Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup

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The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup is a competition for rhythmic gymnastics sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG). This competition is held in Guadalajara, Spain. It is one of the three tournaments in rhythmic gymnastics officially organized by FIG, as well as the World Championships and the gymnastics competitions at the Olympic Games (in collaboration with the IOC and the federation of the country organising the Games).[1] The current format of the World Cup divides the tournament in a series of events staged annually. In each of the stages, the top three gymnasts or groups in each apparatus, as well as in the all-around competition, are awarded medals and prize money. The World Cup stages usually attract the best rhythmic gymnasts in the world, with a considerable number of medalists at the Olympic Games and the World Championships competing in these stages.

History[edit]

In 1975, FIG sporadically decided to organise a World Cup event in Artistic Gymnastics; the event was staged as an alternative to the World Championships, a tournament held, at the time, every four years. The World Cup aimed to bringing together elite gymnasts in all around competition and in apparatus finals. In 1983, FIG decided to hold a World Cup event also for Rhythmic Gymnastics. From 1983 to 1990 the World Cup was held as a standalone event in three occasions: 1983, 1986 and 1990. Taking inspiration from the Grand Prix Series established in 1994, the FIG Executive Committee, in 1997, made the decision to hold the a World Cup Final tournament in 2000 as the last stage of a series of competitions through the 1999–2000 season.[2] The World Cup Final format was kept until 2008. Currently, the World Cup Finals are no longer held for any of the FIG disciplines.[3] Since 2009 the World Cup is staged through a series of events held annually, opposed to the biennial format adopted from 1999 to 2008, or the standalone event format adopted from 1983 to 1990.

World Cup Final[edit]

The International Gymnastics Federation considers the first three World Cup events, held in 1983, 1986 and 1990, respectively, as part of the World Cup Final format adopted later on.[2] From 1999 to 2008, a series of World Cup qualification tournaments were held in order to qualify gymnasts to compete at the biennial World Cup Final event.[4][5] The first event under this format, formally considered the Fourth World Cup Final, was staged in 2000, and the last one in 2008.[2] Eight World Cup Final events were contested before the International Gymnastics Federation changed the format to a yearly series of stages competed in different countries, adopted since 2009, with no formal World Cup Final event.

Year Event Format Location Ref.
1983 1st World Cup Final Individuals and teams Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade [2][6]
1986 2nd World Cup Final Individuals and teams Japan Tokyo [2][7]
1990 3rd World Cup Final Individuals and teams Belgium Brussels [2]
2000 4th World Cup Final Individuals United Kingdom Glasgow [2]
2002 5th World Cup Final Individuals Germany Stuttgart [2]
2004 6th World Cup Final Individuals and groups Russia Moscow [2]
2006 7th World Cup Final Individuals and groups Japan Mie [2]
2008 8th World Cup Final Individuals and groups Spain Benidorm [2][8]

World Cup Series[edit]

Since 2009, the World Cup is competed as a series of events held in different countries throughout the period of one year.[1] From 2009 to 2016, events at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup series were divided in Category A and Category B; Category A (Cat. A) events were reserved for invited athletes, while Category B (Cat. B) events were open to all athletes. Also, there was no limit for the number of Category A and Category B meets each year. Since 2017, the World Cup series is split in two: the World Cup series and the World Challenge Cup series. All of the World Cup and World Challenge Cup stages are open to all athletes.[9] FIG may also allow federations to organize parallel events to the World Cup series, such as junior tournaments. These tournaments, however, are not official FIG competitions and are not considered part of the World Cup Series.[1][10]

Year Series Format Cat. A events Cat. B events Ref.
2009 2009 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 5 2 [11][12]
2010 2010 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 6 2 [11][13]
2011 2011 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 1 9 [11][14]
2012 2012 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 1 6 [11][15]
2013 2013 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 1 7 [11][16][17]
2014 2014 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 1 8 [11][18][19]
2015 2015 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 0 7 [11][20][21]
2016 2016 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 0 10 [11][22][23]
Year Series Format World Cup events Challenge Cup events Ref.
2017 2017 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series Individuals and groups 4 5 [11]

Medals[edit]

World Cup stages[edit]

What follows is a list of nations which have earned at least one medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup circuit since 1983 (results consider senior events only).[24][25] The number of nations is considerably smaller when compared to medalling nations at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup circuit.

World Cup Final[edit]

Standalone World Cup tournaments were staged in 1983, 1986 and 1990. World Cup Finals were held bienally from 2000 to 2008. The International Gymnastics Federation decided not to host a single, standalone World Cup Final event since 2009.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique-World Cup Finals". International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b International Federation of Gymnastics. "Rhythmic Gymnastics WORLD CUP FINALS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  4. ^ "GYMmedia Event Calendar 1999". Archived from the original on August 21, 2002. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "GYMmedia Event Calendar 1999 [sic]". Archived from the original on May 17, 2002. Retrieved May 6, 2017. 
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  7. ^ "1986 Tokyo World Cup Final Results". r-gymnast.bplaced.net. 
  8. ^ "2008 World Cup Final results". gymmedia. 
  9. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique - Rhythmic Gymnastics Rules". International Gymnastics Federation. Retrieved 2017-05-02. 
  10. ^ "V Sankt-Peterburge proshel mezhdunarodnyi yuniorskii turnir po khudozhestvennoi gimnastike" В Санкт-Петербурге прошел международный юниорский турнир по художественной гимнастике [International rhythmic gymnastics tournament held in Saint Petersburg] (in Russian). R-gymnastics.com. Retrieved 2017-05-06. 
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  12. ^ Gym Media 2009 calendar
  13. ^ Gym Media 2010 calendar
  14. ^ Gym Media 2011 calendar
  15. ^ Gym Media 2012 calendar
  16. ^ RG Calendar 2013
  17. ^ 2013 RG Results
  18. ^ RG Calendar 2014
  19. ^ 2014 RG Results
  20. ^ RG Calendar 2015
  21. ^ 2015 RG Results
  22. ^ 2016 RG Results
  23. ^ "2016 Rhythmic Gymnastics Calendar". rg4u.clan. 
  24. ^ Gymnastics Results
  25. ^ Gymn Forum - Results
  26. ^ a b c d e f g The Sports - Minsk 2013
  27. ^ a b c d e Rsg.net - Bochum 1999
  28. ^ a b c d Sports 123 - World Cup Final - Ribbon
  29. ^ a b The Sports - Lisbon 2013
  30. ^ a b Sports 123 - World Cup Final - Groups
  31. ^ The Sports - St. Petersburg 2013
  32. ^ FIG Database - Berlin 2016
  33. ^ a b The Sports 123 - Tashkent World Cup
  34. ^ R-Gymnast - 1986 World Cup Final
  35. ^ FIG Database - Minsk 2016