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Hungary compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics groups final. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Azerbaijan compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Vicente Lli Lloris and Sara Moreno Lopez of Spain celebrate winning gold during the Aerobic Gymnastics Mixed Pairs 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 19: Great Britain compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 19: Finland compete in the Aerobic Gymnastics Group Qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images for BEGOC)
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BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 21: Lavinia Panaete and Dacian Barna of Romania compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Mixed Pairs 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: Romania compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups 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: Italy compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups 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: Russia compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups 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: Italy compete during the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups 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: (L-R) Silver medalists Dacian Barna, Bianca Gorgovan, Gabriel Bocser, Lavinia Panaete and Lucian Savulescu of Romania stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Aerobic Gymnastics Groups 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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Silver medallists Davide Donati and Michela Castoldi of Italy, gold medallists Vicente Lli Lloris and Sara Moreno Lopez of Spain and bronze medallists Denis Sololev and Dukhik Dzhanazian of Russia. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
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A review of Aerobic Gymnastics at the Baku 2015 European Games

Aerobic Gymnastics, like the acrobatic version of the sport, was one of the non-Olympic disciplines to feature at the inaugural European Games. The competition at Baku 2015 featured two medal events – groups and mixed pairs.

Romania, 2014 world championship winners, were tipped for the groups before the start of competition, with Russia and France considered their most likely challengers. However, a high-quality field saw them all miss out on the title to surprise winners Hungary, who took the gold with 21.144 points. Romania finished in second scoring 21.094, and Spain taking the bronze with 20.933.

Hungary’s Dora Hegyi said artistic superiority gave her group the advantage they needed.

"We were not expecting this result," Hegyi said. "We did everything, like all the difficulties, very high execution points, and really, really high artistry points. So we just hoped that Romania couldn't beat us."

In the mixed pairs, Spanish gold medallists Sara Moreno Lopez and Vicente Lli Lloris recorded a formidable 9.250 artistry score, which helped nudge them ahead of Italy's Michela Castoldi and Davide Donati, who had qualified in first place.

Lli Lloris credited his and Moreno Lopez’s victory to the blend of expression and precision that their final routine embodied.

"We had prepared to show our artistic skills since the first day," Lli Lloris said. "In the final, we demonstrated our skills as we wanted."

The duo’s total score of 21.150 points earned first place, with Castoldi and Donati taking silver with 21.050 points, while Russia's Dukhik Dzhanazian and Denis Solovev won bronze with 20.500.


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