2022 Commonwealth Games  - Rhythmic Gymnastics wrap-up

It was a jam-packed 72 hours for our three Rhythmic gymnasts at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but it produced an incredible spectacle, where Australia walked away with three medals – one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze.  

The competition kicked off with the Team Competition, which also served as the qualifications for the Individual finals to come over the following days. Australia’s debutants, Lidiia Iakovleva and Ashari Gill, performed admirably through their first Commonwealth Games campaign. Ashari produced her highest score in Ball, scoring 26.300, whilst Lidiia top scored for Australia on Hoop, with her score of 26.900 qualifying for the Hoop final in 7th place.  

Alex Kiroi-Bogtryeva produced two spectacular routines on Ball and Clubs, with her scores of 29.100 and 29.300 seeing her qualify for Individual Finals in 1st and 2nd respectively. Ultimately, the Australian trio combined for a score of 268.650, securing the Silver medal, only trailing Canada, who scored 272. 950. Host nation England rounded out the podium with 267.050.  

After qualifying for the All Around final, Alex was a standout performer, finishing in 3rd place and securing a Bronze Medal with a score of 111.100, with an impressive 28.300 on Clubs her highest scoring performance of her night. Lidiia finished in 7th place on 107.150, with her individual highlight her 28.600 routine on Hoop.  

The third and final day of competition saw the Apparatus Finals, where Australia was represented in each. Lidiia was a part of the Hoop final, whilst Alex qualified for Ball, Clubs and Ribbon. Lidiia’s 26.000 saw her finish the Final in 6th place, climbing a place from her qualification position. Alex then followed with a score of 28.600 in the Ball final, finishing in 5th place.  

Alex’s shining moment of the Games came with her Clubs routine. A score of 29.400 was enough to send Alex to the top of the board, resulting in her first Commonwealth Games Gold Medal. It is a huge ask to go out and compete again moments after winning Gold, but Alex did just that, competing in the Ribbon Final, where she finished in 5th place with a score of 26.500.  

Congratulations to all of our Rhythmic athletes for an enthralling three days of competition.