Portugal, Belgium and Russia victorious on first day of Acro Europeans


Portugal, Belgium and Russia victorious on first day of Acro Europeans

October 19, 2017

Competition report of the finals on day 1 of #ACRO2017 in Rzeszow (POL)!

All of the competitors at the junior and senior Acrobatic Gymnastics European Championships performed their first routine today. Even on this first day of competition, 5 finals were already held!


Mixed pairs – balance

Russia and Belgium tied for the top score for their balance routine, a 28.150, in qualifications. Belgian Marte Snoeck said: “The first exercise was relatively good but we could do better.”  And that is exactly what they did in the final, increasing their score by two tenths to 28.350 while Russia’s Aleksandra Balandina and Valeriy Tukhashvili were bumped to second. Snoeck added: “We did it that bit better, that’s why we managed to beat the Russians.” Partner Bram Röttger explained: “In the qualification we had some mistakes. We knew it would be close with Russia so we had to stay calm in the final and do what we normally do and we showed that we can do it. We are very happy.” Azerbaijan was represented by two mixed pairs in this category who finished third and fourth. Unfortunately for them only one advanced to the final. Aghasif Rahimov and Nurjan Jabbarli did their country proud by taking the bronze medal, half a point ahead of Germany’s Daniel Blintsov and Xenia Denise Mehlhaff.


1. Marte Snoeck & Bram Röttger (BEL) 28.350

2. Aleksandra Balandina & Valeriy Tukhashvili (RUS) 28.100

3. Aghasif Rahimov & Nurjan Jabbarli (AZE) 27.900

4. Daniel Blintsov & Xenia Denise Mehlhaff (GER) 27.400

5. Britney Bordewijk & Stein Briggen (NED) 27.210

6. Amit Gutmacher & Gaia Kadosh (ISR) 27.070

7. Rhys Cowler & Mollie Jaggers (GBR) 26.950

8. Julien Fillette & Victoire Seon (FRA) 26.450


Women’s groups – dynamic

The trios from Portugal, Russia and Israel occupied the first three places after the qualification round. Scores were close in this final with a nail-biting battle for the European title between Portugal and Russia. In fact, they both scored 28.100 but, since this year, ties are not allowed anymore. The execution score determined the winners and the gold to Joana Moreira, Rita Ferreira and Beatriz Carneiro. Having formed a trio for just a year, the Portuguese girls told us: “It’s the first gold medal for us as a trio. We are happy but now we need to focus on our other routines. The Portuguese fans in the hall help us, they are amazing.” The Russians Amila Lozhkina, Ekaterina Sergeeva and Elizaveta Sergeeva settled for silver with Great Britain’s Caitlin Owston, Amelia Pamler and Bethany Macdougall claiming the bronze medal, just a tenth ahead of both the trio from Belarus and Ukraine!


1. Joana Moreira, Rita Ferreira & Beatriz Carneiro (POR) 28.100

2. Amila Lozhkina, Ekaterina Sergeeva & Elizaveta Sergeeva (RUS) 28.100

3. Caitlin Owston, Amelia Pamler & Bethany Macdougall (GBR) 27.700

4. Krystsina Lishova, Hanna Katsuba & Alina Kandziuliova (BLR) 27.600

5. Olena Vykhavanets, Inna Kaplanska & Iryna Khyzhniak (UKR) 27.600

6. Inbal Zeitonei, Yarin Ovadia & Meshi Hurvitz (ISR) 27.500

7. Anais Forlacroix, Julie Philouze & Claire Philouze (FRA) 27.200

8. Lisanne Hulder, Famke Van Wieren & Mare Blaam (NED) 26.320


Men’s group – dynamic (out of competition)

At the time of definitive registration, there were not enough participants to allow these three amazing men’s group to compete officially. Not wanting to punish these gymnasts for reasons beyond their control, they were allowed to compete but not as an official part of the Championships. Fear not, they will receive a medal for their efforts! Russia’s men’s group put on an excellent performance, holding off the British challenge by half a point while the Belarussians boys ended in third place.


1. Andrey Besedin, Artem Balashov, Nikolay Fedosov & Vladislav Vinogradov (RUS) 27.950

2. Aidan Lim, Alberto Cardillon-Zallo, Alexander Balfe & Alexander Papworth (GBR) 27.450

3. Mikita Barysenka, Uladzislau Lishou, Artsiom Bukhvalau & Raman Makaranka (BLR) 24.400



Men’s Pair – balance

With his 1m97, Russia’s Nikolay Suprunov is quite a sight to see in gymnastics. The defending European Champion and his long-time partner Igor Mishev are the reigning World Champions as well, and looked eager to continue their success here in Rzeszow. Although the level of the competition was high, the Russians managed to retain their title by beating Belgium’s Kilian Goffaux and Robin Casse, worthy successors of the other amazing Belgian men’s pair Vincent Casse (yes, his brother) and Arne Van Gelder who retired after last year’s World Championships. Close third, just one hundredths of a point behind the Belgians, were Germany’s World Games Champions Tim Sebastian & Michail Kraft who repeated the bronze won in Riesa two years ago.


1. Igor Mishev & Nikolay Suprunov (RUS) 29.170

2. Kilian Goffaux & Robin Casse (BEL) 29.080

3. Tim Sebastian & Michail Kraft (GER) 29.070

4. Aliaksei Zayats & Artsiom Yashchanka (BLR) 28.300

5. Vitalii Nepomniashchyi & Dmytro Naumenko (UKR) 28.180

6. Jake Phelan & Michael Hill (GBR) 28.060


Women’s Pair – dynamic

Another dominant force in acrobatic gymnastics are the ‘Double Daria’s’, Russia’s superb women’s pair consisting of Daria Guryeva and Daria Kalinina who cruised to the lead after qualification. In the final, they excelled, easily defending their European title in the dynamic exercise. Almost 2 points ahead of Belgian junior European Champions Noémie Lammertyn and Lore Van Den Berghe. The last performers, Mika Lefkovits & Roni Surzon from Israel, mounted the podium with an entertaining routine and seemed delighted with their bronze medal.


1. Daria Guryeva & Daria Kalinina (RUS) 29.140

2. Noémie Lammertyn & Lore Van Den Berghe (BEL) 27.380

3. Mika Lefkovits & Roni Surzon (ISR) 27.280

4. Veronika Habelok & Iryna Nazimova (UKR) 26.550

5. Djenti Verbrugge & Nicole Eykelenboom (NED) 25.850

6. Martyna Wojnar & Malwina Sala (POL) 22.240