The men's junior trampoline gymnasts have won Team GB's first medal on the opening day of the 2018 Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) European Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The team of Andrew Stamp, Corey Walkes, Peter Buravitskiy and Zak Perzamanos produced a number of brilliant routines for a total score of 302.515 to finish behind Belarus who took gold with Russia in bronze place.
The women's junior team of Abigail Brown, Jessica Clarke, Brodie Hove and Josephine Spring narrowly missed out on picking up a bronze medal, finishing in fourth place, just 0.295 behind Greece who took bronze.
There was also successful individual qualification for the junior gymnasts in both the men's and women's competitions as they qualified two places, the maximum number of individual places per nation, for Saturday's semi-finals, with Andrew and Corey qualifying in the men's and Jessica and Josephine in the women's.
In qualification for the men’s tumbling final, former World Champion Kristof Willerton was Britain’s top qualifier in 5th with a strong score of 75.700, and he was closely followed by Greg Townley who also qualified for Sunday’s final with a score of 74.700. With the top eight going through to the final, and only two gymnasts from each country able to qualify, Elliot Browne was unfortunate to miss out, scoring 73.100 to finish 9th. Kallum Mulhall finished just outside the top 10 with 70.000.
In the women’s tumbling Megan Kealy had two clean runs to qualify second with 68.400, with the ever-reliable Lucie Colebeck also qualifying for Sunday’s final with 67.800. Rachel Davies was also in great form, scoring 66.200 to just miss out on a final spot along with Shanice Davidson who also performed well.
Both men's and women's tumbling teams also had successful team qualification, going through to Saturday's finals in 3rd and 2nd place.
In the women’s DMT competition, Kirst Way certainly led the way, qualifying in top spot with two brilliant passes to score 67.700, and she was closely followed by teammate Ruth Shevelan who qualified second with 67.100. Caitlin O’Brien (66.700) and Phoebe Williams (65.600) were also strong in qualifying, finishing 5th and 7th respectively, but missed out on the final as only two from each national are able to qualify. The women's DMT team also impressed in team qualification, progressing through to the final in top spot.
In the men’s DMT qualification, Oliver Paradise was the sole British representive and performed well in a competitive field to finish 15th with 60.900.