Baku hosts fabulous Trampoline Europeans

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Baku hosts fabulous Trampoline Europeans

April 20, 2018

Highlights of the 26th European Championships in Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling

Last week the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku (AZE) was the place-to-be for all trampoline fans. The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation pulled out all the stops, delivering a fascinating show that captivated the audience and the gymnasts alike.  

Read our 8 highlights below … in no particular order!

 

Azerbaijan’s glory

Having started their trampoline programme just a few years ago, these Europeans went into the history books for the host nation. After several good performances in qualifications, for example by talented junior Seljan Mahsudova, ultimate glory came on the final day. First, women’s synchro pair Veronika Zemlianaia and Sviatlana Makshtarova claimed the silver medal. Moments later, Baku boy Mikhail Malkin outperformed his rivals on the tumbling track, showing great difficult on his way to the European title. The National Gymnastics Arena exploded! 

 

Ganchinho’s wait is over

After 25 years of training and competing in trampoline, Portugal’s Diogo Ganchinho achieved what he has also dreamt of … a major title! He won the Trampoline title, the last final of these Europeans, and was absolutely overjoyed. A brilliant tribute from his teammates as they sang the national anthems at the top of their lungs. There could be no mistake, Portugal was in the house!

 

Belarus bounces brilliantly

With 13 medals -9 of them gold- Belarus dominated the trampoline competition. They won all 4 available synchro titles, both junior individual European titles and 3 out of the 4 available team titles! A great result for the programme lead by Olga Vlasova who showed that their younger generation is ready to follow in the footsteps of their older compatriots like Olympic Champion Vlad Hancharou and World Champion Tatsiana Piatrenia.

Their achievement sets expectations for next year’s European Games in their capital …

 

Repeat podium

An unusual sight in the individual women’s trampoline final … Not only did Russia’s Yana Pavlova manage to successfully defend her European title, she was joined on the podium by the same gymnasts -and in the same order- as two years ago in Valladolid! Silver went to Hanna Hancharova (in 2016 still known by her maiden name Harchonak) and bronze to British veteran Kat Driscoll.

 

British tumbling sensation

Great Britain showed its strength again in all three disciplines but really excelled in tumbling. Lucie Colebeck led her teammates the team gold before taking the individual crown as well. In the junior competition Jaydon Paddock really stood out. He outscored the entire field with his difficult, well-executed series, following Lucie’s suit and returning home with both the team and the individual gold.

 

Way and Makarskii new DMT stars

Great Britain’s Kirsty Way and Russia’s Vasilii Makarskii were crowned the new European Champions in Double Mini-Trampoline. Super star European and World Champion Mikhail Zalomin made an uncharacteristic mistake in the final but Makarskii’s performances in qualifications and the team final prove that he’s coming close to the scores of Zalomin. Kirsty Way showed her excellent skills in qualifications and repeated them in the final to upgrade to gold from the bronze she won two years ago.

 

Sweden DMT

The organisers of the next Trampoline Europeans, Sweden, lived up to the expectations on their strongest event, Double Mini-Trampoline. Defending European Champion Lina Sjoeberg clinched the bronze medal but she was not the only Swede to medal! Teammate Jonas Nordfors claimed silver in the men’s event. Well done Sweden!

 

Gur-Gur steals the show

The Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation launched their new mascot Gur-Gur. And a cheeky one it is! Entertaining the crowd, Gur-Gur didn’t shy away from a little bit of controversy: dancing with the judges, throwing cups into the audience but most of all he joked with the kids and took photos together. A welcome distraction for the audience on long competition days.

 

The next European Championships in Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling will be held from 7 to 10 May 2020 in Gothenburg (SWE)!