Aussie Men clinch Trampoline World Championships bronze
13 November 2017
GYMNASTICS: Australia's Trampoline team has wrapped up a successful campaign at the 32nd FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria overnight, topped off by the Men's Double Mini Trampoline (DMT) team taking home the Bronze Medal.
Australia had a strong showing across both the Men’s and Women’s divisions in the DMT competition, with both genders having their Teams as well as individual athletes advance to the Finals. In the Men’s Qualifications, the Australian boys advanced to the five-team Final in second position with a combined score of 215.200, whilst Dominic Clarke (NSW) advanced to the Men’s Individual Final, after finishing ranked 5th overall with a combined score of 73.100.
The Aussie boys carried their strong performance from Qualifications into the Team Final, with the team of Clarke, along with Jack Petrie (WA), Ryan Hatfield (VIC) and Jarrod Spear (QLD), combining to take home the Bronze Medal with a total score of 107.600. The boys hit six out of six passes in the Team Final, to stand on the podium along with gymnastics powerhouse nations, Russia (first with 114.600) and the USA (second with 107.600).
Unfortunately Clarke could not take his momentum into the Individual Final, finishing in eighth position with a total score of 55.700.
The Aussie women had an equally consistent competition in their DMT Qualifications, with the team of Braida Thomas (QLD), Kira Ward and Amy Lewis (both NSW) qualifying for the Final in 2nd position with a score of 203.300. Thomas also progressed to the Individual Final, qualifying in eighth position.
Despite another clean competition, unfortunately the Aussie girls couldn’t hold onto a podium position in the Team Final, finishing in fourth position with a total score of 99.800 behind Russia (104.900), Great Britain (102.200) and Portugal (101.100). However in the Individual Final, Thomas upped her game and jumped four positions - from qualifying in eighth position to finishing in fourth position – with a total score of 67.000 – just 0.2 off the Bronze Medal.
On the final day of competition in Sofia our Trampolinists were back in action, in the Finals for both the Individual and Synchronised Trampoline events.
In the Individual Trampoline competition, Blake Rutherford (NSW) and Eva Kierath (WA) represented Australia in the Men’s and Women’s Semi Finals respectively. Rutherford put in a strong showing, posting a score of 58.530 in his Semi Final routine, to finish ranked 14th overall, however unfortunately short of making the eight-man Final.
Despite Kierath’s voluntary routine in Qualifications being the routine with the highest difficulty of any other woman’s routine throughout the entire World Championships (including in the Final), unfortunately a fall in the Semi Finals quashed her changes of advancing to the Final, and Kierath finished ranked 22nd with a score of 27.895.
In the Synchronised Trampoline Finals, Rutherford combined with Tasmania's Jack Penny to represent Australia in the Men's event. Despite a clean run in the Qualifications, unfortunately a fall brought their Finals campaign undone, and the duo finished in eighth position with a score of 15.400.