World medals for seven European nations

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World medals for seven European nations

November 14, 2018

Highlights of the 33rd Trampoline World Championships in St Petersburg (RUS)

The world’s best senior gymnasts competed in individual and synchronised Trampoline, Double Mini-Trampoline and Tumbling last week in the Russian city of St Petersburg.

Enjoy our highlights … in no particular order!

 

The DMT machine finally strikes gold

Known as the ‘DMT machine’ for her record-breaking difficulty, 2016 European Champion Lina Sjoeberg (SWE) performed the most difficult passes of the women's Double Mini-Trampoline final, becoming the first Swedish gymnast to take a world title at the Trampoline World Championships. After winning bronze twice, the Swedish star was delighted with gold: "Finally! The third time's the charm!"

Junior Champion ready to take on the world

Her talent written in the stars, the 2016 and 2018 junior European Champion and 2017 World age Group Champion, Melania Rodríguez (ESP) qualified in first place to the Double Mini-Trampoline final in which she finished second behind Sjoeberg. At just 17 however, Rodriguez was just as happy to win silver, claiming the first medal for Spain in this event. "I am super happy," she said. "To get a silver medal at the world championships is amazing. I'm completely surprised because it's my first World Championships."

 

A new tumbling king

Continuing the tradition of great Russian tumblers, European bronze medallist Vadim Afanasev was crowned king of men's Tumbling with two incredible passes for 79.200. After a first pass of two double straights to triple pike, he nearly stuck his spectacular full-full straight to a full-in triple pike."I feel great and I am really enjoying my victory," Afanasev said.

 

Zalomin claims DMT World title N° 4

Russia’s Mikhail Zalomin stuck both his difficult passes to successfully defend his Double Mini-Trampoline world title, his fourth individual gold since 2013: "I came here with the specific goal of getting the gold medal to defend my world title and I achieved my goal." Teammate and reigning European Champion Vasilii Makarskii lost the silver medal after being penalised for repeating the same pass he had shown in qualification. 

 

Great Britain tumbles to double silver

The tumblers from Great Britain continued to show their strength. Shanice Davidson powered her way to the world silver medal with two superb tumbling passes under pressure in the final to score 69.500 points, staying behind five-time World Champion Jia Fangfang (CHN): “I’m speechless, I really can’t believe it. I’m so happy with how I performed in my first senior worlds. I don’t look at the scoreboard when the competitions going on so to see I was in silver at the end was incredible. I really don’t know how to react - it doesn’t feel real. It gives me a massive amount of confidence and I’ll keep on working on my difficulty and hopefully be back again next year for more.”

Compatriot Elliott Browne upgraded from bronze in 2017 to silver this year: “It feels amazing! It’s been a bit of a rocky road coming here but training in St Petersburg has gone really well. I compete the same two routines from the British championships. I was really happy with both my passes, I was nervous for the first run and for the second I had to work towards the end but I’m so happy. It’s hard to some up how I feel having this medal – it’s amazing”.

 

Three bronze medals for the hosts

Adding to the two World titles won by the host nation, Russia, were three bronze medals for Yana Pavlova, Andrey Yudin and Viktoria Danilenko!

Reigning European Champion Yana Pavlova was delighted to win bronze in the individual trampoline final, her first individual medal in her fifth world championships: "There was some disappointment since we were ready to win the team gold medal, but many people made mistakes. But now I feel good because it's an individual bronze medal and I'm glad to have it.”

Compatriot Andrey Yudin also claimed bronze, in the men’s trampoline final, outscoring 2016 Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou (BLR) for a place on the podium. "My goal was to get into the final," he explained, "and so I tried to just do a stable routine but made my combinations, so I could get to the final and have a chance at a medal and it worked. Right now, I feel good. I am a little disappointed, but I'm glad I made my combination and won a medal."

Viktoria Danilenko also claimed bronze, in the women’s tumbling final.

 

Hancharou and Rabtsau in sync again for gold, upgrade for Morante and Martiny

Uladzislau Hancharou, the 2016 Olympic champion, and partner Aleh Rabtsau defended their men's Synchro title from 2017. Second in qualification, the Belarusian pair scored 52.510 for first place. Allan Morante and Sébastien Martiny (FRA), the bronze medallists in 2015, were delighted to move up to silver in Saint Petersburg: "This is our best performance since we have been competing in Synchro together. We have never performed a routine of that level before. We are very, very, very happy with what we achieved today." 

 

Portugal proudly jump to team silver

In the newly established team all-around final, in which the scores of all 4 disciplines are combined, Portugal proudly claimed the silver medal behind China and edging Canada.

 

An incredibly varied medal table

An astonishing number of countries -14!- returned home with medals, including 7 European nations!

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

China

3

2

1

6

Russia

2

-

3

5

Canada

1

1

1

3

Belarus

1

-

-

1

Japan

1

-

-

1

Sweden

1

-

-

1

Great Britain

-

2

-

2

USA

-

1

1

2

France

-

1

-

1

Portugal

-

1

-

1

Spain

-

1

-

1

Argentina

-

-

1

1

Australia

-

-

1

1

Mexico

-

-

1

1

 

Congratulations to all participants, medallists, coaches and judges! The next Trampoline World Championships will be held in Tokyo (JPN) from 28 November to 1 December 2019.

Find the full results on the FIG website: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=15408