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Legote romps to ribbon bronze in Canadian competition
- Updated: May 17, 2016
South Africa’s top rhythmic gymnast, Grace Legote, has bagged her first FIG accredited international competition medal, winning bronze in the ribbon final at the FIG Koop Cup in Ontario, Canada at the weekend.
The bronze medal was not Legote’s only great achievement. She competed superbly all round, winning fifth place in a line-up of 15 girls in the Senior All-round Competition.
She qualified for all four apparatus finals, adding to her third place on ribbon with fifth, sixth and seventh places in the clubs, hoop, and ball finals respectively.
Grace also set a new benchmark in South African rhythmic gymnastics, scoring 16.933 in her hoop prelims, the highest international score yet achieved by a South African rhythmic gymnast.
Said coach Tatiana Lavrentchouk Vizer: ‘Overall Grace’s performances were good. After the first day of competition her foot was sore, but after consultation with the doctor we continued with the competition.’
Added Legote: ‘My competitions felt good. I was pleasantly surprised with my hoop score, as I was expecting my high score to come from the Clubs.’
Legote missed out competing at the Rio Olympic Games after an international ruling resulting in a Tripartite Wild Card ousting Grace’s Africa continental placing for the Games.
Nevertheless, South Africa’s ‘Amazing Grace’ presses on, justifying her position as the best rhythmic gymnast produced in South Africa to date.