Russia and Great Britain best in Baku


Russia and Great Britain best in Baku

April 14, 2018

Competition report of the third day at the Trampoline Europeans in Baku (AZE)

On the roster today in Baku’s National Gymnastics Arena were the senior team finals in Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling, the individual trampoline semi-finals for both juniors and seniors and the synchronised trampoline qualifications.

Great Britain and Russia battled it out in the senior team finals, producing nail-biting finals! Each country was allowed to use four gymnasts with the top three scores counting towards the team total. The closest call came in the men’s tumbling final. The two strongholds went head-to-head performing breath-taking skills. It all came down to the last performer, Vadim Afanasyev. The junior Vice-European Champion finished with a full-twisting triple pike to post the highest mark of this final, 39.700, allowing Russia to overtake Great Britain by 4 tenths. Denmark comfortably tumbled to bronze. In the women’s competition the roles were reversed: Great Britain beat Russia. Led respectively by Lucie Colebeck and veteran Anna Korobeynikova, the two teams produced good run, although the competition format suited the British ladies the most. Colebeck’s 36.000 topped the leader board and secured the gold for her team. The French ladies took the bronze medal. In DMT it was another tight fight, in which Russia claimed the victory, half a point ahead of their British rivals. 2016 Vice-European Champion Polina Troianova lead the field with 34.800. The Portuguese team added another medal to their collection, a bronze this time. The Russian men, led by European and World Champion Mikhail Zalomin, were truly unbeatable. Their top three scores ranged between 38.600 and 39.400, confirming their extraordinary level. Portugal took the silver, almost five points further afield while Spain claimed the bronze.

In the individual trampoline semi-finals some drama was exposed. The biggest surprise came when defending European Champion Uladzislau Hancharou landed on the blue mat, ruining his changes to advance to the final. Top qualifier Maria Makharynskaya unfortunately followed suit just a minute later. France’ Allan Morante outscored Russia’s Dmitri Ushakov for the top position going into tomorrow’s final with Mikita Ilyinykh (BLR) in third place. This semi-final produced a copy of the final podium two years ago: Yana Pavlova (RUS) leads, Hanna Hancharova (BLR) in second and Great Britain’s Kat Driscoll in third!

All individual finals will be held tomorrow!

Find the full results on our website!