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Gymnastics Canada – Katherine Uchida performs her hoop routine at the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. (PHOTO: Fabrizio Carabelli)

PESARO, ITA (April 7, 2019) – Katherine Uchida and Sophie Crane, both of Toronto, had a strong start to their 2019 World Cup campaign this weekend, finishing 27th, and 36th respectively overall at the season-opening World Cup in Pesaro, ITA. Russian twins Dina and Arina Averina took gold and silver respectively, while Boryana Kaleyn of Bulgaria took bronze.
Uchida’s top score came with her new ball routine where she scored 18,050 – her first score in the 18s on the international stage. She then scored a 17,700 in hoop, 17,150 with clubs, and 16,850 in ribbon. Her total score was 69,750.
“This competition went really well for me considering it was the first world cup of the season,” said Uchida who captured her first senior all-around championship title at the 2019 Elite Canada in February. “There were no major mistakes and I know what I have to fix for upcoming competitions. My goals coming into this competition were to deliver clean routines and perform openly and to start the world cup circuit with a good impression, so for the next competition I want to work on opening up a little more on the carpet and giving the most entertaining performance I can. I also want to work towards doing all of my programs without mistakes.”
Crane scored 63.250 overall with her highest score of 17,650 also coming with her ball routine. She scored a 16,900 in hoop, 15,050 in clubs, and 13,650 in ribbon.
Uchida and Crane now head to Sofia, BUL for another World Cup competition next weekend, followed up by a third World Cup in Baku the weekend of April 26th. They’ll head home after that to get ready for the Canadian Championships which take place in Markham, ON from May 17th to 19th.
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