• Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

Rhythmic gymnastics, historical Raffaeli bronze in the circle


Oct 27, 2021

The blue Sofia Raffaeli won the bronze medal, in the circle, at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships being held in Kitakyushu, Japan. The 17-year-old gymnast from Marche finished with 25,850 points. Gold medal to the Russian Dina Averina (27,750), and silver to the Belarusian Alina Harnasko (25,950). The gymnast from Chiaravalle, raised at Faber Fabriano with Julieta Cantaluppi and Kristina Ghiurova techniques and under the Gruppo Sportivo delle Fiamme Oro, on her senior debut in a world championship, climbed to the third Japanese step with the staff of 25,850. For the Italian Gymnastics Federation this is another historic result. In fact, no blue individualist had ever gone to the podium with the rim. The placement of the seventeen year old from Marche is added to the bronzes of Samantha Ferrari at the clubs of Athens 1991 and of Alexandra Agiurgiuculese at the ball of Sofia 2018. In this latest review Milena Baldassarri, who today finished in fifth position with 25,450, won silver at the tape and remains for now the best individual result ever. There are therefore four medals since the first edition in 1963 in Budapest, 36 in total (O. 9 – A. 17 – B. 10) including the team results. “I am very satisfied and happy with this medal. It is my first world championship and my first world championship final. I didn’t expect it, I’m honest. I entered the platform with the aim of improving the qualification and instead I got on the podium. If it’s a dream please don’t wake me. I still have to do well but I want to dedicate this medal to my family, to my coaches, to the Sports Group of the State Police, to the Federation for continuous support and to the whole of Italy “. This was stated by Sofia Raffaeli at the end of the award ceremony after winning the bronze medal in the final at the Rhythmic World Championship circle in progress in Kitakyushu, Japan. The president of the International Gymnastics Federation himself, Morinari Watanabe, approached the absolute vice Italian champion – surrounded by the entire delegation present at West Japan Exhibition Center – to congratulate him on the excellent result achieved today. “I am very happy for Sofia, she really deserves it – Milena Baldassarri began during the mixed zone interviews – I want to congratulate her because it is an extraordinary result. We train every day together, I have seen her grow and it gives me a joy It is immense to see her there on the world podium. I am also satisfied with my competition. Doing four exercises between qualifications and finals, on the same day, definitely puts to the test. After the Tokyo Olympic Games we went straight back to the gym to get ready and even more competitive in the world championship. The first day went very well, now we reset everything and tomorrow we return to the competition with the clubs. I have to return to the top 18 in order to access the All-Around final on Saturday where I will give my best for myself and for the team! “. Satisfied also with the National Technical Director, Emanuela Maccarani:” Sofia is a very talented girl but hard work must always be accompanied to obtain results. the innate abilities that allow her to bring difficulties of the highest level into the competition. His approach to the Japanese World Cup through the World Cups at the beginning of the year has paid off. Crossing international platforms has helped her to keep her concentration high despite the stress that a review of this caliber brings with it. She has all the credentials to compete with the great gymnasts of this sport and today she has proved it once again. We are all happy for her ”.