Gold and silver Raffaeli, triumph in hoops for the ‘Butterflies’

BUDAPEST (HUNGARY) – Another two European medals for Sofia Raffaeli that in Budapest, in the individual apparatus finals at the European Championships of rhythmic gymnastics, he won a gold (at the ball) and a silver (at the ribbon) which thus add to the four continental specialty gold medals won in Tel Aviv 2022 (hoop and clubs) and in Baku 2023 (ball and clubs).

Raffaeli d’oro in the ball in Budapest

Despite a I start a little uphill at the circlewhere she finished eighth due to some inaccuracies costing her six tenths of a penalty, Raffaeli she made up for it immediately afterwards with the ball to win the gold and maintaining the continental title won last year on Azerbaijani soil. The agent of the Fiamme Oro of the State Police with 35,350 points it ended up in front of the darling of the house, the Hungarian Fanni Pigniczkisecond with 34,850 andIsraeli Daniela Munitsthird with staff of 34,250.

European silver medal for Raffaeli

The tape he closed the individual competition on the platform of the Papp Laszlo Sportarena. In this final Raffaeli, coached by Claudia Mancinelli at Fabriano Gymnastics, collected 33,950 points valid ones that were enough for the second position in the ranking and her third silver in this European Championship but not for the triumph that would have led her to dye all four of her tools gold. The German Darja Varfolomeev got the better of the Italian who, with 34,400 points, retained the 2023 title. The bronze went to Bulgarian Elvira Krasnobaeva (33,700).

Golden butterflies in the hoops, 6 medals for Italy at the European Championships

Not just Raffaeli though, because another gold at the European Championships in Budapest came from the ‘Blue Butterflies’ in the 5-ring final. After silver in the general competition and second place in the team ranking, Alessia Maurelli, Martina Centofanti, Agnese Duranti, Daniela Mogurean, Laura Paris and Alessia Russo they returned to the platform and climbed to the top step of the podium. The ‘Butterflies’ coached by Emanuela Maccarani thus equaling the result obtained two years ago in Tel Aviv and improving last year’s bronze in Baku in this specialty. The Italians scored 39.350 points, taking the gold medal ahead of Spain, silver with 38.750 and Israel, bronze with 38.650. Italy thus ends the European Championships with six medals (two gold and four silver) waiting to meet again in Milan for the World Cup scheduled from 21 to 23 June, the last stage of the FIG circuit which will decide the team and the individualist as the overall winners of 2024, last important appointment on the road to Paris 2024.

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