With more than 2,000 people in attendance and the stakes higher than ever, the world final of Red Bull BC One 2011 was an emotional and energetic affair. In the end, it was America's Roxrite who was named champion but only after a hard-fought battle against Venezuela's Lil G...
Last night, more than 2,000 fans witnessed some of the world's greatest breakdancers at work when the 16 Red Bull BC One 2011 b-boy finallists rocked the historic Nikulin Circus in Moscow. In the end, it was America's Roxrite who convinced the judges and crowd that he should be champion with his combination of clean moves, sense of musicality and preternatural ability to stick freeze combinations.
The Red Bull BC One Moscow was Roxrite’s third attempt at the title, having made it to the finals of Red Bull BC One in 2007 and 2008 which only increased his determination. “I’ve won almost every big battle in my life and this was the one title that was missing and that I wanted to win before I turn 30 next year,” he said after the event.
In the final one-on-one face-off, Roxrite went up against Lil G, the 21-year-old power-mover from Venezuela, and the younger competitor's eventual defeat was clearly a huge disappointment. “This was my fourth Red Bull BC One Championship," he said. "I know I'm still young and might have another chance, but I know I really improved and I was sure I could win this tonight!”
Aside from the titanic final battle, one of the other major highlights included local hero Yan The Shrimp doing the Moscow home crowd proud by making it to the second round, beating Red Bull BC One 2006 champion Hong 10 from Korea.
Red Bull BC One started in 2004 in Switzerland and has since travelled the world, with the finals held in a different country each year. Now seen as the Super Bowl for breakdance, the live web cast of the 2011 event was followed by tens of thousands and numerous public viewings had been organized in cities all around the globe from Mumbai to Rotterdam.
Check out the highlights in the video below...