Grand Prix Marbella 2021: All Around Photos

Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Spanish senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Arina Krasnorutskaya (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Sofia Raffaelli (ITA)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021: Training Photos

Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Noa Ros (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Lucia Gonzalez (ESP)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Maelle Millon (FRA)
Nikol Krasiuk (UKR)
Lala Kramarenko (RUS)
Anastasia Simakova (RUS)
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Evgenia Kanaeva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group
Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Spanish Senior Group

Information about Grand Prix Marbella 2021

Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

Andalusian Gymnastics Federation confirms that San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella) will host the Spanish stage of Grand Prix series, since the last edition could not be possible due to covid 19 health crisis. The tournament consists on 4 in a row competitions: senior tournament, junior tournament, groups tournament and Senior Grand Prix.


October 15th
14:0000 to 21:00. Official Trainings
October 16th
10:00 to 12:00 Senior Tournament ”Marbella Cup”
15:30 to 17:3040h. Grand Prix Group 1
17:50 to 20:00h. Grand Prix Group 2
20:00 to 20:30h. International Senior Groups Tournament
October 17th
09:30 a 13:30h. Junior Tournament: ”Andalucía Cup”
16:00 to 17:30h. Grand Prix Finals
17:30 to 18:00h. Senior Group Tournament Final
18:15 to 18:30h. Gala

Grand Prix Participants:

Groups Tournament:

  • USA
Current Olympic Champions, Bulgaria

Junior Tournament

Senior Tournament

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

Closest airport

Málaga Airport (AGP)


“Palacio de Deportes Elena Benítez”
Calle Castilla, s/n
29670 Marbella
Phone: +34 952 78 06 63

Anastasia Salos


Viktoriia Onopriienko (UKR)

Grand Prix Marbella 2021 already confirms participants

Marbella is one of the stages for Grand Prix Series that include other cities as Kiev, Holon, Tartu, Brno, Thiais and Moscow. Last year this Grand Prix was cancelled due to COVID-19 health problem.

This week Andalusian Gymnastics Federation already confirmed that Grand Prix Marbella 2021 will take part in San Pedro de Alcantara on the 17th and 18th of October.

Viktoriia Onoprienko (UKR) Grand Prix Marbella 2019

This could be one of the biggest competitions of 2021 in Spain. The tournament consists in 2-competitions-in-one: Grand Prix Senior and International Junior competition, which is called “Andalucia Cup”

Russian delegation already confirmed their participants: Lala Kramarenko, Anastasia Simakova and Ekaterina Selezneva The next confirmation will be from Belarus, who already won the 3rd position in Olympic Games with Alina Harnasko. Anastasia Salos and Arena Krasnorutskaya is the gymnast that will represent BLR in this tournament.

Lala Kramarenko (RUS), winner of Andalucia Cup 2019
Dina Averina (RUS) Grand Prix Marbella 2019
Anastasiia Salos Grand Prix Marbella 2019

Tickets will be available soon. All official statements will be provided by Andalucian Gymnastics Federation. Marbella celebrates its 6th International Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix.

Some Rhythmic Gymnastics Stars in Marbella Grand Prix last editions:

Alina Harnasko (BLR)
Anastasiia Guzenkova (RUS)
Polina Berezina (ESP)
Arina Averina (RUS)
Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)
Vlada Nikolchenko
Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)
Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)
Neviana Vladinova (BUL)

Alina Kabaeva talks about the results of Tokyo 2020

Alina Kabaeva, World Championships Stuttgart 2015

Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics (Athens 2004), Alina Kabaeva, gives her view about the podium of Tokyo 2020. Although she has been outside the scope of the press for years, now she reveals her oppinion of the judging system in this competition.

She described the scoring as outrageous since Dina Averina (ROC) didn’t have major errors during her four exercises.

Dina Averina was great. She performed four wonderful exercises without drops. This was not the case of the gymnast from Israel, who had a big mistake with her ribbon routine. This mistake should have cost her 1 point, whilst judges deduced her only 0.7. You can’t win Olympic Games with such a big mistake.

Alina Kabaeva

Alina also blames the judges for making Dina wait for her last score. They took six minutes to give the final score. Concerning Kabaeva’s opinion, in Rhythmic Gymnastics the score should be given in less than two minutes if you execute a clear routine.

Judges calculated the score for Dina. They didn’t want Dina Averina to win. I only have to say that there is honest people and others, that they are not.

The whole situation spawned a big scandal in Russia. Two days ago, the International Gymnastics Federation (F.I.G) issued a press release about the fair scoring system.

Alina Kabaeva, Granada European Championships 2002

Source: Exclusive Interview to Alina Kabaeva by “Russia 1”

Dina and Arina Averina: impressions after Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Dina and Arina Averina (RUS)

Dina and Arina Averina were the top favorites for becoming Olympic Champions in Tokyo 2020. However, Linoy Ashram from Israel made history winning the first gold medal for this country in Rhythmic Gymnastics.

What do fans mean to you?

When we came back from Japan, a lot of fans were cheering us up in the airport. They are an important support, they write message to us after competitions, even poems. – Dina Averina said

Do you want to continue to Paris (Olympic Games) 2024?

First of all we need to rest, but who knows, we need a “revenge”. – Arina Averina said

Dina, how do you feel towards your results in Tokyo?

I feel sad, I wanted to become Olympic Champion. Linoy Ashram had a mistake with ribbon and I felt that I had an opportunity for gold. For the first moment, I think the judges were giving me low scores. My ribbon routine was clear and unfortunately it was not possible to win.

Dina, do you think that the gold medal should have been yours?

I think that my four exercises were without big mistakes. My consciencie is clear, I should have been the winner. After the last performance, the judges took more than usual to give my score. I understood that they didn’t want me to win this competition.

What were your words in the kiss and cry?

Dina asked to me if they were going to give me the gold. I just said “no”. – Arina Averina said

Dina Averina
Arina Averina

Do you have any injuries?

In 2020 I had a serious spine injury. I talked to my doctors and they said to continue for a few months. Anyway the solution was about surgery and I flatly said no. I didn’t want to miss the Olympic Games. This injury is very painful, even when I walk. When I start to warm up I feel pins and needles. – Dina said

Do you think about retirement?

If both of us had won Olympic Medals, 100% we would have retired. Maybe we would continue until World Championships (October 2021). Arina doesn’t want to continue and I have a serious injury in my back. We still need to think about it.

Do you think that other gymnasts are happy of these results?

We felt that judges were against us. They are tired of our victories. We have a cordial relationship with other gymnasts, but we felt that some of them were happy about this result.

Dina Averina
Arina Averina

Dina, do you think that the scores were fair?

I feel hurt, the scores were really low for both of us. The gold was for a gymnast who made a mistake with ribbon (drop). This was not fair at all. I just could not understand the scores. This time, I wasn’t paying attention to the total scores. Irina Viner Usmanova (head coach) said to me just before the last exercises: “Dina you have to fight until the end, you have still chances to win. Show how the real rhythmic gymnastics is.”

“Unfortunately, the miracle has not happened”

Dina Averina

You were training for five years looking forward Olympic Medals. What are you going to do in the future, after these results?

We are not going to make a hasty decision. We need to think about our future. When you are dissapointed, you should not think about the future. We should wait and then, think about the future.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 were full of surprises. The top favorites for winning a medal were Dina and Arina Averina (RUS) and Linoy Ashram from Israel. Ashram could have never managed to win a major All-Around against the Russian twins, who seemed to be unbeatable. In spite of being third at the all-around qualification, Linoy beat Dina Averina in her last performance. Dina could not reach the score of 24.151 needed for gold medal.

GOLD: Linoy Ashram (ISR)

SILVER: Dina Averina (RUS)

BRONZE: Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

“I just said to myself, ‘it’s a new day. What happened yesterday happened, just go to the carpet and do your best. I tried not to think about anything. I knew I could win a medal but I didn’t know which colour. Now it’s gold.”

Linoy Ashram (ISR)
Alina Harnasko (BLR)

The bronze medal went for Alina Harnasko (BLR).

“Overall, I’m happy about my performance, the last two days were very difficult for me […] and the finals were very emotional.”

These results generate a big discussion in Rhythmic Gymnastics social media, since some followers think that Dina Averina should have won the gold medal.

“I wasn’t expecting gold, but I was working hard. I knew I had a chance. I knew that if I did my Ribbon routine without any mistakes, I would be able to get a high score. But it didn’t happen.”

Dina Averina (RUS)
Dina Averina (RUS)

On the other hand, Bulgaria its first Olympic Gold Medal in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Since 2000, Russia were the reigning champions in groups. This is Bulgaria’s fourth Olympic Group medal in Rhythmic Gymnastics, (they won silver in 1996 and bronzes in 2004 and 2016). Only Russia and Spain are the only nations to have won gold in Group.

Russian gymnast, Anastasiia Bliznyuk made history, becoming the most decorated Rhythmic athlete. This is her third Olympic medal after Group golds in 2012 and 2016, and silver in Tokyo 2020.

Bulgarian Senior Group

GOLD: Bulgaria

SILVER: ROC (Russia)


With Anastasiia Bliznyuk, Olympians Anastasiia Tatareva and Anastasiia Maksimenko from Russia, earned their second medal.

Anastasiia Bliznyuk

European Gymnasts fighting for a place in Tokyo Olympic Games

Polina Berezina (ESP)

There is still a chance for European Gymnasts to get a spot for Olympic Games in Rio 2021. This place will be appointed by the qualification of the European Championships that are going to take place in Varna this week. Some of the gymnasts that are looking forward Tokyo are: Polina Berezina (ESP), Fanni Pignczki (HUN), Natalia Garcia (ESP), Salome Pazhava (GEO), Kamelya Tuncel (TUR), Andreea Verdes (ROU), Jelizaveta Polstjanaja (LAT), Salome Pazhava (GEO) and Eleni Kelaiditi (GRE).

The International Gymnastics Federation confirmed after the conclusion of World Cup Series the participants for Olympic Games. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (Serbia) and Sabina Tashkenbaeva (Uzbekistan) are qualified via the World Cup Series. Their spot is a nominative quota. 

Best scores (World Cup Series)

In All-Around, Fanni Pignczki from Hungary lead the list of these gymnasts with a total score of 87,100 in World Cup Sofia and with 90,000 points at World Cup Tashkent. Andreea Verdes got a total score of 90,775 at World Cup Baku and Eleni Kelaiditi from Greece, has got the top score among this group with a score of 90,050 at World Cup Pesaro.

  • The best score went for Eleni Kelaiditi from Greece with clubs routine with 25,100 points.
  • The best score in hoop went for Eleni Kelaiditi, who reached this points at World Cup Pesaro.
  • The top score in ball routine was for Fanni Pignczki with 23,750 points at World Cup Tashkent.
  • The best score in ribbon routine was for Andreea Verdes (ROU) with 21,150


Eleni Kelaiditi (GRE)

Ukraine’s Vlada Nikolchenko is ready to compete at European Champions

One of the top gymnasts from Ukraine in the last years, Vlada Nikolchenko, is back after suffering from health problems. The decision was determined last weekend by Irina Deriugina after the control training of the Ukrainian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team.

Vlada was recovering from COVID-19 consequences that made the gymnast stop training for a few weeks. It was quite clear that Khrystina Pohranychna and Viktoriia Onopriienko were the ones selected for representing Ukraine at Europeans, but it was a last time minute decision including Vlada in this competition.

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

Team Ukraine for European Championships 2021 in Varna, Bulgaria are:

Junior group: Elizaveta Nabivach, Valeriya Panchenko, Snezhana Oschipko, Alina Pertseva, Karina Sydorak.

Karina Sydorak, who represented Ukraine as an individual junior gymnast at 2020 European Championships is now in the junior group

Individual Senior Gymnasts are:

Khrystina Pohranychna, Viktoriia Onopriienko and Vlada Nikolchenko

Senior Group are:

Yeva Meleshchuk, Anastasiia Voznyak, Daryna Duda, Diana Baeva, Alina Mel’nik and Maryola Bodnarchuk.

Yeva Meleshchuk is now representing Ukraine in the group category

Interview to Stiliana Nikolova

Stiliana Nikolova (BUL)

Stiliana Nikolova is a promising rhythmic gymnasts from Bulgaria. She is the current 2020 European Junior champion with ribbon and silver medalist with ball. This year, she is already competing in senior level, looking forward to qualify for Tokyo Olympic Games.

When did you start doing rhythmic gymnastics?.

My mother is a coach, so I grow up in the gym. I was always playing around with apparatus and looking to the other girls as they were stars. My mum is my inspiration and I would like to be like her. She is twice world European Champion.. I started doing gymnastics at four years old.

How do you calm down before competitions?

I get really nervous before competitions, but I need to manage all this stress. I even cry before competitions. I try to open to myself but sometimes it doesn’t work.

My mother was twice European Champion and World Champion

Which is your favorite apparatus?

I like all my routines, but my favorite one is clubs, especially my clubs 2021 exercise.

Do you like the current code of points in rhythmic gymnastics?

Not really, if I could do it, I’ll change all those throwing and catching. I would rather prefer to have more artistic and body difficulty. I feel like we are in the circus right now. I would also add more rhythmic steps.

Is your family living with you?

I was born in Cairo, Egypt, and my family is living over there. I have a lot of friends from Egypt and even if they are not living in Bulgaria, I feel that they close to me.

Stiliana Nikolova at Kiev European Championships 2020