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U.S. rhythmic group finishes 11th in qualifying at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
posted on 08/07/2021

© John Cheng

TOKYO, August 7, 2021 - The U.S. rhythmic group, comprised of Isabelle Connor of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Camilla Feeley of Wheeling, Ill., Lili Mizuno of Northbrook, Ill., Elizaveta Pletneva of Wheeling, Ill., and Nicole Sladkov, Vernon Hills, Ill., finished 11th in the qualification round at the Tokyo Olympic Games Friday at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. The group was just edged out of Saturday's final with the top eight teams advancing.

The U.S. notched a 37.850 in five balls and 35.825 in three hoops and two pairs of clubs for a total of 73.675. Bulgaria led the way with a combined 91.800, while the Russian Olympic Committee (89.050) and Italy (87.150) also qualified in the top three. The group final, which serves as the finale for gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics, will kick off Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.

In the individual all-around final, Israel's Linoy Ashram took gold with a 107.800 across the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon apparatus. Dina Averina of the Russian Olympic Committee earned the silver medal with a 107.650, and Alina Harnasko of Belarus claimed the bronze with a 102.700.