Junior Individuals Rope and Ball Qualifications
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Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships kicked off today in Kiev, Ukraine. Junior individual gymnasts qualified for finals with rope and ball. Only six senior groups took the carpet to perform their five balls routine. Azerbaijan, is leading by the moment the standings, surprising the audience with a black leotard without crystals. Israel is by now in second position and both Ukraine and Estonia scored 32000. Estonia is in third place due to the tie break rules.
In the junior event, 57 junior gymnasts are competing for qualifying in apparatus finals. The top scores are Karina Sydorak from Ukraine (21.500) in rope, Daria Atamanov from Israel (22.650) with ball and Polina Karina with ball from Ukraine.
Rope /Gymnasts Qualified for finals
1. Karina Sydorak (UKR) 21.500
2. Dina Agisheva (BLR) 21.350
3. Eva Brezalieva (BUL) 21.100
4. Daria Atamanov (ISR) 20.175
5. Lily Ramonatxo (FRA) 19.250
6. Narmin Bayramova (AZE) 19.150
7. Evelin Viktoria Kocsis (HUN) 18.950
8. Annaliese Dragan (ROU) 18.525
Ball/Gymnasts Qualified for finals
1. Daria Atamanov (ISR) 22.650
2. Polina Karika (UKR) 22.650
3. Yelyzaveta Zorkina (BLR) 22.375
4. Stliana Nikolova (BUL) 21.925
5. Evelin Viktoria Kocsis (HUN) 21.300
6. Alina Gozalova (AZE) 21.200
7. Erika Dokutsajeva (EST) 20.075
8. Lily Ramonatxo (FRA) 19.850
1. Azerbaijan 34.600
2. Israel 34.100
3. Estonia 32.000
4. Ukraine 32.000
5. Turkey 31.900
6. France 29.250
Ukraine will be hosting the 36th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in the capital’s Palace of Sports from November 26 to 29. The last time that the city of Kiev hosted the European championships in rhythmic gymnastics was in 2004.
These championships are being held in the harsh conditions of the global coronavirus pandemic thats why all anti-epidemic rules and security measures are focused on this competition. The European Gymnastics has developed very detailed Covid-19 guidelines for the running of events.
The local organizing committee and its leader, Irina Deriugina, understand this responsibility. Some of these rules include:
- In case of a positive Covid-19 result during the event, all contacts of the person who has been infected will be monitored
- Medals will be disinfected before the award ceremony
- All participants must show a negative PCR SARS COV2, including gymnasts, staff, judges, coaches, volunteers and the media.
- Disposable masks are mandatory for everyone.
- Surfaces will be disinfected several times a day
- All public events are canceled, such as the final banquet, gala concert, city tours, receptions.
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Euskalgym is a massive event for the audience to enjoy discovering the spectacularity of rhythmic gymnastics . It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, raised to the category of art.
It is one of the most famous events of the year, where the top gymnasts from around the world perform one or two exercises and a gala. The event was held in BEC (Bilbao Exhibition Center), Bilbao (Spain) which also hosted huge events such as MTV Music Awards.
Because of the worldwide health crisis, the event was cancelled by the organization and they are looking forward the next autumn in 2021.
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Due to the worldwide health crisis, many federations withdrawn from European Championships that are going to be held in Kiev, Ukraine in a few days. A group that was among the favorites was Belarus. Today, Belarusian Senior Group withdrawn from the list.
On the other hand, Bulgarian Senior group recently confirmed that they withdrawn from European Championships in Kiev from November 26 to 29 since a member of the team, Erika Zafirova, tested positive for coronavirus. Local news reported that the team will be on quarantine for ten days and they will not be able to train either compete.
This competition will not qualify for Olympic Games, as it was planned before the health crisis.
Due to the current Covid19 crisis all over Europe, FIG will be asked to inform the IOC that Olympic Qualification is not possible at European Championships this year. These organizations don’t want to pressure Federations to travel to an event since the current situation is not appropiate for such an important decision.
Bulgarian Senior group recently confirmed that they withdrawn from European Championships in Kiev from November 26 to 29 since a member of the team, Erika Zafirova, tested positive for coronavirus.
Local news reported that the team will be on quarantine for ten days and they will not be able to train either compete.
Bulgarian Senior Group will no longer travel to the Kiev
This group has been in top 5 positions since 2014 and they clearly were favorites.
The situation right now is really unstable due to the Covid crisis in the whole Europe. Irina Deriugina confirmed this week that their intention is to still organize the event under strict conditions and with no audience.
On the other hand, Boryana Kaleyn and Katrin Taseva, will represent Bulgaria in the individual competition.
Current Ukrainian Champion, Vlada Nikolchenko recently talked to European Gymnastics Website about her Rhythmic Gymnastics career.
Just three weeks left to go to until the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships kick off!
Last week, several countries declined their participation at this event, including one of the favorite team, Italy. At the end of September, Russia also confirmed they won’t compete at European Championships this year due to the health crisis. Russia was already qualified for Olympic Games
“For us, the pandemic is affecting both physically and emotionally. Many competitions were cancelled. We are still training, went to a training camp this summer and got fit for the competitions. We are glad Irina Ivanovna Deriugina could manage to hold the Deriugina Cup last September.”
“The worldwide health crisis is affecting us both physically and emotionally”
“After everything was closed because of the lockdown in March, we had three months to prepare for competitions. The situation in the country remained difficult even at the beggining of the summer. At the moment, we are intensively preparing for the main date of this year – the European Championships. It is very important for us, the athletes to feel the spirit of the high level competition. We believe that everything will work out, despite all the hard times and the latest news.”
“My aim is to to compete at Olympic Games and win a medal. Right now I am also studying to become a coach, looking forward the future.”
“Many fans wrote us and supported us during quarantine, when everybody in Europe was at home. We were also asked to shoot some videos as an inspiration and support for all the gymnasts, who couldn’t train. In Instagram, they are creating groups to support us and fanpages. I have 30 thousand subscribers on my Instagram fan page. In Ukraine, we have a Telegram channel of the national team, but the interest for rhythmic gymnastics never subsides.”
Kiev host the European Championships with the absence of the spectators in the stands.
Source: European Gymnastics
The music is the artistic part of a Rhythmic Gymnastics exercise. It is also regulated by Rhythmic Gymnastics Code of Points. A sounds signal may start before the music, which indicates the gymnast to be ready for the song. The sounds of sirens, car engines and non typical music is totally forbidden. Each piece of music must be recorded using CD, single or USB. The name of the gymnast, country (the 3 capital letters used by the FIG to designate the gymnast’s country) and the apparatus.
Since 2013, music with non-offensive words was allowed to use in Rhythmic Gymnastics
- 0.50 point for music not conforming to regulations for Individual and Group exercises.
- In case the music plays incorrectly (wrong music, music distortion or interruption, etc.), it is the responsibility of the gymnast(s) or Group(s) to stop the exercise as soon as the gymnast(s) or Group(s) realizes the music is incorrect; the gymnast(s) will exit the competition floor and will re-enter and re-start the routine with her/their own/correct music when called to the competition floor.