Gymnastics: Russia Tops Field in Rhythmic Individual and Group All-Around at European Championships

Russia once again showed it is the top nation of Europe in rhythmic gymnastics by winning gold in the individual and group all-around events at the 2021 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. The event also awarded the continental quota to the highest ranked eligible athlete in the women’s individual all-around and to the highest ranked nation in the group all-around. The European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships is currently being held in Varna, Bulgaria from June 9th to June 13th 2021.

The qualification round of the women’s rhythmic individual all-around was won by three-time world champion Dina Averina of Russia whom finished with a total score of 84.900. This was over two points ahead of Israel’s Linoy Ashram (82.000). In the final, a relatively poor ribbon performance caused Dina to finish with a total of 107.325 and with the bronze medal. Instead, it was her twin sister, Arina whom won the gold medal with a score of 109.100. The silver medal was won by Bulgaria’s Boryana Kaleyn (107.625). The Olympic quota was won by Hungary’s Fanni Pigniczki.

The women’s rhythmic group all-around was won by Russia whom topped the 18-nation field in both the 5 balls and the 3 Hoops+4 Clubs. The nation finished with a total score of 90.250. The silver medal was a very close affair between Israel and Italy where the latter won out by 0.050 points with an 87.450 total. The Olympic quota was won by Ukraine.

This was the final opportunity for European nations to qualify to the Olympics in rhythmic gymnastics. The remaining quotas will be determined at the Pan American qualifiers which is also set to be decided today.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Rhythmic Individual All-Around
* Hungary

Women’s Rhythmic Group All-Around
* Ukraine

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