The 2017 World Championships is coming the following Wednesday, on the 30th of August. The event is going to be held in Pesaro, Italy.
This event will be very special as there will be gymnasts of a new generation who want to establish themselves on the world scene.
Gymnasts from 54 countries have registered to compete at the World Championships, the first to be held using the new code of points in Rhythmic Gymnastics. In this post-Olympic year, a maximum of two gymnasts per country can compete in the individual competition, contending for top honors in the All-around as well as with each of the four handheld apparatus (Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon). Rhythmic Groups of five gymnasts will vie for the Group All-around title, as well as gold in apparatus finals with the 5 Hoops and 3 Balls/2 Ropes.
2004 Olympic champion Alina Kabaeva, whose ties to Pesaro date back to the late 1990s when she partook in training camps at a regional club, will add a touch of glamour as the FIG's Gymnastics Ambassador during the event.
Competition begins August 30 with qualification rounds with the Hoop and Ball, followed by finals with the same apparatus that evening. Qualifications and finals with the Clubs and Ribbon will take place the next day, and scores from the first two days of qualification will be totalled to determine the top 24 gymnasts who will advance to the September 1 All-around final. For the Groups, the All-around title will be in play September 2, and Group apparatus finals close the show September 3.
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