LEVALLOIS 2014

THE 24TH ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PARIS

CONCLUSION & STATISTICS

HISTORIC THRILL!

The gymnasts that put on an exciting show for these 24th Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships gave everyone the thrill of a lifetime. Theirs was a reminder of how the discipline mirrors man’s abilities with regard to technique, movement and body language. It was motion at your fingertips.

The public – which was huge – loved it and proved it with vivacious participation.

The Worlds served as a reminder that Acrobatic Gymnastics was an Olympic sport in 1896 – back in Athens where we celebrated the restoration of the Games. Historically, acrobatic is a bedrock of Gymnastics for All. The next edition of the World Gymnaestrada - set for Helsinki 2015 – will bring that all back.

This is the sport celebrated in Levallois. With a long history that stands on the threshold of the future, gymnastics was orchestrated and run by highly competent persons within the French Federation, and they did the event proud.

We can’t wait!

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AESTHETICS TRIUMPH

BY PHILIPPE SILACCI

After a first week of competition for age groups, the Marcel Cerdan Sports Palace in Levallois-Perret opened its doors to elite Acrobatic seniors. The French Gymnastics Federation, who didn’t miss a detail, expertly arranged the event.

From reception to installations and organisation, comfort and atmosphere, the local committee and the “Fédé”, led by James Blateau and Pascal Jourdan respectively, did it up right.

Out on the mat, Acro once again gave a fine demonstration of its ever-evolving technical and aesthetic qualities. Juniors saw a significant uptick in their level with the introduction, notably, of a new 13-19 year old age category. As a result, the seniors

on-site were forced to boost their performance in light of the younger athletes on their turf.

Evidently, skill doesn’t depend on your age!

 

 

 

MEN'S PAIRS

THE HARVEST CONTINUES

 

 

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Gold, gold and gold again for the Russian pair Konstantin Pilipchuk and Aleksei Dudchenko! In eight years of competition, these gymnasts have stood on the podium six times.

That’s a record! You be the judge: 2006 – Coimbra (POR), World Championships Silver; 2007 – Gold in the World Cup Final in Puurs (BEL); 2009 – Silver at the World Games in Kaohsiung (TPE); 2010 - Sil

ver at the Worlds in Wroclaw (POL); 2012 – Gold at the Worlds in Lake Buena Vista (USA); 2013 – Gold again at the World Games in Cali (COL). Would their reign continue or come to screeching halt?

Motivated and at the height of their art, Konstantin and Alexei triumphed beautifully over Belorussian pair Iilya Rybinski/Yauheni Novikau, with a narrow margin in difficulty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S PAIRS

ARTISTRY TRIUMPHS

 

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The French public held its breath for Claire Philouze and Lea Roussel. The two gymnasts straight out of US Talence AcroSport in Bordeaux did not disappoint, carrying a historic Bronze medal for France, the first after 21 years of drought (Men’s Group at the World Games of The Hague (NED) – 1993).

Tears were shed for the Belarusians, whose performance ended after the music had stopped playing. The jury picked up on the mishap, and after verification reset their ranking. The group’s demise propelled France – at that point in 4th – to the podium. Draped in blue, white, and red, the public were on their feet!

Victory went to Belgium, thanks to Nikki Snel and Eline de Smedt. Struggling against Russians Valentina Kim and Elizaveta Dubrovina, Belgium seduced with higher execution. Russia also added greater aesthetics to their artistic expression – a shock by both schools.

Second to last: Jong Kum Hwa and Kim Hye Song (PRK), the only non-European representatives in this final.

 

MIXED PAIRS

AN ARTIST’S FAREWELL?

 

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Since the 2004 World Championships in Liévin (FRA), Revaz Gurgenidze and his partners have bedazzled us.

Gold medallist from the World Games in Duisburg (GER) in 2005, 2006 World champion in Coimbra (POR), and Silver medallist in 2010 (Wroclaw) and in 2012 (Lake Buena Vista), the Russian rocks it with a high technical level and remarkable interpretation. Paired with Marina Chernova, they took a well-deserved world title. Revaz walked off the mat in Levallois after kissing the floor to the public calls of viva! The beginnings of a retirement?

Great Britain disappointed. As Gold medallist at the World Games in Cali (COL) in 2013, they came so close to perfection – delivering an even better execution than Russia! But they lost their footing in artistry. Drat, that Revaz!

Standing ovation for the French pair (Camille Curti / Alexis Martin). They wrapped the public around their fingers but couldn’t quite make the podium.

 

MEN’S GROUPS

CLOSER TO THE STARS

 

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Great Britain once again flaunted its huge acrobatic potential. The group bedazzled the public as its top flew through the air toward the stars.

In their wake, Russia. Tight-knit, solid, efficient, they would nonetheless end up kneeling before imperial China in the final - just like Great Britain.

China massively hiked up the level in this final, confirming their title from Lake Buena Vista in 2012 (tied with the Russians), and their Gold medal from the 2013 World Games in Cali.

When the results hit the scoreboard there was an outbreak of joy among the Chinese, who spontaneously ran out onto the mat for a bonus presentation!

The public went wild!

 

WOMEN’S GROUPS

LADIES FIRST!

 

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Victory did not escape the British! A brilliant performance resembling a sunrise by Turner underpinned by flawless, effervescent enthusiasm gave way to deserved victory for a group already draped in Silver from the Cali Games.

You might say that Russia ran aground with its mere second place, despite a difficulty level that was superior to that of Great Britain. Artistic and execution marks made all the difference.

With regard to difficulty, the prize went to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (10.960), which some people saw coming. But to translate that expertise into artistic or execution scores is another story. In a cruel stroke of fate, Korea finished at the foot of the podium in 4th.

Belgium and Russia went neck and neck for Silver and Bronze! Photo finish! The jury ruled in favour of Russia, and the public made their disapproval known!

 

TEAMS

RUSSIA IN TEAMS

 

 

Team ranking is based on the three best results obtained in the different qualifying categories.

Because of this, Russia carried the victory based primarily on its two first ranks in Men’s and Mixed Pairs. It precedes by a single point Great Britain, who ranked second three times and maintained a one point lead on Belgium, in third.

Consistency is the defining word for this team ranking, and places their three respective results as the best three in the category.

 

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