Great Britain’s tumbling gymnasts produced a masterclass to take both the men’s and women’s team world titles on the first day of finals at the 2019 Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT World Championships in Tokyo.
In a day packed with memorable performances our women’s trampoline team and women’s double mini trampoline team also took to the medal podium with superb silver medal winning routines.
Having dominated in qualifying our women’s tumbling team controlled the final. Reigning world silver medallist Shanice Davidson got the team off to a flying start with her routine scoring 34.400 and immediately putting the British flag on the top of the standings. Aimee Antonius held her nerve in her first senior major final to score a brilliant 34.300 with Megan Kealy performing the last routine of the whole final and nailing her landing dead to score 34.800 and seal the gold medal.
Megan said after: "I felt like I was really supported, everyone believed in me, the coaches believed in me. There was a lot of pressure, but I felt quite confident I could do it. We were junior European champions together in 2016 and we’ve grown up as a team together which makes this even more special."
Like the women’s team, the men went into the final with the confidence of knowing they had the ability to take the title. Kristof Willerton powered the team off to the perfect start scoring 38.800 with Elliot Browne following up with some huge skills to score a massive 39.100. Jaydon Paddock went last and nailed his pass. His celebrations alongside his teammates on seeing the score come in showed what it meant, and his routine scored 38.000 to give Britain an unbeatable 115.900 to retain their world title. The tumbling team had actually begun their day with qualifying which they topped, and which also saw Elliott Browne (ranked 2nd) and Jaydon Paddock (6th) progress to tomorrows individual tumbling final.
Jaydon Paddock described the feeling of sealing the title saying: "There was a lot of pressure for me to land. I had two endings in my head, one of them was a full twisting triple and the other one was a triple pike. Kristof was on the scores and he said ‘you just need to do the triple pike clean’. It’s very special and very different because it is my first senior championships. Definitely we were motivated and inspired by the girls taking gold just before. Once the girls had done it, we were even more determined to pull off the double gold."
In the women’s double mini trampoline final Kim Beattie got the team off to a superb start scoring 35.400. Ruth Shevelan then stepped up and kept her nerve scoring 33.500. Last up was Kirtsy Way, her smile beamed around the arena after she stuck her landing, scoring 35.600 to give Britain 104.500 for second place which meant the team retained their silver medal from 2017.
The women’s trampoline team final was the last Great Britain action of the day. Laura Gallagher set the team off with a strong opening routine scoring 54.565 with Izzy Songhurst then posting a 53.765 to put Britain in the medal hunt. Bryony Page was the last up and following on from two falls from other nations, she took time to compose herself and produced under pressure. Her score of 54.490 giving the team a total of 162.820 and the silver medal behind host nation Japan.
Britain’s men’s double mini trampoline team had earlier got the finals started. British champion Daniel was the first competitor and produced a great routine scoring 37.000 points, Oliver Paradise followed up matching Daniel's score of 37.000. With the pressure on Rhys Gray then unfortunately couldn't quite control his dismount and scored 30.800 giving the team a total of 104.800 to match their qualifying placing.
Tomorrow (Saturday) will see trampoline gymnasts Bryony Page, Laura Gallagher, Izzy Songhurst and Andrew Stamp compete in their semi-finals aiming for the top 8 and a place in the final which brings with it an Olympic place for Team GB. Then will come the women’s tumbling final which will see Britain's Shanice Davidson and Megan Kealy aiming for medal glory.
The finals will be available to watch on BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website from 5.50am-10.55am.