LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, April 14, 2010: The first of a total of six FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Series events this year, the Suzuki World Cup 2010, will be held April 17 – 18 in Tokyo (JPN).
An annual event since 1990 and under the FIG World Series label for the very first time, this 21st edition will be hosted jointly by the International Aerobic Federation (IAF), the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and Japan Aerobic Federation (JAF).
More than 250 gymnasts from 22 nations are expected to compete in the Senior and Age Group categories at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Sendagaya, Tokyo. This is a considerable increase in the number of gymnasts compared to past championships, and anticipation mounts in the hopes that this competition will showcase a higher level than ever before.
At the 20th Championships held in Tokyo last year, Kieran Gorman (AUS) and Huang Jinxuan (CHN) were crowned champions in the Individual Men and Individual Women categories, respectively. The title in Mixed Pairs went to Ba Dong Vu and Thi Thu Ha Tran of Vietnam, who brought their country Gold for the first time ever. China prevailed in Trios and in the youth division, while gymnasts representing Japan swept the podium.
After missing the Final in 2009, Asami Takeuchi carries the hope of all Japan for the Individual Women’s category this year. The 26 year old won the country’s national title in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
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The FIG World Series in Aerobic Gymnastics continues on April 24 – 25 in Borovets (BUL) followed by Ponta Delgada, Azores (POR) on April 30 – May 2.
photos Janos Schmidt