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Bronze medal for Bulgaria at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Kalamata

29 March 2010 / 09:03:42  GRReporter
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Emanuela Karastoyanova

Holding their breath, seconds before the start, which cost months and years of hard work. Gazing at the highest possible point - where only the eyes and the dreams of a player can reach. Last words of the coach, start and precisely counted time during which each player gives her best... This is not anything else but the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Kalamata. The event was held from March 26 to 28 in Hall “Tenta” and GRReporter was also there. We closely monitored the emotions of coaches and players, so we can tell you everything that happened. 

Participating in this year’s championship, which traditionally is held annually (since 1993) were 41 contestants from 20 countries in the individual program and 10 teams from 10 countries in the ensembles. In the individual program Greece presented competitors Michaela Metalidou, Varvara Filiou, Artemis Gavezou – Kastro and Anastasia Kontopidi. Michaela Metalidou gave reason for Greece to be proud by ranking 7th in the finals of the ball and ribbon. The Greek competitor brought joy also to the gathered in the hall audience, who applauded her performance. The 17-year-ols girl from Thessaloniki has been in the national team since 2005 and her favorite apparatus is the ribbon. During the European Championships in Baku this year she was ranked 18th in the individual program (combination), at the Mediterranean Cup in Pescara she ranked 5th (combination), in the World Cup in Kiev she ranked 17th (combination) and in the World in Mie she ranked 25th (again a combination). 

In ensembles Greece ranked 4th in hoops and 5th in rope and ribbon, giving great cause for joy to the team’s coach Kamelia Dounavka.

As part of the individual program Cypriot athlete Hristaleni Trikomitou ranked in the finals by ranking 8th in ribbon and hoop. 

Bulgaria's national team can also be very happy, because it ranked the country 3rd place in the ensembles of hoop, ribbon and rope. In the individual program Bulgaria competed with Silvia Miteva and Monica Mincheva, which ranked as follows: Silvia Miteva - 4th place in rope and hoop and 1st in ball, Monica Mincheva - 7th place in rope and 6th in ball. 

Here are the medal winners of the championship: in the individual program 1st place in ribbon took Daria Kondakova from Russia, 2nd Alia Garaeva from Azerbaijan and 3rd Liubou Charkashina from Belarus. Competing with rope 1st place was won again by Dahlia Kondakova, 2nd by Melitina Stanyuta from Belarus and 3rd by Yana Lukonina from Russia. In the hoop program 1st place was won by Melitina Stanyuta, 2nd by Daria Kondakova and 3rd by Liubou Charkashina. Competing with ball 1st place was won by the Bulgarian Silvia Miteva, 2nd by Militina Stanyuta and 3rd Daria Kondakova. 

In hoop ensembles 1st place took the team of Italy, 2nd the team of Belarus, and 3rd the team of Bulgaria. In rope and ribbon 1st place was won by the team of Belarus, 2nd by the team of Italy and 3rd by Bulgaria. 

The Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Kalamata is the fourth out of eight World Championships in 2010. It is only a "stop" in the annual ranking for athletes and ensembles since their evaluation is based on the sum of assessments of each apparatus, received during all the championships this year. So at the end of the year the ones who have gathered the most points are the winners of each apparatus - rope, ball, ribbon, hoop, and ensembles - the winners in category with 5 hoops or 3 ribbons/2 ropes. 

Since the beginning of the year athletes have participated in the World Championships in Montreal, Debrecen and Portimao. The next Championship will be held in Petersburg on April 3 and 4. We wish luck to all the girls!

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