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BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 15, 2019 – Qualification rounds at the 2019 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships begin Sept. 16 at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan. The seven-day championships has competition in both individual and group rhythmic gymnastics, and berths to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and the 2021 World Games in Birmingham, Ala., are on the line.
For the Olympic Games, the top 16, max two per country, in the all-around final rankings and the top five groups in the all-around, who have not already qualified, will qualify for Tokyo. For the 2021 World Games, the top 20 in the all-around final, as well as four wild cards from the qualification round, will earn berths to Birmingham.
The U.S. gymnasts competing in Baku are Camilla Feeley of Deerfield, Ill.; Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill.; and Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill.; the group includes Isabelle Connor of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Connie Du of Deerfield, Ill.; Yelyzaveta Merenzon of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Elizaveta Pletneva of Deerfield, Ill./; Nicole Sladkov of Vernon Hills, Ill./; and Kristina Sobolevskaya of Chicago. All of them train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center.
Competition begins with individual rhythmic gymnastics, and the U.S. women are competing in Group B at 1:30 p.m. local time on Sept. 16. Both Griskenas and Zeng begin on hoop. All three will compete on Sept. 18 at 4:40 p.m., starting on clubs. The championships features finals in the all-around, with the top 24 from qualifications, and event finals, top eight from qualifications, with a max of two per country. There are also is a team ranking based on the top eight of 10 scores from the qualification round (two hoop, two ball, three clubs and three ribbon routines). The group competition also has the all-around and event finals (top eight per event).
The complete competition schedule is below, and Baku is eight hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.
Sept. 16, Qualification rounds, hoop and ball
- 12 p.m. – Group A
- 1:30 p.m. – Group B (USA, 1 and 2)
- 4 p.m. – Group C
- 5:35 p.m. – Group D
Sept. 17, Qualification rounds, hoop and ball
- 10 a.m. – Group C
- 11:30 a.m. – Group D
- 2 p.m. – Group A
- 3:35 p.m. – Group B (USA, 1 and 2)
- 7:30 p.m. – Finals, hoop and ball
Sept. 18, Qualification rounds, clubs and ribbon
- 12 p.m. – Group D
- 1:55 p.m. – Group C
- 4:40 p.m. – Group B (USA, 1, 2 and 3)
- 6:55 p.m. – Group A
Sept. 19, Qualification rounds, hoop and ball
- 9 a.m. – Group B (USA, 1, 2 and 3)
- 11:15 a.m. – Group A
- 2:10 p.m. – Group D
- 4:05 p.m. – Group C
- 7:30 p.m. – Finals, clubs and ribbon
Sept. 20, Final, all-around
- 2:30 p.m. – Group B (rank 13-24)
- 5:30 p.m. – Group A (rank 1-12)
- Sept. 21, Final, all-around; qualification, 5 balls, 3 hoops/2 pairs of clubs
- 2:30 p.m. – Group A (USA, 5 balls; 3hoops/2 pairs of clubs)
- 4:30 p.m. – Group B
Sept. 22. Final, 5 balls and 3 hoops/2 pairs of clubs
- 2:30 p.m. – 5 Balls
- 3:15 p.m. – 3 hoops/2 pairs of clubs
U.S. fans can watch the finals via a livestream and tape delayed broadcast, with a simulcast, on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel, respectively. NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the finals at FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app, which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
Sept. 17 – 11:30 a.m. ET – Hoop, ball finals – Live/Olympic Channel TV, livestream
Sept. 19 – 11:30 a.m. ET – Clubs, ribbon finals – Live/Olympic Channel TV, livestream
Sept. 20 – 6:30 a.m. ET – Ind. all-around final – Livestream
Sept. 20 – 8 p.m. ET – Ind. all-around final – Tape-delayed Olympic Channel TV, livestream
Sept. 21 – 6:30 a.m. ET – Group all-around final – Livestream
Sept. 21 – 6 p.m. ET – Group all-around final – Tape-delayed Olympic Channel TV, livestream
Sept. 22 – 6:30 a.m. ET – Group event finals – Livestream
Sept. 22 – 10 p.m. ET – Group event finals – Tape-delayed Olympic Channel TV, livestream
The International Gymnastics Federation’s website will have live results and other information.