The GB women’s tumbling team Yasmin Taite, Lucie Colebeck, Ashleigh Long and Rachel Davies have won World Championship team silver in Sofia. The team scored a total of 99.900 points for their three final routines to take their place on podium alongside China (103.400) and France (99.100). Our women’s trampoline team also produced a superb performance to take World Championship bronze. Kat Driscoll, Laura Gallagher and Izzy Songhurst all put in brilliant displays under pressure to give the team a total of 163.810 points for third place behind Belarus and China.
The women’s tumbling team final was fast paced and high pressure with three of the four strong team competing and every score counting. Yasmin Taite ensured Britain got off to a great start in the women’s tumbling final with a confident first pass scoring the team 34.100 marks. Rachel Davies continued the form with a strong routine scoring 33.400. Lucie Colebeck was last up knowing she needed to keep her nerve to secure the medal, she had to fight hard to keep momentum through her tumbles but did so and landed well to score 32.400 and confirm the World silver medal, matching their result from 2015.
Lucie Colebeck said afterwards “I definitely felt the pressure going last up! It’s fair to say we weren’t at our very best today but we stuck together and made sure we fought through every routine for each other. That’s the key in a final, making sure you do everything you can to complete your routine and post a score. We’re all really happy to have won the first medal for Britain at these World Championships.”
Laura Gallagher posted a superb first routine in the women’s trampoline final, scoring 55.365 for her near perfect performance to get the team off to the strongest of starts. This is Izzy Songhurst’s first senior major championships but she showed no sign of nerves completing her routine well for an impressive 53.715 points. Kat Driscoll was the last up and in her 9th World Championships and she used all of her experience to produce a great routine under pressure scoring 54.750 to give Great Britain a team total of 163.810 points for bronze.
Kat Driscoll said after: “It’s very emotional, at one point I wasn’t even sure I’d continue my career after Rio and now I’m here at another World Championships. I’m so proud to have won this medal with these girls. Having only three in the team adds pressure and every one of us has stood up to that and performed. Izzy has been incredible and in her first senior Worlds and Laura has shown again how good she is. The medal is testament to the GB trampoline programme and all the hard work that goes on back at Lilleshall with the support of our coaches, British Gymnastics and our EIS support staff.”
Earlier in the men's DMT final Andrew Houston was first up for GB, he got a bit too much power off his dismount putting him out of the red landing zone but controlled his landing well to score 34.200. Daniel Berridge followed in impressive fashion scoring 36.400. Benjamin Atkins went even better with the last pass landing dead on the red zone and scoring 36.700 to give a team total of 107.300 for 5th place.
The finals continue on Saturday with British gymnasts competing in the women’s DMT team final, tumbling men’s team final, individual women’s tumbling final (Lucie Colebeck), individual men’s DMT final (Andrew Houston) and the men’s synchronized trampoline final (Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong).