Acrobatic Gymnastics's younger generation out for gold at FIG Maia World Acro Cup06/03/2015
A new year and a new competition season has meant a new partner for 2014 World Acro bronze medallist Claire Philouze.
|2014 World Mixed Pair finalists Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor (BEL) are part of the younger generation asserting themselves in at the FIG Maia World Cup in Portugal this weekend.|
Philouze, who won France's only World medal at the 2014 World Acro Championships in Levallois with partner Lea Roussel in Women's Pair, has entered this weekend's Maia World Cup in Maia (POR), as part of a Mixed Pair, this time with partner Paul Cantalibre. As one of nine mixed pairs in a field that includes 2014 World bronze medallists Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward (USA) and fourth place finishers Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor (BEL), Philouze and Cantalibre will be looking to prove themselves in Portugal.
Gymnasts from nine countries will participate at Maia, the first of three FIG Acro World Cups this year and a first step toward the 2015 European Acro Championships in Riesa (GER) and 2016 Acro Worlds in Putian (CHN). After the fireworks of Levallois, where the older professionals prevailed in Men's Pair and Mixed Pair, a new generation is set to assert itself in Maia, where the oldest registered competitor was born in 1992.
Competitions will be held in Women's Pair, Men's Pair, Mixed Pair, Women's Trio and Men's Group. Host nation Portugal is fielding the largest group of competitors, pinning their hopes on veterans Jessica Correia, Susana Pinto and Joana Patrocinio to challenge for the Women's Trio title, while Diogo Rodrigues, Filipe Miranda, Pedro Costa and Francisco Carrapato are the host country's big hopefuls for gold in Men's Group.