Australian Group to make history

Today, the first ever Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics Group will compete at the Olympic Games. 

Consisting of Emily Abbot, Alexandra Aristoteli, Alannah Mathews, Himeka Onoda and Felicity White, the Brisbane based group are set to make history. 

The group will take to the Olympic floor at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre at 11:00am (AEST) and 12:30pm (AEST) today.

The Group will be the second nation to compete in both rotations, behind China. 

Danielle Prince, 2016 Rio Olympian spoke with us ahead of today’s history making session.

“It is incredible to have the first Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics Group compete in Tokyo.

“For young gymnasts around the country to see a Group compete on the Olympic stage will help propel Rhythmic Gymnastics in Australia forward, and will most definitely open doors for the next generation of gymnasts.”

The Australian Group will come up against the almighty Russian Olympic Committee team, who have taken out the previous 5 Olympic titles, along with 11 World Championship crowns.

Bulgaria and Belarus are also counties to keep an eye out for, taking out silver in 2016 and 2012 respectively. 

You can watch both Rhythmic Gymnastics sessions live and free on Channel 7 or the 7plus app.