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The best Acrobatic Gymnastics images of Baku 2015

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Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya of Russia on their way to gold in the mixed pairs. Matthias Han/Getty Images
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Oleksandr Shpyn and Yelyzaveta Vasylyga of Ukraine compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final. Dan Mullan/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Oleksandr Shpyn and Yelyzaveta Vasylyga of Ukraine compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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Gold medalists Ineke Van Schoor, Kaat Dumarey and Julie Van Gelder of Belgium pose with the medals won during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Women's Group Balance final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 201
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Ulyana Diakova and Antaloiy Leonov of Azerbaijan compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Great Britain compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Great Britain compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Ulyana Diakova and Antaloiy Leonov of Azerbaijan compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Elina Velikova and Aleks Zhekov of Bulgaria compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett of Great Britain compete during the Acrobatic Gymnastics Mixed Pair Dynamic final on day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 21, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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A review of Acrobatic Gymnastics at the Baku 2015 European Games

One of two non-Olympic disciplines featuring at the first European Games, Acrobatic Gymnastics boasted six medal events in all: three for mixed pairs and three for women’s groups.

Belgium, Great Britain and Russia were seen as the main contenders for gold in the discipline, with the Belgian trio of Ineke van Schoor, Julie van Gelder and Kaat Dumarey tipped as favourites in the women’s group event.

And they did not disappoint, starting their clean sweep with gold in the all-around final, and adding the balance and dynamic golds to the list two days later. Russia’s team of Zhanna Parkhometc, Valeriia Belkina and Yulia Nikitina claimed silvers in the three events, while Belarusian gymnasts Katsiaryna Barysevich, Veranika Nabokina, and Karina Sandovich picked up three bronze medals apiece.

The roles were reversed amongst the mixed pairs, however, with Russian duo Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya dominating the dynamic, balance and all-around events to claim three golds.

The Belgian mixed partnership of Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor took the three silvers, while it was Great Britain’s turn to take the third position on the podium, as Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett won the three bronze medals on offer.

The Belgian team had to overcome injury to perform at the Baku 2015 European Games, with Vastavel revealing he had torn the ligaments in his right elbow in April. "We really had a difficult period before competing here," he admitted.

Nevertheless, they admired their Russian rival’s dominant performance, with Cassamajor saying: "Even without the injury it would have been impossible to beat the Russians. They are amazingly strong."

Overall, however, Belgium and Russia tied in the medal tally, with three golds and three silvers apiece.


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