The 19th World Championships of Sports Acrobatics took place in the French city Lièvin from May, 21 to 23.
Seven of the participating nations started in all of the five disciplines, further four countries started in four categories. Top favourite was without doubt Russia: All together 14 of the 16 gold medals went to this top nation!
From May 18 - 20 the "World Age Group Games held also in Lièvin in the age categories 11 to 16 and 12 to 19 years...
Host: The French Gymnastics Federation
19. World Championships, Sports Acrobatics
- Lièvin, France, 2004, May, 21 - 23 -
Russia won 14 of all together 16 gold medals of these Sports Acrobatics World Championships, inclusive the World Age Group Games befor and was the dominating nation of these sports.
The residuary two gold medals went to USA (Mixed Pair) and to South Africa (Women's Pair, Youth).
After these nations Great Britain did a very good competition, with bronze medal in team competition and all together 5 silver and three bronze medals in the age group categories!
P R E V I E W 19th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS of SPORTS ACROBATICS
- Lievien, 2004, May 21 - 23
One of the top favorites will be the Russian women's pair and titleholder Yulia Lopatkina / Anna Mokhova (photo, right >>)
With a big interest the Chinese athletes will be expect, so the men's pair Li Renjie / Song Min.
But also from USA will come a strong mixed pair: Shena Booth / Davis Arthur
... never before the participation in all categories were so strong like in this year: All together 14 (!) men's group will start in Lièvien...!
Favourite: Yulia Lopatkina / Anna Mokhova (RUS)
Top conditions in Lièven
WORLD AGE GROUP GAMES: 2004, May 18 - 20
Three days before the world champs the WORLD AGE GROUP GAMES - the inofficial world champs of sports acrobatic talents - take place at the same venue.
Also in these age categories Russia is the top nation and won 4 gold medals in the age group 11 - 16 and 2 gold medals in the age group 12 - 19 years. A big surprise was the gold medal in women's pair by the South Africans Monique Nancy STEGLEN / Jolien DREYER.
Also Great Britain made strong competitions, winning three silver and two bronze medals.