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Alexandra Piscupescu, 17th at the Kiev Worlds

Photo © Volker Minkus

After competing at the European Championships and the recent Cali World Games and medaling 3 times at the Bucharest World Cup this spring, the most successful Romanian Rhythmic gymnast of recent years, 19-year-old Alexandra Piscupescu, competed at the most important event of the season, the Kiev World Championships, with a pretty bold objective in mind: making the top 12, basically the top group of gymnasts in the world. This was her third World Championship and she hoped to improve on her 17th place from the 2011 Montpellier Worlds.

Qualification

Capable of scoring within the high 16s, Alexandra pulled off three very good routines in qualification to go into the All-around final in 16th place. She was also very close to a ribbon final, being the third reserve in qualifications. This would have been an amazing achievement for her and for the Romanian team, which has not seen a gymnast in a European final for many, many years now. Her top scoring apparatus was ball (both in terms of difficulty and execution), with clubs still causing problems for her. Her results here are in line with her other performances this year: ribbon and ball have been her strong events (she also benefits from beautiful choreography here) with hoop following closely and clubs still not at the same level yet. Watch Alexandra’s routines here:

Hoop

Ball

Clubs

Ribbon

Total

Qualification

16.250 (17)

16.750 (14)

14.116 (45)

16.266 (11)

49.266 (16)

All-around

16.533 (13)

16.950 (12)

15.433 (20)

15.633 (22)

64.549 (17)

All-around

Alexandra was assigned to Group B of the All-around final, where we hoped she would improve on her qualification results. She did do this on three of the four events but her performances on clubs and ribbon were not strong enough to score within the 16s. Her ball routine, though, was the highlight of her meet yet again scoring very close to a 17. She thus duplicated last year’s effort and placed 17th in the overall standings.

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