GYMNASTICS Preview: Averinas  in Rhythmic Challenge Cup in Kazan; Artistic Challenge Cup in Mersin

Russia's Rhythmic World Champion Dina Averina

The FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Challenge Cup series rolls on with the third event in Kazan (RUS), and with the World Championships coming up quickly on 16 September, a strong field is in place. The expected stars:

● Arina Averina (RUS) ~ 2017 World All-Around silver, Ball & Ribbon gold medalist
● Dina Averina (RUS) ~ 2017-18 World All-Around-Hoop-Clubs Champion
● Katsiaryna Halkina (BLR) ~ 2017-18 World Clubs silver medalist
● Milena Baldassarri (ITA) ~ 2018 World Ribbon silver medalist
● Kaho Minagawa (JPN) ~ 2017 World Hoop bronze medalist
● Katrin Taseva (BUL) ~ 2018 Worlds Team silver medalist
● Boryana Kaelin (BUL) ~ 2018 Worlds Team silver medalist
Evita Griskenas (USA) ~ Four golds and one bronze at 2019 Pan American Games

The U.S. also has Lili Mizuno entered; she was fifth in the 2019 U.S. All-Around.

Qualifications are on 30-31 August and the individual apparatus finals are on 1 September.

Prize money for the individual All-Around is CHF 700-550-450-300-250-200-150-100 for the top eight places and for the apparatus finals: CHF 650-450-300-200-100-100-100. There is also prize money for the group events of CHF 1,200-900-600.

Look for results here.

The fourth leg of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup is in Mersin (TUR) for men and women in apparatus only (no All-Around).

The headliner is Turkey’s 2019 European Games silver medalist in the Horizontal Bar.

The qualifications are on 30-31 August, with the finals on 1 September. Prize money for each final is CHF 800–600-400-300-250-200-150-100 for the top eight places.

Look for results here.