British Acro gymnasts three for five at Limes World Cup28/04/2014
|Women's Trio Georgia Lancaster, Elise Matthews and Millie Spalding (GBR)|
Britain, Belarus and Russia were the big winners at the Limes Acro World Cup, held this past weekend in Aalen (GER).
Looking more and more like a contender for multiple medals at the World Acro Championships in Paris-Levallois in July, the strong British team took three of the five titles up for grabs in Germany. In the Mixed Pairs competition, 2013 World Games champions Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith handily defeated the competition, winning gold over Russia's Angelina Devytova and Dzhamel Aliev by more than three points, 30.685-27.585. Viktar Lebedzeu and Iryna Kuksa (BLR) earned bronze with 27.530.
American pair Kiley Boynton and Ryan Ward, the only pair who could have challenged the Brits in difficulty, struggled in the final after qualifying in silver medal position. They finished fifth (27.055), a disappointment following their victory over Upcott and Smith at the Maia World Cup in March.
Women's Trio Elise Matthews, Georgia Lancaster and Millie Spalding dominated the qualification and final rounds in Aalen, scoring 28.715 on their final performance, ahead of Belarus's Yulia Khrypach, Julia Kovalenko and Angelina Sandovich (28.045) and Portugal's Barbara Sequeira, Iris Mendes and Jessica Correia (27.435). A second British pair finished fourth.
The British Men's Group of Gareth Wood, George Wood, Connor Bartlett and Daniel Cook easily maintained their first place status from qualification, taking gold by a healthy margin over Bulgarians Dennis Andreev, Borislav Borisov, Vladislav Borisov and Hristo Dimitrov (30.095-27.230). A 0.6 penalty during their final routine kept Belarusian four Artsiom Khvalko, Kiryl Zhdanovich, Eduard Vauchets and Kiryl Shatau from taking the silver, and they settled for bronze (26.650).
Russia, current World titleholders in Men's Pair, dominated the event even without 2012 World gold medallists Alexei Dudchenko and Konstantin Pilipchuk. In Aalen, Sergey Kuzmin and Ivan Nasonov were the cream of the competition, scoring 27.470 points for gold over teammates Vladislav Tarasov and Andrey Novikov (26.930). Kazakhstan's Sultanbek Naisbayev and Daniyar Muslimov, veterans of the 2012 Worlds, finished third (26.455).
After silver in the Women's Trio and bronze for the Men's Group, Belarus finally got a gold in Women's Pair, courtesy of Marharyta Bartashevich and Victoryia Mikhnovich. The pair's 27.740 for a clean, hit routine put them over Russian challengers Dina Vikhryanova and Viktoria Korniychuk (27.645), who had the most difficulty of any duo in the final.
After mistakes befell Russian veterans Elizaveta Dubrovina and Valentina Kim, young French pair Lea Roussel and Claire Philouze seized an opportunity and earned the bronze medal (25.520).
The competition, the final event before the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in Paris, resembled a “mini World Championships,” commented Portuguese coach Lourenco Franca, whose Acro Clube de Maia hosted the Maia World Cup in March.
Full results - World Cup: http://goo.gl/43Vi8B
Full results - Junior Cup: http://goo.gl/Vz9K7N
Impressions from coaches at Limes: http://goo.gl/A01TXH
About the 2014 FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cups
The 2014 international season in Acrobatic Gymnastics includes three FIG World Cup competitions, taking place on March 7 - 8 in Maia (POR), on April 24 – 26 in Aalen (GER) and on November 15 -16 in Stoke-on-Trent (GBR). All events are category B tournaments and will feature Qualifying rounds and Finals in Men’s and Women’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs as well as Men’s and Women’s Groups.
The world ranking points collected by the competitors during the circuit will add up to a total with all points counting and the top scorers in each discipline being crowned the winner of the overall series at the final event in Stoke-on-Trent.
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