Fifteen years down the line graces repeat success
Belarusian national team wins all-round gold for group exercises at 32nd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship, hosted by Kiev, repeating 1998’s success in this Olympic sport
By Yegor Glebov
Alexandra Narkevich, Marina Goncharova, Yana Lukovets, Valeria Pishchelina, Anna Dudenkova and Maria Kotyak, trained by Honoured Coach Tatiana Nenasheva, left little chance to their opponents, easily taking gold.
In the 10 clubs discipline, Belarus won the highest number of points: 17,783. With 3 balls and 2 hoops, they also led, with 17,925 points. In the all-round event, Belarus’ score of 35,708 points was unrivalled, with Italy taking a surprise silver (34,733) and Russia settling for bronze (34,225).
Earlier in 2013, Belarus won several medals at the FIG World Cup and took almost the same team to Kiev; the only change was the introduction of Yana Lukovets. 2012 Olympic silver medalists Alexandra Narkevich and Marina Goncharova took part also.
The team’s gold success in Kiev is the first in this event since the 1998 World Championships in Seville, Spain, when Olga Zaitseva, Galina Malashenko, Anna Glazkova, Tatiana Belan, Irina Ilyenkova and Anastasia Zvariko claimed victory.
On the final day of the World Championship in Kiev, our Belarusian graces claimed silver medals in the separate group exercise with 3 balls and 2 ribbons, which finished the programme of the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship. Belarusians Alexandra Narkevich, Marina Goncharova, Yana Lukovets, Valeria Pishchelina, Anna Dudenkova and Maria Kotyak earned 15,550 points, behind Russia (18,183); Italy was third (17,166).
In the medal standings, Belarus was ranked among the best squads of the 32nd World Championship, occupying third place. Belarusians gymnasts boasted 5 awards — 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze: the latter were earned by Melitina Stanyuta in separate exercises with the ball and the ribbon, as well as in the individual all-round.