Yevgeniya Olegovna Kanayeva is a Russian rhythmic gymnast. She is the 2008 Olympic individual gold medalist and European Champion in the all around for Rhythmic Gymnastics. Omsk is also the hometown of 2004 Olympic silver medalist Irina Tchachina and she is training with the same coach. At the 2008 European Championships, in Torino she led the field by almost two full points, placing first in every event.
Kanayeva also beat compatriot Vera Sessina who won the all-around title in 2006 but was out due to injury and compatriot Olga Kapranova the 2005 World Champion.
Kanayeva won her first Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 in the women's rhythmic individual all-around final with a score of 75.500 (Rope:18.850, Hoop:18.850, Clubs:18,950 and Ribbon:18.850).
In the 2009 European Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, she got five gold medals of 5 possible.
In 2009, at the 29th World Championship in Mie, Japan, she won 6 gold medals and became the only woman rhythmic gymnast in history to have set such record. In 2011, at the 31st World Championship in Montpellier, France, Kanayeva repeated her success by winning all 6 gold medals.
She is one of the best rhythmic gymnasts in history.
Kanayeva is 1.70m (5'7") tall and weighs 49 kg (108 lbs).
She was born in Omsk in former Soviet Union on April 2, 1990.
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