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Uchida soars to highest Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup finish in Sofia

“This competition had a bit of a rough start with hoop – actually it wasn’t my best performance,” said Uchida who trains with Crane out of Jusco RGC with coach Stefka Moutafchieva. “I’m happy I really pulled myself together for ball though because I made a real comeback with a high score that was less than one point away from the scores that made it into finals. I also did a clubs routine that I was really happy with and I’m glad that I could show the story that is meant to be told in the routine.”

Uchida scored a 15.650 in hoop, 18.600 in ball, 18.400 in clubs, and 14.800 in ribbon for a total score of 67.450.

For Crane, her clubs routine was definitely a highlight: “The highlight of this competition would have to be my clubs routine today as today marks one year since I won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, and so I was really determined to do a clean clubs routine. I’ve been struggling a bit with my new clubs routine this year, and I’m pleased to say that I performed it well today, and received my highest clubs score yet!

Crane scored a 15.300 in hoop, 16.750 in ball, 17.650 in clubs, and 13.950 in ribbon for a total score of 63.650.

Uchida and Crane now head back to Canada for a week or so before travelling to the World Cup in Baku the weekend of April 26th where Canada’s new senior group will join them to make their World Cup debut.

“Honestly before Baku I want to regain as much energy as I can. I’ve competed for four weekends in a row now!” said Uchida. “I just want to take everything I’ve learned from this last month and apply it all to my training so I can go to Baku even stronger than I am now.”

After Baku, Uchida, Crane, and the senior group will all travel to Markham, ON for the Canadian Championships which take place at the Markham Pan Am Centre from May 17th to 19th.

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