Méthot and Milette qualify for synchronized trampoline finals at World Championships
SOFIA, BUL (November 10, 2017) – Sophiane Méthot of La Prairie, QC and Sarah Milette of Longueuil, QC laid down two successful routines on Friday at the 2017 FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships to advance to the finals in women’s synchronized trampoline while the women’s double mini-trampoline team also advanced to the finals.
Méthot and Milette finished their two routines with a total score of 86.300, qualifying them to the finals in the eighth and final spot.
“We trained hard all year to perform good synchro routines so it was great to have good routines here,” said Milette, who together with Méthot are attending their first World Championships. “Our objective was to reach the finals.”
The other Canadian synchronized pair, Samantha Smith and Rachel Tam of Toronto, ON did not compete in the event due to an ankle sprain experienced by Tam in her training leading into the competition.
In double mini-trampoline, the Canadian women hit all of their passes and together qualified for the team finals in fourth place. The team will be looking to stand on the podium in the finals having won gold at the World Championships in 2015. Team members include Jordyn Miller-Burko of Toronto, ON, Karine Dufour of Laval, QC, and Danielle Grieve of Regina, SK.
“I’m really happy with the team qualifying for the team finals because with only three athletes, there wasn’t any margin of error,” said Dufour, the lone returning member from Canada’s 2015 team. “We’re in form and we’re going to give our everything in the team finals.”
Miller-Burko was the top ranked individual Canadian and finished in ninth place with a score of 68.100, putting her as the first reserve for finals should there be an injury or a scratch.
Dufour improved her personal best ranking at the World Championships, finishing 18th overall, while Grieve, the newest senior national team member, finished 20th.
In the men’s double mini-trampoline competition, Jon Schwaiger of Ancaster, ON and Mark Armstrong of Airdrie, AB, finished 14th and 29th respectively. Russian Mikhail Zalomin, the 2015 World Championships and 2017 World Games gold medallist, finished first in the qualifiers, completing his two double mini passes for a nearly two point lead ahead of the next competitor.
In the women’s individual trampoline team final, Smith of Toronto, ON performed a strong routine scoring 55.420 points, 1.440 higher than her optional in the preliminary round. Despite the strong routines, Smith and teammates Méthot, and Milette finished fifth overall.
“We’re a young team so we can be happy qualifying for team finals and finishing 30 skills,” said Smith of the team’s performance.
Saturday will see Canadians compete in the women’s synchronized trampoline final and women’s double mini-trampoline team final. While on Sunday, trampoline semi-finals and finals will close out the championships.
For full World Championship results and detailed schedule, click here.
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