21 August 2016, Nirapad News: A display full of grace and elegance allowed Bangladeshi descent Russian Margarita Mamun to capture the individual all-around gold and stretch Russia’s dominance in rhythmic gymnastics into a fifth straight Olympics.
A total score of 76.483 carried Mamun to the top of the podium after three-time world champion Yana Kudryavtseva surrendered her title hopes when her twirling act with the clubs went horribly wrong in its dying seconds.
The 20-year-old gymnast, whose father is an engineer from Bangladesh settled in Moscow and mother a former gymnast, scored 76.483 points to grab the gold ahead of her compatriot Y Kydryavtseva, who scored 75.408 points to take the silver in a tense final round. An Ukrainian gymnast won the bronze medal.
Despite owning a haul of seven world titles, the 20-year-old Mamun had long lived in the shadow of her younger rival as she had arrived in Rio never having won a world all-around title.
Mamun had previously represented Bangladesh at junior level.
“It was quite unexpected for me to win the gold medal today because before today Yana beat me and win each time in the all around. Hence I wasn’t really thinking about winning the gold medal today,” the 20-year-old told Reuters.
“I’m really happy knowing that I have a lot of fans in Bangladesh who have been supporting me,” added Mamun in Russian.
“I can count one to 10 in Bengali. When I was younger my dad used to teach me Bengali but I have forgotten it all.”
A day after Mamun sent a club flying out of bounds during qualifying, she got the crowd clapping along to the beats of “We Will Rock You” as she performed a rousing routine with the same apparatus.
The gymnast known as “The Bengal Tiger”, because her father hails from Bangladesh, knew that the gold would be hers if she avoided any glaring errors and so it proved to be.