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Top Rhythmic Gymnastics Moments from the 2016 Olympic Games

Russia once again dominated the rhythmic gymnastics competition in Rio, which was not surprising anymore as they have reigned supreme in the sport for years.

Aside from the dominance of Russia, athletes from all over the world also displayed strong performances and dazzled the audiences with their expertise in the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon.

Here are some of the most memorable rhythmic gymnastics moments at the Rio Olympic Arena last week.

Margarita Mamun Outperformed Yana Kudryavtseva in the Individual All-around Finals

Over the last four years, the three-time World All-around champion Kudryavtseva has been nearly unbeatable, making history by winning her first World All-around title at the age of 15, then claiming the gold again at the next two World Championships.

Margarita Mamun Claims Olympic Gold

In 2014 and 2015, it was Yana’s close friend, Margarita Mamun, who wins the silver medal every time she takes home gold. Mamun has always been behind Kudryavtseva at every competition ever since. At the Rio Olympic Games, the 18-year-old Russian gymnast looked primed for another victory, but a miscalculation in her clubs routine deprived her of the Olympic title.

Margarita Mamun, who displayed nearly flawless performances in Rio, proved herself worthy of the Olympic gold medal.

Laura Zeng Makes History for USA Gymnastics

Despite not being able to advance to the Olympic finals, USA’s Laura Zeng acquired a score enough for her to secure the 11th spot. She was just a few tenths of a point away from reaching the 10th place, but her performances in Rio were impressive enough to celebrate. She matched Valerie Zimring’s previous record for highest Olympic finish by an American rhythmic gymnast, set at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Laura Zeng Olympic Games

Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Achieves Fifth Consecutive Olympic Title

The Russian team reigned supreme yet again in the rhythmic gymnastics group All-around competition, clinching the country’s fifth consecutive Olympic gold medal.

With their free-flowing acrobatic display on the competition finals, the Russian rhythmic group managed to outperform their two biggest rivals, Spain and Bulgaria.

Russian Olympic Team Rio 2016

Russia was known for having the strongest rhythmic gymnastics athletes, having dominated the sport for decades. Since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Russia has been nearly unbeatable in all the rhythmic gymnastics competitions.

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