Meet the Russian twins dominating rhythmic gymnastics

Fans of Olympic gymnastics are seeing double. 

A pair of Russian twins dominated the women’s rhythmic gymnastics {qualifications} in Tokyo Friday, taking first and second place and ending with scores practically as equivalent as they’re. 

Dina and Arina Averina, 22, are gold medal favorites heading into Saturday’s all-around finals after collectively scoring 106.300 and 106.175 respectively in the sport’s 4 occasions. 

The pair, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, blew away Team Israel’s Linoy Ashram, who completed third with a rating of 103.100 after dropping management of her hoop close to the finish of her routine. 

“I’m happy that I performed today, but, unfortunately, there were mistakes, and there are things to work on,” Dina mentioned following her first place win, according to

“Tomorrow, I’m going to improve the details.”

Arina Averina competes in the individual all-around qualification of the Rhythmic Gymnastics event.
Arina Averina competes in the particular person all-around qualification of the Rhythmic Gymnastics occasion.
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Dina Averina of the Russian Olympic Committee
Dina Averina mentioned “there were mistakes” to repair after her first-place qualification win.

The twins, born about 300 miles east of Moscow in Zavolzhye, a small city alongside the Volga River, have lengthy claimed to not be in competitors with each other and although they’re each in the working for the gold, they claimed they’re simply joyful to see the different win. 

“We never compete, but we always support each other,” mentioned Dina, the three-time reigning world champion.

“So if she wins, I’m happy for her. If I win, she’s happy for me.”

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Arina told the Olympic Channel earlier this yr silver is “good for me” and he or she doesn’t “consider it a failure.”

“Why? Every medal is a medal, a merit. Any labor should still be rewarded. Most hurtful is the fourth place,” the gymnast defined. 

“First, second, third — you did well. At least you are on a podium, you earned this medal with your work, blood and tears. And it doesn’t matter whether it is gold, silver or bronze.” 

Arina Averina of the Russian Olympic Committee
Arina has persistently completed behind her twin sister.

While Arina has steadily are available second behind her sister, Dina mentioned she envies her twin’s placid demeanor and her potential to roll with the many punches that include being an Olympian. 

“I like this small kind of indifference from Arisha — when everything is bad, or if you are being scolded — you do not have to take it close to heart,” Dina mentioned.

“Do not be so upset, life does not end with this — it is necessary to listen carefully, to analyze it and to go work further. Nothing horrible happened. Probably, that’s what I’m missing because I need everything and at once.”

Arina needs she had her sister’s resilience. 

Russia's Dina Averina
Dina (seen right here) and her sister have already got their sights set on Paris 2024.
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“I want to learn it. When you think that everything is bad and already lost, it’s necessary to find strength in yourself and prove first of all to yourself that everything is not lost and that you can,” mentioned Arina, who gained gold in the 2021 European all-around championship however has been hampered by a string of accidents.

“The main thing [is] to fight to the end.”

The twins have been coaching since they had been simply 4 years previous and each shared the identical ambition of competing in the 2020 Tokyo Games. 

They’re nonetheless a day away from the finals, however the twins have already got their sights set on Paris 2024. 

Dina Averina of the Russian Olympic Committee
Dina provides a coronary heart signal along with her palms after her ribbon routine.

“If our health will allow then why not,” Dina mentioned. 

“God helps us to the reach the Olympics and then let’s see,” Ariana added. 

“Then we will act depending on the situation.”

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