China dominates final FIG Acro World Cup of the season in Geneva18/05/2015
Is this a preview of what we'll be seeing next year's World Championships in Putian (CHN)?
Top: Mo Zhixin and Zhang Zhiyun (CHN). Bottom: Christian Morales and Kevin Garcia (PUR).
In their only FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup outing of the year, Chinese gymnasts took three of five titles before a packed arena at the first-ever Acro World Cup in Geneva (SUI).
In the absence of the now retired two-time World Champion Men's Group, a new quad -- Li Zheng, Rui Liuming, Zhou Jiahui and Zhang Teng -- stepped up to win their first World Cup title in spectacular fashion, outscoring teams from Israel and Germany.
Their goal is clear: Get to next year's World Championships in China, and win again. "We're very excited about performing at home," said Zhang, at 21 one of the leaders of the team. "What we can do now is to train hard and prepare and look forward to the World Championships."
Elsewhere, Women's Pair Mo Zhixin and Zhang Zhiyin jumped from fourth after qualification to finish first in finals, over Britain's Bethann Dix and Chloe Gunter and Russians Diana Vikhryanova and Darina Kriuchkova.
Men's pair Alexander Kvasov and Andrei Charikov (RUS), the top Men's duo on the World Cup circuit all season, continued their run of strength in Geneva, finishing first over Britain's Robert Bates and Chris Child, while Christian Morales and Kevin Garcia (PUR) popped in above the more experienced Sultanbek Naisbayev and Daniyar Muslimov for bronze.
In Mixed Pairs, the U.S.'s Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward, reigning World bronze medallists, became the first American pair to win a FIG World Cup series title, sealing their victory with a win in Geneva. Senior level newcomers Ekaterina Vdovina nad Maksim Soprunov were second in Geneva, followed by Germany's Sophie Bruchmann and Nikolai Rein.
China's Li Run, Yang Xiaoyi and Xia Zhimeng's marionette-themed routine, complete with breathtaking holds and one gasp-worthy moment in which the Trio faked toppling over, was the winner of the Women's Trio final. Former World medallist Valeriia Belkina (RUS), now with new partners Zhanna Parkhometc and Yulia Nikitina, earned the silver, followed by Margarida Fernandes, Raquel de Sousa Martins and Beatriz Guelfao (POR).
1. Alexander Kvasov and Andrei Charikov, RUS, 28.380
2. Robert Bates and Chris Child, GBR, 26.95'0
3. Christian Morales and Kevin Garcia Maldonado, PUR, 26.920
1. Mo Zhixin and Zhang Zhiyun, CHN, 26.430
2. Bethann Dix and Chloe Gunter, GBR, 26.030
3. Diana Vikhryanova and Darina Kriuchkova, RUS, 25.860
1. Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward, USA, 29.050
2. Ekaterina Vdovina and Maksim Soprunov, RUS, 27.570
3. Sophie Bruchmann and Nikolai Rein, GER, 25.730
1. China, 28.300
2. Russia, 28.000
3. Portugal, 26.880
1. China, 29.660
2. Israel, 28.050
3. Germany, 26.290