Home-grown talent dominated the first ever UK visit of Red Bull's popular free-running championships, Art of Motion.

London crowd helps UK free-runner win on home turf

Home-grown talent dominated the first ever UK visit of Red Bull’s popular free-running championships, Art of Motion.

The competition was held last Sunday, March 20, outside the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.

It was dominated by British athletes who claimed six places in the final 12 and produced this year’s winner, Tim ‘Livewire’ Shieff.

Tim said: “I feel ecstatic to have won the first Red Bull Art of Motion competition to be held in the UK, I’ve competed at similar events in other countries and the London crowd finally helped me to win on home turf.”

Tim won ahead of Sweden’s Marcus Gustafsson and Liverpudlian Ryan Doyle after impressing the three judges with his breath-taking handstand abilities (watch his winning run here).

After operations on both knees since an injury in 2006, Tim has since built a portfolio of remarkable signature moves accentuating his upper-body strength, such as controlled one-handed handstands.

So far he has shown an impressive record of success, having won not only this year’s championships but also the World Freerunning Championships in 2009 and second place at Viennese Red Bull Art of Motion championships the same year.

Watch a video here of Tim competing at the world’s first ever free-running chamionships, Red Bull’s Art of Motion, Vienna 2007.

Free running is a form of urban acrobatics, in which athletes perform elements of parkour and gymnastic, such as flips and spins, to navigate their way around the obstacles in the environment around them.

At Art of Motion 2011, athletes were judged on creativity, execution, flow, and technical difficulty, lighting up a stage which harmonised perfectly with the National Theatre’s grey design of concrete walls and metal railings.

The event was packed, with a sea of spectators swelling up onto Waterloo Bridge.

World-famous street trials athlete and YouTube sensation, Danny MacAskill, was there too, traversing the course on his bike and exhilarating the crowd with his stunts.

The title Best Female was awarded to the only female finalist, American Lucy ‘Steele’ Romberg.

The award of Mini Sickest Trick went to Russian athlete Erik Mukhametshin.

If you were at the event, or are a free-runner yourself, please share your experiences with us.

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