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    • Russian gymnast Dina Averina just before an exercise with a loop
    • Russian fans at the 2019 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku
    • Natalia Koziol from Poland performing with a silver ball
    • Neviana Vladinova, Bulgaria, at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Baku
    • Angola's Alice Tomas in the middle of her routine
    • Gur-Gur, the mascot of this year's championships, holding a girl
    • Club exercise by stunning Khrystyna Pohranychna from Ukraine
    • Irina Viner-Usmanova (right), head coach of the Russian rhythmic gymnastics team
    • A loop routine by Kaho Minagawa from Japan
    • Guests at the championship were entertained by a clown show
    • Zhao Yating from China amazes spectators with her ball routine
    • Young Russian fans at the stadium
    • Russia's Dina Averina during a ribbon exercise
    • Ukrainian Vlada Nikolchenko performing at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships
    • Ekaterina Seleznyova from Russia after her routine
    • Individual ball exercise winners (from left to right): Arina Averina (Russia)  - silver medal, Dina Averina (Russia) - gold medal, Linoy Ashram (Israel) - bronze medal
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    Ribbon exercise by spectacular Milena Baldassarri from Italy

    More than 300 gymnasts from 61 countries are taking part in the championship and competing for nine sets of medals.

    People from around the globe have gathered in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku to admire the grace and flexibility of participants in the 37th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships.

    The sporting event is taking place at the National Gymnastics Arena and is expected to wrap up on Sunday.

    The motto of this year's edition is "Fairy tales will come to life".

    Sputnik has prepared some of the most captivating pictures taken at the event for you to enjoy in our photo gallery.

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