Averina, Japanese Rhythmic Team Tops Berlin Masters

Two-time Russian National All-around medalist Dina Averina took the spotlight at the Berlin Masters Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, which took place in the capital of Germany this past weekend.

Dina Averina

The 17-year-old rhythmic gymnast acquired an impressive score of 74.050 to win her first World Cup All-around title, outperforming her rivals by a comfortable margin. Melitina Staniouta of Belarus finished with 73.908 points to acquire the silver medal, while Katsiaryna Halkina tied for the bronze with Georgia’s Saloma Pashava with a total of 73.150 points.

Over the course of her colorful gymnastics career, Russia’s Averina has been continuously achieving great feats in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Though unlikely to compete against three-time World champion Yana Kudryavtseva or two-time World silver medalist Margarita Mamun for a Russian Olympic spot in Rio, Averina has at least proven that she can keep pace with the top performing athletes.

Rizatdinova’s Recovery

After the unfavorable outcome of her performance in the Ball event, which left her in an unattractive fifth spot, Ukrainian individual rhythmic gymnast Ganna Rizatdinova made a quick recovery in the finals. The two-time European All-around bronze medalist tied with Staniouta in the Hoop competition and won the Clubs event outright. In addition, she also obtained the silver medal in the Ribbon.

Pazhava Achieves Personal Best Results

With less than a month to go before the Olympic competition starts in Rio, Salome Pazhava achieved great results at a competitive challenge. In Berlin, the Georgia’s second most successful gymnast, who achieved the fourth spot in the All-around event of the 2015 World Championships, obtained bronze medals in the All-around, as well as with the Ball and the Ribbon event, her best results ever in a World Cup competition.

Laura Jung’s Final Competition

The Berlin Masters Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup has served as the swan song of the German individual rhythmic gymnast Laura Jung, who has been a part of the national team for almost a decade. The 21-year-old gymnast earned Germany its individual Olympic spot for the 2012 London Games, and she also performed well at the Rio Test Event in April.

“This tournament always had a special place in my heart. The audience always supported me here. And it was fun to compete at a World Cup in my country to finish my career,” she said.

Berlin Masters

Japan, Germany and Finland Occupies Berlin Masters Podium

The Japanese rhythmic team, who finally ended a 39-year medal drought in Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2015 World Championships, outperformed Ukraine and Finland to claim the team All-around title in Berlin.

With the absence of Russia in the team competition, Japan’s feat is a coup against Ukraine, which compensated their mistakes in the Ribbons with an impressive 6 Clubs/2 Hoops performance.

Japan obtained a second gold in the 5 Ribbons event, while Ukraine has beaten Germany for the gold medal in the Hoops and Clubs. Finland, despite not being qualified for Rio, still managed to obtain a medal in every event – bronzes in the All-around and Clubs and Hoops and silver with the Ribbons.

The Germans, performing in front of the home crowd, rose to the occasion to acquire silver in the Hoops and Clubs and bronze in the Five Ribbons event.

To view the full results of the Berlin Masters Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, you can visit this link: (credits to FIG).

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