Slovene Ekaterina Vedeneeva, of Russian origin, presented her country with the first medal in its history at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, which is currently taking place in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.
Ekaterina Vedeneeva won bronze in the ribbon gymnastics competition, and the gold went to Italian Sofia Raffaele, who won the third gold medal at the current Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
Ahead of the silver medal went to the Bulgarian Stilana Nikolova, who became her second in this tournament, which will be held in the capital of Sofia from 12 to 18 September.
It is noteworthy that 28-year-old Ekaterina Vedeneeva decided to change her citizenship long before Russia was banned from participating in international competitions, and she received Slovenian citizenship in 2018. According to the athlete, she had two options: “either retire or play for another country.”
Vedeneeva did not want to retire, despite her advanced age by the standards of rhythmic gymnastics, and moved to Europe with the approval of the famous Russian coach Irina Viner.