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23 Feb 2015

Staniouta wins five medals at Moscow Grand Prix

MINSK, 24 February (BelTA) – Belarusian Melitina Staniouta claimed five (one gold, two silver and two bronze) medals at the Rhythmic Gymnastics Grand Prix Series leg in Moscow, the Russian Federation, BelTA has learned.

The Belarusian collected a total of 72.098 points to take bronze in the Individual All-Around competitions. Five-time world champion Margarita Mamun of Russia collected gold with the total of 73.049 points, while eight-time world champion Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia bagged silver (72.432 points).

The leader of the Belarusian national team also made appearance in all four routines. She picked up the title with the Clubs (the total of 18.166 points). Melitina Staniouta earned silvers with the Loop (18.233) and the Ball (17.900). The Russian gymnasts were on top in both the events. Margarita Mamun won the Loop with the total of 18.900 points. Alexandra Soldatova was perfect in the Ball routine (18.200). Melitina Staniouta also won bronze with the Ribbon (18.050). Margarita Mamun claimed the title in the event with 18.966 points. Second went Yana Kudryavtseva with 18.383.

Belarus’ Yulia Yevchik was second in the junior All-Around (rope, loop, ball, clubs) with the total of 62.132 points. The event was won by Russia’s Alina Yermolova (63.916).

The Moscow Grand Prix is a traditional opener of the rhythmic gymnastics season. World-class rhythmic gymnasts have an opportunity to show off their new exercises and experiment with background music. The athletes will soon perform at the 2015 World Cup legs which will be held in Lisbon (Portugal), Bucharest (Romania), Pesaro (Italy), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Budapest (Hungary), Sofia (Bulgaria), Kazan (Russia). One of the main tournaments of the year, the 2015 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, will be hosted by Minsk in May.

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