Erik Machens celebrates home gold at Mainhatten Cup

German world silver medallist triumphs in men’s single class 2 22 May 2018
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Erik Machens won silver in the men's single class 2 at the 2016 European Championships
ⒸRoman Benicky

The home crowd had plenty to celebrate as 2017 World Championships silver medallist Erik Machens, won his signature event, the men’s single class 2, in Frankfurt, Germany, on 19 May. It was his first appearance on the circuit since finishing runner-up at last year’s Worlds in Malle, Belgium.

Poland’s Pawel Karpinski and China’s Tongyu Wu completed the podium.

Karpinski still took home two golds from Frankfurt as he won both the duo standard and duo Latin class 2 events alongside partner Joanna Reda. Ukraine’s Snizhana Kernychna and Volodymyr Kernychnyi, and Finland’s Leevi Ketoia and Zaida-Ester Launis followed them into the podiums.

In the women’s single class 2, Kazakhstan’s Malika Muktarova emerged triumphant ahead of the Netherlands’ Jessy van der Pol and Austria’s Sanja Vukasinovic.

Israel’s Tomer Margalit claimed the women’s single class 1 title. Poland’s Julia Sadkowska and Ukraine’s Snizhana Kernychna sealed silver and bronze, respectively.

There was a Slovakian one-two in the combi standard class 2 as Maria Dutkova and Martin Solc led the standings ahead of Maria Gazdikova and Olejar Maros. The Ukrainian couple of Nataliya Bespalova and Mykhailo Saveliev took bronze.

But it was Ukraine’s Ivan Zamiga and Olena Dankevych who came top in the combi latin class 2. They were followed by China’s Wu Tongyu and Qian Liling, and Kazakhstan’s Muktarova and Vladislav Sakho.

Finland won the remaining event, the combi standard class 1, through Timo Pyykkönen and Tuuli Harju. Slovakia’s Martina Sekaninova and Lukas Bogdan claimed silver, and the Netherlands’ Marleen Bolwijn and Tim Bijker sealed bronze.

Around 60 athletes from 15 countries took part in the Mainhatten Cup, which served as preparation for the dancers ahead of the 2018 European Championships. The next competition will be held from 15-17 June with the Polish Open in Lomianki, Poland. The city is also the host of this year’s Euros.