Pole dancing has a reputation as being a sleazy activity - but watching the competitors at the World Pole Dancing Championship in Zurich shows that some women (and the odd man) clearly treat it as a sport.
The grace and power shown by those taking part is quite breathtaking - they make it look more like pole gymnastics.
The public's perception of pole dancing has recently changed to become a popular sport combining physical strength, technique and choreography
And there's no doubting that you need to be incredibly physically fit to pull off the routines on show at the championship.
In the end the medal winners hailed mostly from the Ukraine and Russia, but the UK did pick up a gong, with Soho scene dancer Nico Modestine winning Best Entertainer in the male category.
WINNER Female Singles – Natalia Tatarintseva - Ukraine
Second – Lawrence Hilsum - France
Third – Polina Volchek- Russia
Best Tricks - Polina Volchek- Russia
Best Entertainer - Natalia Tatarintseva - Ukraine
Best Costume – Julia Snopova - Russia
WINNER Males – Keem Martinez - France
Second – Kristian Lebvedev - Russia
Third – Oleksandr Shchukin - Ukraine
Best Tricks - Kristian Lebvedev - Russia
Best Entertainer – Nico Modestine - UK
Best Costume - Kristian Lebvedev – Russia
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