BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 24, 2022 – The 2022 Baku World Cup wrapped with apparatus finals Sunday at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Azerbaijan. U.S. teammates Lili Mizuno (Northbrook, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) and Evita Griskenas (Orland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center) were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the ball final, while Griskenas added an eighth-place finish in the ribbon final.
Mizuno and Azerbaijan’s Arzu Jalilova both notched scores of 30.100 in the ball final, but the former U.S. group member was edged out of the fifth position once the tie-break criteria was applied. Griskenas, who made her 2022 international debut over the weekend, earned a 28.500 on ball in the first of two apparatus final appearances Sunday. She also posted a 25.950 on ribbon to close out competition in Baku. Bulgaria’s Boryana Kaleyn topped the field on both apparatus behind scores of 33.050 on ball and 29.750 on ribbon. All-around champion Sofia Raffaeli of Italy led the way on hoop with a 34.900. Israel’s Daria Atamanov claimed gold on clubs with a 30.950.
Griskenas and Mizuno will return to the world stage May 20-22 at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Pamplona, Spain.