Four Continents Gymnastics Championships

The Four Continents Gymnastics Championships refers to two distinct competitions, organized by different federations in different disciplines. In rhythmic gymnastics the tournaments were organized from 1978 to 2001 by the International Gymnastics Federation.[1] In aesthetic group gymnastics the tournaments have been organized by the International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics since 2014.[2] The events gather competitors from four different continents: Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania.

Rhythmic gymnasticsEdit

The Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships was a biennial rhythmic gymnastics tournament proposed to the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) by members of the gymnastics federations of New Zealand and Canada. The purpose was to provide a corresponding event to the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships as a chance for rhythmic gymnasts from non-European nations to compete internationally.[3] The first edition of the Four Continent Championships was organized in 1978 in Toronto, Canada. The last edition of the tournament was held in Curitiba, Brazil, in 2001.[4] All of the editions of the championships were officially organized by FIG.[1]

EditionsEdit

Year Edition Event Location
1978 I 1978 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Toronto
1980 II 1980 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Rio de Janeiro
1982 III 1982 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Auckland
1984 IV 1984 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Indianapolis
1986 V 1986 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Melbourne
1988 VI 1988 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Toronto
1990 VII 1990 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Tokyo
1992 VIII 1992 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Beijing
1994 IX 1994 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Seoul
1995 X 1995 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Cairo
1997 XI 1997 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Sydney
1999 XII 1999 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Jacksonville
2001 XIII 2001 Four Continents Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships   Curitiba

Individual all-around medalistsEdit

Year Location Gold Silver Bronze Ref.
1978   Toronto   Debbie Bryant   Jana Lazor   Sue Soffe [5]
1980   Rio de Janeiro   Michio Ota   Sue Soffe
  Kimie Kimura
N/A [6]
1982   Auckland   Hiroko Yamazaki   Lori Fung   Tomoko Tomita [7]
1984   Indianapolis   Lori Fung   Chieko Hirose   Xia Yanfei [8]
1986   Melbourne   Lori Fung   Xia Yanfei   He Xiaomin [9]
1988   Toronto   Lori Fung   Michelle Berube   Erika Akiyama [10]
1990   Tokyo   Erika Akiyama   Mary Fuzesi   Li Gong-hui [11]
1992   Beijing   Gao Shasha   Bai Mei   Han Yang-ok [12]
1994   Seoul   Miho Yamada   Zhou Xiaojing   Camille Martens [13]
1995   Cairo   Kasumi Takahashi   Zhou Xiaojing   Akane Yamao [14]
1997   Sydney   Yukari Murata   Rieko Matsunaga   Zhou Xiaojing [15]
1999   Jacksonville   Yukari Murata   Rieko Matsunaga   Erika Stirton [16]
2001   Curitiba   Mary Sanders   Sun Dan   Anahí Sosa [17]

Aesthetic group gymnasticsEdit

The Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships are organized and sanctioned by the International Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAAG).[18]

EditionsEdit

Year Event Location Gold Silver Bronze Ref.
2014 1st Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships   Toronto   Canada
Rhythmic Expressions
  Japan
Team Shoin
  Canada
Jusco
[19]
2015 2nd Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships   Nagano   Japan
Team Japan
  Japan
Team Shoin
  Canada
Rhythmic Expressions
[20][21][22]
2017 3rd Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships   Chicago   Japan
JWCPE AGG Team
  Canada
Rhythmic Expressions
  Brazil
Marrie Cotia
[23]
2019 4th Four Continents Aesthetic Group Gymnastics Championships   Singapore   Japan
Team Japan
  Japan
JWCPE AGG Team
  Canada
Rhythmic Expressions
[24]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (2005). 125th Anniversary - The story goes on... FIG. p. 42.
  2. ^ Kalev Estienne
  3. ^ Rhythmic Gymnastics in New Zealand
  4. ^ Longines Timing
  5. ^ [1] Gymn Forum - 1978
  6. ^ [2] Jornal do Brasil - 1980 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ [3] Gymn Forum - 1982
  8. ^ [4] Gymn Forum - 1984
  9. ^ [5] Gymn Forum - 1986
  10. ^ [6] Gymn Forum - 1988
  11. ^ [7] Gymnastics Australia - 1990
  12. ^ [8] Gymnastics Australia - 1992
  13. ^ [9] Gymnastics Australia - 1994
  14. ^ [10] Gymn Forum - 1995
  15. ^ [11] Gymn Forum - 1997
  16. ^ [12] USA Gymnastics - 1999
  17. ^ [13] Longines Timing - 2001
  18. ^ IFAAG
  19. ^ IFAAG - Official competition report
  20. ^ Gym Love (in Japanese)
  21. ^ Webstagram (in English and Japanese)
  22. ^ Eestielu (in Estonian)
  23. ^ 2017 Official results
  24. ^ Facebook - IFAGG - 2019 Results