Gallagher performs well under pressure

Somerset trampolinist Laura Gallagher and her Great Britain women’s team colleagues won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Competing alongside Kat Driscoll and Izzy Songhurst, Gallagher and her team all put in brilliant displays under pressure to score 163.810 points for third place behind Belarus and China.

Gallagher posted a superb first routine in the women’s trampoline final, scoring 55.365 for her near-perfect performance to get the GB team off to the strongest of starts.

For team-mate Songhurst the World event was her first senior major championships, but she showed no sign of nerves, completing her routine well for an impressive 53.715 points.

Driscoll was the last up, and in her ninth World Championships she used all of her experience to produce a great routine under pressure, scoring 54.750 to give Great Britain a team total of 163.810 for bronze.

Said Driscoll: “It’s very emotional, at one point I wasn’t even sure I’d continue my career after Rio and now I’m here at another World Championships.

“I’m so proud to have won this medal with these girls. Having only three in the team adds pressure and every one of us has stood up to that and performed. Izzy has been incredible and in her first senior Worlds, and Laura has shown again how good she is.

“The medal is testament to the GB trampoline programme and all the hard work that goes on back at Lilleshall with the support of our coaches, British Gymnastics and our support staff.”

As well as the trampoline competitions, there were events for tumbling and double-mini trampoline (DMT) competitors.

The GB women’s tumbling team of Yasmin Taite, Lucie Colebeck, Ashleigh Long and Rachel Davies won a World Championship team silver.

The team scored a total of 99.900 points for their three final routines to take their place on the podium alongside China (103.400) and France (99.100).

The women’s tumbling team final was fast-paced with three of the four-strong team competing and every score counting. Taite ensured Britain got off to a great start with a confident first pass, scoring the team 34.100, and Davies continued the form with a strong routine scoring 33.400.

Colebeck was last up knowing she needed to keep her nerve to secure the medal. She had to fight hard to keep momentum through her tumbles but did so and landed well to score 32.400 and confirm the World silver medal, matching their result from 2015.

Colebeck, who also won an individual bronze medal at the championships, said: “I definitely felt the pressure going up last. It’s fair to say we weren’t at our very best but we stuck together and made sure we fought through every routine for each other. That’s the key in a final, making sure you do everything you can to complete your routine and post a score.”

The GB men’s tumbling team of Kristof Willerton, Greg Townley, Elliott Browne and Kallum Mulhall won the team World title with a faultless performance.

They completed three routines in the high-pressure final and each was executed superbly to outclass the opposition and score 112.500 points for gold ahead of China and Denmark.

The British women’s DMT team won a silver in their final, which was full of drama with a judging review declaring the final standings. Kirsty Way, Phoebe Williams, Kim Beattie and Bethany Williams scored 102.200 points to finish second with Russia being crowned champions and Portugal taking bronze.

Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong produced a brilliant routine in the men’s synchronised trampoline final for silver. With others falling before them, they kept their composure well and fought to stay in sync, ending their routine in harmony for a score of 52.250 points to take the second spot on the podium behind Belarus and ahead of Russia.

Elliott Browne produced two superb routines to win a World Championship tumbling bronze for Great Britain on the final day of the championships.

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