Prague 2022: Ukraine dancers rule the roost

World champions Sivak and Chynka help Ukraine top the standings with eight gold; Israel's Tomer emerge winner in three finals at Euros 02 Nov 2022
Ukraine's Ivan Sivak (centre) poses on the podium with his dance partner Olena Dankevych after taking the combi class 2 gold medal.
Ukraine's Ivan Sivak (centre) poses on the podium with his dance partner Olena Dankevych after taking the combi class 2 gold medal.
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By Josephine Struckmeier | For World Dance Para Sport

Ukraine’s star dancers Ivan Sivak and Olena Chynka continued their dominance to win five gold medals together as the Para Dance European Championships 2022 concluded in Prague.

Sivak and Chynka, the Bonn 2019 world champions, mesmerised the crowd with their amazing dance moves to reign supreme in the men’s and women’s single* class 2 L&F2 finals, before they paired with their respective partners Olena Dankevych (combi Latin 2) and Oleksandr Onishchennko (duo Latin 2) to take the pair titles.

Sivak also went on to win his third gold in men’s single freestyle L&F2 as Ukraine topped the medals standings with eight gold medals. 

Other golds for Ukraine were clinched by the pair of Volodymiyr Kernychnyi and Snizhana Kernychna who emerged winners in the duo Latin and duo freestyle L&F1 + L&F2 finals.

Solo dancer Ivan Zamiga took the bronze medal in the men’s single class 2 L&F2 event but stood out with his touching musical performance at the gala event, where he played his guitar to the audience and sang Ukrainian songs.

Tomer dazzles too

Israel’s Margalit Tomer tried to match the Ukrainian dancers as she topped the podiums in women's single class 1 and combi class 1 L&F1 + standing events, pairing with Halaf Orel.

In other events, Turkey’s Baris Bayraktar and Slovakia’s Helena Kasicka were the winners in men’s and women’s single 1 event, while Austria's Sanja Vukasinovic topped the podium in the women's single freestyle L&F2*. 

The Polish pair of Ciok Michal and Nowokunska Katarzyna cllnched the gold medal in combi class 2 L&F2 and standing while the combi class 1 SC1 & 2 SC2 and standing final was won by the Italian pair of Federico Parri and Linda Galeotti.

As many as 72 dancers from 15 countries took part in the three-day event that took place at the Clarion Congress Hotel

This was the first edition of the European Championships in four years and the biggest Para dance sport event of the year.

*The article was originally published on 1 November and amended on 2 November to correct the information about Ukraine's Olena Chynka and Austria's Sanja Vukasinovic titles.