32 new champions crowned as FIG Trampoline World Age Group competitions draw to a close20/11/2014
32 titles. Four age groups. Ten golden nations. The 23rd World Age Group competitions in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach (USA) this past week were scene of controlled chaos last week as more than 500 age group competitors, Trampoline's stars of tomorrow, went head to head for international glory.
Thirty-two new champions of Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline were coronated at the World Age Group competitions last week in Daytona Beach (USA).
With seven titles apiece, Russia and the host country United States were the most successful nations at the World Age Group competitions, which began just after the 30th edition of the World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships ended. Nowehere was the host country's Trampoline prowess more evident than in the Double Mini categroycategory, where the U.S. swept the Age Group titles in Women's Double Mini (Sydney Senter, in the 11-12-year-old age group, Alyssa Oh in 13-14, Paige Howard in 15-16 and Christina Webster in 17-18 were all victorious).
Russia took two titles in Men's Double Mini (from Mikhail Iurev in the 13-14 age division and Vladimir Chechushkov in 17-18), while Andres Martinez (ESP) gave his country its sole gold of the Age Group competition in the 11-12 age group category. Among 15-16-year-olds, Portugal's Luis Poeiras prevailed.
Belarus, always a challenger for medals, won two of its three golds in Synchronised Trampoline, with Matsvei Arlou and Sebastsyan Stankevich and Mikita Fomchanku and Anton Shaiko winning the 11-12 and 13-14 age categories, respectively. Belarus scored a third gold in the Women's Individual Trampoline category from Palina Mankevich among 13-14-year-olds.
Britain, which has won multiple medals in Tumbling at the past two senior World Championships, demonstrated the strength of its younger reserves by winning five of the eight Age Group titles in Daytona. Perhaps inspired by Rachael Letsche's surprise victory in Women's Tumbling at the senior level, Rachel Davies (15-16) and Ashleigh Long (17-18) won their categories, while William Cowen (11-12), Christopher Marfell (13-14) and Elliott Browne (17-18) each earned victories in their specialties, giving Britain five golds in Tumbling alone. Isabelle Songhurst would add a sixth in Women's Individual Trampoline (15-16). Meanwhile, Eve Doudican (USA, 11-12) and Gretchen Schultz (USA, 13-14) mopped up the other golds in Women's Tumbling. Aleksandr Lisitsyn (RUS) rounded out the Men's Tumbling category with gold in the 15-16 division.
The depth of the Russian team was evident in both the senior and Age Group levels in Daytona, with Igor Baykov and Vera Beliankova winning gold in Individual Trampoline among 11-12-year olds, as well as Dmitriy Zenkin's victory among the 17-18-year-old men. But no one country dominated in either Individual or Synchronised Trampoline; rather, gymnasts from nine different countries wound up topping the podiums in Daytona. Germany's Silvia Muellen was the top gymnast in Women's Individual Tramopoline (17-18), while Japan's Hiroto Unno (13-14) and Mexico's Daniel Espinoza (15-16) won the titles in their age groups in Men's Individual. The talented Unno, born in 2000, also paired with Shinya Nagata to take the Men's Synchro title in the 17-18 age group, making him the only double gold medallist of the competition.
Meanwhile, France claimed its sole gold medal of the competition on a hit performance from Alan Bouattou and Julian Chartier in the 15-16 category in Men's Synchro. Four different countries claimed gold in Women's Synchro, with Daria Nazukova and Ekaterina Fetkulina (RUS) winning 11-12, Jessica Jane Stevens and Virginia Hansen (USA) 13-14, Ana Gomes and Mariana Carvalho (POR) 15-16 and Aileen Roesler and Mona Weiler (GER) the 17-18 division.
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