The first wins silver, the second slips to fourth place
FROM THE ENCOUNTER IN TOKYO. The podium has three places and is sometimes too narrow for the twins Dina and Arina Averina, great protagonists of rhythmic gymnastics. And if it happens at the Olympics, it is tears that leave and family dramas.
It happened, it happens and it will happen again that the placement of one side slides the other off the podium, as happened in the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics competition in Tokyo 2020. Dina entered second place and Arina, from third that was, it slipped to fourth place: a wooden medal, as they say in sports jargon, the saddest placement for an athlete.
The bronze medal went to Alina (the names have a certain repetition ed) Harnasko, Belarusian, while the race was won by the Israeli Linoy Ashram. Sixth is the blue Milan Baldassarri.
The two sisters will celebrate 23 years on 13 August. They are both multiple champions, so they are used to snatching victories and trophies, but the Olympic one has a different specific weight, especially since they started as favorites (even Dina will have her beautiful regrets for second place).
Their stories run in parallel. They start practicing rhythmic gymnastics at the age of four, following the example of their elder sister Polina, but against the wishes of their mother, who would have wanted them to be dancers.
The results quickly convince parents that the girls are extraordinarily talented. Dina at the World Cup won 13 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze, while Arina, who travels at very high levels but has a little less talent (as the result at the Games also demonstrates) stopped at 4 golds, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes. And each time the best result of one goes at the expense of the other. Both are missing, but there is only one step higher on the podium.
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