The men’s pair of Adam Upcott and Charlie Tate have taken a brilliant bronze medal at the 2018 Acrobatic World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.
Competing in their first World Championships as a pair, both were in inspired form to finish third amongst a high-quality field.
Consistent throughout qualifying, and placed in third overnight, the duo returned this morning to score 28.050 with a strong combined routine for a total of 83.820 over three rounds, which ensured their qualification to the final.
With the final coming down to just one routine, both were up to the task and competed a difficult routine with high execution to score 28.950 for bronze behind Korea in second and Russia who took gold.
Needing a special final routine to join Adam and Charlie in the final, our other men’s pair of Michael Hill and Jake Phelan had to count a slight penalty in their combined routine to score 26.780. That routine gave them a final score of 76.850 for a 13th place finish which unfortunately wasn’t quite enough to see them through.
Britain’s women’s group of Bethany MacDougall, Caitlin Owston and Amelia Pamler just missed out on making the final, finishing in a very credible 10th place. Sitting in 14th place overnight and needing a high-scoring routine to give them a chance of making the final, the British trio certainly gave themselves a chance, scoring 27.875, giving them a total of 78.795. That score saw them climb the leaderboard and finish less than a mark outside the top eight.