Sophia Raffaeli won for the second time World Cup Of rhythmic gymnastics. The 19-year-old champion from the Marches, already world gold in the all around, did not win the last stage of the circuit in Milan, but she added her previous results to second place at the Mediolanum Forum: victories in Athens and Tashkent, second places in Sofia and Baku. In Milan, her performance (136,700) was also decisive, allowing her to leave the Bulgarian behind Stiliana Nikolovathird with 135.050, which was tied to the blue in the general classification before the last act.
To win the German Daria Varfolomeev, which however was not in the running for the trophy. it was she who overtook Sofia Raffaeli, who was first at the end of the circle (35,600) and the ball (35,000) after the first day. Saturday's performances on tape (32,000) and clubs (34,100) allowed her to overtake the German, a Russian athlete with a grandfather originally from Germany. Two other blue women were competing in Milan who finished further back, Milena Baldassarri 15th with 121,850 e Viola Saddle 31st with 113,050.
However, for Sofia there remains the satisfaction of another individual trophy that the Italian rhythmic athlete had never conquered, a confirmation of her extraordinary talent in view of the World Championships in Valencia at the end of August: a pre-Olympic event in which the gymnast from Chiaravalle will defend the world championship gold won last year in Sofia. In Spain, among other things, the Olympic cards for Paris 2024 will be awarded.