Two-time Russian National All-around medalist Dina Averina clinched the all-around title with a breathtaking performance at the Berlin Masters Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup on Saturday.
The Russian rhythmic gymnast garnered a total of 74.050 points across the four apparatus events to win the top spot, surpassing the Belarusian gymnast Melitina Statiouta, a five-time World silver medalist.
Staniouta, who will proceed to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with decent medal prospects, was just a few points away from the World Cup gold as she finished with 73.900 points.
Georgia’s Saloma Pazhava, who acquired the third spot in the ribbon apparatus event at the very first European Games in Baku last year, and Belarus’ Katsiaryna Halkina tied for the all-around Bronze.
The two athletes shared the same score of 73.150, ensuring that both are going home with bronze medals.
Ukrainian individual rhythmic gymnast Ganna Rizatdinova, who became the 2013 World Champion in Hoop apparatus, settled on a disappointing fifth spot at the Berlin Masters RG World Cup, which serves as the last major rhythmic gymnastics competition before the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Dina Averina remained consistent and continued to display strong performances throughout the competition that day, winning the second-highest scores in three of the four apparatus events.
Averina’s routine in the Hoop competition has earned an impressive total of 18.800 points, which was followed by 18.700 points in the Ball competition.
The 17-year-old rhythmic gymnast posted her highest result of the day in the Clubs apparatus as her impressive performance in the event was given 18.900 points by the judges.
She was lucky that an uncertain display with the ribbon didn’t end up costing her the gold medal as she only managed to obtain a score of 17.659, the fifth-highest result posted on the day.
In the team competition, the Japanese national team proved their dominance by acquiring the top spot in the Five Ribbons and Six Clubs/ Two Hoops qualification round. Ukraine and Finland both took the silver medal with 34.800 points ahead of the host country Germany, who finished with 34.000 points.
The Berlin Masters competition, the final major competition before the 2016 Rio Olympics begins, has concluded on Sunday, July 3rd.
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