Under the flag of new leaders: Hungary holds the European championship in rhythmic gymnastics

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich in fotobanka Averina (Russia) performs an exercise with a ribbon. Archival photoUnder the flag of new leaders: Hungary holds the European championship in rhythmic gymnastics© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich the image Bank

The national team of Russia in rhythmic gymnastics kicks off in the first championship after the Olympic games in 2016, which will be a serious test for the new leaders of the national team.

The European championship will be held in the Hungarian capital Budapest from 19 to 21 may.

The new format

2017 European Championships will be held in a new format: in odd years the tournament will take part seniori-leczniczy, and in groups of teams will represent the Junior team, in even-numbered years on the contrary – will compete in Junior women individual, in the exercise group will perform senior teams. The results of the training, which takes place during the first two competition days, in individual and group exercises will be summed to determine the winners of the team competition. The qualification will determine the finalists in all categories. The finals in both the groups and the individual will be held in the third day of competition.

While in even-numbered years to the third day of competition, in addition to finals in groups of seniors and juniors in different kinds, will be held in the senior competition in the individual all-around, which will be attended by 24 of the best athletes in the previous European Championships (odd years).

Thus, in Budapest, the first day of competition, Friday, the Junior team in the groups first present their programs with 10 clubs, seniorty will compete in exercises with Hoop and ball.

On Saturday the group a second time will present a program with 10 clubs, the start-sheet will be formed at the end of the performance the day before. The seniors will be competitions in exercises with clubs and ribbon.

The best 8 gymnasts in each kind and the best 8 groups are qualified for the finals. The finals of group exercises and individual types will be held on Sunday.

The Russian team flew to Budapest on Tuesday with the following composition: Aleksandra Soldatova, Dina and Arina Averina, and in the exercise group will be represented by Junior team: Olga Sadomskaya, Christina Telyatnikova, Darya Perevozchikova, Xenia Markova, Elizaveta Bohackova and Diana Menzhinskaya.

We will remind that after the Olympic games in 2016. declared silver medalist Rio Yana Kudryavtseva, winner of the Games in the individual all around Margarita Mamun has suspended performances, giving way to the new stars of the team Irina Viner-Usmanova. As noted by the President of the Russian Federation of rhythmic gymnastics (WPHG), at the moment, the Olympic champion, she does not expect, but will be happy if she returns for performances.

Under pressure

Now came to the fore sisters Averina and Soldatova with his new role still manage to cheer throughout the season showing the highest results in the international tournaments and Grand Prix events. At the same time and unwanted stardom the Russians, fortunately, is not observed.

«It is difficult to say (whether you feel yourself the number one team now), said Soldatov. — In Russia always there is a replacement, a lot of great gymnasts, and I can’t say that I’m the only one left. As for the season, we aim to show yourself in a new way. Want the whole world to see what I really am. Not only in training but also at competitions. Task — to overcome itself, and to do my best».

However, given the high level of Russian athletes to cope with pressure and responsibility they are likely to be able without any problems. Dispensing types, the coaching staff of Russian national team decided that Soldatov will perform in the all-around on the first day of the tournament with a Hoop and a ball, and the second with the tape. Dina Averina would participate in the exercise with a Hoop on the first day, as well as with clubs and ribbon in the second, and Arina Averina will compete for the gold in the exercises with ball and clubs.