FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup B
St Petersburg (RUS), August 16 – 18, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, August 13, 2013: The last of eight Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup events in 2013 will take place in St Petersburg (RUS) from August 16 – 18. Organisers from the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation expect 54 world class Individual gymnasts and 23 Rhythmic Groups from a total of 36 countries at the Pearls Sport Palace.
The tournament is the last chance for elite Rhythmic gymnasts to see how they measure up before the 32nd World Championships in Kiev (UKR), from August 28 – September 1.
Following on from 2007, 2009 and 2010, St Petersburg is hosting the tournament under the FIG auspices for the fourth time this year, bringing to a close the 2013 World Cup season for the discipline with the event that crowns the winner of the overall series.
In the absence of World Ranking leader on Hoop and Clubs Ganna Rizatdinova (UKR), Melitina Staniouta (BLR), who is currently leading the FIG rankings on Ball and Ribbon and shares the All-around lead with Rizatdinova, has the opportunity to win all of the Individual titles in St Petersburg. Her main challengers are Russia’s Margarita Mamun and Yeon Jae Son of South Korea.
The 2013 titles in the Groups competitions will be decided between Bulgaria, Russia, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
About 2013 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series
The 2013 FIG World Cup circuit in Rhythmic Gymnastics includes one category A event (Sofia) and seven category B events. Apart from Tartu, Bucharest and Corbeil-Essonnes (Individuals only), all events include both, Individual and Group competitions, with All-around competitions serving as qualifications for the finals by apparatus.
With stopovers in Europe only, the competitions are slated for February 8 – 10 in Tartu (EST), April 3 – 6 in Lisbon (POR), April 19 – 21 April in Bucharest (ROU), April 26 – 28 in Pesaro (ITA), May 4 – 5 in Sofia (BUL), May 10 – 12 in Corbeil-Essonnes (FRA), May 17 – 19 in Minsk (BLR) and August 17 – 18 in St Petersburg (RUS).
The world ranking points collected by the competitors at their best four World Cup events will add up to a total, and the top scorers in each discipline will be crowned winners of the overall series at the final event in St Petersburg.