Rita Ferreira won first podium place and scores the best rating ever for Portugal in the largest world competition of Acrobatics Gymnastics.
Student and gymnast, Rita Ferreira, of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), won the gold medal, the first ever for Portugal, of the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championship that took place in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rita Ferreira is the reigning twice European champion and she demonstrated why she is one of the best gymnasts of our time. Pairing up with Ana Teixeira, the Acro Clube da Maia (ACMaia) gymnasts won first place in the women’s pairs competition, scoring a total 29.120 points, taking the lead from the American atheletes Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier (28.580) and the Russian Diana Korotaeva and Amina Omari (28.520).
In the women’s’ competition category, Bárbara Sequeira and Francisca Maia, students of the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences (FPCEUP) and FMUP, respectively, won the bronze medal. The women’s trio – with Francisca S. Maia – conquers a further significant result as regards international competitions, one year after having won the first podium place at the Gymnastic Acrobatics World Cup, which took place in Maia.
“In the past years, national gymnastics has been proving itself in international events such as this one, which demonstrates a steady evolution not only of the athletes, but also of the coaches and the other technicians involved in the process”, referred the Gymnastic Federation of Portugal (FPG) in a news release.