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Gymnastics - 12. July 2014.

Promising start for GBR at 2014 Acro World Championships


It was an encouraging start for the British acrobatic squad as they began their 2014 World Championships campaign in Levallois, Paris.  Although day one of competition did not go without its mistakes, GBR’s beautifully choreographed and difficult routines were captivating and our partnerships have put themselves in strong positions in their respective categories as qualifications continue.

Over the course of three qualification days, all of our groups will perform their Balance, Dynamic and Combined routines and then the total scores will be added up with the top eight in each category advancing to the final.

Our Men’s Pair, Farai Bright Garamukanwa and Kieran Whittle performed both of their Balance and Dynamic routines on the first day of qualification. They competed very early on with their Dynamic routine but held their nerve to produce a solid routine for a score of 27.210. Their Balance routine was just as confident to score them 27.115 and give them 6th place with their Combined routine tomorrow and the final should they make it.

In the Mixed Pair category, current European and World Games Champions Alice Upcott and Dominic Smith began their fight for the title with their Dynamic routine. Performed beautifully to an energetic Latin number, the pair scored 28.825 and put themselves in second place with their Balance and Combined routines still to come.

Britain had two partnerships competing in the Women’s Group category who on day one of the championships performed only their balance routines. Millie Spalding, Elise Matthews and Georgia Lancaster (GBR 1) were first up and performed a lively routine with stunning balances to score 28.365 and secure second position moving forward. Cicely Irwin, Jennifer Bailey and Josie Russell (GBR 2) looked calm and confident in their first major senior international to score 27.810 and 7th place so far. Unfortunately, only one group from each country can compete in the final, therefore our girls will not only be battling against several countries but also each other as we continue.

Our Men’s Group of Daniel Cook, Connor Bartlett, George Wood and Gareth Wood had a shaky start to their competition having to count a fall early on in their Dynamic routine. However, the rest of their performance was sensational and they still finished with 27.050 and 6th place which shows their potential. The group will be looking to rectify their mistake in both their Balance and Combined routines over the next few days and certainly have the talent to do so.

For three of our partnerships - Mixed Pair, Women’s Group 1 (Elise, Georgia and Millie) and the Men’s Group - their scores not only count towards individual glory but also to that of the British team. Their qualification scores go towards a team score for GBR as the squad look to medal as a country.  

Check out the full results on the official event website.
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