Russia, Belarus and Great Britain victorious at Trampoline Worlds

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Russia, Belarus and Great Britain victorious at Trampoline Worlds

November 15, 2017

Highlights of the 32nd World Championships in Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling in Sofia (BUL)

The Armeec Arena in the Bulgarian capital Sofia welcomed 290 athletes from 34 countries who were on a quest to ascend one of the 14 possible World podiums. Over 4 days of competition, the fans were treated to spectacular performances, some stars confirming their status, others failing and new names and faces emerged from the shadows. Here are our highlights!

 

Tatsiana Piatrenia’s well-earned moment of glory

The 36-year-old Belarussian had a superb competition in Sofia, starting off by performing the best routine of the day in team finals, clinching the silver with teammates Hanna Harchonak, Mariya Makharynskaya and Anhelina Khatsian. One day later, she paired up with Makharynskaya in the synchro final where the ladies grabbed the bronze medal. However, Piatrenia’s moment of glory was still to come … In the individual final she performed an excellent routine for 56.075 and her 12th World medal, her first individual gold!

 

Team GB’s tumbling sensation

The British men’s team out tumbled their Chinese and Russian rivals –and winners of all World titles for the past decade- with three flawless passes to secure the gold medal, their first since 2003!  Kristof Willerton, Greg Townley, Elliott Browne and Kallum Mulhall scored 112.500, keeping well clear of China and Denmark. Elliott Browne commented on this extraordinary achievement: “I was really, really nervous, my legs turned to jelly but I just knew I had to get through it for my team. We’ve got such a tight bond and to win this World title with them is incredible, I’m absolutely buzzing! We all did our job today and stood up when it matters. To hear the national anthem play and stand on the top of the podium with your teammates is very special.” The competition wasn’t over yet for Browne who was first to compete in the individual final. He tumbled a superb first pass and nailed his final big skill on the second pass for 75.500 and the bronze medal.

The British women’s team featuring Yasmin Taite, Lucie Colebeck, Ashleigh Long and Rachel Davies trailed China but held off France for the silver medal. Colebeck said afterwards: “I definitely felt the pressure going last up! It’s fair to say we weren’t at our very best today but we stuck together and made sure we fought through every routine for each other. That’s the key in a final, making sure you do everything you can to complete your routine and post a score. We’re all really happy to have won the first medal for Britain at these World Championships.” Colebeck earned her individual merit as well, taking the bronze behind living legends Jia FangFang (CHN) and Anna Korobeynikova (RUS).

 

Zalomin’s precision

European and World Games Champion Mikhail Zalomin came to Sofia looking to regain the Double Mini-Trampoline World title he won in 2013 and 2014. He immediately showed he was the man to beat, dominating the qualification round with two precise passes. He repeated this performance in the team final, helping his teammates Aleksandr Odintsov, Vasilii Makarskii and Andrei Gladenkov clinch the gold medal with a perfect landing. In the individual final Zalomin outperformed his rivals again, even Austin Nacey’s spectacular quadruple somersault couldn’t beat the Russian’s difficult and superbly executed passes.

 

Anders Wesch and the Danish tumblers

A first for the Danish tumbling team: Adam Matthiesen, Rasmus Steffensen, Anders Wesch and Rasmus Soerensen pulled through in an exciting team final to earn their country’s first ever medal, the bronze behind Great Britain and China. In the individual final, Anders Wesch upped his game even more, performing 2 great passes, for 75.500 and the silver medal. A delighted delegation returned to Denmark!

 

Hancharou’s synchro win

Since his win at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Uladzislau Hancharou has become the man to watch in trampoline. After winning silver medals at the past two World Championships in Synchro, the Belarussian reached the highest step of the podium in Sofia, now partnering with Aleh Rabtsau. Remarkably, while Hancharou now owns 6 World medals, this is his first gold! His individual competition went less smooth unfortunately. Fifth in qualifications and third in the semi-final, Hancharou aborted his routine after hitting the side of the Trampoline bed. For the first time since his senior debut in 2013, the Belarusian did not stand on the individual podium in a major event.

 

High flying Ushakov

2012 Vice-Olympic Champion Dmitri Ushakov was in fine shape in Sofia. He set the standard in qualifications and the semi-final but had to settle for silver behind China’s Gao Lei in the final. Joined by Sergei Azaryan, Andrey Yudin and Mikhail Melnik, Ushakov gave the Chinese a run for their money in the team final as well, posting the highest score 62.365. Again, it was Gao Lei that bumped the Russians to the second place, with a tiny margin of less than three tenths. In synchro Ushakov paired with Andrey Yudin to clinch the bronze medal.

 

Russia’s DMT crown

The Russian Double Mini-Trampoline women arrived in Sofia looking to finally regain the World title they last won back in 2009. Dana Sadkova, Alina Khristenko, Polina Troianova and Ekaterina Zhigalova combined their efforts and easily cruised to the gold medal, keeping Great Britain behind them with a 2.700 margin. Portugal was a further point behind, claiming the bronze.

European success

Of the 13 countries that managed to jump onto the medal table, more than half of them (7!) are European! Russia equalled China for the most medals collected, although China did lead the medal table as they won more gold. Belarus rounded out the top three with two gold medals, with Great Britain in fourth. Denmark won a silver and a bronze in men’s tumbling while France, Portugal and Sweden all won one bronze medal.

 

Congratulations to all medallists!

 

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China

7

1

1

9

Russia

3

4

2

9

Belarus

2

1

1

4

Great Britain

1

3

3

7

South Africa

1

-

-

1

Japan

-

2

1

3

USA

-

2

-

2

Denmark

-

1

1

2

Australia

-

-

1

1

Canada

-

-

1

1

France

-

-

1

1

Portugal

-

-

1

1

Sweden

-

-

1

1

You can find the full results on the FIG website: https://live.fig-gymnastics.com/schedule.php?idevent=14806

 

Photos: FIG