U.S. rhythmic gymnasts compete in event finals at Guadalajara World Challenge Cup
posted on 05/05/2019

© John Cheng

GUADALAJARA, Spain, May 5, 2019 – Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./ North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, Nastasya Generalova of Los Angeles/California Rhythms, and the U.S. senior group competed in all six event finals on the final day of the Guadalajara (Spain) World Challenge Cup at the Guadalajara Multipurpose Pavilion. U.S.-based fans can watch the event finals tape-delayed on the Olympic Channel at 4 p.m. ET, with a simulcast.

In the hoop final, Zeng missed the medal podium, finishing fourth behind Russia’s Ekaterina Selezneva, 20.950 to 18.600. Russia’s Aleksandra Soldatova won the hoop title at 21.750, followed by Ukraine’s Khrystyna Pohranychna (21.050). For ball, Zeng was fifth (18.550). Soldatova was first at 21.550, with Ukraine’s Yeva Meleshchvk in second (19.350) and Italy’s Alexandra Agiurgiuculese third (19.200). Soldatova notched her third gold in the clubs final (21.000). Agiurgiuculese took second 20.500 and Selezneva rounded out the top three (20.200). Zeng was eighth (15.850). Generalova placed seventh in the ribbon final with a 15.700. Soldatova completed the gold sweep with a 18.950. Selezneva was second (18.200) with Agiurgiuculese winning the bronze (18.150).

In the 5 balls final, the U.S. group finished fifth (20.800). Russia grabbed the title (25.850), Italy was second (25.000), and Bulgaria placed third (22.950). In the 3 hoops/4 clubs qualification round, the U.S. group finished seventh with a 19.400. Bulgaria won the gold with a 25.300, followed by Russia (25.200) and Italy (24.950). The members of the U.S. group, which trains at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are 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.

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