Ukraine win emotional acrobatic gymnastics pairs gold at The World Games with flawless routine

Results from The World Games action, which you can watch live on Olympic Channel via Olympics.com, include the acrobatic gymnastics mixed pairs and double mini-trampoline podium places.

By Jo Gunston

Viktoriia Kozlovska and Taisiia Marchenko of Ukraine wowed the Birmingham, Alabama crowd at The World Games on Friday (15 July) performing a flawless routine in acrobatic gymnastics women's pairs to take gold.

You can watch all the action at the World Games via live stream here.

The duo, who were sixth at the World Championships in 2021, were heartbroken not to be able to attend the competition in Azerbaijan in March but made up for that disappointment here with a precise performance, scoring a huge 9.050 for artistry, and a winning total of 29.290.

The two Ritas from Portugal – Rita Ferreira and Rita Teixeira, the current world champions – claimed the silver medal with 28.780. The United States bagged bronze courtesy of Katherine Borcherding and Cierra McKown (27.120).

Acrobatic gymnastics mixed pairs

This time last year, Bram Roettger was happily retired from acrobatic gymnastics and coaching his beloved sport. But the Belgian took just a week to decide to temporarily compete with Helena Heijens' in the mixed pair event when her partner was injured in the autumn.

Having trained together for just three months, the pair won the World Championships in March and today Friday 15 July) they added World Games gold with a hefty score of 29.700.

Germany's Daniel Blintsov and Pia Schuetze claimed silver with 28.840 and Israel's Adi Horwitz and Meron Weissman won bronze (26.270).

Double mini-trampoline

In the men's double mini-trampoline on Friday 15 July, despite an astonishing penultimate run, the US star Ruben Padilla was unable to make the podium after an error on his final pass, finishing out of the medals in fourth (24.000).

The Spaniard David Franco took top spot with a score of 28.200, with Daniel Schmidt of Germany claiming silver (27.800) and Taniguchi Ryohei winning bronze (26.900).

Full results from the event in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, can be found here.

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