Belgian Acrobatic gymnasts take two titles at Flanders International World Cup11/04/2017
With just 100 days to go before The World Games begin in Poland, final round surprises led to upheavals in the standings at the Flanders International World Cup in Puurs, Belgium, the second of four stops on the 2017 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup circuit.
Belgium’s got talent
Belgium is serious about Acrobatic Gymnastics: In front of a home crowd in Puurs, a strong new generation of gymnasts from one of the sport’s powerhouse countries led the way. Kilian Goffaux and Robin Casse (whose brother Vincent won World silver in the same category in 2016) and Noemie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe finished atop the podium in Men’s and Women’s Pairs, respectively.
Both duos replicated their gold medal finishes at last month’s Maia World Cup in Portugal, though they got there in different ways. While Lammertyn and Vanden Burghe led throughout the three rounds of competition, Goffaux and Casse edged into the lead after shrugging off a difficult first performance. Both pairs have been confirmed for The World Games.
Coronation for Dias, Martins
If Maia was a disappointment for Portuguese Mixed Pair Carolina Dias and Joao Martins, Puurs represented redemption. After leading throughout the competition in Portugal, the young pair finished with bronze. A mistake they were sure not to repeat: once more atop the leaderboard heading into their third routine in Belgium, the duo performed up to their standard, finally achieving the top rank of the podium and relegating the Russian might, represented by Elena Murashko and Ivan Nesterenko, to second place.
Britain breaks through in Men’s Group, Belarus best in Women’s
After silver or bronze medal finishes at its most recent internationals, Britain’s Lewis Watts, Conor Sawenko, Charlie Tate and Adam Upcott left Puurs with a golden souvenir. The British, bronze medallists at the 2016 World Championships, bested a familiar foe in Israel’s reigning World silver medallists Lidar Dana, Yannay Kalfa, Eli Sach and Daniel Uralevitch, sealing the gold on their last routine after trailing throughout the competition.
There was no such drama for the Belarusian women, who monopolised first place from start to finish. The team, including World bronze medallists Karina Sandovich and Veranika Nabokina, held off the challenge from lesser experienced Women’s Groups from Russia and the United States.
The Puurs Acrobatic World Cup is the second of four Acrobatic World Cup events on the 2017 FIG calendar. After Puurs, the action turns to Geneva (SUI) May 25-27. The series concludes September 8-10 in Lisbon (POR).
Results - FIG Acrobatic World Cup in Puurs (BEL)
1. Robin Casse and Kilian Goffaux, BEL
2. Aleksandr Andreev and Pavel Andreev, RUS
3. Daniyel Dil and Vadim Shulyar, KAZ
1. Noemie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe, BEL
2. Mika Lefkovits and Roni Surzon, ISR
3. Jong Kum hwa and Pyon Yun ae, PRK
1. Carolina Dias and Joao Martins, POR
2. Elena Murashko and Ivan Nesterenko, RUS
3. Hanna Kasyan and Konstantin Evstafeev, BLR
1. Julia Ivonchyk, Veranika Nabokina and Karina Sandovich, BLR
2. Polina Galanova, Viktoriia Kudriavtseva and Alina Petrova, RUS
3. Sophie Gruszka, Morgan Sweeney and Amanda Waterson, USA
1. Conor Sawneko, Lewis Watts, Adam Upcott and Charlie Tate, GBR
2. Lidar Dana, Yannay Kalfa, Eli Sach and Daniel Uralevich, ISR
3. Stanislav Kukurudz, Vladyslav Kukurudz, Yurii Push and Taras Yarush, UKR
Full results: FIG Results Database