FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup B
Maia (POR), March 16 – 17, 2013
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, March 18, 2013: Belgium, Great Britain, Belarus and hosts Portugal each won one event at the first FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup of the year in Maia (POR) last weekend.
While Valentina Kim and Elizaveta Dubrovina of Russia topped qualification in the Women’s Pairs, they fell back into fourth place in the final, outscored by Belgians Nikki Snel and Eline de Smedt (Gold), Great Britain’s Shanie Redd Thorne and Danielle Jones (Silver), and World Silver medallists Yana Yanusik and Sviatlana Mikhnevich of Belarus (Bronze).
Lara Schollier, Camille van Betsbrugge and Sanne van Overberghe of Belgium, the 2012 World Silver medallists, led Saturday’s Women’s Group qualification but were beaten to the title in Sunday’s final by Great Britain’s Elise Matthew, Georgia Lancaster and Millie Spalding. Bronze went to the Group from Belarus.
With only two entries in the Men’s Pairs category, Ruslan Fedchanka and Yauheni Kalachou of Belarus easily prevailed over Puerto Rico’s Christian Morales and Kevin Garcia Maldonado, while the only entry in Men’s Group, from Belgium, performed hors concours.
After the withdrawal of reigning World Champions Laure de Pryck and Nicolas Vleeshouwers of Belgium the fight for the Mixed Pairs title was wide open. It was European Champion Gonçalo Roque and new partner Leonor Oliveira of Portugal who seized the moment, winning their first World Cup by outscoring Great Britain’s Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith, who won Silver, and Bronze medallists Anna Ivaseva and Alexander Kurennoy of Russia.
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The second and last tournament of the 2013 FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup series is scheduled to take place in Sofia (BUL) on May 9-11.
About 2013 FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup Series
The 2013 World Cup season in Acrobatic Gymnastics includes two FIG World Cup competitions, taking place on March 16-17 in Maia (POR) and on May 9-11 in Sofia (BUL). Both 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 the top scorers in each discipline being crowned the winner of the overall series at the final event in Sofia.
Consult the World Cup Rules 2013 for Acrobatic Gymnastics for more details.