Mamun holds off Staniouta to win World Cup

Lausanne, August 19, 2013: Seventeen-year old Margarita Mamun of Russia prevailed over Melitina Staniouta (BLR) and Yana Kudryavtseva (RUS) to win the All-around title at the final Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup of the season in St Petersburg (RUS) last weekend.

With her win over Staniouta, who shared the world ranking lead with Ganna Rizatdinova (UKR) before, Mamun also prevailed in the overall World Cup series with a total of 120 points, pushing Staniouta and Rizatdinova into shared second rank (110 points). In the qualifying round in St Petersburg, the young Russian gymnast outclassed the field on Hoop (18.333) and Ball (18.000), while her compatriot Kudryavtseva scored highest on Clubs (18.466) and Ribbon (18.200).

Mamun continued her success in the apparatus finals, where she garnered three out of four titles in St Petersburg, boasting the highest score in the Individual event on Clubs with 18.550 points. First-year senior Kudryavtseva outscored Mamun by a narrow margin to take the title on Ball (18.233).

South Korea’s Yeon Jae Son pocketed Silver on Hoop and Bronze on Ribbon, while Staniouta added two Bronze medals on Hoop and Clubs to her All-around Silver, and Kudryavtseva completed her medal set with Silver on Clubs and Ribbon. Sylviya Miteva won a Bronze for Bulgaria on Ball (18.116).

The points from St Petersburg helped Mamun to climb the overall apparatus ranking, where she was awarded the 2013 series’ cups for Ball (135) and Ribbon (132.5). Absent from St Petersburg, Rizatdinova kept the overall lead on Hoop and Clubs with 112.5 and 125 points, respectively.

In the Group competition, Russia prevailed in the All-around and both Apparatus Finals before their home crowd, with Belarus taking all three Silver medals. Spain won the All-around Bronze, Italy ranked third on 5 x 2 Clubs, and France outscored Switzerland for a place on the three balls and two ribbons final podium.

Russia also prevailed in the overall 2013 Group rankings and were awarded the cups for the All-around, the 5 x 2 Clubs and the 3 Balls / 2 Ribbons series. They scored 125, 110 and 135 points respectively, relegating Bulgaria to second place in all three categories.

The Rhythmic elite are now turning to Kiev, Ukraine, where the season’s highlight – the 32nd World Championships – will be held on August 28 – September 1. The event will be covered on the FIG micro site http://kiev2013.fig-gymnastics.com/.

About 2013 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series

The 2013 FIG World Cup circuit in Rhythmic Gymnastics includes one category A event (Sofia) and seven category B events. Apart from Tartu, Bucharest and Corbeil-Essonnes (Individuals only), all events include both, Individual and Group competitions, with All-around competitions serving as qualifications for the finals by apparatus.

With stopovers in Europe only, the competitions are slated for February 8 – 10 in Tartu (EST), April 3 – 6 in Lisbon (POR), April 19 – 21 April in Bucharest (ROU), April 26 – 28 in Pesaro (ITA), May 4 – 5 in Sofia (BUL), May 10 – 12 in Corbeil-Essonnes (FRA), May 17 – 19 in Minsk (BLR) and August 17 – 18 in St Petersburg (RUS).

The world ranking points collected by the competitors at their best four World Cup events will add up to a total, and the top scorers in each discipline will be crowned winners of the overall series at the final event in St Petersburg.

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