By winning four gold medals and a total of seven event medals, the host country China soared to the top charts of the Trampoline World Cup that took place in Shanghai this past weekend.
In the women’s individual trampoline competition, Chinese trampoline gymnast Li Dan, the prevailing World Champion, proved her excellence in the sport by acquiring the gold medal with a large margin of more than two points. Her outstanding difficulty was only matched by British athlete Katherine Driscoll, who only managed to take the 5th place due to lower execution and time of flight scores.
French gymnast Lea Labrousse and Marine Jurbert, who placed 8th and 6th in the qualification rounds respectively, improved their performance in the finals to acquire the silver and bronze. While 2014 World champion and 2015 World runner-up Liu Lingling failed to finish her performance in the finals, Russian athlete Anna Kornetskaya improved her performance from placing 10th in the qualification rounds to fourth in the finals, just a bit behind the bronze medal.
U.S. athletes Dakota Earnest and Shaylee Dunavin, who placed fifth in the Women’s synchronized trampoline at the 2015 World Championships, surpassed Russia’s Susana Kochesok / Anna Kornetskaya and Chinese top qualifiers Jiang Yiqi / Zhang Ying to acquire the World Cup synchro title with 45.900 points.
In the fight between the Chinese top contenders Gao Lei, Dong Dong and Tu Xiao, it was Dong, the London Olympic champion, who dominated the men’s individual competition at the Shanghai Trampoline World Cup. Despite acquiring the top spot in the qualification rounds, Gao Lei, the reigning World champion, failed to finish his final routine and finished last.
Despite acquiring the sixth place in the qualification rounds, Tu Xiao, the 2014 World champion, failed to qualify for the finals because of the two per country rule. The Chinese star Dong, who holds three World titles in addition to his 2012 Olympic title, performed very well in the competition, improving both his execution and time of flight scores in the final, where he outscored the Russian athlete Dmitrii Ushakov, just as he did at the 2012 Olympic Games. Japanese athlete Ginaga Munetomo acquired the bronze medal.
In the Men’s Synchro, Russian pair Andrey Yudin / Dmitrii Ushakov and Chinese pair Zhou Jie / Liu Changxin failed to perform well in the final, with the Russian pair falling out of sync and the Chinese failing to complete their routine. Instead, the Poland’s pair Bartlomiej Hes / Lukasz Tomaszewski, who achieved the last spot in the qualification rounds, soared higher in the finals to achieve the top spot with a relatively low difficult (15.400) but so far the best synchronization score (18.800). They placed ahead of the Japanese pair Masaki Ito / Ginga Munetomo and American pair Aliaksei Shostak / Jeffrey Gluckstein, who acquired the silver and bronze respectively.
Chinese athletes Jia Fangfang and Zhang Luo, the 2013 World Games champions, acquired the World Cup title in Women’s and Men’s Tumbling. While Jia, who is also a three-time World champion, finished a whopping six points ahead of her opponents. Zhang scored two points ahead his compatriot, first-year senior Zhang Weiwei. The bronze medal was acquired by British athlete Greg Townley, who initially placed last in the qualification rounds.
Ashleigh Long (GBR) and Chen Lingxi (CHN) completed the podium by acquiring the silver and bronze medal in the Women’s Tumbling event.
To see the full results, you can click this link (credits to FIG).
The FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup Series will resume June 18-19 in Brescia, Italy.
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