USA claims nine rhythmic medals in Calais
posted on 03/19/2014

CALAIS, France, March 20, 2014 Acaa At the International Tournament of Pas de Calais held last weekend, the USA won the team title. Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles/California Rhythms, won the junior all-around title, and Aliya Protto of Culver City, Calif./California Rhythms, was third in the senior all-around at the two-day event held at the Calypso Sport and Cultural Complex in Calais, France. In the individual events, Generalova won the hoop and ball titles along with the ribbon silver, and Protto captured three silver medals (ball, clubs, ribbon) and one bronze (hoop).

In the junior all-around, Generalova easily won the title with her 58.116 total. Belgium's Anais Collin was second at 57.832, followed by France's Camille Ay at 56.582. Generalova's event scores were: hoop, 15.733; ball, 13.900; clubs, 14.383; and ribbon, 14.100.

Generalova continued her success in the individual event finals, winning both hoop (14.866) and ball (14.500), along with the ribbon silver (14.100). Generalova also received a special prize as the top junior gymnast. Azerbaijan's Beyza Demir won the ribbon title (14.900). Collin won the clubs title (14.750) and was second in both hoop (14.816) and ball (14.450). Ay was second in clubs (14.666) and third in both hoop (14.466) and ribbon (14.033). Finland's Alejia Kolomainen was third in clubs (14.250) and tied for the ball bronze with France's Axelle Jovenin (14.133).

Protto's 62.182 in the senior all-around earned her the bronze spot on the medal podium. Estonia's Olga Bogdanova was first at 64.933, and Azerbaijan's Gulsum Shafizada was second at 64.082. Protto's event scores were: hoop, 16.216; ball, 14.533; clubs, 15.633; and ribbon, 15.800.

In the senior individual event finals, Protto finished second in the ball (15.283), clubs (15.700) and ribbon (15.700), as well as posted a 14.566 in hoop for the bronze. Shafizada won all four event titles: ball, 16.633; hoop, 16.233; clubs, 16.450; and ribbon, 15.800. The remaining event medals went to: silver Acaa Bogdanova, hoop (15.783); and bronze -- France's Ambre Chaboud for ball (14.900), and Bogdanova for clubs (15.666) and ribbon (15.666).