MINSK, Belarus — In a rare miss, Rosie MacLennan didn’t win a medal in the women’s individual final at a World Cup trampoline meet on Saturday, but the reigning world and Olympic champion bounced back to claim gold in the synchro event with partner Samantha Sendel.
MacLennan, who topped the field in the prelims by a wide margin, faltered in the final and wound up sixth as Charlotte Drury became the first U.S. woman to win World Cup gold in trampoline.
Drury, who earned the last spot in the final after placing eighth in the prelims, didn’t have the most difficult routine in the final, but earned the top score of 54.430 on the strength of her high marks for execution and flight time.
Hanna Harchonak of Belarus won silver with 53.730 points and teammate and Tatsiana Piatrenia took the bronze at 53.255.
Sendel was a fraction of a point back with 53.250 points and had to settle for fourth.
MacLennan, who got into trouble early in her final routine and lost height and tempo, finished with 50.665 points.
In the synchro final MacLennan and Sendel, both of Toronto, roared back to win gold, finishing more than three points ahead of the silver and bronze medal winners from Portugal and the United States.
In tumbling Jordan Sugrim of Mississauga, Ont., led a Canadian medal surge, winning gold in the women’s final while Emily Smith and John Schwaiger of Burlington, Ont., added bronze medals in women’s and men’s events.
Vincent Lavoie of Drummondville, Que., also competed in the men’s final and finished sixth.
Smith, coming back from an injury that knocked her out of the Pan Am Senior Championships last month, showed she’s back on track for the upcoming world championships in November with a solid performance.
“I’m very proud of my athletes,” said Denis Vachon, who coaches all three medal winners at the Burlington B.G’s.
“I couldn’t have asked for more. It was about time that Jordyn showed everyone how good she can be and it was also good for John to show the international community he is the Canadian leader in men’s tumbling.”