Aleksandra Soldatova announces her retirement

Aleksandra Soldatova in 2017

Four-time world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Alexandra Soldatova announces retirement. She still wants to be linked to gymnastics, but not in a competitive way, because as she said, Rhythmic gymnastics is my life, my love, my passion. will never go anywhere from my life. She confirmed this information on December 24th.

The last time she gave an interview, to Russia Today she talked about her long-lasting battle with an eating disorder. She recognised that she needed help against anxiety, that was caused by a rigorous weight control. This issue has seriously damaged her mental and physical health.

“I officially announce the end of my sports career. It was a wonderful journey of 16 years. Now I remember only good things, because the other simply cannot be. I have nothing to regret and nothing to be sad about – I have achieved what I could not even dream of in childhood. “

Soldatova was one of the gymnasts most beloved by the audience. She has lots of fanclubs all around the world. “Thanks to my fans all over the world. You have always been my support and motivation. I performed for you! I ask you not to be sad, but to be happy for me and wish me luck in my new life stage!”.

She really appreciates her relationship with her former coach, Anna Dyachenko (Shumilova). The path was not easy. Soldatova injured her leg two years ago and missed the European Championships. The doctors confirmed that she had a fracture.

Anna Dyachenko and Aleksandra Soldatova

 “Special thanks to my personal coach, Anna Dyachenko”

Soldatova is a very taleted gymnasts and she realized about this since she started doing rhythmic gymnastics. Her inner flexibility and her charisma made her unique.

When I started doing gymnastics I didn’t know Kabaeva, Kanaeva… I just liked gymnastics and that’s why I focused on it. I even wasn’t interested in Olympic Games or World Championships.

Aleksandra Soldatova

Results and Irina Viner’s impressions of 3rd International Online Tournament 2020

Arina Averina (RUS)

The third international tournament ended with the triumph of Russian Team. It was a great option to all teams that do not want to risk the health of their children and their coaches, but still want to compete. Each new edition there are more and more participating countries, both in number and in composition. One of the strongest gymnast from Bulgaria, Katrin Taseva, took part in this tournament and took third place in the all-around competition. Ekaterina Selezneva is increasing her physical shape since she was ill and still recovering. Daria Trubnikova and Diana Simoshina are in the same situation, that’s why they didn’t compete in the 3rd International Online Tournament. On the other hand, Sofia Agafonova, was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Daria Trubnikova (RUS)

Sofia could, of course, perform on painkillers, but we did not risk it, because the girl is still a junior.  Therefore, we decided not to risk her health. “

Irina Viner Usmanova said

Anastasiya Guzenkova tested positive in COVID and she spent 14 days in isolation. She was tested three times, hoping the first one was false positive. So it was with Simakova. But every time she had a positive result. Although outwardly she was absolutely healthy. Therefore, I just sat at home in quarantine, now everything is fine. 

Unfortunately, Covid indirectly greatly influenced, of course. We have never had so many injuries.

Explained by Irina Viner Usmanova
Anastasiya Guzenkova

What is your opinion about the Senior Russian Team?

This is an established team, they are a mountain for each other, they understand each other perfectly, they are very motivated, they are very good children. But, unfortunately, their program leaves much to be desired in terms of difficulty. However, they are ready. Some have been ill with covid, some were injured, because they still have an adult program. We made it easier precisely so that they could do it in the composition in which they are now. They performed pretty well. But yesterday, by the way, their coaches wrote to me that they would not be responsible for their performance. Because their training was not compatible, first of all, with injuries. I made a decision that they will still perform, because they have been preparing so much … Otherwise, it would not be right. And it could hit their nerves so that they would take a very long time to recover. We talked and decided that they would perform. 

What is your opinion about the Italian and Bulgarian Team?

Italians, like us and refused to participate in the European Championship. The Bulgarians did not go with the group exercise either. A girl in Bulgaria immediately after Kiev fell ill, the judges fell ill, other children in different countries fell ill. I refused in July, I understood everything.  They gathered everyone and even asked if they could take gymnasts from one team and move them to another team. Everything is possibe!

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

An International Tournament, “Moscow Cup” will be held on December 17th. Some gymnasts will perform once again except for Arina and Dina. And the group will also perform. In February, if everything goes well, the Grand Prix of Moscow will be online.

Full Results of 3rd International Online Tournament

Irina Viner, winner of the prize “Coach of the Year”

Irina Viner-Usmanova, president of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, received the Prize of Russia prize in the “Coach of the Year” in Russia at a ceremony held by the Russian Ministry of Sports. The National Sports Award was founded by the government of the Russian Federation in 2010.

The winners are awarded with this title of laureate win a prize of 1 million rubles. Eleven people were nominated for this award. Team Russia did participate in the 2020 European Championships. European Championships of Kiev was not a part of the Olympic Qualification Proccess. Russia was already qualified.

Lala Kramarenko

Source: TASS Agency

Information about 3rd Online International Tournament Moscow 2020

The 3rd INTERNATIONAL ONLINE RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS TOURNAMENT is a competition through livestream that will be for senior and junior individuals and both senior and junior groups.
The countries that will take part in this competition are SUI, UZB, RUS, ITA BUL, SRB, FRA, LAT and FIN.

Some of the most popular gymnasts of the world are confirmed for this tournament such as Dina Averina, Arina Averina, Ekaterina Selezneva, Katrin Taseva, Milena Baldassarri and Alexandra Agiurgiuculese among others. Boryana Kaleyn finally withdrawn from the competition because of temperature.

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

Schedule (Moscow Timing)


Irina Annenkova (RUS)
Katrin Taseva (BUL)


The fifth exercise with hoop is:

Silviya Miteva 2011 BUL 10 votes 4.83%

Anna Rizatdinova’s hoop is the 4th most voted

Anna Rizatdinova 2013 UKR 11 votes 5.31%

The third exercise, with 12 votes:

Yana Kudryavtseva 2016 RUS, 12 votes 5.80%

The second exercise with the most of the votes:

Margarita Mamun 2015 RUS, 15 votes 7.25%

And the most voted is…:

Boryana Kaleyn 2019 BUL with 102 votes (49.28)

Gymnast’s sensations after European Championships

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)

“This is my second big competition for 2020. We officially close the season. It was a very strange and different year. Although we did not have normal training and we constantly had to interrupt, we left for this race with a great desire to compete and show that we can and will fight for medals. I want to thank all the people who were by my side and helped me get through this difficult time. I know that this was definitely not my maximum and I am ready to work 24/7 to achieve together the result that so many people work and dream about!

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)

Yeva Meleschuk (UKR)

I always do everything that is important for me with love❤️ and these wonderful emotions of happiness and pride to represent Ukraine at our European Championship in Kiev will remain in my memory forever✨ No matter how difficult the training path was, I knew that I was where I should be and where you wait me, love and support me! Let the Championship be without public, but thanks to the incredible work of everyone in organizing these competitions, that each of you could live this celebration of sport with us! And I want to say thank you to all our coaches, doctors, photographers, fans, because we are one team, we are Team Ukraine and we are making history together”

Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR)

Ireesha Blohina (UKR)

“This is a historic medal for out team”


Team Ukraine

Alina Harnasko (BLR)

“I am very happy! I can’t believe this is real!”

Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Anastasiia Salos (BLR)

“Thank you all so much for your support and faith in me!”

Anastasiia Salos (BLR)

Karina Sydorak (UKR)

“This is the end of my first European Championships.These were unforgettable impressions and emotions. We have been waiting for this event for a long time. Thank you to all organizers and sponsors who never let me give up, always help me in difficult moments, rejoice for me and love me. And finally, thank you to everyone who cared and believed for me. The main thing is to believe and work hard, then dreams come true!”

Karina Sydorak (UKR)

Daria Atamanov (ISR)

“My first European Championship is done! I want to say a huge thank you to my amazing coaches who were by my side all the way and helped me achieve these results. This is my first time in a competition of this magnitude.”

Daria Atamanov (ISR)

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

“After a whole year of uncertainty about what is going to happen whether there will be an Olympics or not, whether there will be a European Championship or not, I am so happy that I have finally returned to a place I missed so much and have been waiting for so long and it is the competition surface. I did not go through this difficult and challenging period alone I received tremendous support from so many people who made sure I could continue to keep myself and fit.”

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

Melaniia Tur (UKR)

“I am overwhelmed with emotions … It was the most exciting, unforgettable and generally the coolest competition of the year! I can’t imagine myself with this medal (gold). Irina Ivanovna Deriugina, you are really the kind of person who knows how to support, praise, and put you on your feet. Your faith in me makes you move on and not relax! And I want to say so that everyone hears that despite all the difficulties and obstacles, I AM NOT GOING TO GIVE UP! So, with renewed vigor and spirit – let’s continue working!”

Melaniia Tur (UKR)

Polina Karika (UKR)

“I still can’t believe it … I am grateful to everyone who supported, helped, supported me and believed in me. Thank you for giving me a chance and believing in me to the last. I also want to say a huge thank you to all the coaching staff and my first coaches. And of course I want to thank my relatives who supported me in difficult times. It was a dream and it came true.”

Polina Karika (UKR)

Yelizaveta Zorkina (BLR)

“I want to say thank you very much for the preparation, for the moral support, for the patience and faith in me.”

Yelizaveta Zorkina (BLR)

Alona Hillel (ISR)

“Thank you so much to everyone my amazing coaches and the whole team. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have had in my life and I am so happy that I got to this European Championship. Thank you so much for an amazing experience!”

Alona Hillel (ISR)

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2020 Day 4 Photos II

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)
Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)
Yeva Meleschuk (UKR)
Yeva Meleschuk (UKR)

Kiev European Championships 2020 Summary

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)


Official Trainings Pictures

First Day of Competition: Junior Qualifications (Ball and Rope)

Second Day of Competition: Junior Qualifications (Clubs and Ribbon)

Third Day of Competition: Junior Individual Finals

Fourth Day of Competition: All-Around Final Top Three Senior Individuals

Fourth Day of Competition: All-Around Final Senior Individual (Coming Soon)

Vlada Nikolchenko (UKR)

General Information

Special Measures


Day 1 : Junior Qualifications

Day 2: Junior Qualifications. Groups Qualifications

Day 3: Junior Apparatus Finals and Senior Groups Finals

Day 4: Senior Individual All-Around Final


Linoy Ashram, winner of European Championships 4 routines

Alina Harnasko, Vice-Champion of Europe 4 routines

Anastasiia Salos, European Championships bronze medallist

Israel, all-around champions in Senior Groups, Azerbaijan silver medallists and Ukraine bronze medallists

Junior Apparatus Finals

Turkey, winners of Clubs and Hoops Final

Ukraine, winners of 5 balls Final

Group A and B All -Around Senior Indivual Final

Team Competition. Medals Ceremony

Award Ceremony All-Around Final Senior Individual

Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships 2020 Senior Individual All-Around Final Results

Linoy Ashram (ISR) is the European Champion

Linoy Ashram makes history and becomes the first non-Russian European Champion in the all-around senior individual final. Ashram, has won numerous medals in recent years and is seen as one of the country’s leading hopes in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, delayed from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.Back in 1997 Elena Vitrichenko from Ukraine was the last non Russian to win this championship. The battle for gold displayed between Israel’s Linoy Ashram and Belarussian Alina Harnasko, who was in the last seasons recovering from ACL (knee) double surgery. About the bronze medal, several gymnasts were in contention before the fourth and last routine. Boryana Kaleyn from Bulgaria and Anastasiia Salos from Belarus were fighting for the podium, but after a drop in Boryana’s clubs routine, Salos got the medal.

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)

Both Alina Harnasko and Linoy Ashram scored 100,900 but as the tie breaking rules state, the total execution is firstly compared. The technical deductions also moved Linoy into the lead ahead of Alina. This could gave the gold medal to Linoy Ashram from Israel.

Boryana Kaleyn could not win a medal this time and finished fourth ahead of Nicol Zelikman (ISR), who made four clear routines and Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR).

Yeva Meleshchuk (UKR)
Anastasiia Salos (BLR)
  1. Linoy Ashram (ISR) 100.900
  2. Alina Harnasko (BLR) 100.900
  3. Anastasia Salos (BLR) 96.500
1ISRLinoy Ashram (ISR)100.900
2BLRAlina Harnasko (BLR)100.900
3BLRAnastasiia Salos (BLR)96.500
4BULBoryana Kaleyn (BUL)95.300
5ISRNicol Zelikman (ISR)94.600
6UKRYeva Meleshchuk (UKR)93.450
7BULKatrin Taseva (BUL)92.150
8UKRVlada Nikolchenko (UKR)90.000
9AZEZohra Aghamirova (AZE)88.300
10ROUAndreea Verdes (ROU)88.050
11HUNFanni Pigniczki (HUN)87.650
12AZEArzu Jalilova (AZE)87.600
13SLOEkaterina Vedeneeva (SLO)86.700
14ESTViktoria Bogdanova (EST)82.350
15LATJelizaveta Polstjanaja (LAT)82.350
16MACRejchl Stojanov (MAC)80.600
17TURKamelya Tuncel (TUR)80.050
18ROUSonia Ichim (ROU)79.350
19LTUFausta Sostakaite (LTU)69.900
20MDAAnastasia Guz (MDA)69.600
21CZEDenisa Stepankova (CZE)69.150
22LUXElena Smirnova (LUX)64.550
23CROLana Sambol (CRO)60.650
24MNEJovana Markovic (MNE)47.100
25BIHHana Kahriman (BIH)21.400
Alina Harnasko (BLR)