The Spanish team gets into the mixed final on Sunday

The groups of Russia, Italy and Belarus occupied the podium of the World Rhythmic Championships

that are disputed in Kitakyushu (Japan), in the absence of the Olympic champion Bulgaria. Spain finished in 12th place (73,950), but it was classified for the mixed final next Sunday with the sixth best mark (39,150).

The Russians added 88,350 points with their two drills, the five-ball one (46,250) brighter than the mixed hoops and clubs (42,100), and they had no problem to overcome the 86,000 of the Italians and the 85,400 of the Belarusians.

Behind the three finalist teams, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, Germany, Ukraine, Brazil and the United States completed the top ten positions. The France team, coached by Anna Baranova and Sara Bayón, who led Spain to the Olympic silver medal in 2016, finished eleventh (74,000), just ahead of Spain.

Tomorrow, Saturday, the individual final will be played, with the Russian Dina Averina as the great favorite (she has already won three of four golds for apparatus), and on Sunday the group finals also for apparatus.

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