South African senior rhythmic gymnast, Grace Legote from North West, has sealed her claim to being Africa’s top Rhythmic gymnast, by winning the Individual All-round category at the 12th African Gymnastics Championships.
The Championships, in Artistic and Rhythmic gymnastics, are currently being held at the University of Pretoria Indoor Sports Centre in Tshwane, 26-30 March 2014.
Legote gracefully proceeded through her four apparatus routines, attaining scores of 14 and above on all four apparatus, reaching a combined total of 57.333.
Hot on Legote’s heals was Egyptian Sara Rostom, who attained a silver medal with a score of 57.00. The bronze medal went to fellow South African, Aimee van Rooyen, with a score of 54.050.
Legote, who at 21, is the oldest rhythmic competitor in these championships, showed great composure and experience, breezing through her routines with elegance, sass and finesse.
She has finally overcome her bevy of bronze Individual All-round medals which she attained at the 9th, 10th and 11th Africa Championships. The Gold medal is now finally hers, and she is expectedly overjoyed.
Legote, who also won a second Gold in the Team Category, will compete for furthur Gold in the Apparatus Finals on the weekend.
In her own words, Legote said: “She is looking to attain even more Gold medals on the weekend!”
Photo caption: South African senior rhythmic gymnast Grace Legote has sealed her claim to being Africa’s top Rhythmic gymnast, winning the Individual All-round category at the 12th African Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships at the University of Pretoria Indoor Sports Centre, in Tshwane. Pictured are the Senior South African Team Gold medalists (from left) Gugu Nkambule, Grace Legote, Julene van Rooyen, Aimee van Rooyen. Photo: SASPA
(With editing by gsport)