World Acrobatic Championships - Day one reports (2008) - British Gymnastics

World Acrobatic Championships - Day one reports (2008)

mxd-pair-sleeping_w.jpgThe first competition day of the World Senior Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships saw the participants in all the five disciplines (Women’s Pairs, Men’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Women’s Trios and Men’s Four) perform the first out of three qualifying routines. The choice of music and the exquisite style of the choreography deserve a special mention as a positive feature in the development of this sport, which contributed to a very entertaining opening day of the Championships. 

For Britain the pick of the day were the Men's Pair, Mark Fyson and Edward Upcott who currently lie in 3rd position after their Dynamic routine.

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Session 3

Men's Group (BALANCE)

mens-4-w.jpg The Russian Men's Group (1) started the evenings proceedings with their balance routine - they had a matt on the floor for their 4 high pyramid, with the top in planche, but they held it without using the landing matt, and impressive start from the Russians, scoring 28.580. The Bulgarian group also completed an impressive combination of balances at the beginning of their routine and a two man based pyramid with crocodile on top planche to end it, scoring 28.150. The Chinese men looked confident it their first balance with the top performing a fantastic flag and planche on 3 high, they went on to demonstrate their strength in the discipline by performing an impressive and clean routine, scoring 28.625, taking them top of the balance qualification with three to go. The second Russian Group (RUS 2) looked less stable than their fellow countrymen in their first balance but still stuck it and went on to perform good middle and top neck skills on top of the their babes, with slide to splits with pike and straddle lever on top to end.They were awarded, 28.502 by the judges. The British Men, who are current Junior World Champions, also want to replicate to success of the reining World cChampions from Bromley Valley in London. They opened their routine with a stack on Bridge, with Sturt, the top, performing a perfect planche twice during the difficult combination. Finishing with a crocodile on straddle lever on a 2 man based pyramid, a clean and dramatic routine from the men from Spelthorne Elite Acrobatics, scoring 28.451 with the judges- putting them behind the Russians and Chinese. The Ukrainians were the first to fall from a balance, dropping their stack with bridge twice. They performed the remainder of the routine well, but only scored 23.210 due to the early mistake. The penultimate group, from Azerbaijan opened with one man based stack on shoulders with crocodile on top and completed a good routine, scoring 27.566. The final Men's Group, from the Ukraine, like the Russians, required a matt on the floor for their first balance, stack on bridge position with a one arm performed on top, but they were unable to make the pyramid and fell, which in such a close competition could cost them a finals place, their score after one routine was 24.650.

Men's Group
1. CHINA 2 - 28.625
2. RUSSIA 1 - 28.580
3. RUSSIA 2 - 28.502
4. GREAT BRITAIN 1 - 28.451
5. BULGARIA - 28.150
6. AZERBAIJAN - 27.566

Session 2

Mixed Pairs (BALANCE)

chn-mxd-pair_w.jpg The Belgian duo of Van Gelder and Vanderghote began the Mixed Pair competition with a big error, dropping their cut through to one arm handstand, an unusual mistake for such an experienced top.  The remainder of the routine was completed with little faults, and were scored 26.440 by the judges. Second to perform were GBR pair, Nicholas Illingworth and Sarah Cameron from Wakefield. Opening with a cut through to one arm, to flag, which set the standard for the rest of their routine which was completed beautifully, their effort scored them, 27.930. The South African Mixed Pair were awarded 26.280 for their performance. The Mixed Pair from the USA, Rodrigues and Allen, who have looked strong in training, despite only being their forth competition together completed a dramatic and romantic routine, with strong execution, scoring 28.080. The Bulgarian partnership performed well and earned a score of 27.270 from the judges.The pair from China scored 27.390 for their offering and the Republic of South Africa impressed with their planche with straddle on neck, not usually seen in Mixed Pairs, but demonstrated great strength but only scored 25.380. Followed by the Russians, Gorbatyuk and Barleben completed a usual Russian-style, clean routine with solid execution, scoring them 28.803. The UKR 1 Mixed Pair scored 27.951, staying behind Russia in the qualification standings at this point. The Lithuanian pair fought to keep their two on one handstand balanced at the start of the routine, but fell, capping their score at 25.980. The Belarusian’s scored 28.110 for their balance routine, which contained some beautiful elements, including a y-scale on long arm, twisted round in to a flag highlighting the top’s flexibility. The Russian’s demonstrated their skill in mixed pairs and the tops suppleness, in their opening balance of one armed ring handstand and showed another flag on one arm, with just as much skill as the Belarus pair before them, the judges awarded a huge, but well deserved 29.115. The final Mixed Pair to compete were performing well until they dropped a two on one ring, with a score of 26.110.

Mixed Pair:
1. Russia 1 - 29.115
2. Russia 2 - 28.803
3. Belarus 1 - 28.110
4. United States - 28.080
5. Ukraine 1 - 27.951
6. Great Britain 1 - 27.930
7. China 1 - 27.390
8. Bulgaria - 27.270
9. Great Britain 2 - 27.820

Women's Group (DYNAMIC)

brit_trio_w.jpg The first trio to compete, from Belarus, completed a balletic routine with very few mistakes to open the competition, scoring 28.303. The Russian trio of, Chistyakova, Stroynova and Loginova opened their routine with a triple pike to cradle, followed by a triple tuck back to floor with a clean and impressive routine scoring them 28.557. The Dutch trio were next to compete, and scored 26.790. The first Belarusian trio to complete their dynamic routine, with a poor double straight, where the bases ran to catch. The other dynamic elements lacked energy and the judges awarded 27.913 The GBR senior Women's Group from Harefield Gymnastics Academy in London, Grace Blacklock, Claire- Louise Thompson and Hannah Feeney looked great on the floor, demonstrated good dynamic skills and scored 27.820 for their expressive routine. With 9 awarded for execution and 8.95 for artistry. The Chinese women were next to perform and scored 27.870. The German Women's Group scored 26.140 for their routine.  The Australian Women's Group, which has a base who at 31 years old is a great example of keeping people in the sport, scored 26.360. The second Russian trio to take to the floor, opened with a very neat pitch double pike to cradle, to splits on shoulders and demonstrated dynamic elements with precise and high shapes winning them a score of 28.651 from the judges. The British Women's Group from Spelthorne Elite Acrobatics, Casey Morrison, Emily Grove and Victoria Lamkin opened with a triple tuck back to land and completed their flamenco style routine, packed full of difficulty, with only some minor errors, with the crowd completely behind them. The judges awarded, for execution, 9.2 for artistry and with a difficulty of 8.95 scored 28.150 overall. The Ukrainian trio made some technical faults in their full in straight at the beginning of the routine with the bases having to pull on the top for rotation, which will cost them in their score, which was finally agreed at 26.330. The Belgian Women's Group also competed a triple tuck salto and entertained the audience with their upbeat routine and scored a big 28.400, with a 9.2 for artistry. The final trio to show their dynamic routine were Chybisova, Poleshchuk and Marchenko from the Ukraine, who scored 28.171.

Women's Group:
1. Russia 2 - 28.651
2. Russia 1 - 28.557
3. Belgium - 28.400
4. Belarus 2 - 28.303
5. Ukraine 1 - 28.171
6. Great Britain 1 - 28.150
7. Belarus 1 - 27.913
8. China 1 - 27.870
9. Great Britain 2 - 27.820

Session 1

Women's Pairs (BALANCE)

women_pair.jpgThe first partnership to open the 21st Acrobatic World Championships is X. Wei and H. Huang of China with their balance routine, going clean and scoring 28.020, setting the days score to beat.  Germany took to the floor second, making very few mistakes, but looking less confident in their balances than the Chinese, which kept their score to 26.440. The Russians were next opening with an impressive needle stand combination including planche, Mexican and ring handstands, showing off the top’s suppleness in the back. They went on to complete a clean routine, scoring them 28.550 with the international judges.  The Belarus 1 Women’s Pair showed their elegance in their balance routine, highlighted by their sleek black and silver catsuits and were awarded a 28.801, taking them in to the lead in the balance round of competition. The GBR Women's Pair, Oliver and Axten dropped their opening one arm flag balance, but went on to complete the rest of the routine with very few faults, which makes the early fault a great disappointment to the pair, capping their score at 26.200. The Russian pair, Khakimova and Ploskova, were next to perform and scored 28.806 for their very well performed, near perfect routine.  Belarusian pair,  Maraziuk and Kakhntuk were another elegant partnership from Eastern Europe and scored 28.490. The second Chinese partnership of Huang and Wang also performed with a sense of tranquillity which all the Chinese partnerships show, even when mistakes are made, the judges scored them 27.770. The Ukrainian partnership of Rudenko and Stekolnikova also made errors in their balances, but did not make any falls and scored 27.050. The Azerbaijani Women's Pair, who have looked great in training this week, took to the floor for their balance routine, which was equally as elegant as their Russian and Belarusian competitors, with beautiful extension in the top. They scored a very respectable 28.353 with the judges. The penultimate Women's Pair from the Ukraine also made minor mistakes, like the rest of the competitors in the category, but still scored 27.080. The Belgian Womens Pair finished off the Womens Pair Balance competition, with a score of 28.705 after performing a great two on one straddle on handstand and very dramatised choreography.

Women's Pair:
1. Russia 1 - 28.806
2. Belarus 1 - 28.801
3. Belgium - 28.705
4. Russia 2 - 28.552
5. Belarus 2 - 28.490
6. Azerbaijan - 28.353
7. China 1 - 28.020
8. China 2 - 27.770
12th Great Britain - 26.200 
Men's Pair (DYNAMIC)

men-pair.jpgThe Russian pair of Spirin and Kotelnikov began the Mens Pairs dynamic competition with a score of 27.750. The Bulgarian pair made a few minor wobbles in the catches and scored 26.920 for their first routine. The second mens pair from Russia, Pilipchuk and Dudchenko impressed the audience with their cut through to one arm combinations and scored 28.170 with the judges.  The German men’s pair opened their routine with full twist recatch and full in tucked dismount and completed their routine with no major problems, scoring 26.690. Next to perform were GBR pair, Fyson and Upcott, from Spelthorne Elite Acrobatics, again, with a few opening wobbles but sticking moves such as their rodoclar to handstand full twist dismount, scoring them 27.951. The Ukrainian men dropped their Korbet with front somersault in their opening combination, which cost them in their overall mark; a line fault also takes 0.1 away, which in a competition like the World Championships could cost them a qualification place. They were awarded 27.207. The second Ukrainian partnership followed after their countrymen, also making errors near the end of their routine, meaning their score was kept to 26.380. Portugal were next to take to the floor, and the top of the pair made his individual roundoff flick double tuck with ease, and completed a good dynamic routine scoring them 27.430. Kazakstani men, Averin and Gmyzun performed well and included a variety of dynamic moves, scoring 27.410. The Hungarians, like alot of the Men's pairs, made big mistakes, costing them in their artistry and execution marks, the pair were left with a score of 22.650 after the mistakes were taken in to account. The final Men’s Pair, from China, Yang and Chen had a relatively low score of 28.170 to beat to take the dynamic routine leader board. Their dramatic routine, accompanied with atmospheric drum music scored them 28.360. 

Men's Pair:
1. China 1 - 28.360
2. Russia 1 - 28.170
3. Great Britain 1 - 27.951
4. Russia 2 - 27.750
5. Portugal - 27.430
6. Kazakhstan - 27.410
7. Ukraine 1 - 27.207
8. Bulgaria - 26.920