The second qualification event for the Trampoline Gymnastics competition at this summer’s Olympic Games was held this friday at the North Greenwich Arena in London. After the first eight Olympic places were allocated at the World Championships in Birmingham last November, there were a further five places were on offer for the 16 male and 17 female competitors. Detailed results and pictures added.
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL TRAMPOLINE
Chinashowed why it’s dominant force in the men’s competition with Dong Dong and Lu Chunlong winning the gold and silver medals.
Dong, the leader after the preliminary round, improved on his previous score (59.675pts) to claim the gold medal with a score of 61.375pts, including an execution score of 26.30pt and an impressive difficulty of 17.1.
The battle between the Chinese men from the preliminaries continued into the final.
Chunlong, the current world champion, matched Dong on difficulty (17.1pt) and had a superior time of flight (18.065secs) but a marginally lower execution score meant he had to settle for the silver medal, just 0.21pts behind.
Masaki Ito ofJapanposted the highest time of flight in the final (18.085secs) and the second highest execution score (26.10pts). His difficulty score of 16.60pts, 0.5 lower than Chunlong and Dong, meant his final score was 60.785pts, which gave him the bronze medal.
Ito, however, was not downbeat about his performance.
He said: “I got good height and put in a good performance and am quite happy about today’s performance.”
Jason Burnett (Canada), the silver medallist at the Beijing Games in 2008, scored 58.075pts to finish in fourth place.
Blake Gaudry of Australia, who was in 6th place going into the final, scored 57.265pts (16.00pts difficulty) to end the day in 5th.
Gaudry was followed by Germany’s Henrik Stehlik (6th with 56.555pts and a 15.40 pttariff), Nuno Merino (Portugal- 7th with 56.120 ptsand a 16.60pt tariff), and Diogo Merino’s Portuguese team-mate Diogo Ganchinho scored 54.305pts to finish in 8th.
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL TRAMPOLINE
In the women’s competition, world championships silver medallist Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada went one better to claim the gold with a score of 54.52pts (15.40pt difficulty).
Andrea Lenders (Nederland), who was in 8th place after the preliminaries, rose to the challenge in the group to win the silver medal, almost 0.5pts behind MacLennan.
Lender’s routine was less difficult (14.00 pttariff), but had a better execution score (24.20 ptcompared to Mori’s 23.60pt).
MacLennan and Lenders were joined at the awards ceremony by Ana Rente (Portugal), who scored54.035 pts(14.40pt tariff) to miss out on the silver by a margin of 0.015.
Katherine Driscoll (Great Britain) gave the home crowd something to shout about, claiming the 4th spot with a score of 53.73pts and a 14.40pt difficulty), closely followed in 5th place by Galina Goncharenko ofRussia. Goncharenko, who was in 7th place after the preliminaries, scored 53.365pts with a 14.10pt degree of difficulty.
Zita Frydrychova (CzechRepublic) was 6th with 52.305pts.
In the shock of the event, world champion He Wenna, the leader after the preliminary round, appeared to be a dead cert for the gold medal but fell and was unable to finish her routine. This fall meant that Wenna finished the final in 7th with a score of 51.505pts.
Georgia’s Luba Golovina slipped four places to 8th with a score of47.645 pts(12.80 ptstariff).
Pictures by Bo TUREBY (DEN) and Damien DORNA (FRA).