Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Athletes will take to the floor at the Rio Olympic Arena for an unforgettable display of grace and athleticism as they look to twist and twirl their way onto the Olympic podium. Eastern Europe has traditionally dominated the sport and London 2012 was no exception with Russia claiming both gold medals while Australia will continue their search for a first Olympic rhythmic medal in Rio.
Women to watch: Commonwealth Games team gold medalist Danielle Prince has won a total of 14 Australian titles including the all around, ball, clubs and ribbon crowns in 2014. She competed at both the 2013 and 2014 World Championships and will make her Olympic debut in Rio.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
After finishing 78th All-Around at the FIG’s 2015 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Prince earned the nomination from FIG for Rio 2016 as the highest-ranked rhythmic gymnast from the Oceania region.
Competition Format & Events
The Olympic rhythmic gymnastics competition features the individual all-around and the group competitions. In the individual all-around 24 gymnasts compete using hand-held apparatus - in Rio the four apparatus will be balls, hoops, ribbons or clubs.
There is a qualification round held over two days with gymnasts performing two apparatus each day. Scores from each routine are added and the top 10 advance to the final where scores do not carry over. In the final, gymnasts perform routines with all four apparatus with the highest score winning gold.
The group competition consists of 12 groups that perform two routines. The eight highest ranked groups qualify for the final where scores do not carry over. In the final, each group performs to achieve a total score (max 60.0 points).
Australia and Olympic Gymnastics - Rhythmic
Australia competed in the inaugural Olympic rhythmic gymnastics competition, with Ann Maree Kerr and Linda Douglas competing at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. There have been a total of six Australian athletes in Olympic rhythmic gymnastics with the best placed athlete was Danielle Le Ray at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, finishing 19th.
West Australian Janine Murray flew the flag for Australia at the most recent Games, London 2012. Originally from Zimbabwe, Murray scored a respectable 96.325 points to finish in 22nd place. She claimed her best result in the ribbon event with 19th – 25.000 points.
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Did you know
- Four apparatus will be used at the Rio 2016 Games; balls, hoops, ribbons or clubs.
- Each athlete is able to score 20 points for each apparatus; the execution score makes up 10 points, while the other half is the final composition score which includes the artistic score and difficulty score.
- Rhythmic gymnastics made its Olympic debut at Los Angeles 1984 and remains, along with synchronised swimming, an exclusively female competition in the Olympic Games.
- Since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the top spot on the podium has been the exclusive domain of Russian gymnasts, who have since accumulated eight gold medals, two silvers and one bronze
- The sport has evolved from many related disciplines including classical ballet, as well as the German system of emphasising apparatus work for muscle development and the Swedish method of using free exercise to develop rhythm.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
3 (Days 14-16)
- Medal Events
2 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Total Athletes
- AUS Athletes
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