01 September 2017. The South African Team competed at the 35th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Italy, Pesaro. The competition featured top gymnasts from 53 countries and had a total of 91 gymnasts competing in Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon.
Each nation was permitted to enter a maximum of two gymnasts in the Individual Competition and the South African representatives were stalwart, Grace Legote, and newcomer to the Senior age group, Chris Marie van Wyk. The two young ladies were joined by coach, Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer, and judge, Allison Beyers.
The competition was a tough one as it is the first World Championships based on the new FIG Code of Points.
Grace Legote, who finished 54th in the Individual All-Round Qualification, was the highest ranked gymnast from the African Continent, once again cementing her position as the top Rhythmic Gymnast in Africa. With a score of 13.750, and a final position of 26th, Grace’s Ribbon routine was her highest scoring event.
Chris-Marie attended her first Senior World Championships this year and put on a good performance. We look forward to watching her blossom at this level in the years to come.
Please click for for the Individual All-Round Qualification Results page.