Rhythmic sparkles on final days of Olympics

(Photo: Australian Olympic Committee)

Australia’s gymnastics campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has come to an end with both our Rhythmic Individual and Group gymnasts performing on Friday and Saturday.

Brisbane based Individual gymnast, Lidiia Iakovleva took to the Olympic floor on Friday, finishing with a score of 78.775 in 23rd place.

Iakovleva’s Clubs routine was spectacular, achieving a personal best score, earning a 22.352, followed by Hoop (20.600), Ball (19.800) and Ribbon (16.050).

As expected, the Qualification was taken out by ROC twins, Dina and Arina Averina, with the Final set to take place on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday morning saw Australia’s first ever Rhythmic Gymnastics Group compete at an Olympic Games, with Emily Abbot, Alexandra Aristoteli, Alannah Mathews, Himeka Onoda and Felicity White making Australian Gymnastics history.

The Group performed strongly in both routines, posting a scores of 20.850 and 19.500 across the morning, finishing in 14th place. 

The Group competition was taken out by five-time reigning Olympic champions, ROC, who will be the hot favourites heading into Sunday’s Final.

Congratulations to both Lidiia and our Group, your hard work and determination to reach this point has been incredible. We can assure you there were thousands of adoring fans cheering you on back home in Australia.