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Not only Ashram: Russian gymnast Averina also won gold after dropping ribbon

Russia's Dina Averina reacts at the end of the individual all-around final of the Rhythmic Gymnastics event during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics center in Tokyo, on August 7, 2021. (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
Russia's Dina Averina reacts at the end of the individual all-around final of the Rhythmic Gymnastics event during Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics center in Tokyo, on August 7, 2021. (Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

As Russian authorities claim the judging in yesterday’s rhythmic gymnastics final was biased since it should have been impossible for Israel’s Linoy Ashram to win gold after dropping the ribbon during her routine, it turns out that Russia’s Dina Averina — who narrowly lost to Ashram yesterday — did the very same in the 2018 World Championship.

Back then, Averina dropped the very same apparatus during her routine, but still went on to earn the top spot. The silver medal was won by Ashram.

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