Publication date : 06/11/2018
The Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships return to Saint Petersburg (RUS), where more than 250 athletes from 34 nations will fight for nine sets of medals from Wednesday, 7 November to Saturday, 10 November 2018.
The Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, which played host to the 2009 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships, will see an exciting showdown with the new combined team final. Making its debut in 2018, the mixed-gendered team final will consist of the four events each for men and women — Individual Trampoline, Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline — with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three teams.
2016 Olympic champions Uladzislau Hancharou (BLR) and Rosie MacLennan (CAN) and 2017 world champion Gao Lei (CHN) headline the field, which is packed with world and Olympic medallists. MacLennan, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, is returning to the world championships after missing last year's edition in Sofia (BUL).
The host Russians will be led in Saint Petersburg by defending Double Mini world champion Mikhail Zalomin (RUS) and his Double Mini world champion teammates Vasilii Makarskii and Aleksandr Odintsov, as well as Dmitrii Ushakov, the 2012 Olympic and 2017 World silver medallist in men's Trampoline, and Yana Pavlova, a 2016 Olympian and the 2017-18 World Cup series champion.
The Chinese challenge in Saint Petersburg is led by defending world champions Gao Lei (men's Individual Trampoline); Gao, three-time Olympic medallist Dong Dong, and Tu Xiao (men's Trampoline team); Zhu Xueying (women's Synchro); Zhu Xueying and Liu Lingling (women's Trampoline team); World Tumbling champions Zhang Kuo (men's Tumbling) and Jia Fangfang (women's Tumbling). Gao is aiming to become the first man in 24 years to win three world Trampoline titles in a row, following World Championships Ambassador Alexander Moskalenko, who won in 1990, 1992 and 1994.
Bryony Page (GBR), the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, is back after ankle injuries kept her out of action for two years following the Rio Olympic Games.
Moskalenko and fellow Russian legend Irina Karavaeva, the 2000 Olympic champions in Trampoline, will return as Gymnastics Ambassadors for the 2018 World Championships.