Tuesday, 17th April Lake Buena Vista, USA: With silver medals in the team ranking and five out of five possible finals the GBR acro team have done everything that has been asked over them so far in Florida at the Acro World Championships. They had another very successful day in the qualification rounds and are now in strong postitions to challenge the individual medals in the finals.
"Happy, pleased, proud and thankful to have such a great team of gymnasts, devoted coaches and parents and supportive colleagues! Tomorrow is another day!"- that was the short comment of the National coach Toshko Pavlov and it says it all.
Men’s Group: Dorian Walker, Jesse Heskett, Richard Hurst, Matthew Evison – moved from second into first position after their amazing combined routine- 83.649. They were followed by Russia 1 (83.453) and Russia 2 (83.341) and will compete last, sixth, in the final.
Men’s Pairs: Adam McAssey (defending champion in the men’s pairs) & Edward Upcott (2010 World Champion in the men’s groups) qualified in second position (84.967), following Russia1, 85.316 and ahead of Russia2, 83.331.
Justin Beardsmore & Jack Atherton, fifth before the combined routine finished with 82.805 pts. in sixed position, but sadly, due to the rule “one group per country only” will not compete in the final.
Women’s Pairs: Poppy Spalding & Alanna Baker, the top scorers in the Balance exercise finished the qualifications with a third best overall total of 83.157pts. The defending World Champions from Ukraine were in the lead, 84.041 and Belarus, in second 83.628. Poppy and Alanna will perform fourth in the final.
Women’s Groups: Liliana Walduck, Casey Morrison & Amber Campbell-White qualified in fifth position, 82.471 and will compete fifth in the final.
The other British Trio- Madeleine Gamblin, Katherine Spence & Kristie Harrington started strongly with their Balance routine, but had a costly mistake in the Dynamic exercise on Monday. They had a strong start on the following day (8th place) but again due to the "one group per country" rule, will not compete in the final.
Mixed Pairs: Chris McGreevy & Emily McCarthy-finished the qualifications in 7th place (81.729) and will perform first in the final.
In the finals the scoring starts from a clean sheet and only the combined exercise will be performed. To all our finalists- Good Luck!
1.Russian Federation 64 pts
2=2 Great Britain & Belarus 59
4. Belgium 58
5. Ukraine 57
6. China 54
7. USA 49
8. Poland 41
9. Kazakhstan 38
10. Germany 32
11. Brazil 20