Aleksandra Soldatova, Bulgaria, Italy prevail at Pesaro World Cup10/04/2017
Aleksandra Soldatova of Russia and the Bulgarian Group won the individual and group All-around competitions, respectively, this past weekend in Pesaro (ITA), as the 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup season debuted at the magnificent Adriatic Arena, site of this year’s World Championships.
With a raft of retirements from top international competitors and Rio Olympic champion Margarita Mamun (RUS) not having returned to the competition yet, Pesaro set the stage for new stars to rise in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Mamun’s compatriots Soldatova and Dina Averina seized the opportunity, dominating the individual competition by finishing first and second in the All-around and taking the top places on the podium in all apparatus finals.
Both are known to the Pesaro public, having already competed in the Adriatic Arena at the 2015 and 2016 editions, respectively.
Rio finalist Katsiaryna Halkina of Belarus came third in the All-around and added silver with the Clubs and bronze with the Ball.
Fellow Olympian Laura Zeng, the only U.S. gymnast ever to win Rhythmic medals in World Cup competition, took home the bronze medals for Hoop and Clubs, her third and fourth career World Cup medals.
Alexandra Agiurgiuculese, the 2016 Italian junior national champion, who made her senior international debut at the 2017 Grand Prix in Moscow, won bronze for her Ribbon routine at her first World Cup competition.
While 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Bulgaria outscored host Italy and Ukraine in the Group All-around, Italy’s ‘Farfalle’ (‘Butterflies’) rose to the occasion during apparatus finals, where they picked up both gold medals. Bulgaria and China came second and third with the 5 Hoops respectively, and Russia and Ukraine joined Italy on the podium for the 3 Balls and 2 Ropes.
The detailed results can be downloaded from the competition website at http://www.rgworldcup-pesaro.it/EN/competition/results .
The 2017 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup season continues April 21 – 23 in Tashkent (UZB).