Russia continues its presence as a top performing nation at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships by winning gold for the third time in a row in the group all-around. Only the group all-around event at these championships offered quotas to the Olympics, with the three medalists all qualifying to the games. The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships are being held in Sofia, Bulgaria from September 10th to September 16th 2018.
The two apparatus held at these world championships were 5 Hoops and 3 Balls + 2 Ropes. Russia was able to demonstrate their exceptional ability by winning both apparatuses, scoring 23.250 on the 5 Hoops and 23.050 on the 3 Balls + 2 Ropes for a total of 46.300. The silver medal went to Italy whom finished with 44.825. Despite a relatively poor performance in the 5 Hoops where they finished sixth overall Bulgaria was able to win the bronze medal and grab the final Olympic quota with a second place performance of 22.350 in the 3 Balls + 2 Ropes for an overall score of 42.050.
Russia will be looking to keep their gold medal winning streak alive as they look to win their sixth gold medal in a row in Tokyo. The next opportunity for nations to qualify in the women’s rhythmic group all-around will be at the 2019 World Championships.