World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships enter final day of team competition on Sept. 23
posted on 09/22/2010

© Diane Bidermann

MOSCOW, Sept. 22, 2010 – The team competition at the 2010 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, held at the Olympiysky Sports Complex in Moscow, concludes tomorrow with the final day of competition in ball and ribbon. The all-around finals are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24, and the World Championships concludes on Sunday, Sept. 26, after two days of group competition.

With three of four days of the team and individual event competition finished, the U.S. Team is in 14th place at 211.775 points. The team totals at this point represent three of the four rhythmic apparatus. Russia is currently leading the team rankings at 253.850. The U.S. women compete in their last event, ball, on Thursday.

After half of the gymnasts have competed in ribbon, Julie Zetlin of Bethesda, Md., had the USA’s highest score at 25.300. Her teammates scores were: Shelby Kisiel of Houston/North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 23.750; and JoAnna Arnold of Northville, Mich./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, 21.500. Aliya Garayeva of Azerbaijan had the highest score thus far at 27.400.

Competition in hoop and rope has concluded. Russia’s Evgenia Kanaeva won both the rope and hoop gold medals, with her 28.550 and 28.925, respectively. Zetlin, who trains at Capital Rhythmics, had the USA’s top scores in both those events: 24.975, rope; and 25.075, hoop, where she finished 24th. The scores for the balance of the U.S. Team for those two apparatus were: Kisiel – 24.000 for hoop and 22.900 for rope; Olga Pavlenko of Brooklyn, N.Y./Isadora – 22.250, rope; and Arnold – 22.025 for hoop.