2 June, 2023

Breanna Labadan Shines in Asian Gymnastics Championships Qualifiers, Secures Spot in Finals

In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Breanna Labadan, the 16-year-old rhythmic gymnast, made a strong showing in the 14th Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships qualifiers held at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium,phillipine . Despite a slight mistake in the ribbons event, Labadan emerged as a top contender, securing her spot in the finals of both the individual all-around and ball events.

Currently based in Hungary for her training, Labadan demonstrated her prowess and composure throughout the qualifiers, finishing sixth overall in the individual all-around category with an impressive total score of 107.90 points. This score includes her notable performances in the clubs event, where she achieved a score of 24.45 points, and the ribbons event, where she scored 28.65 points. Labadan’s outstanding achievements were made possible with the support of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.

The 14th Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships, sanctioned by the Asian Gymnastics Union and proudly backed by Taisan and Pastorelli, has brought together some of the most talented gymnasts from across the continent. Labadan’s remarkable performance secured her a place among the top 18 gymnasts who will compete in the all-around finals scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today.

Labadan’s exceptional skills were not limited to the all-around event alone. She also showcased her talent in the ball event, earning a commendable score of 28.20 points. Her impressive performance secured her the eighth and final slot in the apparatus finals for the ball event, further cementing her position as a top gymnast in the competition.

Competition manager Anna Carreon expressed confidence in Labadan’s abilities, stating, “A top 10 finish for Breanna will likely secure her a ticket to the World Championships in Valencia, Spain in August. We are praying she will do well in the finals tomorrow.” The president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, Cynthia Carrion, commended Labadan for her splendid performance and expressed the nation’s pride in her accomplishments. Carrion also called upon the local crowd to fill the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and show their support for Labadan during the finals.

While Labadan’s journey has been one of triumph, the competition proved more challenging for Daniela dela Pisa. After skipping the hoops event during the competition’s opening, dela Pisa struggled to regain momentum. Despite her efforts in the clubs and ribbon events, she fell short of advancing to the finals, accumulating a total score of 65.75 points. As the reigning gold medalist in the 2019 Philippine SEA Games, dela Pisa finished 27th in the all-around division of the championships, missing the opportunity to secure a spot in the FIG Rhythmic Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Valencia, Spain.

As gymnastics enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the finals of the 14th Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships, all eyes are on Breanna Labadan as she aims to deliver another breathtaking performance. With hopes of securing a place in the World Championships, Labadan’s supporters and the entire nation rally behind her, eager to witness her incredible talent on the global stage.