The British gymnasts put in a brilliant display to qualify for numerous finals on the opening day of the 2017 trampoline, tumbling and double mini trampoline World Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The GB trampoline gymnasts posted a perfect qualifying day with Kat Driscoll (5th), Laura Gallagher (7th), Izzy Songhurst (16th), Nathan Bailey (12th) and Luke Strong (16th) all successfully making it through to the weekends semi-finals whilst the women also qualify as a team for tomorrows team final.
Our tumbling gymnasts also shone. The men’s team, Kristof Willerton, Elliott Browne, Greg Townley and Kalum Mulhall are in to the team finals after placing third in qualifying with 2015 World champion Kristof making the individual final qualifying in 5th along with Elliot Browne in 8th.
Our women’s team of Lucie Colebeck, Rachel Davies, Yasmin Taite and Ashleigh Long are in to their team final placing third with Lucie qualifying to the individual final in 8th place.
Laura Gallagher was the first to compete for Britain in the women’s trampoline qualifying. Her opening set routine was tidily performed for a score of 48.125. Her second ‘voluntary’ routine was even stronger giving her 54.890 points for an impressive total of 103.015. Senior major championship debutant Isabelle Songhurst looked confident with her first routine scoring 47.005 points, she followed it up with 54.490 for her second routine giving her a total of 101.495. Kat Driscoll, competing in her ninth World Championship, showed her class with her opening routine scoring 48.200. She followed up in equally impressive fashion scoring 55.385 for her second routine, a total score of 103.585 amongst the best of the qualifiers.
Rio Olympian Nathan Bailey and British champion Luke Strong were our men’s trampoline gymnasts focussed on individual qualifying. Both put in impressive performances, Luke scoring 51.225 points for his first “set” routines and 59.600 for his second routine, a total of 110.825 points. Nathan scoring 52.095 and 59.205 for a total of 111.300 points; seeing them both comfortably in to the top 24 and the semi-finals.
In the tumbling women’s qualifying the GB girls safely made it through to the team final qualifying in third place behind Russia and China with Lucie Colebeck progressing to the individual final. Ashleigh Long was our first gymnast to compete scoring 31.600 for her first tumbling pass with the second twisting run scoring 30.600 to give her a total of 62.200 points. Yasmin Taite then scored 32.900 and 30.400 for her two tumbling runs totalling 63.300 marks. Rachel Davies impressed with her first pass to score 33.300 points and was equally accurate with her twisting pass scoring her 32 for a total of 65.300. 2017 World Games bronze medallist Lucie Colebeck fought well in her opening pass to complete her routine for a score 33.200 marks, her second pass scored her 32.100 for a total of 65.300 matching Rachel. Lucie progressed to the final on the tie-break rule as her execution scores were higher.
Our tumbling men put in strong performance to also comfortably make it to the final. Greg Townley was first up scoring 34.100 for his opening pass and after a long wait 37.500 for his second run for a total of 71.600 points. World Games gymnast Elliott Browne scored 34.800 for his first pass and 37.900 for his second giving him a great score72.700, whilst Kallum Mulhall impressed on his senior major debut with 34.800 and 36.500 to score 71.300. Last up was Kristof Willerton who was crowned World Champion in Sofia back in 2013. He showed his talent again in qualifying here scoring 38 and 35.100 for 73.100 points.
The championship continues on Friday with the synchronized trampoline and DMT qualifying followed by the trampoline team finals, DMT men’s final and women’s tumbling final. The finals will be shown live on the BBC Sport website from 4pm.