Kazakhstan won their first rhythmic gymnastics team title with a stylish display at the Doha Asian Games on Saturday.
Japan took the silver medal with 144.750 points, failing to close the gap with Asian champions Kazakhstan, who performed in the final rotation to finish with 148.600 and earned the top combined score on three apparatuses (rope, ball and ribbon).
China took the bronze medal with 142.775 points, ending their sweep of the team titles since rhythmic gymnastics was included in the Asian Games in 1998.
Team leader Aliya Yussupova of Kazakhstan performed with fluid movement, artistry and expression to lift Kazakhstan’s score.
photos – Aliya Yussupova, Longines Ambassadress of Elegance