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Legote flies SA flag at her season-opening event
- Updated: February 23, 2015
Grace Legote, South Africa’s top rhythmic gymnast, has just competed at the 2015 Moscow Grand Prix in Russia, her first international competition for the year, and an event that drew a world class field.
As per the International Gymnastics Federation prior to the event: ‘The event is expected to draw top international competitors, including Melitina Staniouta (BLR), Son Yeon Jae (KOR) and Neta Rivkin (ISR) while showcasing no fewer than six of Russia’s top seniors, led by world stars Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun, who between them own every individual gold medal from the 2014 World Championships’.
Not letting this star-studded field faze her, Legote managed to rise to the occasion, finishing in 31st place with a score of 59.549. Despite that being lower than her personal best overall score of 61.016 at Innsbruck, Austria last year, she scored personal best scores on two of her apparatus, that of 15.683 on Clubs and 15.300 on Ribbon.
In Innsbruck her scores were 15,350 on Hoop, 15,283 on ball, 15.380 on Clubs and 15.000 on Ribbon. Grace is proving that with more international exposure and experience, she has the ability to improve her scores.
In fact her individual scores for clubs and ribbons would have seen her win gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Prior to competing at the Moscow Grand Prix, Legote spent a week in Russia as she was specially invited to perform at the 80th Anniversary of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics. She performed a 48-second individual ‘Ribbon’ item to the classical soundtrack of ‘Bolero’ by Ravel. The event took place at the Maryinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg.
With the ultimate goal for 2015 being that of qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games next year, Legote’s Road to Rio has started off on a promising note.
Catch Grace featuring in this week’s edition of Drum Magazine, as well as live on SABC1 [email protected], 10pm-11pm this Wednesday, 25th February 2015.