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Legote adds Grace to World Championships in Turkey

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Commonwealth Games competitor, Grace Legote recently competed at the 2014 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Imir, Turkey.
Of 103 girls from around the world, Grace finished in 63rd place in the All-round Qualifications. She had an outstanding competition, with her scores improving on every apparatus compared to her marks at the Commonwealth Games. She attained a total of 41.957 with scores of 13.741 for Hoop, 13.150 for Ball, 13.933 for Ribbon and 14.283 for Clubs.
Of the African continent competitors, Grace again scored the highest ranking as per last year’s World Championships. Second and third rankings went to Egyptians Sara Mohamed Rostom placing 69th and Nourhal Hatem Khattab placing 74th. The competition also saw participation from Namibia and Angola.
Only the top 24 girls progress to All-round finals, with an even stricter top eight scores progressing to Apparatus finals. The competition currently sees two Russians and a Ukraine gymnast lead the All-round standings, displaying incredibly high difficulty and execution elements in their routines.
However, Grace continues to hold her own on the Rhythmic world stage, displaying lovely long lines, elegance and ‘grace’ in her performances. As per the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Twitter comment: ‘Lovely Clubs routine from Grace Legote (RSA) earns her 14.283. Not the highest difficulty, but she is a charming performer.’
This year has been good for Grace. She has won the 2014 Africa Championships, narrowly missed out on attaining a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and finished top Africa finisher at the 2014 World Championships. Nonetheless the ultimate goal for Grace is qualifying for Rio 2016. As per Grace: ‘The highlight of my career so far was participating at the in the Commonwealth Games, with the hope that that I can qualify for next Olympic Games.’
Given her continuous improvement, this goal is certainly achievable.

Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA


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