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September 26, 2007

18th Longines Prize for Elegance awarded unanimously to Anna Bessonova of Ukraine

28th Rhythmic World Championships Patras, Greece.

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Photo: Anna Bessonova holds high the trophy of the Longines Prize for Elegance.


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Photo: Longines BelleArti Watch, a part of the prize.


Patras (Greece), 25 September, 2007 - Longines, Official Timekeeper and Data Handler at the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships 2007 has awarded the 18th Longines Prize for Elegance to Anna Bessonova, of Ukraine. This distinction honours the athlete having demonstrated the most remarkable elegance in the course of the international competition. Anna Bessonova, amongst great applause, was awarded the trophy created by the Swiss artist Piero Travaglini, a wristwatch from the Longines BelleArti collection and a cheque for US$ 5,000, and was subsequently consecrated overall individual world champion.


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Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition on rope.

In gymnastics, the challenge of movement demands both flawless execution, as in any sport, and the intangible grace, beauty and harmony of movement known as "elegance". At the 28th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships, all participants in the individual finals held on 21st September 2007 in Patras, Greece, were nominated for the Longines Prize for Elegance.


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Photo: Anna Bessonova in action during the individuals competition with hoop.

The athletes under consideration for the prize were evaluated according to a number of complementary criteria. In addition to technical considerations, each athlete's performance was evaluated with respect to emotional appeal, beauty, charm, charisma, and grace and harmony of movement. Although clearly, each member of the jury may interpret these criteria individually, the result was unanimous as Anna Bessonova's performance on this occasion was quite exceptional and won the heart of the whole audience. |GlobalGiants.com|


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