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Russian mixed pair cruise to Acrobatic Gymnastics gold

Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya
Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya dance their way to gold. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Chernova and Pataraya take all-around title ahead of Belgian and British duos

Leading from start to finish, Russian acrobatic gymnasts Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya secured gold in the mixed pairs all-around final on Friday.

The duo performed three difficult exercises to finish on 89.310, more than three points ahead of the silver medallists from Belgium.

The best images from Friday's Acrobatic Gymnastics can be viewed here

Despite their victory, Chernova felt they could have performed better. "There is no limit for an ideal performance," she said.

Pataraya added: "This gold medal is not the end. We will compete at many more competitions in the future. We will always try to win."

Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor of Belgium scored 86.180 for silver. "It really feels like a gold medal," said Cassamajor.

Vastavel tore ligaments in her right elbow in April, complicating the Belgians' preparations, but Cassamajor said: "Even without the injury it would have been impossible to beat the Russians. They are amazingly strong."

Great Britain's Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett took bronze with 85.160 points.


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