Marfa Ekimova wins England's first-ever rhythmic gymnastics Commonwealth Games all-around title 

Arena Birmingham erupted in a roar of delight for the home gold medal while Cyprus leapt in delight on winning silver courtesy of Anna Sokolova and Australia's Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva bagged bronze.

By Jo Gunston
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Arena Birmingham erupted in a roar to match Marfa Ekimova's lion-themed leotard when the final score came up to reveal the 17-year-old had claimed England's first-ever rhythmic gymnastics all-around gold at a Commonwealth Games.

Ekimova was in the lead with one gymnast to go after four apparatus had been completed by 15 gymnasts on Friday night.

With just Anna Sokolova's ribbon routine to go – the hoop, ball and clubs had already been completed by all gymnasts – the Cypriot needed to score 27.801 to win. With a qualification score of 28.100, the Birmingham 2022 crowd held their breath.

Sokolova's score of 27.600 appeared and the Cyprus gymnast was soon enveloped in a bouncing hug with team-mates and coaches, delighted with the silver medal.

This meant Ekimova had won the history-making gold, leaping in the air with her coach before draping an England flag around her shoulders while clapping and waving to the crowd.

Australia's Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva claimed the bronze medal to add to the team silver won yesterday.

Ekimova started the competition with a bang on the first piece of apparatus – the hoop, scoring 28.850. This would prove to be the highest score of any of the gymnasts on any apparatus on the night and prove a great base on which the passionate music fan could build.

Also the top qualifier on this apparatus, the bassoon player could be in line for more medals in the apparatus finals when she also competes in the ball and ribbon medal events on Saturday (6 August) to add to the gold, and team bronze won on Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Sokolova could also add to her silver medal as she has made all four finals on Saturday, qualifying top for the ribbon discipline. The crowd will also be happy to see the return of her hoop routine, which is set to the Fugee's track, 'Ready or not, here I come'. Here she comes indeed.

Kiroi-Bogatyreva will also compete in the ball, clubs and ribbon finals. The law student won bronze in the ball event at Gold Coast 2018. She's top qualifier here so will be aiming to defend her title.

Rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around results – full table

1 Marfa Ekimova, England 112.300
2 Anna Sokolova, Cyprus 112.100
3 Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Australia 111.100
4 Izzah Amzan, Malaysia 108.300
5 Joe Ee Ng, Malaysia 108.200
6 Carmel Kallemaa, Canada 107.750
7 Lidiia Iakovleva, Australia 107.150
8 Suzanna Shahbazian, Canada 106.100
9 Havana Rosalie Hopman, New Zealand 105.100
10 Louise Christie, Scotland 104.600
11 Alice Leaper, England 103.600
12 Elizabeth Popova, Wales 102.750
13 Gemma Frizelle, Wales 98.300
14 Paris Brooke Chin, New Zealand 97.200s
15 Anastasia Pingou, Cyprus 96.200
16 Kayla Rondi, South Africa 94.600

Rhythmic gymnastics schedule

Saturday 6 August 10am-1pm (BST)

Individual apparatus finals

Hoop qualifiers

1 Marfa Ekimova, England

2 Anna Sokolova, Cyprus

3 Carmel Kallemaa, Canada

4 Tatiana Cocsanova, Canada

5 Gemma Natasha Frizelle, Wales

6 Izzah Azman, Malaysia

7 Lidiia Iakovleva, Australia

8 Alice Leaper, England

Ball qualifiers

1 Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Australia

2 Joe Ee Ng, Malaysia

3 Tatiana Cocsanova, Canada

4 Anna Sokolova, Cyprus

5 Marfa Ekimova, England

6 Suzanna Shahbazian, Canada

7 Gemma Frizelle, Wales

8 Elizabeth Popova, Waves

Clubs qualifiers

1 Carmel Kallemaa, Canada

2 Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Australia

3 Anna Sokolova, Cyprus

4 Elizabeth Popova, Wales

5 Louise Christie, Scotland

6 Saffron Severn, England

7 Izzah Amzan Malaysia

8 Rosalie Hopman, New Zealand

Ribbon qualifiers

1 Anna Sokolova, Cyprus

2 Joe Ee Ng, Malaysia

3 Carmel Kallemaa, Canada

4 Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Australia

5 Marfa Ekimova, England

6 Louise Christie, Scotland

7 Sie Yan Koi, Malaysia

8 Alice Leaper, England

How to watch 2022 Commonwealth Games

UK: BBC TV, Radio, iPlayer

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

India: Sony LIV

Further streaming details can be found on the Commonwealth Games website here.

You can follow all the action via our live update blog article on Olympics.com.

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