Sessina, Godunko Share Titles At Rythmic Gymnastics World Cup

MIE, Japan -- World champion Vera Sessina of Russia and European champion Natalia Godunko of Ukraine have shared the individual titles on the first day of the two-day rhythmic gymnastics World Cup Final.

Ukraine's Natalia Godunko (C), Russia's Vera Sessina (L) and Godunko's compatriot Anna Bessonova wave on a victory podium after the individual rope competition at the 6th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Final in Ise, central Japan, November 17, 2006. Godunko won the event, Sessina was placed second and Bessonova was placed third.

The 20-year-old Sessina, who won the ribbon gold medal at the world championships last year, won the ball apparatus with 17.550 points, beating Inna Zhukova of Belarus who scored 17.450 points

The 22-year-old Godunko, also the winner of the ribbon gold at the European championships last year, took the rope apparatus with 17.300 points, beating Sessina into second with 17.275 points.

Anna Bessonova of Ukraine was third in the two categories with 17.175 points and 17.000 points, while Godunko was fifth in the ball.

In the five-woman team ribbons competition, Russia emerged victorious with 15.850 points. Belarus were second with 15.600 and Italy third with 15.100 points.

Source: AFP