24-Sep-2011Montpellier, France ITALY defends its All-around Group Title - German surprised on 6th place
Italy won All-around Gold!
The group of ITALY defends in a strong manner the last year's all-around title.
With 55,150 points the Italian girls won gold in front of RUSSIA (54,850) and the group of BULGARIA (54,125).
Despite of the best score with five balls the 2010 silvermedallist Belarus made some mistakes with the combined exercise and came so on fourth place only (52,850).
Behind the strong team from Japan on fifth place the German group surprised with top performances and came on sixth and booked the last directly Olympic ticket for the next years Games in London.
The swiss and the Isralian girls were happy about qualifying for the ribbons/ropes final...
These 31st Worlds of Rhythmic Gymnastics will finish on Sunday with the two group's finals (2 pm., local time)
The group competition started at the 31st World Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Montpellier with the group all-around, the top favorite countries, Russia and Belarus, together with Bulgaria and Israel performed in group 1.
The best six groups of the all-around event in Montpellier qualify directly for the Olympic Games in London 2012 and the others have to compete at the Pre-Olympic event in January in London, too, to win one of the last four spots.
The Russian group didn´t perform as clean as expected, with some little mistakes in the mixed routine, as well as a drop with ball, which broke the formation and the gymnast had to run after it, thus loosing valuable points. The final scores, 27.600 and 27.250 points for a total of 54.850, were far away of the usual level of the Russian gymnasts, who however finished in the first position in group 1 with Italy still to come in group 2. Bulgaria didn´t make big mistakes, but their routines do not contain so many risky elements as the Russian or Belarusian. However, they improved with their second routine, with the music of the “Phantom of the Opera” and got a total score of 54.125 points for an unexpected second place in the rotation.
Belarus performed a clean routine with balls, 27.525 points, enough to finish in the second place after the first rotation, very close to their Russian rivals. But they showed a very weak mixed routine, with two drops of a ribbon and several little mistakes more, which gave them only 25.325 and a total score of 52.850 points. Israel was extremely unlucky in their second routine with balls, they had two drops and one ball went out of the carpet. They scored only 25.025 points and with a total score of 51.700 they placed sixth in their group and are out of the direct Olympic spots, as only the best six groups of the all-around qualify directly for the Games
* Subdivision 2 ( - from 5 pm local time on)
Congratulation, Germany ...! ... not the group from top nation Ukraine but the German girls impressed in this second subdivision, and with the 7th best exercise with 5 balls and the fifth-best combined exercise (ribbon/ropes) Germany came on 6th place and is after 12 years a "member of Olympic Family again ...!
Congratulation also for the tomorrow's two final qualification
- the Ukrainian girls were very disappointed about non-finals qualifying ...! Their hope are now the "Pre-Olympics in 2012, January (London), to use a second qualificaion Chance for the upcoming Olympics. * FINAL ALL-AROUND RESULTS * ... 6 Olympic Qualifiers are::