Emerging Acro stars from Russia, Britain, Israel golden at Maia World Cup09/03/2015
With two event titles apiece, Great Britain and Russia were the most successful nations at the Maia World Cup this past weekend in Maia (POR).
Cicely Irwin, Jennifer Bailey and Josephine Russell (GBR) won the Women's Trio title in Maia.
In the absence of Russian World Men's Pairs champions Konstantin Pilipchuk and Alexei Dudchenko, Alexander Kvastov and Andrei Charikov filled the void, claiming gold over 2014 World finallists Arne Gelder and Vincent Casse (BEL), who finished just off the podium last summer in Levallois (FRA).
As the new season dawns in Acro, a new generation is rising as well. In the Mixed Pairs category, in lieu of reigning World champions Revaz Gurgenidze and Marina Chernova (RUS), Ekaterina Vdovina and Maksim Soprunov stepped into the spotlight, winning their first World Cup gold ahead of Solano Cassamajor and Yana Vastavel (BEL) and 2014 World bronze medallists Kylie Boynton and Ryan Ward (USA).
Britain also took home golds in two of the five Acro categories, with Amy Cook and Lucy Weir winning the Women's Pairs category. Additionally, the British Trio of Cicely Irwin, Jennifer Bailey and Josephine Russell topped host Portugal (Beatriz Gueifao, Margarida Fernandes and Raquel Martins) and Israel (Avia Brener, May Miller and Shoval Sofer).
Host Portugal came away with two silver medals, one from Women's Trio and the other from the Men's Quad, which was won by Israel's Daniel Uralevitch, Efi Sochakov, Lidar Dana and Yannay Kalfa.
1. Alexander Krasov and Andrei Charikov, RUS, 27.400
2. Arne Gelder and Vincent Casse, BEL, 26.650
3. Javier Lopez and Jorge Alfonso, ESP, 25.530
1. Amy Cook and Lucy Weir, GBR, 25.360
1. Ekaterina Vdorina and Maksim Soprunov, RUS, 28.120
2. Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor, BEL, 28.080
3. Kylie Boynton and Ryan Ward, USA, 28.060
1. GBR, 26.970
2. POR, 25.950
3. ISR, 25.830
1. ISR, 27.180
2. POR, 25.150
Related: Competition website: http://goo.gl/mjdmgx
Full results: http://goo.gl/vz6xlq