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FINALS DAY 1
FINALS DAY 2
FINALS DAY 3
Gao Lei (CHN)
GAO LEI, THE NEW PRINCE OF TRAMPOLINE
With nine months to go before the start of the Rio Games, youth has taken over. After years in the shadows of teammates Dong Dong, the 2012 Olympic champion, and Tu Xiao, the 2014 World champion, Gao Lei finally stepped into the light in Denmark, adding his name to the list of World champions. Given his domination of the World Cup competitions earlier in the season, Gao’s rise was not totally unexpected. Still, his final routine, containing six triple saltos, was a fitting coronation.
For the first time in 10 years, China did not monopolise first and second place. Behind Gao Lei, Belarus’s Uladzislau Hancharou affirmed his status as challenger for the Olympic crown. His silver medal, won three days shy of his 20th birthday, was a nice upgrade from the bronze he won in 2014. Excellence in Execution and Time of Flight helped Russia’s Andrey Yudin, also just 19, earn the bronze.
Li Dan (CHN)
LI DAN RETURNS
TO THE TOP
Five years after taking her first World individual title in 2010, China’s Li Dan is once again queen of the Trampoline. The 27-year-old delivered an ambitious but dainty exercise in the finals to take gold. 2014 World champion Liu Lingling performed a less difficult but no less eye-catching routine, remaining consistent for silver. Thirty-four-year-old Tatsiana Piatrenia (BLR) displaced 2012 Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan (CAN) to earn bronze, her first individual World medal after a dozen years on the international circuit.
Tu Xiao, Dong Dong (CHN)
GOLDEN REDEMPTION FOR DONG AND TU
Disappointed by not qualifying to the Men’s Individual finals, Dong Dong and Tu Xiao took a joint revenge, winning their fourth World Men’s Synchro title in five years and writing another golden chapter in their long and fruitful partnership.
Faced with the textbook performance by Dong and Tu, top qualifiers Sergei Azarian and Mikhail Melnik (RUS) cracked, allowing Uladzislau Hancharou and Mikalai Kazak (BLR) to jump off with silver for the second straight year. France, meanwhile, rejoiced with Sebastien Martiny and Allan Morante, who took bronze.
Zhong Xingping, Li Dan (CHN)
DOUBLE GOLD FOR ZHONG AND LI
With the routine judged the most daring and most polished, Zhong Xingping and Li Dan rose easily above their competition in Women’s Synchro finals. Already golden in 2009 and after silver in 2013, Zhong and Li kept the World title, won by Liu Lingling and Li Meng in 2014, under the Chinese flag. The elegant Belarussian duo Tatsiana Piatrenia and Hanna Harchonak took silver for the second consecutive year, while Ukraine’s Maryna Kyiko and Nataliia Moskvina demonstrated excellent Synchronisation to earn bronze.
Men’s Trampoline Team
Team podium: China, Russia and Belarus
The last time the Russians won the Men’s Team title in Trampoline was back in 2001, also the last time the World Championships were held in Odense. So Odense must be a lucky city for Russians: By a hair – or more precisely, by 0.04 - the Russian team (Sergei Azarian, Andrey Yudin, Dmitri Ushakov and Mikhail Melnik) managed what had seemed unthinkable the day before: depriving the formidable Chinese team of gold.
Even more so than for the Russians, first place appeared to be in Japan's grasp, but a fall from the team’s anchor ended their dream of winning. Belarus, led by young star Uladzislau Hancharou and veteran Mikalai Kazak, leapt to the occasion to take bronze.
Women’s Trampoline Team
Team podium: Belarus, China and Russia
CHINA TAKES BACK A TITLE
Hailed as high favorites going into the final, the Chinese women didn’t falter. By the time Liu Lingling stepped up as the last competitor to perform, all she had to do was complete her routine to assure China the gold. As He Wenna and Li Dan had done before her, 2014 World champion Liu performed flawlessly, bringing the title back to China four years after its previous victory.
Belarus, third in 2013, moved up a spot in the rankings after falls from Great Britain and Canada took them out of contention. Russia, meanwhile, claimed its first World medal in women’s team competition since 2009.