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Uchida scores personal best for strong start at 2019 Rhythmic World Championships

Uchida scored a 19.550 with her ball routine, which she cites as her favourite routine, to finish 19th overall on that apparatus, and scored an 18.100 with her hoop routine on Monday to finish 43rd on that apparatus.

“This ball routine has become a bit of a signature for me and it was really important to me that I nailed it today when it mattered the most,” said Uchida following the competition. “I tried to go into the routine and follow the music as much as I could and it helped me relax and open up to perform. I’m really glad that my training showed, and paid off today, and I hope to keep this momentum for the next few performances.” 

Dina Averina of Russia took gold in the ball finals, followed by her sister Arina with the silver and Linoy Ashram of Israel with the bronze. In the hoop finals, Ekaterina Selezneva of Russia took the gold, Ashram the silver, and Dina Averina the bronze.

Natalie Garcia of Mississauga, ON, who is making her World Championships debut after winning a silver medal at the Pan American Games last month, is only competing three events at these championships – hoop, clubs, and ribbon, and scored a 17.050 with her hoop routine on day 1 of the competition on Monday.

“Competing at my first world championships I was super excited and honoured to represent Canada at the biggest competition of the year. Canada has had a good start and we are looking forward to clubs and ribbon,” said Garcia who will compete the clubs routine that saw her medal in Lima tomorrow. 

Sophie Crane of Toronto is also only competing three apparatus at this competition and scored a 17.550 with her ball routine today to finish 45th overall in that apparatus. She will compete her clubs routine tomorrow along with Garcia and Uchida. The apparatus qualifiers will finish up on Thursday with Canada competing their ribbon routines.

For the all-around finals on Friday, the top-3 scores for each athlete will be tallied up to determine which 24 athletes will move on to the finals. The top-16 athletes from that competition (two per country) will qualify a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

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