Aleksandra Soldatova, a Russian rhythmic gymnast, extended her continuous wins to three consecutive wins at the recently held Lisbon Rhythmic World Cup, which took place Friday and Saturday at the Capital City of Portugal.
Soldatova, together with her teammates Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun, successfully defended their country’s team title at the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships which took place at the Stuttgart’s Porsche Arena. However, she did not take part in the all-around competition of the World Championships. She did, anyhow, made up for it by winning three-consecutive All-around victories in her first three competitions early in this Olympic year.
At the Lisbon World Cup, Soldatova acquired the highest qualifying scores in each of the apparatus, achieving a score that’s nearly two points ahead of Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast Ganna Rizatdinova, who obtained a poor score in the ribbon event, which has kept her from being a real challenge to the Russian. Israel’s Neta Rivkin, who’s most likely to move forward for her third Olympics this summer, remained consisted by winning bronze after finishing a point ahead of the Korean rhythmic star Seon Yeon Jae.
Russian stars Kudryavtseva and Mamun, both of whom have shown impressive displays of dominance in this quadrennium, have yet to participate in the World Cup circuit this Olympic year. However, both of them are expected to take part in the Rio Olympic Test Event next month, wherein they were invited because of their strong performances at the World Championships last year.
The available World Cup titles were split into two rhythmic gymnastics stars, namely Ganna Rizatdinova and Aleksandra Soldatova. Rizatdinova has successfully acquired the title in the Ribbon, which posed a problem for the Ukrainian gymnast in the All-around competition. She also won the title in the Clubs, where she posted the highest score she got that weekend (18.600).
Soldatova, on the other hand, took hold of the Hoop and Ball titles while also getting bronze medals from the Ribbons and Clubs event.
Son Yeon Jae, the first South Korean rhythmic gymnast to grab an All-around gold medal at the Lisbon World Cup in 2014, has resumed her medal-winning streak, acquiring silver medals in the Ball and Clubs and bronze with the Hoop. However, she acquired a quite disappointing result in the Ribbon event (17.450).
The Russian dominance persisted in the group competition, with the reigning World All-around champion Group achieving the top scores in both the 5 Ribbons and Hoops and Clubs event, which easily led them to victory.
Italy, the former World title holder in the 5 Ribbons and silver medalists with the Hoops and Clubs, was placed fifth in the All-around competition and did not manage to achieve a medal in either event final.
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