Gymnastics: Averina Sisters Finish Top Two in the Individual All-Around at World Rhythmic Championships

Dina Averina won her third straight individual all-around title at the 2019 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. In addition, the top 16 athletes qualify their nation to the Olympics. The World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships is currently being held in Baku, Azerbaijan from September 16th to September 22nd 2019.

The qualification round was topped by the defending champion, Dina Averina of Russia whom finished with a total (three best apparatus performances) of 71.350. She finished first in three apparatuses (hoop, ball and ribbon) and second in the clubs where her twin sister Arina edged her out with a score of 24.250. For Arina she finished third with a total score of 67.750, being beaten out by Israel’s Linoy Ashram whom finished with 68.400 points.

Dina and her sister continued their fine form in the final where the twins traded top performances in each apparatus with Dina winning the hoop and ribbon while Arina finished top in the ball and clubs. In the end, Dina edged her sister by 0.300 points to finish with a total of 91.400. All four apparatuses scores are added together during the final. Ashram finished with the bronze medal, scoring 89.700 points.

Overall the quotas were won by nine nations with Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Italy, Russia, Ukraine and the United States qualifying two quotas and Azerbaijan and Japan qualifying one quota each.

As Japan qualified normally, the host quota will be reallocated to the next highest ranked non-qualified nation from the 2019 World Championships after all qualification events are over. Currently, Slovenia holds this position. Athletes from nations which qualified fewer than two athletes will have another opportunity to qualify after the conclusion of the 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Series. The World Championships continues tomorrow with medals and Olympic quotas being awarded in the women’s rhythmic group all-around.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Rhythmic Individual All-Around
* Azerbaijan
* Belarus
* Belarus
* Bulgaria
* Bulgaria
* Israel
* Israel
* Italy
* Italy
* Japan
* Russia
* Russia
* Ukraine
* Ukraine
* United States
* United States

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