South African duo Grace Legote and Aimee van Rooyen were in action at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships that ended in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday.
Twenty-one-year-old Legote ended 55th and 17-year-old Van Rooyen 79th respectively in the 32nd staging of the event which saw 98 entries from 53 countries around the world in the individual category.
Legote, who hails from the North West (Van Rooyen represents Gauteng) was the highest placed competitor from Africa and third highest of the Commonwealth countries that took part. She also ended in the top 50 of two apparatus events.
The 24 gymnasts who were able to get through to the finals were made up of two Americans, three Asians and 19 gymnasts from European countries.
At the 11th African Gymnastics Championships held in South Africa late last year, Grace attained an Individual All-round bronze medal.
The weekend’s World Championships saw Grace placing higher than the Egyptians who beat her on that occasion. They placed 66th and 72nd respectively in Kiev.
These results should further stake the duo’s claim for selection in the South African team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, with even potential Commonwealth medals a possibility.