Dina and Arina Averina evenly shared four gold medals today ©UEG

Russian twins Dina and Arina Averina evenly shared four gold medals on the final day of the 2017 European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Budapest.

The duo proved too strong for the competition with Dina winning the hoop and ribbon events while Arina took gold in the ball and clubs categories at the Papp Laszlo Arena.

In a field that did not include 13-time continental champion Yana Kudryavtseva or reigning all-around Olympic champion Margarita Mamun, both of Russia, the Averinas and team-mate Aleksandra Soldatova dominated competition and won the team title as a result.

Dina took the first individual gold of the day in the hoop event.

She scored 18.200 points to finish narrowly in front of Soldatova, who took second on 18.150.

Israel's Linoy Ashram completed the top three with a score of 17.975.

Arina then won her first gold of the day in the ball event on 18.850.

Soldatova once again had to settle for silver as she could only manage a score of 18.125.

Belarus' Alina Harnasko rounded out the top three on 17.550.

Arina then returned to the top of the podium immediately after in the clubs event.

She edged sister Dina with a score of 19.075, while her sibling could only manage 19.000.

Ashram won her second bronze medal of the day on 17.750.

Dina Averina took gold in the hoop and ribbon events ©Getty Images
Dina Averina took gold in the hoop and ribbon events ©Getty Images

Dina recovered to then win her second title in the Hungarian capital.

She scored 17.625 in the ribbon category, which proved too good for the rest of the competition.

The Hungarian duo Katrin Taseva and Neviana Vladinova finished second and third on 17.150 and 16.975 respectively. 

"I am really satisfied with my performance, I gave my best with both apparatus," Arina said.

"To be a European champion is a huge achievement in itself, I am very proud of my accomplishment.

"The clubs gold medal was a little bit surprising to me, because I' got to know that I will perform with this apparatus in the last minute.

"We are not competing against each other with my twin sister, but with ourselves - and we give support to each other.

"It is more difficult to watch her compete, because I can control my own routine, while I cannot control anything about hers." 

Russian dominance once again extended into the Junior Championships after their squad finished top of the table on 16.950.

Italy took the silver medal on 16.700 while Israel completed the top three on 16.600.

Next year's Championships are due to be held in Valladolid in Spain between June 1 and 3.