Alina Harnasko prevents Averina sweep at Tashkent World Cup

Arina Averina won two apparatus finals on Sunday to sister Dina's one as Harnasko ended the event with victory in the ribbon.

By Rory Jiwani
Picture by 2017 Bongarts/Getty Images

The Averina twins were denied a clean sweep of titles in the final event, the ribbon, at the Tashkent World Cup rhythmic gymnastics competition on Saturday (18 April).

After a mishap in the hoop final, won by sister Dina, Arina Averina took victory in the ball and the clubs.

Saturday's all-around winner Dina had a chance to complete the Averina monopoly in the ribbon final, but could only finish third as Alina Harnasko of Belarus claimed just her second ever World Cup title.

Emotions run high for Arina after hoop error

The hoop was the first individual final of the day and Dina Averina claimed it in emphatic fashion with a score of 27.75 ahead of Italy's Sofia Raffaeli (25.40).

Anastasiia Salos of Belarus (24.70) was third with Arina Averina (23.95), who dropped the hoop and had to retrieve it, finishing off the podium.

Dina Averina scored 28.15 to lead in the ball, but Arina showed her resilience as she scored 28.40 to take her first title of the weekend.

A ribbon knot on Saturday and that hoop mistake had clearly taken a toll on Arina who was in tears as she awaited her ball marks.

She still looked disconsolate when her winning score was announced, with the pair well clear of Harnasko (25.10).

Arina regained her composure for the medal ceremony where Dina caused amusement by ascending to the top step before remembering that she had actually finished second.

Arina was on top again in the clubs, scoring 28.65 to Dina's 28.15 as Harnasko completed the podium again with 26.55.

With Arina failing to make the ribbon final, Dina carried the Averina twins' hopes of domination in Tashkent.

Harnasko's score of 22.75 was a formidable target after Dina had topped qualification with 22.35.

And the 22-year-old was far from her usual fluent self early on with her look of disappointment at the end speaking volumes.

She earned just 21.50 which would only be good enough for third place as Raffaeli then scored 22.10 to take her second runner-up spot of the day in just her second senior international event.

For 19-year-old Harnasko, it was her first World Cup victory since Sofia in May 2017.