22nd FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships
Wroclaw (POL), July 16 - 18, 2010
Sequins were all the rage in the Women’s Pairs Final. One after the next, they competed in colourful, scintillating costumes and bedazzled their fans with unparalleled technique. Most of them increased their difficulties for the occasion. While the medal rush was initially to be played out between Azerbaijan, Belarus and the Ukraine, Russia stepped in to stir things up! Anzhelika Pikhulina / Anastasia Sokolenko (RUS) gave a solid performance, though weaker than in Qualifications; they claimed Bronze.
Azeri Ayla Ahmadova / Dilara Sultanova, runners-up in Glasgow and Kaohsiung, lost synch with their music toward the end of their routine, suffered a 0.2 penalty for it, and were forced to settle for a disappointing fourth.
The Ukraine’s Kateryna Sytnikova / Anastasia Melnychenko, who had all the skills necessary for a strong Difficulty score even in the Final, improved on their Combined exercise from the Qualifications for a 28.709 total, and the Gold medal.
Dressed in the bright pink of flamingos, the magnificent Byelorussians Yushko / Murashko, 2008 Gold medallists, also added Difficulties in the hopes of defending their title, but a slightly inferior Execution score dropped them below the Ukraine: no world title, but a Silver medal!