Analyzing Mexico's Rhythmic Gymnastics Success

Mexico's rhythmic gymnastics team shines in Europe. They nabbed a silver medal in France, showing their growing strength against top competitors. With Olympic qualification secured, they're focused on improvement as they head to more World Cups and aim for Paris 2024.

Analyzing Mexico's Rhythmic Gymnastics Success
The Mexican rhythmic gymnastics team celebrates their silver medal win at the Grand Prix in Thiais, France. Credit: CONADE

For the national rhythmic gymnastics team, the 35th edition of the Grand Prix of the discipline in Thiais, France, marked the end of their first international tour of Europe this year, where this Sunday they won the silver medal in mixed exercise (3 ribbons / 2 balls).

Adirem Tejeda, Kimberly Salazar, Julia Gutierrez, Dalia Alcocer, Sofia Flores and Karla Diaz, obtained a score of 30.700, which placed them in second place in the event, while the French team (32.400) and Uzbekistan (30.550), closed in first and third place, respectively.

From France, the national coach, Blajaith Aguilar Rojas, shared her balance after the three tournaments they held in the last weeks in Athens, Greece and Thiais.

“We are very happy and content, we know we have to work more, we have several areas of opportunity where we have to improve, but we are showing that the girls are doing very well and that they have a great level,” she commented.

“We are competing with the world powers, and it makes us excited to know that we are side by side with them, that we are winning and within the fight, that the new routines are well seen and received by the public and the judges,” added Blajaith Aguilar.

In addition to the silver medal, Mexico closed its performance at the Grand Prix de Thiais with eighth place in the 5 rings event, where they scored 27,000 points, while in All Around they finished in seventh place, in the competition that is part of their preparation for their Olympic debut in Paris 2024.

“We have more World Cups to get ready before the Olympic Games and this first tour was very useful to check details, analyze the routines, how the judges come, what was understood and what was not, to see how the girls reacted with these new routines of the team, but we took many good things and others that we have to improve,” shared the coach.

In the same competition, the national team, Marina Malpica Ramirez, finished in 16th place All Around with 113.750, in individual modality, after finishing with scores of hoop 29.200, ball 28.850, clubs 26.500 and ribbon 29.200.

The Mexican rhythmic gymnastics team will return to Mexico on Monday, April 1, to spend a week at their training base at the National Center for the Development of Sports Talents and High Performance (CNAR), and then travel to their second international tour that will include the World Cups in Sofia, Bulgaria and Baku, Azerbaijan.