650

3.      Alina Harnasko (BLR) 18.400

4.      Neviana Vladinova (BUL) 17.850

5.      Linoy Ashram (ISR) 17.800

6.      Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) 17.250

7.      Alexandra Agiurgiuculese (ITA) 17.225

8.      Viktoria Mazur (UKR) 16.650

The qualifications continue tomorrow with the second presentation for the junior groups and ribbon and clubs for the seniors. The scores of the two days combined will determine the European Team Champion!