Rhythmic gymnastics worlds: Canada fails to qualify for Olympics
Canadian team finished 19th in group event
Canada's rhythmic gymnastics group team failed in its attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics, finishing 19th on Saturday at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
The top-10 teams at the 2015 rhythmic world championships qualified directly for the Rio Games. The next seven highest-ranked countries advance to a final Olympic qualifier.
The Canadian team, which includes Katrina Cameron (Mississauga, Ont.), Anjelika Reznik (Vaughn, Ont.), Maya Kojevnikov (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Lucinda Nowell (Toronto), Vanessa Pavnoc (Toronto) and Victoria Reznik (Vaughn, Ont.), finished with a combined score 30.283 points for two routines.
Russia topped a field of 24 teams in the all around event with a score 36.266 points, followed by Bulgaria with 35.583 and Spain at 34.900.
"They were happy with their performance but they weren't happy not to qualify," said Canadian national team director Teresa Orr of Toronto.
At the last Olympics, Canada earned a spot in the rhythmic group event as the top-ranked country in the Americas and went on to place 11th in a field of 12 countries.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio will feature 14 teams in the group competition.