Lithuanian teenager Dominika Banevic and the US’ Victor Montalvo on Sunday qualified for next year’s Paris Olympics after winning the WDSF World Breaking Championship.
Sixteen-year-old Banevic, known as B-Girl Nicka, was the youngest in her category at the event in Leuven, Belgium. She concluded her battle by lifting herself up on her right arm and twisting her body almost completely around. She drew finger-clicking appreciation from her beaten opponent, 40-year-old Ayumi Fukushima of Japan, known as B-Girl Ayumi.
Twenty-nine-year-old Montalvo, ranked No. 5 in the world and competing under the name B-Boy Victor, broke into a huge grin after completing his battle. He was lifted up triumphantly by his opponent, Philip Kim of Canada, known as B-Boy Phil Wizard.
Breakdancing originated 50 years ago in the US and the hip-hop dance form is to make its official debut at the Paris Games.
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