01. August 2013  
Cali, Colombia  
Sports Acrobatics

Third Day of Acro Competitions

*fig-news --: The first of three competition days for Trampoline and Acrobatic Gymnastics got underway at El Pueblo Coliseum on Monday with qualifications and finals in the Men’s Synchronised Trampoline as well as the Women’s and Mixed Pairs Acro categories.
Great Britain’s Shanie-Redd Thorne & Danielle Jones and Alice Upcott & Dominic Smith won the Gold in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Women’s and Mixed Pair categories respectively ....

2nd Day of Gymnastics Acrobatics
Russia took both titles up for grabs in the Acrobatic Gymnastics disciplines, with Ekaterina STROYNOVA, Aigul SHAIKHUTDINOVA and Ekaterina LOGINOVA winning Women’s Groups and Konstantin PILIPCHUK and Alexey DUDCHENKO topping the field in Men’s Pairs.

Acrobatic Gymnastics – Women’s Groups
Even though multiple World, European and defending World Games Champions Ekaterina Stroynova, Aigul Shaikhutdinova and Ekaterina Loginova of Russia had a fall in their Balance exercise during qualification which meant a .6 deduction, they qualified in first rank for the four groups final.
Belgium’s Sanne van Overberghe, Lara Schollier and Camille van Betsbrugge, whose Balance exercise received the highest score in qualification with the best artistic value, progressed in second place. Their medal hopes were dashed in the final, however, when they failed to complete a difficulty element resulting in deductions and a .3 penalty.
Great Britain, with Georgia Lancaster, Millie Spalding and Elise Matthews, improved from their qualifying fourth rank to take the Silver, prevailing over Yuliya Khrypach, Hanna Kobyzeva and Julia Kovalenko of Belarus, who settled for Bronze.
Russia, though, were in a class of their own in the final, producing the most difficult routine of the day, flawlessly executed. Stroynova, Shaikhutdinova and Loginova added another well-deserved Gold to their collection.
* source: f i g-n e w s
>>  Final results   > Qualification results

* Acrobatic Gymnastics Men’s Group
While the Men’s Group qualifications saw a fall from Ukraine and significant deductions for the Balance exercises of Belgium and Belarus, the three groups redeemed themselves with their Dynamic exercise performances. With an impressive artistic value, Belgium climbed from fifth to fourth place to qualify for the final that took place without Belarus. Top qualifiers China and Russia played in a league of their own, boasting massive difficulty and thrilling the audience with their spectacular pyramids and moves.
The final was free of penalties for all groups, but it was again China and Russia that produced the most stunning performances. In the end, a .21 margin was the difference between Gold and Silver, with the Chinese having the advantage. Ukraine outscored Belgium to proudly take the Bronze.
>> Final results    > Qualification results
* Acrobatic Gymnastics - Mixed Pair
Alice Upcott & Dominic Smith, who won the 2013 World Games title in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair category for Great Britain on Monday, were recognised with the “Athletes of the Day” award of the International World Games Association (IWGA). The ceremony took place at the World Games Plaza in Cali’s city centre on Tuesday, with the association’s CEO, Joachim Gossow (GER), presenting the award.
“The whole competition side of it was brilliant,” 19-year-old Dominic commented. “Luckily we won. It has been a brilliant experience.”
Alice, aged 15, highlighted the social side of their World Games experience: “Meeting the athletes from all over the world is fantastic. You don’t get this opportunity every day,” she said.
Click here to watch the corresponding video clip online.
Congratulations to Alice and Dominic for their fantastic achievements at this competition!
The Acrobatic Gymnastics family are delighted to see their gymnasts and their discipline recognised with this rare and special accolade.
>> Final results    > Qualification results