21. May 2023  
Baku, AZE  
Rhythmic Gymnastics


At the 39th European Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics 2023 in the "Milli Gimnastika Arena" in Azerbaijan's capital Baku the first and most important decision in the individual all-around competition will be made today in Baku (AZE). After 2007, 2009, 2014 and most recently 2019, Baku is hosting European title fights in this discipline for the 5th time!From May 18 to 21 the individual and group disciplines in the elite area will determine their continental champions, in the junior area the group exercises are already on the program on May 17 already. Bulgaria's Boryana KALEYN won the All-around gold medal in front of Sofia RAFFAELI (ITA) and Stiliana NIKOLOVA (BUL) ...


♦♦  Individual All-around
Ind. All-Around FINAL
With a furious final performance, the second best results with hoops (33.800) and clubs (32.350) and the third best ribbon result (31.500) Italy's Sofia RAFFAELI pulled ahead, passing Germany's Darja Varfolomeev (129.550) and even the preliminaries best Stiliana NIKOLOVA (129.500) to become Vice European Champion.
Best of the day and thus European all-around champion was Boryana KALEYN from Bulgaria, who with the best marks of the day on clubs and ribbon achieved a razor-thin lead of +0.45 points and thus won gold. After two silver medals, in 2021 and 2022, Boryana Kaleyn seized her opportunity to shine outright. The 22-year-old impressed with her signature exquisite pivot technique, sealing the deal with a fabulous clubs routine that scored 32.900. Her total score of 131.000 gave her a cushion of almost 1,5 points ahead of her nearest rivals. A comfortable lead to end Bulgaria’s all-around title draught, as Kaleyn brings the gold back to Bulgaria for the first time in 29 years when the legendary Maria Petrova won!
Germany's Darja Varfolomeev - third after the preliminaries - missed the podium with the ungrateful fourth place by -0.05 points.
Margarita Kolosov (GER) still fought her way into the top ten (9th place), while Viktoria Onoprienko (UKR) also missed clubs after a faulty ball routine and finished 14th.

1. KALEYN, Boryana        (BUL) - 131,000
2. RAFFAELI, Sofia            (ITA) - 129,550
3. NIKOLOVA, Stiliana     (BUL) - 129,500
      4. VARFOLOMEEV, Darja  (GER) - 129,050
      5. KARIKA, Polina              (UKR) - 123,800
      6. VEDENEEVA, Ekaterina (SLO) - 122,700 
        ►►  Detailed AA results
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* In the Nations Ranking the medals go to ... :
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* Thursday, Day 1
 * Qualification:

After the fiirst two apparatus (hoop , ball) lead the two Bulgarian Stiliana Nikolova and Boryana Kaleyn (BUL), followed by Sofia Raffaeli from Italy and by Viktoria Onoprienko from Ukraine.
→ On the 2nd day of competition (Friday) the remaining 2 apparatus (clubs, ribbon) followed to conclude the all-around qualification.
Also after clubs and ribbon the two favored Bulgarians maintained their lead in the all-around ranking.
With an impressive increase on the second day of the competition, Germany's Darja Varfolomeef improved to third place, shone with club best score (!) and behind Onoprienko from Ukraine with the second best ribbon score, but relegated her competitor in the all-around ranking to 4th place.
Qualification, results (- best 3 of 4 app.)
1. NIKOLOVA, Stiliana       (BUL)    = 97,850
2. KALEYN, Borjana          (BUL)    = 97,850

3. VARFOLOMEEV, Darja (GER)    = 96,950
4. ONOPRIENKO, Viktoria (UKR)   = 96,900
5. AGHAMIROVA, Zohra    (AZE)   = 95,750
6.. RAFFAELI, Sofia            (ITA)   = 95,650
    ►► All-around, qualification

* App. Qualifications:
  ► H o o p;   ► B a l l ;  ►
C l u b s;   R i b b o n
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