British and European Champion Lucie Colebeck impressed in the individual women’s tumbling final after two difficult and well executed passes to score 69.100 and break up the talented Chinese pair who finished in gold and bronze. Lucie could not hold back her emotions and broke out into tears immediately after her second pass showing the amount of dedication and passion our athletes have for our sport. Also competing in the final with Lucie, was first year senior gymnast and youngest member of the team, Rachel Davies who competed excellently with two clean passes to score 67.000 and finish in 5th place, showing great promise for the future.
Lucie told us after: “It’s really overwhelming, especially going through the twisting block I had and actually competing it which was a bit of a shock to me, I still can’t believe it but I’m really chuffed with myself! My aim was to come out here and do a twisting run and do well for the team, I’ve done that so today was just a bonus and obviously it’s paid off so I’m really really pleased!”
Great Britain also excelled in the women’s double-mini trampoline team final taking the silver medal. First year senior gymnast Kirsty Way was up first with a clean pass and just a pace forwards scoring 34.800 to get the team off to a strong start. Next up, also a first year senior, Sapphire Dallard held her nerve with a well-executed pass to score 34.100 and keep GB well in the mix for the medals. Experienced team member and 2014 individual world silver medallist Nicole Short performed last for the team. Nicole kept herself busy listening to music whilst the other countries performed and this composure and focus paid off as she held her nerve to score 34.500 and secure GB the team silver medal with a total of 103.400, 0.4 ahead of the USA in bronze and only 0.5 behind Canada in gold.
Kirsty said after: “I’m so happy it was not expected at all! It was less pressure to go first but at the same time we’ve all got to hit our passes so every pass was important and I’m just so proud of the girls!”
Sapphire added: “I’m feeling great; I’m so pleased with our results. My pass was solid so I was really happy but overall we worked together as a team and kept each other motivated throughout which is really important!”
Nicole was thrilled with the team’s efforts: “I’m really pleased; it’s Kirsty and Sapphire’s first World Championships so I am absolutely made up with the result. We hoped we could do it so it’s really nice to actually come away with a medal.”
In the men’s tumbling team final, Great Britain faced some extremely tough competition. Mike Barnes performed first for the team and completed a strong, clean run for 34.300. He was then followed by first year senior gymnast Elliot Browne, who posted another strong score of 36.900 for a solid tumble with just a pace back on landing. At this point the team were only 0.7 behind USA who were sitting in the bronze medal position. 2013 World Champion Kristof Willerton was up last and performed an incredible run to score 38.700 managing to close the gap on the USA. However it wasn’t quite enough with the team ending up in 4th, losing the bronze medal by just 0.1 to the USA to finish in 4th with China taking gold and Russia the bronze.
The championships conclude tomorrow with GB represented in the trampoline men’s and women’s semi-finals where the all-important Rio Olympic qualification will be decided as our gymnasts hope to make the finals later on in the evening. We also see Kirsof Willerton in the men’s tumbling final and the Nicole Short in the women’s DMT final. Read the competition schedule here.