Laura Zeng Makes US History

Laura Zeng made US rhythmic gymnastics history by winning a pair of bronze medals at the World Cup in Minsk, Belarus. The medals, in hoop and ribbon, are the first won by a U.S. rhythmic gymnast at world cup competition.

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Zeng scored 18.050 for her podium finish in hoop, 0.95 behind the 19.000 received by gold medalist Margarita Mamun of Russia. Melitina Staniouta of Belarus was second with 18.700. In ribbon, Zeng also received an 18.050, behind the 18.950 of Mamun and 18.850 by Russia’s Aleksandra Soldatova. Zeng also placed seventh in the individual all-around on Saturday.

The reigning U.S. all-around national champion, Zeng continues to push the envelope in terms of international results for the United States. Last September she had the highest placement ever for a U.S. rhythmic gymnast at the world championships. Her eighth-place finish was two better than the 10th recorded by Mary Sanders in 2003.

Zeng led the United States in dominating rhythmic competition at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, becoming only the second athlete to sweep all five individual golds.

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