Russians ruling as Acrobatic Worlds begin in China01/04/2016
PUTIAN (CHN) -- Round one to Russia: the Acrobatic Gymnastics powerhouse hit hard as the World Championships began Friday, topping the standings in three of the five disciplines being contested.
With Marina Chernova, the only 2014 World champion still competing today, and several former World Age Group champions in their arsenal, the Russians are well on their way to defending their World team title.
Russian gymnasts led the way in Women's Pairs (Daria Guryeva and Daria Kalinina), Mixed Pairs (Chernova and Gerogy Pataraya) and Women's Group (Valeriia Belkina, Yulia Nikitina and Zhanna Parkhomets), while Igor Mishev and Nikolay Suprunov rank second in Men’s Pair.
Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya (RUS)
The prince and princess of Mixed Pairs
Chernova, the flier of the gold-medallist Mixed Pair from the World Championships two years ago, continues to reign supreme. Whereas veteran Revaz Gurgenidze stood with her atop the podium in 2014, this year the diminutive Chernova is the elder statesman by experience, setting the example for new partner Pataraya. The pair has lived up to its excellent reputation so far, leading American surprise Axel Osborne and Tiffani Williams by a comfortable margin.
Revenge of the fourth place finishers
Belgians Arne van Gelder and Vincent Casse, chocolate medallists at the World Championships two years ago, are determined not to miss out on their second chance. With two of the three qualification routines complete, van Gelder and Casse are nearly two points ahead in a discipline where tenths often make the difference between gold and nothing. What sets them apart is their finesse: the Belgians received the best scores for artistry among a field that generally pushes the envelope of difficulty.
Arne van Gelder and Vincent Casse (BEL)
A new dawn for the Chinese men
China’s new Men's Group (Li Zheng, Rui Liuming, Zhang Teng and Zhou Jiahuai) carried the pressure of being two-time World Champions and performing at home as lightly as they flung flier Li through his triple-flipping paces in their first of three routines. Difficulty makes the difference for China in this category -- even second place Great Britain (Adam Upcott, Charlie Tate, Lewis Watts and Conor Sawenko) couldn't hide their awe for the Chinese following their own excellent performance.
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