LOULE, Portugal – Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan returned to the World Cup circuit with a bang on Saturday, winning individual gold in her first solo trampoline competition since last summer, and adding another gold medal in the synchro event with partner and fellow Torontonian Samantha Sendel.
MacLennan, who has competed internationally just once – in synchro only – since winning gold last summer in London, dominated the individual final to finish almost five points ahead of runner-up Hanna Harchonak of Belarus.
MacLennan’s degree of difficulty far surpassed any of the other seven competitors in the final en route to a winning score of 55.240.
Harchonak scored 50.845 for the silver and Ana Rente of Portugal took the bronze with 50.840 points. Samantha Smith of Toronto placed eighth.
MacLennan’s teammates on Canada’s powerhouse team racked up more medals in other events to cap a superb weekend.
“By far this is our best ever overall World Cup showing,” said Canadian high performance director Stephan Duchesne of Montreal.
“Our athletes came through with some outstanding performances and the results in the finals were way beyond expectations. With the same results in trampoline at the world championships both our men and women would make the team final.”
In men’s trampoline, 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto bounced to a silver medal just behind Russian winner Nikita Fedorenko and Kyle Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., placed fourth in his best ever World Cup result.
Soehn also teamed up with younger brother Keegan to take home silver in the men’s synchro event.
In another event running running at the same time as the World Cup meet, Canada’s double mini trampoline teams came away with four medals, including silver in the men’s team event.
Keegan Soehn earned a silver medal in the men’s individual double mini and Canadian champion Denis Vachon of Burlington, Ont., scooped the bronze.
Jon Schwaiger of Burlington, Ont, finished 6th and also placed fourth in men’s tumbling.
In women’s double mini, Lexi Geisbrecht of Calgary romped to a convincing victory while teammates Caitlin Brown and Beatrice Prcic, both of Airdrie, Alta., finished sixth and eighth respectively.
Geisbrecht also won gold in the women’s junior individual trampoline competition.