Kiroi-Bogatyreva claims bronze in rhythmic gymnastics all-around

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The talented gymnast wins her second medal of Birmingham 2022, and her fourth career Commonwealth Games medal.

 

Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva has won bronze in the individual all-around to land Australia a second rhythmic gymnastics medal in Birmingham.

Less than 24 hours after leading Australia to team silver, Kiroi-Bogatyreva scored 111.100 to finish third behind England’s Marfa Ekimova (112.300) and Cyprus’ Anna Sokolova (112.100).

Fellow Australian Lidiia Iakovleva finished seventh (107.150).

The ribbon hurt both Australians, with Kiroi-Bogatyreva’s score of 26.600 comfortably her lowest for the day, while Iakovleva had to replace her ribbon partway through.

Kiroi-Bogatyreva now has four Games medals to her name after claiming team and ball bronze on the Gold Coast.

The 20-year-old got her day off to a perfect start when she scored 28.000 in the hoop.

It was the same apparatus she had faltered in during the team final, which cost her a spot in the individual hoop final.

But teammate Iakovleva, 18, starred, scoring 28.600.

Kiroi-Bogatyreva recorded the top score in the ball, 28.200, to firmly thrust herself into gold medal contention, while Iakovleva scored 26.750.

In the clubs, Kiroi-Bogatyreva scored 28.300, but still trailed Ekimova, who scored 28.350.

Iakovleva scored 27.300 in her clubs routine but put in an inquiry and it was upgraded to 27.600, keeping her in the medal hunt.

Kiroi-Bogatyreva had a nervous wait after her ribbon score of 26.600 was her lowest for the day and was ultimately leapfrogged by Ekimova and Sokolova, while Iakovleva scored 24.200.

Kiroi-Bogatyreva will compete for medals in the ball, clubs and ribbon finals on Saturday while Iakovleva is in the hoop final.

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