Russia and Britain went head-to-head in four team finals on the penultimate day of the European Championships in Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling in Baku - with Russia eventually winning three golds.
The men’s tumbling final was the closest contested, turning on an outstanding performance by the last performer, Vadim Afanasyev.
The European junior silver medallist finished with a full-twisting triple pike to post the highest mark of the final, 39.700 points, allowing Russia to overtake Great Britain by four tenths.
Denmark comfortably tumbled to bronze in Baku’s National Gymnastics Arena.
In the women’s competition the roles were reversed as a British team led by Lucie Colebeck defeated a Russian team captained by veteran Anna Korobeynikova.
Colebeck’s 36.000 points topped the leader board and secured the gold for her team, with bronze going to France.
In the double mini-trampoline the Russian women finished half-a-point ahead of Britain, with the 2016 European silver medallist Polina Troianova leading the field with 34.800.
The bronze medal went to the Portuguese team.
The Russian men, led by European and world champion Mikhail Zalomin, were unbeatable.
Their top three scores ranged between 38.600 and 39.400, confirming their extraordinary level.
Portugal took the silver medal, almost five points adrift, while Spain claimed the bronze.
In the individual trampoline semi-finals the biggest surprise came when Belarus' defending champion Uladzislau Hancharou landed on the blue mat, thus ruining his chances to advance to the final.
Top qualifier, Maria Makharynskaya, also from Belarus, followed suit a minute later.
France’s Allan Morante outscored Russia’s Dmitri Ushakov for the top position going into tomorrow’s final with Mikita Ilyinykh of Belarus in third place.
Yana Pavlova of Russia won her semi-final ahead of Hanna Hancharova of Belarus and Britain’s Kat Driscoll.
All individual finals are due to held tomorrow.