2012 World Acro Championships end in a Tie18/04/2012
23rd FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships
Lake Buena Vista (USA), April 16 - 18, 2012
Breathtaking routines from the Chinese men's four Jian Tang, Lei Wang, Yi Zhou and Yeqiuyin Wu as well as Britain's Dorian Walker, Jesse Heskett, Matthew Evison and Richard Hurst each tallied 28.050 to earn a share of the final Gold medal awarded at the 23rd World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
Their routines were vastly different, but each expressed great pleasure as they left the floor to cheering crowds, pumping their fists in celebration and inciting the crowd at the HP Field House at ESPN's Wide World of Sports to applaud more.
The British men mixed acrobatics with special flair that helped them win the World title in this discipline two years ago, while China's routine was punctuated by breathtaking difficulty, including a swinging release move sequence and a throw to triple pike somersault that left the crowd gasping in awe. No slouches themselves, the British men ended their set with a full twisting double pike to great applause from their countrymen in the stands.
The powerful Russian men's team -- Valentin Chetverkin, Maksim Chulkov, Anton Danchenko and Dmitry Bryzgalov -- put their strength on display with a routine that included a full twisting triple tuck and a swing sequence similar to China's, settling for Bronze with 27.704.