German rising stars Margarita Kolosov and Darja Varfolomeev shine at Pamplona World Challenge Cup

Vice-European Boryana Kaleyn (BUL) cruised to victory in the all-around ahead of teammate Stiliana Nikolova and Slovenian veteran Ekaterina Vedeneeva. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old Bulgarian was forced to skip the apparatus finals due to an ankle injury.

Germany, after winning their first ever World Cup title just a few weeks ago in Tashkent (UZB), is certainly on the rise in Rhythmic Gymnastics, courtesy of the dynamic duo Margarita Kolosov and Darja Varfolomeev. First, 18-year-old Kolosov clinched the gold with hoop, Then, 15-year-old Varfolomeev lip-synched her way to the ball title, scoring 33.300, followed by 31.500 with ribbon to earn her second title. The gold with clubs went to Nikolova who also grabbed the silver with ball. Aside from her bronze medal in the all-around, Vedeneeva also returned home with 2 silver medals (hoop and ribbon) and 1 bronze (clubs).

Israel’s Noga Block, the 2019 junior World bronze medallist with ball, repeated that result in Pamplona while her teammate Adi Asya Katz earned silver with clubs. Newcomer Teresa Gorospe (ESP) impressed with ribbon to secure the bronze.

In the group competition, the ever-popular Farfalle swept the titles. The Italians easily won the all-around, a whopping 6 point gap separating them from silver-medal winners Israel with hosts Spain in third. Spain claimed the silver with 5 hoops while Bulgaria, featuring former North Macedonian individual Rejchl Stojanov, won silver with 3 ribbons and 2 balls. The ladies representing Azerbaijan have proved their consistency, earning bronze in both apparatus finals.

Results (top 3)



1. Boryana Kaleyn (BUL) 128.700

2. Stiliana Nikolova (BUL) 126.450

3. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (SLO) 124.350



1. Margarita Kolosov (GER) 31.850

2. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (SLO) 31.200

3. Sol Martinez Fainberg (ARG) 30.700



1. Darja Varfolomeev (GER) 33.300

2. Stiliana Nikolova (BUL) 32.600

3. Noga Block (ISR) 31.550



1. Stiliana Nikolova (BUL) 33.450

2. Adi Asya Katz (ISR) 32.350

3. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (SLO) 31.900



1. Darja Varfolomeev (GER) 31.450

2. Ekaterina Vedeneeva (SLO) 30.950

3. Teresa Gorospe (ESP) 29.700




1. Italy 68.900

2. Israel 62.800

3. Spain 61.100


5 Hoops

1. Italy 36.050

2. Spain 31.650

3. Azerbaijan 31.000


3 Ribbons + 2 Balls

1. Italy 29.600

2. Bulgaria 28.700

3. Azerbaijan 27.550


Find the full results on the FIG website:

The 2022 FIG Rhythmic World Challenge Cup series continues in Portimao (POR) from 27 to 29 May!

May 24, 2022

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