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Estonia Takes Home the Gold - 2018 WDSF 10 Dance World Championship

Estonia Takes Home the Gold - 2018 WDSF 10 Dance World Championship


 

Estonia Takes Home the Gold - 2018 WDSF 10 Dance World Championship

(Cover Photo Courtesy of: Helmut Roland)

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Being a Ten Dance athlete is not all about the physical endurance, but also all about the mental and emotional stamina it takes to be successful. We saw a part of each of these aspects yesterday at the 2018 WDSF World Ten Dance Championship that took place in Warsaw, Poland. The heat was definitely on, and the competition was top notch, especially when it came down to the finals.

In the Ten Dance division, the finalist couples dance both a Standard and a Latin final. Their combined scores of each of the finals produces the outcome of the entire event. Let’s take a look at the couples that made the top 6.

Couple Country
Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova CAN
Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych CYP
David Odstrcil - Tara Bohak CZE
Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova EST
Armand Fazullin - Klaudia Iwanska POL
Evgeny Sveridonov - Angelina Barkova RUS

Expect the Unexpected

The Standard final was commenced first, after which we got quite the surprise. Results can never be 100% predicted, and it was quite clear that the competition was going to be a tight battle, especially between the pedestal placements. Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova of Canada were last year’s Ten Dance World Vice-Champions. Ranked 17th in the Latin and 23rd in the Standard WDSF World Ranking List, they were one of the top candidate couples to achieve an incredible result yesterday. However, then we had Konstantin Gorodilov and Dominika Bergmannova of Estonia, this year’s WDSF European Ten Dance Champions in the running as well, ranked 11th in Latin and 45th in the Standard WDSF World Ranking Lists. They did not compete in last year’s World Ten Dance Championship, but were definitely out for the title yesterday.

Going back to the results after the Standard final, many had quite the shock! Daniil Ulanov and Kateryna Isakovych of Cyprus had taken the lead! This couple placed fourth in last year’s Ten Dance World Championship and now had won the Standard leg! They were in a 13.25 lead over Konstantin and Dominika who were trailing behind in second! That is an immense lead! Sadly, Canadian couple Winson and Anastasia lost their runner-up position from last year.

The Latin Final

It was time for the Latin final, and it was clear that Konstantin and Dominika really needed to step up if they wanted to take home the victory. While Daniil and Kateryna rank 38th in the WDSF Latin World Ranking List, the Estonians rank 11th. If Konstantin and Dominika could make up for the loss of points they suffered in the Standard final, they could win the entire event! But, the challenge was not an easy one. However, the strength that the Estonians hold in the Latin division made them persevere as they took a 1.48 point lead over Cyprus, ending the night with a victory – a well deserved victory!

The final placements were:

Rank Couple Country
1. Konstantin Gorodilov - Dominika Bergmannova EST
2. Daniil Ulanov - Kateryna Isakovych CYP
3. Winson Tam - Anastasia Novikova CAN
4. Evgeny Sveridonov - Angelina Barkova RUS
5. David Odstrcil - Tara Bohak CZE
6. Armand Fazullin - Klaudia Iwanska POL

Winson Tam and Anastasia Novikova had a fantastic Latin final, and made the pedestal taking home a Bronze World Medal. Russia placed in fourth, Czech Republic in fifth, and Poland in sixth.

Watching any Ten Dance event truly makes one see the strength it takes to be a dancer in this industry. Not only do you have to be physically capable of dancing round after round, but you also have to do it with grace and ease, even though we all know that it is not easy at all. We lose with dignity and we learn as a result, and we win with humbleness and modesty - the essence of being a DanceSport competitor. A big round of applause for all the competitors that took part in this WDSF World Championship!

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