Novara 2016: just Portugal to hinder the Italian hegemony


Outstanding outcome for the Host country that is trying to go beyond the 35 Medals won in Cali in 2015. Only the Portuguese Josè Cruz was able to reach the first step of the podium in a World Championship that seems to be dominated by Italy more than usual.

Junior Ladies Solo Dance

Even though the result confirmed the positions after the Compulsory and Style dances, the challenge for the podium was exciting: the Free dance draw put Martina Camana (ITA), who was leading the rank, as first in the final group and some defects in her performance seemed to cost her the world title. The score advantage conquered in the compulsory risked to be lost. The Portuguese Mariana Souto was not successful in coming back enough to win the Gold Medal; on the third step, the other Italian athlete, Camilla Barguino, at her first world championship in the Solo Dance discipline, dedicated the Bronze Medal to the memory of her father, passed away few months ago.

1 Martina Camana ITA
2 Mariana Souto POR
3 Camilla Barguino ITA

Junior Men Solo Dance
Jose Cruz (POR) dominated the competition since the compulsory and, without hesitation in the Free dance, won the Gold Medal; Silver medal for Nicola Marenda and Bronze for Brayan Carreño.

1 José Cruz POR
2 Nicola Marenda ITA
3 Brayan Carreño COL

Junior Pairs
Only four pairs attended the Worlds this year in the Junior category. The Italian team ensured the first two position: the Long Programme will define the final ranking.

1 Alberto Peruch/Isabella Genchi ITA
2 Filippo Tugnoli/Alessia Barbatosta ITA
3 Tomas Masia/Florencia Cecconi ARG
4 Mitchell Keyton/Esha Harwalkar USA

Senior Pairs
It's all about Italy with three Pairs contending the Gold Medal in the most touching competition of the day. Italy displayed a poker of stars on the floor: Lucaroni/Tarlazzi, defending champions, and Garelli/Venerucci, a recently matched pair but with an amazing individual palma res in the discipline. Needless to say that both the Pairs were breath-taking and close to the absolute perfection: Only for a handful of scores, Lucaroni/Tarlazzi and their "Sicilian Love" got the first ranking. The long Programmes will really make the difference.

1 Luca Lucaroni/Rebecca Tarlazzi ITA
2 Marco Garelli/Sara Venerucci ITA
3 Nicola Merlani/Alessia Gambardella ITA

Junior Ladies Free
Great come back for Michela Cima (ITA): a perfect performance on the music of the "Long Voyager to Avalon" let her climb from the third to the first position tearing off the Gold Medal from the teammate Micol Zangoli. Giselle Soler, already Gold Medal in the Figures, added a less precious but always appreciated medal to her palma res.

1 Michela Cima ITA
2 Micol Zangoli ITA
3 Giselle Soler ARG

Junior Men Free
The Gladiator theme brought luck to Michele Sica that, after a Short Programme under expectations, performed a perfect long disco with the intensity and the wherewithal of a warrior. An error in a chain costed to Marco Giustino the Gold Medal. Bronze Medal for the Spanish David Andre Aponte.

1 Michele Sica ITA
2 Marco Giustino ITA
3 David Andre Aponte ESP

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Photo Credits: Raniero Corbelletti