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Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics: Breanna Labadan inches closer to worlds


Breanna Labadan stayed on track for a second consecutive appearance at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships by securing a place in the all-around and ball finals at the Asian Championships held on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila.

The 16-year-old standout finished ninth overall in the field of 39 women with a net total of 83.70, securing a spot in the all-around final.

Labadan demonstrated remarkable improvement compared to last year’s Worlds, where she finished in 66th place. Her ball score increased from 22.45 to 28.20, qualifying her for the final in that apparatus.

Her impressive marks on hoop (28.50) and clubs (27.00) also placed her as a reserve for the finals in those apparatuses, in addition to her qualification for the ball final. These scores contributed to her overall total.

Labadan concluded her qualifications campaign with a score of 24.20 in the ribbon event.

The reigning Asian all-around champion, Takhima Ikromova of Uzbekistan, emerged as the top qualifier for the final with a score of 101.50.

However, Daniela Dela Pisa missed the cut with a net total of 65.75, ending up in 27th place in the individual all-around competition. She fell nine spots short of the 18th place needed to qualify.

Dela Pisa, along with Trisha Montefalco, also concluded their campaign in the qualifications for the apparatus finals.

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