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Russia, China divide day one of qualification at Trampoline Worlds

Publication date : 07/11/2018

With the top athletes on two events each, Russia and China divided day one of qualification Wednesday as competition began at the 2018 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Saint Petersburg (RUS).

The first of two days of qualification saw competition in men's and women's Individual Trampoline, men's Double Mini-trampoline, and women's Tumbling.

The top eight gymnasts each in the Tumbling and Double Mini events advance to Friday's finals, with a limit of two per country in any final. The top 24 individuals each in men's and women's Trampoline advance to the semi-finals on Saturday, to be followed later that day by the finals.

In addition to qualification for the later medal rounds for individuals, the top routine for each event per nation counts toward the new combined team final making its debut in Saint Petersburg. The top five teams will compete in Thursday's team final. (For more about the new combined team competition, click here.)

Zalomin, Pavlova lead host team

The host Russians took the top two spots on men's Double Mini. Defending world champion Mikhail Zalomin led qualification with 76.300, topping teammate Vasilii Makarskii. Alejandro Bernárdez (ESP) qualified third.

In women's Individual Trampoline, 2017-18 World Cup series champion Yana Pavlova outbounced the field, scoring 107.180 to top China's Zhu Xueying and Liu Lingling. Two-time Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan (CAN) qualified fifth to the semi-final over Rio Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page (GBR).

Gao, Jia launch Chinese challenge

Defending world champion Gao Lei (CHN) led qualification to the semi-final for Men's Individual Trampoline. Gao, the bronze medallist from Rio, took the top mark of the day with 114.700. Dmitrii Ushakov (RUS), the silver medallist from last year's world championships and the 2012 Olympics, qualified second over 2016 Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou (BLR) and three-time Olympic medallist Dong Dong (CHN).

Eight-time world champion Jia Fangfang (CHN) was the top female tumbler, scoring 71.600 to qualify first over Tachina Peeters (BEL) and Viktoriia Danilenko (RUS). Danilenko matched Jia for the high score on the first tumbling pass, 34.800.

Qualification concludes Thursday with Synchronised Trampoline for men and women, women's Double Mini-trampoline and men's Tumbling, followed by the combined team final in the evening.