Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 in Sofia: Preview, schedule, and How to watch Full Event Details

by Christina S. Brown
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The 2022 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from September 14-18. This will be the first time Bulgaria has hosted the event, and it is sure to be an exciting competition. There are two main reasons why I believe the 2022 World Championships will be particularly noteworthy. First, because of the strong field of competitors that is expected to participate. Second, because of the new format that will be used for the team competition.

The sport’s first qualifying spots for the Paris 2024 Games will be awarded at the 2022 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, with the individual and group all-around medalists receiving Olympic berths for their national Olympic committees.

There will also be gold, silver, and bronze medals on the line in all-around and apparatus competitions, as well as an overall team event.

With the action kicking off on Wednesday, September 14th, here’s a look at the schedule, the women to watch, and how to Livestream the Paris 2024 Qualifier event wherever you are, including on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com (see below).

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Watch out for these athletes at the 2022 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Daria Atamanov of Israel and Boryana Kaleyn of Bulgaria are anticipated to compete for all-around gold. At the European Championships in June, the pair finished first and second, respectively.

Atamanov is in her first season as a senior after a breakout year. She placed second in her season debut at the World Cup in Athens and fourth in Baku. Her European Championships performance featured silver medals in hoop, ribbon, and clubs, in addition to her overall gold. Atamanov is succeeding fellow Israeli Linoy Ashram, who won the all-around gold medal in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics before retiring from the sport.

The season has witnessed several wins for Kaleyn, who finished fifth in Tokyo 2020 and fourth in 2021, including all-around gold at the World Cup in Sofia and individual event golds at both the Europeans and World Games.

Other contenders for individual all-around world gold and Olympic qualification berths in Paris include Italy’s Sofia Raffaeli, who won the World Cup in Athens, and Bulgaria’s Stiliana Nikolova, who took bronze in Europe.

With Russia and Belarus barred from competing, whoever wins will be historic, since no non-Russian has won all-around gold at the event since Ukraine’s Anna Bessonova in 2007.

In the group competition, Israel, Italy, and Azerbaijan will be the favorites to repeat as European medalists in Sofia. Bulgaria, which won Olympic gold last year, will also compete.

The last five group all-around titles have been won by Russian teams.

World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships 2022 – Sofia, Bulgaria Schedule

The event schedule is listed below. All times are in Eastern European Summer Time (EEST), which is three hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Wednesday, September 14th

Individual qualifying 09:30-19:10 (hoop and ball)

Individual apparatus finals: 21:00-22:22 (hoop and ball)

Thursday, September 15th

Individual qualifying 09:30-19:13 (clubs and ribbon)

Individual apparatus finals: 21:00-22:22 (clubs and ribbon)

Friday, September 16th

14:30-19:00 – All-around group competition

Saturday, September 17th

Individual all-around final, 14:45-17:00 (Group B, rank 10-18)

Individual all-around final, 17:15-19:30 (Group A, rank 1-9)

Sunday, September 18th

15:03-16:30 – Finals of group equipment (5 hoops, 3 ribbons, and 2 balls)

World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships 2022 – Sofia, Bulgaria How to watch:

The World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships will be shown on television worldwide, with digital live streaming available as well.

In some places, fans can watch the tournament Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 for free on Olympic Channel by visiting Olympics.com or downloading the official Olympic Games apps for mobile and connected devices (territorial restrictions apply).

The FIG YouTube channel will also provide coverage Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022.

Visit the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) website for additional information on TV broadcast coverage and how to watch Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics in your area.

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 A strong field of competitors:

The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 will feature a strong field of competitors. Some of the top gymnasts in the world are expected to participate, including Olympic medalists and world champions. This is sure to be an exciting competition with some of the best athletes in the world vying for the title of world champion.

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 New format for the team competition:

The team competition at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2022 will be held in a new format. Instead of the traditional five-member team, each team will consist of four gymnasts. This new format is sure to add an element of excitement to the competition, as it will create more opportunities for individual gymnasts to shine.

The 2022 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships are sure to be an exciting event. With a strong field of competitors and a new format for the team competition, there is sure to be plenty of drama and excitement. I for one am looking forward to watching the competition and seeing who comes out on top.

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