Highlights of the 2018 Aerobics World Championships in Guimaraes (POR)

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Highlights of the 2018 Aerobics World Championships in Guimaraes (POR)

June 8, 2018

Last weekend the world’s best aerobics gymnasts gathered in Portugal for their two-yearly quest for World glory. The Multiusos in Guimaraes was the stage for many great performances. Here are our highlights … in no particular order!

Team glory for Russia

Based on the results in qualifications, each country receives points and the team ranking is determined. The least points, the better. Russia did a superb job, ending with just 10 points, proudly earning the gold medal ahead of Korea and Romania. And it was just a taste of things to come for the Russian delegation …

 

‘Romeo and Juliet' score again

In 2016 Michela Castoldi and Davide Donati won the first ever World title in mixed pairs for Italy. Fast forward two years and they are back in the form of their life! After qualifying to the final in first place, they upped their games even more, delivering a passionate, emotional performance to win their second consecutive mixed pairs title. "Compared with yesterday, I think we didn't execute as well," Donati said, "but emotionally we were so much better, and I think that made the difference."

 

European mixed pairs podium

Joining the Italians on the podium were two other European pairs: Dacian Barna and Andreea Bogati (ROU) claimed silver and Daniel Bali and Fanni Mazacs (HUN) clinched the bronze! "We tried to show our friendship and emotions to the audience and the judges," Barna said, slightly disappointing at losing out on gold. For Bali it was the second medal of the day after he won silver in the men’s individual final: "It was a great day. It was amazing to be up there."

 

Stepping it up for gold

European Champions in Step Aerobic, Russia qualified in second place for the final but there Timur Alitovskii, Danil Chaiun, Anastasiia Degtiareva, Irina Dobriagina, Aleksei Germanov, Veronika Korneva, Kirill Kulikov and Ekaterina Pykhtova improved their score by four tenths to win the World title. "I'm very happy because we won the gold medal in step and also first place with the Russian team," Dobriagina said.

 

 

Individual delight

While the World title in the individual women’s final went to Japan’s Riri Kitazume, two European gymnasts joined her on the podium. And for both it was their first participation in this event at this level! Russia’s Anastasiia Ziubina took a surprise silver. "When I came to the World Championships, I was thinking only about making the final, not about being on the podium," she said. "I can't believe it." 19-year-old bronze medallist Anna Bullo (ITA) improved her score from 20.200 to 21.000 in the final and moved from eighth place in qualification up to the podium: "I am so happy and very surprised!” This definitely counts as a successful debut!

 

Russia wins first trio title

Anastasia Ziubina, Ekaterina Pykhtova and Elena Ivanova have been training together for seven years in Saint Petersburg (RUS). Their hard work and perseverance finally paid off as they clinched Russia’s first ever World title in the trio final. Their excellent artistry and execution gave them the edge of their Chinese rivals. "We're very, very happy because we have been trying so long to try to do it - [we've experienced] a lot of training and a lot of crying - and now we did it!" Ziubina said.




Welcome back Madalina

After retiring seven years ago, Romania’s Madalina Coiveie, who won a gold with the group and silver with the trio at the 2004 Worlds and a bronze with the trio in 2006, decided she could give it another shot and help her teammates. Together with Andreea Darie, Sandra Dinca, Isabela Dumitrascu, Denisa Ganea, Cristina Nedelcu, Flavia Sentea, and Steliana Stoenescu, Coiveie clinched the bronze medal in the Aero Dance final. At 34 she is the second-oldest competitor at these World Championships. “It's the most beautiful feeling ever," said Cioveie.

 

 

Medal table

Nine countries returned home with medals and 5 of them are from Europe! Russia was the most successful nation with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze ahead of Japan and China. Ekaterina Pykhtova (RUS) was the most successful gymnast of the competition with three gold medals (Team, Trio and Aerobic Step).

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Russia

3

1

1

5

Japan

2

-

-

2

China

1

3

1

5

Republic of Korea

1

1

-

2

Italy

1

-

1

2

Romania

-

2

2

4

Hungary

-

1

1

2

Mexico

-

-

1

1

Ukraine

-

-

1

1

 

Love is in the air …

An exciting moment for the audience when speaker Pedro Canilhas asked European and World Champions Sara Moreno and Vicente Lli onto to the stage, seemingly to honour them for their past achievements. But Pedro had other plans! He proposed to his girlfriend Sara and … she said ‘YES’. Congratulations!

 

For full results, check the FIG website: https://live.fig-gymnastics.com/schedule.php?idevent=15414