The creativity and skill of athletic precision always guarantee a great spectacle and this was proven again last weekend in Barcelona, barely nine months away from the staging of the World Roller Games Barcelona 2019. One of the eleven modalities of these upcoming WRG, Inline Freestyle, left its mark at the Arnold Classic Europe.
This multi-sports event, sponsored by the famous star Arnold Schwarzenegger, once again created great expectation at the Barcelona Fira de Gran Via trade fair centre in Barcelona, a spectacular setting for the Inline Freestyle European Championships.
The event featured a major presence of WRG 2019 visual elements alongside the involvement of Europe’s best roller skaters. They provided a fantastic show over the three-day competition, during which they disputed a total of six events that ended up crowning Italy and Russia as the main first-place victors, after they won thirteen of the seventeen gold medals in dispute.
Friday began with the staging of the Freestyle Classic, in which Russia imposed itself with wins to Ksenia Dubinchik (women), Gleb Velikanov (junior men) and Sofia Bogdanova (junior women). Italy’s Valerio Degli Agostini would later take it upon himself to break Russia’s dominance by winning the men’s absolute category. Shortly after, the Italian roller skater similarly snatched gold from the reach of his compatriot Lorenzo Guslandi in the Pair Freestyle Slalom. The day ended with the explosive Free Jump, with wins also going to Italy’s Gianmarco Savi and Spain’s Marina Oliveras.
Saturday was the turn for Speed Slalom and Slides. Italy dominated the former event, with victories to Alessandro Lissoni (men), Alessandro Cosentino (junior men) and Sveva Romano (junior women). In fact, only the triumph of France’s Lily Granjon (women) avoided a full Italian podium sweep. The protagonists of Slides, on the other hand, were more evenly distributed, with victories to Spain’s Enrique Rubio and Ukraine’s Bohdana Hotsko.
The crowning moment of the Championships would arrive on Sunday with the staging of the Freestyle Battle, in which Russia again monopolised most of the victories with Daria Kuznetsova (women) and two new victories to Gleb Velikanov (junior men) and Sofia Bogdanova (junior women). Italy’s Lorenzo Demuru won in the men’s absolute category. These were the final victors of a European event that proved that Inline Freestyle is set to provide some amazing moments at the WRG 2019.