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Legote fine-tunes in Russia ahead of World Championships
- Updated: August 21, 2015
South Africa’s top rhythmic gymnast, Grace Legote will participate at the 2015 Kazan Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup, in Russia this weekend.
The Kazan World Cup will see the world’s best rhythmic gymnasts taking part, all of whom are looking toward the World Championships in September, which are the first of two qualifying events for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Kazan World Cup will be Legote’s third international competition for the year, having participated at the Moscow Grand Prix in February and the Uzbekistan World Cup in May.
These two internationals saw Grace progressively improve on her personal best scores on all apparatus, scoring the highest scores ever recorded by a South African Rhythmic Gymnast, those of 16.050 on Hoop; 15.950 on Ball; 15.900 on Ribbon and 16.450 on Clubs.
Legote and coach Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer undertook a week-long training camp prior to the Kazan World Cup and were unable to attend the 2015 SPAR Gsport4girls Women in Sport Awards where they were both selected as finalists for “Athlete” and “Coach” of the Year awards.
Nonetheless, Grace will be looking to improve once again on her scores at th World Cup, as well as work on new skills learnt during the training camp.
Competing against international competition of the highest standard in the world will also provide Grace valuable experience leading up to the Rhythmic World Championships in Germany in September.