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Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun lock horns again

Having tied for gold in the ball final on Tuesday, Yana Kudryavtseva and Margarita Mamun resumed their rivalry in the ribbon on Wednesday.

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The Russian pair could not be separated in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships ball finale as both recorded identical scores of 18.433 in Izmir, Turkey.

And it proved to be another tight tussle between the two in the ribbon qualifiers on Wednesday, with Mamun's sequence of reverse illusion turns proving a hit with the judges and earning a final score of 18.633

Her performance came immediately after compatriot Kudryavtseva, who also claimed gold in the hoop on Tuesday, had wowed with a classical piece to pick up a score of 18.616.

Defending champion Kudryavtseva remains at the head of the overall leaderboard at the end of day three with a score of 55.799, while Mamun is second on 55.349.

The Russian duo's closest challengers in the ribbon were South Korea's Son Yeon-jae (17.733) and Carolina Rodriguez of Spain (17.300).

Ganna Rizatdinova topped the clubs standings at the end of qualifying after her Pirates of the Caribbean-themed routine earned a score of 17.600.

The Ukrainian leads Marina Durunda of Azerbaijan, who shunned the usual lively clubs routines to pull off an impressive 16.850 score with a display to the tune of soft piano music.

Bulgarian pair Neviana Vladinova and Mariya Mateva round off the leading four gymnasts, posting scores of 16.575 and 16.500 respectively.

Meanwhile, Sakura Hayakawa had a day to forget. The Japanese had to maintain her opening pose - holding her leg above her head - for around 20 seconds when the incorrect music was played at the beginning of her routine.

Following another error during her performance, Hayakawa ended up with a score of 14.833.

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