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Anna Bessonova is a Ukrainian former individual rhythmic gymnast. She is an Olympic Bronze medalist and the 2007 World All-around Champion. A very talented gymnast, she is also a four-time European All-around medalist and the 2003 Grand Prix Final All-around champion. Born into a sporting family, a deep interest in sports came naturally to her. Her father is a former football player while her mother is a former rhythmic gymnast from whom she received her initial training. Her mother, herself a two-time World champion group rhythmic gymnast, introduced Anna to the sport. She started receiving her training when she was five. Her mother soon recognized her talents and ensured that she received training from the reputed coaches Albina Deriugina and Irina Deriugina. Anna started displaying her genius from a young age and became the youngest participant in the Ukrainian team during the 2001 World Championships in Japan. In spite of her young age, she performed very well and got noticed for her skills. Over time she blossomed into a very talented and agile gymnast and went from success to success, peaking at her top form in the 2002 World Cup Final in Stuttgart where she was placed first on the hoop, the rope and the clubs.
She participated in the 2001 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, where she was the youngest member in the Ukrainian team. Her performance in the championship was so good that in spite of her young age, the specialists immediately recognized her as a future champion of the sport.
Originally she was placed fifth in the 2001 World Championships. Later on, Alina Kabaeva and her teammate Irina Tchachina who originally won gold and silver medal in All-around respectively tested positive to a banned diuretic (furosemide) and were thus stripped of their medals. This necessitated the results to be revamped, and Anna Bessonova was awarded the bronze medal.
In 2002, she participated as a member of the Ukrainian Group which won the gold medal in five Ribbons in New Orleans. The year saw her in great form and she dominated the final in the World Cup in Stuttgart in November, clinching the first place on the hoop, the rope and the clubs.
In 2003, she became a leader of the Ukrainian national team. She won the hoop event final beating Alina Kabaeva and the clubs final where she beat Irina Tchachina for the gold in the World Championships in Budapest. She also finished with a Silver medal in the all-around title, closely losing out to Alina.
She won three gold medals in the European Championship in 2003-- in hoop, clubs and ribbon event finals. She also won three gold medals in the 2003 Grand Prix tournament in Innsbruck: hoop, ribbon and all-around.
She made her Olympic debut in 2004 and went on to win the bronze all-around medal. She also won the all-around silver medal at the 2004 European Championships.
She gave a stellar performance in the 2005 World Championships, winning silver medals in six categories including all-around, rope, ball, clubs and ribbon finals. The same year, she won the gold in rope in the World Games and also clinched four gold medals at the 2005 Universiade in Izmir.
The year 2007 was a very productive one for her. She participated in a number of competitive events and emerged victorious in many. She won all the gold medals in 2007 Summer Universiade beating Sessina and Kapranova, and also the silver medal behind Evgenia Kanaeva at the Corbeil-Essonnes World Cup.
She continued to be in top form in 2008 too and won all-around golds at the LA Lights, Deriugina Cup (Kiev World Cup) and Miss Valentine Competitions. She went on to clinch 15 medals at the World Cup the same year and won the all-around bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The year 2009 too proved to be a great one for her and she was placed first in the all-around at the Kiev World Cup and Deriugina Cup events. She followed it up with bronze medals in both the World and European Championships.
She officially retired from the sport in 2010 after the Deriugina Cup in Kiev.
Anna Bessonova was born as Hanna Volodymyrivna Bessonova on 29 July, 1984, in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, into a sporting family. Her father Vladimir Bessonov is a former Dynamo Kiev football player while her mother Viktoria, is a former two-time World champion group rhythmic gymnast. She has one brother, Alexander.
She was naturally inclined towards sports from a young age and her mother introduced her to rhythmic gymnastics when she was a little girl. She began receiving her formal training at the age of five.
Her mother had great ambitions for her and also wanted Anna to learn ballet. However, the girl was more interested in gymnastics and her mother supported her.
Anna Bessonova attended Deriugins School in Kiev where she received coaching from Albina Deriugina and her daughter Irina Deriugina.
Anna Bessonova loves to read in her leisure time. She is a caring and considerate person who likes spending time with her friends. Now retired from gymnastics, she has embarked on a new career as a coach at the Deryugin School. She also participates in international events and conducts classes all over the world.