Acro community focuses on World Championships

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Acro community focuses on World Championships

February 6, 2018

Preview of the 2018 Acrobatic Gymnastics season

The Acrobatic competitions begin with two World Cup stages, one in Puurs (BEL) and one in Maia (POR). As there are no European Championships or Age Group competitions in acrobatic gymnastics this year, the focus shifts to the World events which will be held in the beginning of April in the Belgian city of Antwerp. At the last World Championships, in Putian City (CHN) in 2016, Russia ruled, winning all gold medals except the men’s group title which went to the hosts China. Can Russia repeat this feat again this year?

The famous Russian mixed pair Marina Chernova and Georgiy Pataraya look to extend their reign while compatriots Daria Kalinina and Daria Guryeva, Nikolay Suprunov and Igor Mishev also hope to defend their world titles. But they face tough competition from the Belgian team that aims for great success on home soil with a fantastic crowd guaranteed to be cheering them on. For 2015 junior European Champions and 2017 Vice-European Champions Noemie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe it will be their last competition together. Robin Casse, who hails from Antwerp, and Kilian Goffaux are eager to cement their status of world-class men’s pair and the men’s group will entertain the audience yet again. And we expect much of the pairs and groups from Great Britain, Israel and Portugal as well! Special mention here goes to the men’s groups from Great Britain (2015 junior European Champions and 2017 Vice-European Champions) and Israel (2015 and 2017 European Champions) and the promising mixed pair from Portugal, Carolina Dias and Joao Martins, who unfortunately missed out on the Europeans due to illness. It promises to be an exciting battle for the medals!

And, last but definitely not least, Acro makes its big splash at the Youth Olympics this year! European mixed pairs with both gymnasts born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2003 can attempt to secure one of the 6 entry tickets. Their only chance to do this is at the World Age Group competitions and there is a limit of 1 per country. The Youth Olympic Games will be held for the third time, this edition in Buenos Aires (ARG).

 

2018 Calendar

15 – 17 February            World Cup – Puurs (BEL)

2 – 4 March                    World Cup – Maia (POR)

4 – 10 April                     10th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions – Antwerp (BEL)

13 – 15 April                    26th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships – Antwerp (BEL)

6 – 18 October                Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires (ARG)