The ribbon discipline featured at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Athens ©Getty Images

Italy’s Sofia Raffaeli remains top of the all-around leaderboard after further exemplary performances at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Athens.

The 18-year-old recorded a commanding 31.550 in clubs to ensure she had scored over 30.0 in every discipline she had performed in so far.

Hot on her heels was Israel’s Daria Atamanov, who is two years Raffaeli’s junior, with a score of 30.250.

Bulgaria’s Eva Brezalieva was another standout performer in the discipline with 31.050.

However the Bulgarian struggled elsewhere with scores of 25.800 in hoop, 23.700 in ball and 28.900 in ribbon, which has left her 10th in the overall standings.

The ribbon discipline was the first display to show any sign of weakness by Raffaeli as she scored just 26.700.

However, Atamanov - her closest rival - also failed to make a significant impression, scoring a slightly better 27.600.

Three competitors scored over 30.0 in the clubs discipline ©Getty Images
Three competitors scored over 30.0 in the clubs discipline ©Getty Images

The lacklustre performances handed Israeli Michelle Segal the opportunity to close the gap at the top.

Raffaeli’s overall score stands at 122.650 while Atamanov is on 120.650 and Segal has a total of 116.650.

The groups three ribbons and two balls event saw Kazakhstan produce the best result.

They scored 21.350, which was 0.250 points better than Poland and 0.450 points superior to Israel.

France and Greece both totalled 20.900 while Estonia managed to score 16.300.

This has left the groups all-around leaderboard with France leading on 47.800, Greece in second on 47.450 and Poland in third on 46.700.

Kazakhstan is in fourth with 46.400 points and Israel is slightly behind on 44.400.

Estonia is bottom with a total of 30.100.