Golden fortunes for Russia, Chinese Men's Group as Acrobatic Worlds comes to a close03/04/2016
PUTIAN (CHN) -- Russian gymnasts picked up an additional three golds at the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships Sunday, capping the country's most dominant performance at the World Championships in 12 years.
The final day of competition saw the coronation of Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya in Mixed Pairs, while Zhanna Parkhomets, Yulia Nikitina and Valeriia Belkina won their first World title in Women's Group. Only in Men's Group, where the Chinese proved insurmountable, did Russia fall short of total command of the competition.
Russia's golden harvest yielded five of the six World titles contested in Putian, including the team gold, which is determined by results at the end of the qualification round.
Top: The Women's Group Podium at Worlds, with 2016 World champion Russia, silver medallist China and bronze medallist Belarus. Above, the Mixed Pairs podium, with 2016 World champions Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya (RUS) flanked by silver medallists Tiffani Williams and Axel Osborne (USA) and bronze medallists Isabella Montagna and Lewis Walker (GBR).
China saves its best for last
China, whose goal in Putian was to win medals and increase Acro visibility among the public, achieved both: in the last performance of the competition, its celebrated Men's Group delivered a four-man fireworks show to give the Chinese the only World title not destined for Russia. The foursome (Li Zheng, Rui Liuming, Zhang Teng and Zhou Jiahuai) lived up to the precedent set by their predecessors at the past two World Championships, finishing 1.6 over silver medallist Israel, the largest margin of victory in any category.
The Men's Group podium, with 2016 World champions China flanked by silver medallists Israel and bronze medallists Great Britain.
Reversals of fortune for Belarus, China
Mixed Pairs, Men's and Women's Group qualify to The World Games 2017
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