FIG confirms that the scores at Olympic Games in Tokyo were fair

Dina Averina (RUS)



Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Star, European and World Champion finished second in Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, behind Linoy Ashram. This was the first time in 20 years that Russia didn’t win gold in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Olympic Games, both in individuals and groups.

This results were noticed as a “scandal and corruption” by the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation. On the other hand, International Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation carried out an evaluation of the scoring system in the past Olympic Games. This consisted on a post-review evaluation components in all the phases of Tokyo 2020. The conclusion was the confirmation that no bias or irregularities were identified in the judging panels.

Linoy Ashram (ISR)


Therefore, FIG published a statement about that the rankings and results of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competitions in Rhythmic Gymnastics for both Individuals and Groups were fair and impartial.  

Many judges received hateful messages through their social media, that were described as “utterly unacceptable” by International Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation.

Alina Harnasko (BLR), 3rd in Tokyo 2020

Linoy Ashram becomes Olympic Champion in Tokyo 2021

Linoy Ashram (ISR)

Israel’s top rhythmic gymnast made history for her country becoming the first Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics. She is also the first sportswoman that has won a medal in Olympic Games for Israel.

Linoy Ashram told to the press in Tokyo that she worked a lot with her coach for becoming a champion. She couldn’t be happier for this gold medal.

“I was just focused on a good execution of my routines. I tried to do my best. I was not thinking about the scores, positions or even medals. I wanted to show all of my work”.


Linoy had a mistake during her last routine (ribbon). This drop gave a chance to other gymnast, like Dina Averina, to win the Olympic gold medal. This fact, built a big controversy around the scores and the judgement during the Olympic final. Russian press also have labeled the judgement as unfair.

“I had a mistake with ribbon. I think it was because I knew this was my last routine and I was nervous. After this routine, I started crying with my coach. We were really happy, since we knew I would have a medal. My coach was really proud of me. This moment was so emotional”

Ashram didn’t confirm to the press if she will continue her sports career. She will take a break for holidays 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)

BRONZE: Italy

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

Anastasiia Bliznyuk

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
Source: losdeportes.info
Alina Harnasko (BLR)

Information about Euskalgym Rhythmic Gymnastics Gala 2019

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Euskalgym is a unique show held in Bilbao, Dpain where the best gymnasts in the world are reunited for a magic spectacle. It is a tribute to gymnastics, designed for the delight of fans of this sport, elevated to the art category. Euskalgym is a massive event for the public to enjoy discovering the spectacular nature of gymnastics.

The event is held on BEC Arena, a huge exhibition area in Barakaldo which can seat up to 20.000 people.

Euskalgym started 14 years back in Basque Country, Spain as a small event for local gymnasts. In the last edition in 2018, more than 8300 spectactors crowded BEC Arena. This year, more than 6000 tickets were sold out in less than four hours. Curretly, tickets are sold out.

Save the date! 16th of November 2019 at BEC Arena, Bilbao.

Participants:

Current World All-Around Champion, Dina Averina

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Dina Averina (RUS)

World Champion in Ribbon in 2017, Aleksandra Soldatova

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Aleksandra Soldatova (RUS)

Bronze medallist in European Championships 2018, Katsiaryna Halkina

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Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR)

Current Vice World Champion, Arina Averina

ARINA AVERINA

Arina Averina (RUS)

 

Current World Championships Bronze in All-Around Competition Medallist, Linoy Ashram

LINOY ASHRAM

Linoy Ashram

Current World Champion in Hoop, Ekaterina Selezneva

EKATERINA SELEZNEVA

Ekaterina Selezneva (RUS)

Current Junior World Champion, Lala Kramarenko

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Lala Kramarenko (RUS)

Current World Bronze Medallist in ball and ribbon, Boryana Kaleyn

Boryana Kaleyn

Boryana Kaleyn (BUL)

Ukrainian Senior National Team
Member, Honoured Master of Sports International Class, Yeva Meleshchuk

The Bulgarian “Golden Girls” Senior Bulgarian Team

BULGARI

Current World Team Bronze Medallist, Anastasiia Salos and Alina Harnasko

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Alina Harnasko (BLR)

ANASTASIYA SALOS

Anastasiia Salos (BLR)