Acrobatic Gymnastics finds new balance at Cali World Games24/08/2013
El Pueblo Coliseum turned into a madhouse during the Acrobatic Gymnastics events. Spectators and gymnasts provided each other with a unique experience in an electrifying atmosphere. Acro saw a new balance between the participating top nations China, Russia, Great Britain, Ukraine, Belarus, Belgium and Portugal in Cali who were all part of the medal tally.
Men’s Pairs: Acro stuns Colombia
To see Colombia’s own Edwin Quintero Puentes and Diego Fajardo Tique compete in this competition was a highlight for many of the spectators at El Pueblo Coliseum. The pair received a rousing welcome from the crowd and even though they don’t play in the same league as the elite pairs, the Colombians, who took up Acrobatic Gymnastics only recently, produced a respectable performance.
The pairs of Russia, Great Britain, Belarus and Ukraine qualified for the final, leaving China in their wake. All four pairs displayed great consistency in all three rounds, impressing the crowd with their stunning routines. While Ukraine had a deficit in execution that placed them fourth, Russia’s reigning World Champions Konstantin Pilipchuk and Alexey Dudchenko left no doubt about their supremacy, winning the Gold with a fantastic Combined routine.
Great Britain’s Alex Houston and Timothy Pritchard took the Silver, outscoring Ruslan Fedchanka and Yauheni Kalachou of Belarus, who settled for Bronze.
Awe-inspiring Women’s Pairs
Ukraine’s Kateryna Sytnikova and Anastasiya Melnychenko, Sviatlana Mikhnevich and Yana Yanusik of Belarus, Great Britain’s Shanie-Redd Thorne and Danielle Jones and Ekaterina Mishchenko and Ksenia Sidelnikova of Russia contested the final in the category. Russia had a fall and were penalised with a 1.2 deduction. They finished last. The top qualifiers Ukraine produced a flawless Combined exercise, scoring the highest artistic value in the Women’s Pair category to edge out Belarus, who received a .3 penalty to finish in the Bronze medal position. Great Britain’s Thorne and Jones performed last and topped the field with an awe-inspiring routine of great difficulty that earned the highest execution score.
Mixed Pairs: Great Britain dominant
All the big names were in in this competition and it was a fierce competition for the four final spots and the medal ranks.
Russia’s Revaz Gurgenidze and Marina Chernova boasted the highest difficulty with their Combined exercise, but they had to accept a .6 penalty and they ranked fourth in the end.
The medals went to Belgium (Bronze), Portugal (Silver) and Great Britain (Gold), who all impressed with excellent choreographies and beautifully mastered routines in all three passes. Interestingly, in their near perfection the three pairs showed their strengths in different fields. While Laure de Pryck and Nicolas Vleeshouwers (BEL) are the undisputed masters of artistic performance, Leonor de Oliveira and Goncalo Roque (POR) produced the most difficult routines. However, in the end it was Alice Upcott’s and Dominic Smith’s (GBR) clean execution that won them the title.
Men’s Groups: China and Russia in a league of their own
While the Men’s Group qualifications saw a fall from Ukraine and significant deductions for the Balance exercises of Belgium and Belarus, the three groups redeemed themselves with their Dynamic exercise performances. With an impressive artistic value, Belgium climbed from fifth to fourth place to qualify for the final that took place without Belarus. Top qualifiers China and Russia played in a league of their own, boasting massive difficulty and thrilling the audience with their spectacular pyramids and moves.
The final was free of penalties for all groups, but it was again China and Russia that produced the most stunning performances. In the end, a .21 margin was the difference between Gold and Silver, with the Chinese having the advantage. Ukraine outscored Belgium to proudly take the Bronze.
Women’s Groups: Golden series continues for Russia
Even though multiple World, European and defending World Games Champions Ekaterina Stroynova, Aigul Shaikhutdinova and Ekaterina Loginova of Russia had a fall in their Balance exercise during qualification which meant a .6 deduction, they qualified in first rank for the four groups final. Belgium’s Sanne van Overberghe, Lara Schollier and Camille van Betsbrugge, whose Balance exercise received the highest score in qualification with the best artistic value, progressed in second place. Their medal hopes were dashed in the final, however, when they failed to complete a difficulty element resulting in deductions and a .3 penalty.
Great Britain, with Georgia Lancaster, Millie Spalding and Elise Matthews, improved from their qualifying fourth rank to take the Silver, prevailing over Yuliya Khrypach, Hanna Kobyzeva and Julia Kovalenko of Belarus, who settled for Bronze. Russia, though, were in a class of their own in the final, producing the most difficult routine of the day, flawlessly executed. Stroynova, Shaikhutdinova and Loginova added another well-deserved Gold to their collection.