23. May 2004  
Rhythmic Gymnastics

Groups World Cup: Finals

The Rusisan group won the finals on Sunday at the 'German Rhythmic Gymnastics Open' in Duisburg after having already clearly dominated yesterday’s all-around. The current World Champions won as well the final with 5 ribbons (25.750) as also the one with 2 balls/ 3 hoops (25.800) in front of Italy (ribbons: 24.100) and Belarus (ribbons: 22.850) resp. Belarus (balls/hoops: 24.900) and Italy (balls/hoops: 24.100).

Russian ballett - a little presentation for the winning ceremony

Nice idea: The Italian group greets the audience
at the winning ceremony with a litte show,
behind them the Russians

2 balls and 3 hoops:
1. RUS 25,800
2. BLR 24,900
3. ITA 24,100
4. ESP 21,800
5. SUI 19,600
6. KOR 19,050
7. Bremen 1860 17,850
8. IND 7,700.
From a sportive perspective it was an important event for the groups which will take part in the Olympic Games – Russia, Italy, Belarus and Spain. Russia is the top favorite for the Olymip gold medal, Italy is on their way to the top in exciting duels with Belarus. Also Spain is getting stronger and stronger again.

An ideal combination
A World Cup tournament taking place in a theatre combined with show performances – this has been a good idea by the organisers and worked well also during today’s finals.
Even the winning ceremony was combined with a little show. The audience and also the RG- experts liked this combination of sports and show.

A nice show by the group from Switzerland

Even if there will be a couple of more kinds of sport 2005 during the World Games, RG will certainly be one of the highlights

New on the international stage - the group from India