Preview of the 2020 Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships in Kyiv (UKR)

On Thursday competition will begin at Kyiv’s Palace of Sports for junior individuals and senior groups & individuals. It’s the second time Ukraine will host the Rhythmic Gymnastics European Championships!

23 Federations are travelling to Ukraine to challenge for the continental titles. A total of 115 gymnasts are scheduled to compete: 24 senior individuals, 6 senior groups and 57 junior gymnasts.

 

Who to watch?

With the absence of Russia, the interesting battle for the senior all-around medals will be between stars like Azerbaijan’s talents Arzu Jalilova and Zohra Aghamirova, Belarussian prodigies Alina Harnasko and Anastasia Salos, Bulgarian leading ladies Katrin Taseva and Boryana Kaleyn, Israeli stars Nicol Zelikman and Linoy Ashram while the host nation’s hopes rest on Viktoria Onoprienko and Yeva Meleshchuk.

The senior group competition will feature 6 groups: Azerbaijan, Estonia, France, Israel, Turkey and host Ukraine. The future stars will start in the junior individual competition.

Of course, all gymnasts are looking to excel in Kyiv after a long period of uncertainty and we wish every single gymnast loads of success.

 

Competition format

Last year, the top 24 gymnasts (max. 2 per country) qualified a spot for their country in this year’s all-around final. Non-qualified countries were given the option to compete with 1 gymnast, originally to get a chance to secure Olympic qualification. Due to covid-19, the Olympic qualification process was moved to next year’s event but these gymnasts are still offered the opportunity to compete.

The senior groups will battle for all-around, team (together with junior individuals) and apparatus glory. The junior individuals will perform their 4 routines in qualification for a chance to reach the apparatus finals.

 

Schedule (all times listed are in Kyiv local time)

Thursday 26 November

11:00 – 13:30 Junior individuals qualification Set A + B (rope and ball)

13:45 – 15:25 Junior individuals qualification Set C (rope and ball)

16:30 – 17:00 Senior groups all-around competition (5 balls)

17:30 – 18:30 Opening ceremony

 

Friday 27 November

12:00 – 13:40 Junior individuals qualification Set C (clubs and ribbon)

13:55 – 16:25 Junior individuals qualification Set A + B (clubs and ribbon)

17:30 – 18:00 Senior groups all-around competition (3 hoops and 2 pairs of clubs)

Followed by award ceremonies team competition and senior groups all-around

 

Saturday 28 November

13:00 – 14:10 Junior individuals FINAL rope and ball

14:15 – 15:25 Junior individuals FINAL clubs and ribbon

Followed by award ceremonies

16:00 – 16:30 Senior groups FINAL 5 balls

17:00 – 17:30 Senior groups FINAL 3 hoops and 2 pairs of clubs

Followed by award ceremonies

 

Sunday 29 November

11:45 – 13:15 Senior individuals All-around FINAL Set C + D

14:00 – 17:15 Senior individuals All-around FINAL Set A + B

Followed by SmartScoring Shooting Star award, award ceremony and closing ceremony

 

How to follow the competition?

The competition will be held behind closed doors with a livestream of the entire event available free of charge around the globe.

A livestream of the senior competition is available on https://www.eurovisionsports.tv/europeangymnastics/ thanks to our partner Eurovision. The junior competition will be streamed on gymtv.online thanks to our scoring partner SmartScoring. You can follow the live scoring on gymtv.online

As usual European Gymnastics will provide start lists, results, interviews, quotes, photos, videos and competition reports on its website and social media.

Results of past championships are available on our website.

Official hashtag of the event: #EChKyiv

November 24, 2020

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