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Great Britain win three tumbling medals at World Championships

Great Britain win three tumbling medals at World Championships
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Great Britain take home another four medals at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, including a tumbling silver for Megan Kealy.

Great Britain continued to dazzle in front of the Birmingham crowd with another four medals at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships on Saturday.

The host nation had already scooped a quartet of podium finishes in Friday's team finals, which included world titles for the women's tumbling and double-mini teams.

Saturday's individual finals saw eight gymnasts compete in one competition, before the highest four scorers advanced to a second final with medals on the line.

Megan Kealy formed a part of GB's successful female tumbling troupe on Friday, and the 23-year-old took home an individual silver medal from the women's tumbling final with a total score of 25.800 in her second run.

Kealy completed a full-twisting double straight somersault in the middle of her routine - known as a transition - before only taking one small step on her full-twisting double pike dismount to finish as runner-up to France's Candy Briere-Vetillard, who scored 26.000 to take the gold.

In addition, Kealy's compatriot Saskia Servini joined her on the podium with a bronze medal, completing the same complex elements but posting a slightly lower score of 25.300 as Kealy outgunned her on execution.

In the second men's tumbling final - which 2013 world champion Kristof Willerton failed to qualify for - Birmingham native Jaydon Paddock was almost overcome by emotion as he sneaked into the medals with a score of 27.800, good enough for bronze as he nailed a triple piked back somersault dismount.

However, the Briton was significantly down on difficulty compared to Azerbaijan's Mikhail Malkin, who scored 31.100 to win his first individual world title, while the USA's Kaden Brown clinched silver with 30.100.

A second bronze medal came the way of Great Britain's male trampoline team, as Andrew Stamp, Zak Perzamanos and Corey Walkes finished below world champions France and silver medallists Spain.

GB were also represented in both double-mini finals, where Omo Aikeremiokha placed fifth in the first rotation to miss out on a place in the medals event, as the USA's Ruben Padilla scored 30.600 to defend his world title.

Molly McKenna and Ruth Shevelan - who won team gold on Saturday - placed fifth and sixth respectively in the first women's final, before Spain's Melania Rodriguez came up trumps in the second competition with 26.300, finishing just 0.100 better off than Aliah Raga and two-tenths higher than Grace Harder in an incredibly tight contest.

Finally, China's women's trampoline team stormed to the gold medal with a perfect 15 points after three rotations, as France (10) and Georgia (seven) took silver and bronze respectively.

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Great Britain's Molly McKenna, Kirsty Way and Ruth Shevelan react during the women's double mini team final on November 10, 2023
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