29 June, 2017

Finals of the 9th Senior Rhythmic Asian Championships in KAZ

AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Uzbekistan’s Anastasiya Serdyukova, who won the all-around bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, clinched the women’s individual honours in the Ninth Senior Rhythmic Gymnastics Asian Championships at the Daulet National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old won gold in all-around, ribbon and clubs to end the competition on a high note.
Her score of 71,650 in all-around was good enough to land her the medal ahead of Japan’s Kaho Minagawa (67,450) and Uzbekistan’s Sabina Tashkenbaeva (65,600).
Serdyukova’s performance at the Asian competition will boost her confidence for the future events particularly after a dismal show at last year’s Rio Games where finished 17th in individual all-around qualifications and failed to advance to the top 10.
Sabina Ashirbayeva of Uzbekistan, bronze medallist in team event at the 2014 Asian Games, emerged as the second best with a double-gold feat in her hometown.
The 18-year-old, who idolises Yana Kudryavtseva and Yanina Batyrchina, picked up the medals in hoop and ball categories, scoring 17,550 and 17,600 points respectively. 
Japan’s Minagawa waged a lone battle for the Far East nations, who would need to do a lot more to compete with the technically superior central Asians gymnasts.
The 19-year-old, who trains in Moscow, Russia, claimed three silvers in hoop, all-around and ball events and came third in clubs.
On a positive note, her country managed to take home the gold in group events — five hoops and  two ropes + three balls.
Full results in the Box