Acrobatic Pair's All Round CombinedRussiaBelguimGreat Britian
GB Acrobatic mixed pair Ryan Bartlett and Hannah Baughn have made history by becoming the first British gymnasts to win a European Games medal. The mixed pair produced a superb combined routine in the final which added to their balance and dynamic qualification routines secured them a score of 85.160 for bronze.
They were delighted with their performance and the chance to showcase the gymnastics discipline of acrobatic gymnastics to a new audience, Hannah said after: “This means everything to us, we’re so happy to have won this amazing medal that we’ve worked so hard for. We can’t wait to compete in the rest of the finals on Sunday. We can go out there knowing we are capable of taking medals and really go for it.”
Ryan added “It’s been an incredible experience being here. We’re so happy and proud to have shown of our sport to the world. All our hard work and many hours training has paid off.”
The pair compete in both the dynamic and balance finals on Sunday having qualified in third spot for both.
In the group final Cicely Irwin, Josie Russell and Jennifer Bailey were aiming to be in the medals having put in good qualification performances with their balance and dynamic routines. Their combined display however was hampered by an uncharacteristic error on one of their balance moves forcing top Cicely to re-position giving them costly score deduction to push them out of the medals for 6th place with a total score of 81.750.
Josie Russell summed up their display saying “It was a disappointing performance with an uncharacteristic mistake, something we’ve not done before and never want to do again. It’s a learning experience, we have to compete the same move again in the final on Sunday and we need to learn. Today probably wasn’t our best shot for a medal, we need to re-group and do better in the other finals. We need to put this performance behind us as quickly as possible and start a fresh, it would mean a lot to us to do well in the finals.”Trio show their prowess across three Acrobatic Gymnastics routines
Ineke van Schoor, Julie van Gelder and Kaat Dumarey won Belgium's first gold at the Baku 2015 European Games by claiming the women's group all-around title in Acrobatic Gymnastics on Friday morning.
"Gold in the all-around is the most prestigious medal. It makes you a real Baku 2015 champion," said Van Schoor after the Belgians won by more than a point in the final at the National Gymnastics Arena.
Van Gelder said: "It means you're good at everything, all three routines."
Russian trio Valeriia Belkina, Yulia Nikitina and Zhanna Parkhometc took silver with 85.430 points, while the bronze went to Belarus on 84.610 points.
After performing their first two exercises on Wednesday, the Belgians had a 0.912 lead over Russia before they performed their final routine on Friday.
Van Schoor, Van Gelder and Dumarey then performed a solid combined exercise and finished with a total 86.480 points.
"Although we were leading by almost one point, we were pretty nervous," said Van Gelder. "We were more careful during our routine."
"It was hard to compete with Belgium," said Parkhometc. "To beat them the next time, we really have to work on the artistic part of our exercises."
The women's group balance and dynamic finals will take place on Sunday.