With two days of qualifying complete, Great Britain have progressed numerous gymnasts to the next stages of the 2018 trampoline, tumbling and DMT World Championships.
Competing in front of a spectacular painted cityscape of St Petersburg, the British gymnasts impressed and have made it to five finals (top 8) in double-mini trampoline and tumbling and we have four gymnasts in the trampoline semi-finals (top 24).
In women’s tumbling British champion Rachel Davies scored 67.200 to qualify for the final in 4th with teammate Shanice Davidson in 5th scoring 67.100. Megan Kealy also impressed scoring 66.900 to finish 6th but due to the ‘two per country’ in the final rule unfortunately misses out. Our men were in fantastic form with Elliott Browne excelling in his two passes to score 75.600 for second spot and teammate Kristof Willerton joining him in the final scoring 74.800 to place 5th. Dominic Mensah was superb to finish in 8th (71.400) and again miss out on the two per country ruling with William Breslin in 21st.
Rhys Gray safely navigated his way through the men’s DMT qualification with a score of 73.500 for his two passes to place him 5th ahead of tomorrow’s final; Ryan Devine placed in 22nd. In the women’s DMT qualifying we missed out on any top 8 finishes with Bethany Williamson 16th, Kim Beattie 18th, Kirsty Way 23rd and Caitlin O’Brien in 26th.
The trampoline gymnasts have a slightly different format of competition whereby they first qualify for the top 24 semi-finals from which the top 8 then progress to the final with both these events taking place on Saturday.
In the women’s qualifying Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page made a welcome to return to major championships action scoring 103.065 for her two routines to place in 6th with fellow Rio Olympian Kat Driscoll scoring 101.865 to also comfortably progress in 9th; Laura Gallagher placed 30th. In the men’s event Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong both eased their way in to the semi-finals with Nathan placing in 9th (110.795) and Luke in 12th (110.080).
The finals begin for us tomorrow with the men’s DMT and women’s tumbling, you can watch these live on the BBC Sport website here from 1pm.