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Russian Rhythmic Gymnasts Dominate World Finals

29. September 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian gymnasts dominated the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships held in Moscow this past week, earning an impressive 8 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and one bronze. It was the first time Russia hosted the finals in the event’s thirty-year history.

Renowned coach Irina Viner was pleased by the girls’ performance, but is always looking for ways to improve.

"Of course we're happy with the results," she said. "We missed only one gold in the group competitions. But, I believe, we will make the right conclusions to improve our performance in the future."

Evgenia Kanaeva, Daria Dmitrieva, and Daria Kondakova were the stars of the Russian team, snatching up every gold medal in the individual competitions.

Around 300 gymnasts from over 50 countries competed in the finals, and Russia hopes the team’s stellar performance in the championships bodes well for Russia’s chances to win the group events at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which individuals or teams of competitors (from 2 to 6 people) manipulate one or two apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon.