© Takayuki Murakami

MINSK, Belarus, May 22, 2016 – 2015 World all-around finalist and reigning U.S. champ Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, won two bronze medals today during the apparatus finals of the Minsk (Belarus) World Cup. The medals are the first for a U.S. competitor at the World Cup.

First, Zeng scored an 18.050 to win the hoop bronze medal. Margarita Mamun of Russia, the 2015 World hoop champion, topped the standings with a 19.000. Zeng’s second medal of the day came in ribbon, where she also earned an 18.050. Mamun was again the champion with a score of 18.950. Zeng finished fourth in ball with an 18.000. Mamun won the gold at 19.150.

The USA’s Camilla Feeley of Highland Park, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics, was called up as reserve for the clubs final. She posted a 16.800 for eighth place. Mamun completed her sweep of the gold medals, taking the title with a 19.100.

In group competition, the USA finished eighth in both of the clubs/hoop final and the five ribbons final. They posted scores of 16.000, clubs/hoop, and 14.250, five ribbons. The members of the U.S. senior group, who train at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, are: Kiana Eide of Northbrook, Ill.; Alisa Kano of Glencoe, Ill.; Natalie McGiffert of Northbrook, Ill.; Monica Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; Jennifer Rokhman of Northbrook, Ill.; and Kristen Shaldybin of Chicago.