Russia swept all six gold medals at the 33rd Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Russian junior group won the 10 clubs final in the Sunday programme, while the identical Averina twins, Arina and Dina shared the individual gold medals amongst them.
Two for Dina, two for Arina: the Averina twins kept all the gold medals in the family in Sunday’s senior apparatus finals.
Arina Averina can be considered as the gymnast of the European Championships: she had three chances to win gold medals and she did so – on Saturday with the Russian team and on Sunday with ball and clubs. Three out of three – no wonder Irina Viner-Usmanova, head of the Russian rhythmic gymnasts was pleased with her performance.
Dina Averina had a bit of a nervy qualification, but shone in the apparatus finals with hoop and ribbon. Bulgaria took two medals in the ribbon final with Katrin Taseva getting the silver and Neviana Vladinova the bronze – Taseva can be really pleased with her surprise second spot and Vladinova maybe hoped for a little better European Championships. Linoy Ashram of Israel takes home two medals – these are her first ever senior medals from a Europeans –, while Alina Harnasko was overjoyed with her bronze in the ball final.
Probably the most disappointed gymnast of the stars was Aleksandra Soldatova: the two-times World Champion Russian failed to win a gold medal on Sunday, losing out to Dina Averina by only 0.050 points in the hoop final.
33rd EUROPEAN RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS, BUDAPEST
JUNIOR GROUPS, FINALS
1. Russia 16.950
2. Italy 16.700
3. Israel 16.600
1. Dina Averina (RUS) 18.200
2. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 18.150
3. Linoj Asram (Israel) 17.975
1. Arina Averina (RUS) 18.850
2. Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS) 18.125
3. Alina Harnasko (BLR) 17.550
1. Arina Averina (RUS) 19.075
2. Dina Averina (RUS) 19.000
3. Linoy Ashram (ISR) 17.750
1. Dina Averina (RUS) 17.625
2. Katrin Taseva (BUL) 17.150
3. Neviana Vladinova (BUL) 16.975
(Photos: Kovács Anikó)