Chile's Pablo Acuna won the 2020 IDUS Dance Challenge ©FISU

Pablo Acuna of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile has been crowned the winner of the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) Dance Challenge.

The Chilean competed against university students from around the world, with almost 4,000 votes cast on International University Sports Federation (FISU) Instagram stories to decide the winner.

Conducted over two weeks and starting on September 6, the IDUS Dance Challenge ran before IDUS was celebrated on September 20.

"I feel very happy to represent my team and the University of Santiago in this activity for sport, since it is what I am passionate about," Acuna said in an interview with the FISU website.

"I prepared a short routine considering the time and skills that I had, and tried to give my best.

"I thank all the people who voted for me and the excellent competitors who participated."

The virtual tournament started with two cheerleading athletes creating bespoke routines which were then to be emulated by contestants.

The first routine was created by Sabrina Trolio from Brock University in Canada, who was in the team that represented Canada at the FISU World University Cheerleading Championships in Lodz in Poland in 2018.

Brazilian Isac Medeiros created the second routine.

The top eight entries were put into the quarter-finals, with public votes conducted to determine Acuna as the overall winner.

Many IDUS celebrations were held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.