Japan was the consistent leader of the senior and junior competition throughout the 1999 4 Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, hosted by USA Gymnastics June 10-13 at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Yukari Murata of Takarazuka, Japan was the Senior All-Around Individual Champion and led her country to the All-Around team title. The final team score was 114.623. Murata’s individual final score was 38.599. She also placed first in the ribbon apparatus in the Event Finals. Her teammate Rieko Matsunaga finished second in the All-Around with a score of 38.233.
Lindsay Powell, also of Jacksonville, Fla., placed third in the Individual All-Around, receiving a spot in all four event finals. Powell won the event finals in ball and club, and placed fourth in rope.