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Kudryavtseva Claims Third World All-Around Crown
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Russian Yana Kudryavtseva won her third consecutive all-around title Friday as the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships continued in Stuttgart.

Russian Yana Kudryavtseva won her third consecutive all-around title Friday as the 2015 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships continued in Stuttgart.

The 17-year-old Kudryavtseva topped teammate Margarita Mamun by nearly a full point, with Belarusian Melitina Stanyuta winning the all-around bronze medal.

Russia once again had a clean sweep of the individual competition, winning every gold and silver medal so far in Stuttgart. Kudryavtseva won the ball, clubs and ribbon events; Mamun won hoop, which Kudryavtseva skipped in qualification to rest a sore ankle.

Kudryavtseva had the highest score with each apparatus Friday, though Mamum tied her for the high score on clubs. Kudryavtseva opened the door with several small errors with the ribbon, but Mamun failed to take advantage, dropping the apparatus herself.

Kudryavtseva said she had no idea after her final performance whether it was enough to defend her title, but she threw her hands up in the air in happiness rather than as a show of victory.

"I didn't know that I won, I think I was more happy just to survive to the end," the Muscovite said. "Since I didn't commit any huge errors I was basically pleased with myself, and only because of this I made such an emotional gesture. Little did I know that I won."

Stanyuta, who was sixth in qualification, said she was overwhelmed after the result. "The final day was the most difficult, the alll-around," she said. "I can say that we were all tired after the previous performances. And I now have so much emotion... that's my medal, I don't even know what to say."

Kudryavtseva's three consecutive world all-around titles matches teammate Yevgenia Kanayeva, who won in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Kanayeva, the 2008 and 2009 world all-arouind champion, is the most decorated rhythmic gymnast of all time with back-to-back Olympic titles and 18 world championships medals, 17 of which are gold, with one only silver.

Kudryavtseva, who turns 18 on September 30, now has 16 world championship medals (13 gold). Mamun, who was awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance after the competition, now has 14 world championship medals to her credit, half of them gold.

More than medals are on the line in Stuttgart as the competition also serves as the first Olympic qualification. The top 15 gymnasts in Friday's competition earned berths for their countries to next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Salomé Pazhava placed fourth, the highest world championships finish for a Georgian gymnast. Ukrainian Ganna Rizatdinova, the bronze medalist from the 2014 Worlds, fell to fifth after erring with the clubs. Azerbaijan's Marina Durunda finished sixth ahead of Israel's Neta Rivkin and American Laura Zeng. Zeng's eighth place is the highest finish for an American rhythmic gymnast, bettering the 10th place from Mary Sanders in 2003.

Spain's Carolina Rodríguez and Bulgaria's Neviana Vladinova rounded out the top 10. Korean Son Yeon Jae, France's Kseniya Moustafaeva, Belarusian Katsiaryna Halkina, Greece's Varvara Filiou and Japan's Kaho Minagawa all secured Olympic qualification for their respective nations.

Competition continues this weekend with the group competition.

External Link: Official Website

2015 Rhythmic World Championships
September 11, Stuttgart

All-Around FinalHoopBallClubsRibbonTotal
1.Yana Kudryavtseva19.00019.11619.00018.51675.632
2.Margarita Mamun18.75018.96619.00018.05074.766
3.Melitina Stanyuta18.40017.78318.03317.91672.132
4.Salomé Pazhava18.18317.75018.08317.76671.782
5.Ganna Rizatdinova17.67518.55017.03318.28371.541
6.Marina Durunda17.93317.98317.78317.70071.399
7.Neta Rivkin17.90017.83317.92517.31670.974
8.Laura Zeng17.63317.60017.63317.55070.416
9.Carolina Rodríguez17.60017.51617.56617.56670.248
10.Neviana Vladinova17.33317.63317.51617.63370.115
11.Son Yeon Jae18.16617.48318.23316.11669.998
12.Kseniya Moustafaeva17.71617.68317.23317.08369.715
13.Katsiaryna Halkina17.20017.48317.55017.36669.599
14.Varvara Filiou17.60017.38317.53316.93369.449
15.Kaho Minagawa16.90017.70017.26617.53369.399
16.Elizaveta Nazarenkova17.21617.25017.33317.48369.282
17.Sakura Hayakawa17.16617.58317.55016.76669.065
18.Sabina Ashirbayeva17.16617.23317.26617.26668.931
19.Jana Berezko-Marggrander17.30016.46617.21617.21668.198
20.Nicol Ruprecht16.98316.96617.20015.55066.699
21.Victoria Veinberg Filanovsky16.53316.91617.28315.80066.532
22.Viktoria Mazur16.71616.40016.61616.48366.215
23.Veronica Bertolini17.01615.93316.41616.80066.165
24.Maria Mateva16.50017.13316.15016.26666.049
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