KAZAN, Russia, Aug 31, 2019 – Evita Griskenas of Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, who finished eighth in the all-around, will compete in tomorrow’s ribbon final at the 2019 Kazan (Russia) World Challenge Cup at the Gymnastics Centre. Lili Mizuno of Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, placed 28th in all-around, and the U.S. group was 11th in its all-around. Griskenas will compete in the ribbon final via her seventh-place qualification ranking. The World Cup concludes with the event finals on Sunday at noon local time, which will be livestreamed in the U.S. at OlympicChannel.com at 5 a.m. ET and tape-delayed on the Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. ET, with a simulcast. Kazan is seven hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.
Griskenas earned eighth place in the all-around at 75.750. Her four event scores were: hoop, 19.400; ball, 18.900; clubs, 19.600; and 17.850, ribbon. Mizuno’s four-event total was 67.100, with event scores of 14.900/hoop, 17.250/ball, 17.650/clubs, and 17.300/ribbon. Russia’s twins Dina and Arina Averina took first and second with their 90.450 and 86.800, respectively. Bulgaria’s Katrin Tseva was third (80.900).
The U.S. group earned a 24.100 for its 3 hoops/2 pairs of clubs routine, which puts them in 11th place in the all-around at 49.30. The members of the U.S. group, which is based at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Isabelle Connor, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Connie Du, Deerfield, Ill.; Yelyzaveta Merenzon, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; Elizaveta Pletneva, Deerfield, Ill.; Nicole Sladkov, Vernon Hills, Ill.; and Kristina Sobolevskaya, Chicago. Russia won the all-around gold at 28.45, with Bulgaria second at 57.500 and Italy in third at 56.900.
NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the FIG Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Kazan, Russia, on Sunday, September 1. It will also air coverage of the World Challenge Cup in and Mersin, Turkey. 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. Additional live streaming coverage will also be available on OlympicChannel.com.