30th November 2019
The second day of finals at the 2019 trampoline, tumbling and mini-trampoline World Championships in Tokyo saw more medal winning moments for Great Britain.
Yet again our tumbling gymnasts proved their class with Shanice Davidson retaining her world silver medal and Megan Kealy taking the bronze medal. A dramatic trampoline semi-final event also saw Laura Gallagher progress to the final and with it qualify a quota place for Tokyo 2020.
Shanice and Megan went into the individual tumbling final full of confidence having sealed world team gold yesterday. Megan was the first to compete and in her senior world final debut showed great composure scoring 69.000 for her two passes. Shanice was top ranked in the qualifying and showed her skills again in the final. Her two routines both scored 34.8 points to give her 69.600 and leave her just .300 of the top spot.
She said after: “I’m really happy to win the world silver again. I came out of the last world championship and have upgraded my runs so really pleased to have come out here and proved I can do more difficulty. I’m so proud of the whole tumbling team – we’ve shown how incredible we all are this week and there’s still the boys final to come.”
Megan added: “I’m really happy with how I performed today, its our third day of competition so I was a bit tired but managed to power through. My first individual world final and landed both my routines so really happy. Its always been a dream to win an individual world medal so it feels great.”
In the trampoline events Laura Gallagher produced a superb routine to scoring 55.350 to finish third seal her place in tomorrow’s final and qualify Team GB a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Laura said after: “It all feels a bit surreal; I feel very emotional. This has been a long journey for me, lots of missed opportunities and hard times along the way – I feel very proud of myself. To make the final is so special to me, its likely to be my last world championships and to perform under pressure and make the final is a very significant moment for me. My thoughts weren’t on Olympic qualifying for me it’s all about performing at the world championships, so it really hasn’t all sunk in yet.”
The semi-finals saw the top 24 ranked gymnasts from qualifying (three per country) perform one routine and aim for the top 8 progression to the World final.
Laura Gallagher put in a superb routine starting the second group of semi-final competitors. She looked in complete control throughout and her score of 55.350 immediately put amongst the gymnasts to beat eventually placing her in third position. The result means Team GB have a quota place secured at Tokyo 2020.
Andrew Stamp was the first British gymnast to compete. Making his senior World Championships debut Andrew has impressed and shown great composure, in his routine he has to battle to control travel across the bed but handled it well competing his ten skills to score 56.220 and finish 22nd. Isabelle Songhurst ended her routine with a huge smile that indicated just how happy she was to have completed her ten skills so well, Izzy scored an excellent 53.730 points for 10th. Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page was the last of the British gymnasts to compete. She began her routine well but towards the end starts to lose height and struggles to control her final skill and scored 52.465 for 15th. Bryony is well placed in the World Cup Series (4th) which is another qualifying route to Tokyo 2020 and a chance to make it two female gymnasts for Team GB next summer.
The final day of the championships will see Elliott Browne and Jaydon Paddock compete in the men’s tumbling final, Kirsty Way and Kim Beattie in the women’s double mini trampoline final and Laura Gallagher compete in the trampoline final.
You can watch the action on BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website from 4.50am-10.10am.