The 32nd Trampoline and Tumbling World Championships concluded after days of thrills and a few unexpected spills which made for an exciting event.
All things being equal, the 25th World Age Group Competition is set to follow suit.
More than 900 junior gymnasts from 43 different federations compete at the Arena Armeec in Sofia, Bulgaria with the simple aim of following in the footsteps of their role models, including four-time Olympian Tatsiana Piatrenia, who won her first individual gold, or the Great Britain men’s tumbling team, who can now call themselves the world championships.
And this event is not for the well-established federations – Slovenia have entered three gymnasts in individual trampoline for the first time.
The first day of competition saw the 11-12 age group compete in the individual trampoline, the 13-14s in the tumbling, the 15-16s on the DMT and the 17-21 performing in the synchro.
Great Britain secure a 1-2 in the 11-12 boys event, with Ryan Brown pipping his team-mate Tyler Cole-Dyer to win the title.
In the competitive final, five of the eight competitors performed routines with a difficulty value of 11.2 and scored over 16.5 for execution, which mean that time of flight and the new measure of horizontal displacement were the difference makers.
Brown, who went into the final in 2nd place, scored 53.05, with Cole-Dyer close behind.
The battles continued for the bronze medal. Japan’s Kenta Terasawa, who entered the final in 6th place, climbed three places to claim the medal with a score of 51.6.
But a mere 0.01 behind in 4th place was Dmitrii Nartov of Russia.
In the girls’ event, the four members of the Russian team were in the hunt for the podium places.
And they went on to make a clean sweep of the top four positions.
Anzhela Bladtceva came out on top after performing a routine with a difficulty of 12.1 to finish with a score of 52.6730 and the world title.
The silver medal was won by Anna Makoeeva with a score of 51.890.
Nartalia Blokhina and Violetta Karpova finish in 3rd and 4th respectively with the same score, 50.950.
A few weeks ago this would have meant that they would have shared the bronze medal, but the recent introduction of tie-break rules meant that Karpova slipped down one place due to Blokhina’s higher execution score.
Darja Ovcaruka of Latvia finished in 5th place, with Eliuf Colak of Turkey in 6th. Josephine Spring of Great Britain, who qualified for the final in 3rd, was 7th and Georgia’s Mariam Ragimovi 8th.
In the 15-16 age groups, it was as case of anything you can do, we can do too – as Russia’s boys team emulated their 11-12 trampoline girls team and took a clean sweep of the medals.
Mikhail Iurev led the way with a score of 74.9, followed by Anton Tsitsarev in 2nd and Ivan Akimtsev 3rd.
Only 0.6 was the difference between a place on the podium and 5th place.
Henrique Moreira of Portugal scored 67.7 to move up from 8th following the qualifications to finish 0.2 away from the bronze medal in 4th.
Liam Christie of Australia was a further 0.4 behind in5th.
Great Britain’s Fraser Mcleod gained on place from qualifications to finish the competition in 6th, with Robert Vilarasau of Spain and Filipp Poliakov in 7th and 8th respectively,
The girls’ event saw Spain at the top of the podium for the first time of these championships.
Following a close competition, which saw the top three girls all receive the same score for their first pass, Melania Rodriguez take the gold medal with a total score of 69.5.
Kiley Lockett of the USA performed two solid passes to win the silver medal, with a score 69.1, while Russia’s Aleksandra Bonartseva completing the podium.
The remaining positions alternated between the USA and Russia.
Kayttie Nakamura of the USA was 0.1 behind Bonartseva in 4th, followed by Daria Solkina (Russia) 5th, Sydney Senter (USA) 6th and Zlata Cherniavskaia in 7th.
Russia’s Elizaveta Galtsova finished 8th.
More to follow…