Rhythmic Gymnastics

Averina twins ready for Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships

Dina and twin sister Arina Averina win all titles at the World Challenge Cup in Kazan

By Sanjeev Palar ·

The Averina twins are on fire!

Dina and Arina Averina were in a class of their own at the rhythmic gymnastics FIG World Challenge Cup 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

The younger Russian twin, Dina continued her successful season by winning the All-Around title with a score of 90.45 points on home soil.

"Big sister" Arina finished second with 86.80 points while Bulgaria's Katrin Taseva was third with 80.90 points.

Dina dominates

The identical twins have continued Russia's domination in the sport, but this year has certainly belonged to Dina.

Following her five medal haul at the 2019 European Games, which included three gold, the 21-year-old was on form in the Kazan Gymnastics Centre, edging out her twin as the top scorer in three of the four apparatus finals: ribbon, clubs and ball.

Dina was denied a clean sweep in the hoop by Arina who managed to score 23.20 compared to Dina's 22.75

With the twins securing first and second place in all four apparatus finals as well as the all-around classifications, they look to be in good form going into the 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships that will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 16 to 22 September.

The worlds will also serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with Russia, Italy and Bulgaria already confirmed a spot by medalling at last year's event, while host Japan are automatically qualified. Five spots will be available in Baku with a total of 14 teams making it to Japan.

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