Canada qualifies for more double mini-trampoline finals at 2018 Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions
ST. PETERSBURG, RUS (November 16, 2018) – On Friday, the second day of competition at the 2018 FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in St. Petersburg, RUS, double mini-trampolinists Tyler Champagne of Winnipeg, MB, and Haley Nakonechni of Emerald Park, SK both advanced to their respective finals in the 17-21 age category.
19-year-old Champagne, who is competing in his first World Age Groups, (WAGs) finished the day in 6th place with a total score of 66.500. Boris Egorov of Russia took the gold with a score of 74.900, Lucas Tobias of Brazil the silver with a score of 72.100, and Lleyton Pagett of Australia the bronze with a total score of 70.700.
“I feel really good. This is my first WAGs, so I wasn’t even expecting to make finals so sixth is amazing,” said Champagne following the competition. “My first pass didn’t go to plan, but my second pass was the best I’ve ever done it so I feel great. This has been really fun – the atmosphere has been amazing.”
For Nakonechni, history repeated itself as she matched her fifth place finish from the 2016 WAGs with a total score of 63.200: “I’m happy with how I did. I stuck four passes so I’m really happy with that. I’m a little disappointed that I got fifth again, but really happy that I made it to finals.”
Cheyanna Robinson of Australia won the gold with a score of 66.400. Kellyn Euhus of the US captured the silver with a score of 65.300, and Melissa Romeril of New Zealand walked away with the bronze medal with a score of 63.600.
Canada only had one competitor in trampoline today – Liana Pinnock of Toronto who finished 27th with a total score of 88.560.
In women’s 15-16 tumbling, Emily Harrison of Oakville, ON had the best result for Canada, finishing in 11th place. Her teammate from the Oakville Gymnastics Club - Helen Dong of Mississauga, ON finished 18th, and Taylor Pillinger of Cambridge, ON who competed in DMT yesterday, finished 24th.
In men’s 15-16 tumbling, Mitchel Pedersen of Calgary, AB was the top finisher in 21st place, while Adam Stannard of Edmonton, AB finished 25th.
Saturday will feature men’s and women’s 15-16 individual trampoline and men’s and women’s 17-21 tumbling.
Follow the competition live here: https://www.youtube.com/user/trampolineru/
For all of the competition results visit: http://bit.ly/WAGC_results2018
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