- Pace bounces back with strong finish in Thailand
- Blitzboks take it easy before Las Vegas Sevens
- Maripa bags first title of the year in Bolton
- England wrap up Summer Series with 2-0 win against SA
- Five more Meet records at SA Grand Prix
- Fichardt nails 15th Sunshine Tour win at Joburg Open
- SA duo struggle at Tokyo Marathon
- Le Clos leads the way at SA Grand Prix in Stellenbosch
- SA women lead but go down to England in Summer Series
- Rain delay shortens Joburg Open still further
Legote leads the way with personal best in Austria
- Updated: November 18, 2014
With her eyes set firmly on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, South Africa’s Grace Legote has not only established herself as Africa’s top rhythmic gymnast over the past two years, but is also making in-roads on the international gymnastics scene.
Legote, part of Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland earlier this year, has just taken part in a Rhythmic Grand Prix in Insbruck, Austria, where she achieved an outstanding 13th overall place. In addition, this achievement saw her score a personal best international overall score of 61,016, attaining scores of over 15 on all four apparatus!
The Grand Prix Circuit features the world’s best rhythmic gymnasts, including prize-money for the top 12 finishes. When asked about reaching her personal best score, Legote said: ‘I am over-excited with my performance, I don’t even get such scores at home.’
Coached by Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer, Legote is certainly able to raise her game when the need arises. Having recently finished as top African finisher at the 2014 Rhythmic World Championships in September for the second consecutive year, as well as attaining 10th overall at the 2014 Commonwealth Games early in July (with additional fifth and seventh places for Clubs and Ribbon respectively), Grace continually improves on the international stage, with her ever improving scores attesting to this.
As per Grace: ‘I am satisfied with all my performances this year and I wish to improve more in my rhythmic gymnastics.’
With exposure to more international competition Grace’s ultimate goal of qualifying for Rio is certainly attainable.
To top off an action-packed year, Grace has been selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of their ‘Inspirational Millennial Movers of 2014’. Catch Grace featuring in the magazine’s December edition, on sale now.