Great Britain’s tumbling gymnasts produced a masterclass to take the women’s team world title on the first day of finals at the 2019 trampoline, tumbling and DMT World Championships in Tokyo.
In a day packed with memorable performances our women’s trampoline team and women’s double mini trampoline teams also took to the medal podium with superb silver medal winning routines.
Having dominated in qualifying our women’s tumbling team controlled the final. Reigning world silver medallist Shanice Davidson got the team of to a flying start with her routine scoring 34.400 and immediately putting the British flag on the top of the standings. Aimee Antonius held her nerve in her first senior major final to score a brilliant 34.300 with Megan Kealy performing the last routine of the whole final and nailing her landing dead to score 34.800 and seal the gold medal.
In the women’s double mini trampoline final Kim Beattie got the team off to a superb start scoring 35.400. Ruth Shevelan then stepped up and kept her nerve scoring 33.500. Last up was Kirtsy Way, her smile beamed around the arena after she stuck her landing scoring 35.600 to give Britain 104.500 for second place and have the team retain their silver medals from 2017.
The women’s trampoline team final was the last Great Britain action of the day. Laura Gallagher set the team off with a strong opening routine scoring 54.565 with Izzy Songhurst then posting a 53.765 to put Britain in the medal hunt. Bryony Page was the last up and following on from two falls from other nations, she took time to compose herself and produced under pressure. Her score of 54.490 giving the team a total of 162.820 and the silver medal behing host nation Japan
Tomorrow (Saturday) will see trampoline gymnasts Bryony Page, Laura Gallagher, Izzy Songhurst and Andrew Stamp compete in their semi-finals aiming for the top 8 and a place in the final which brings with it an Olympic place for Team GB. Then will come the women’s tumbling final which will see Britain Shanice Davidson and Megan Kealy aiming for medal glory.
The finals will be available to watch on BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website from 5.50am-10.55am.