Rosie MacLennan Wins Silver Medal at 2014 World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships
Cool and calm under pressure, Rosie MacLennan of Toronto won the silver medal at the 2014 world trampoline championships on Saturday, making the 2012 Olympic champion one of the sport’s most decorated competitors.
MacLennan, who has been off the podium only once at the world championships since 2007, opted to attempt a riskier routine in the final rather than play it safe to have a better chance at defending the world title title she won last year in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Despite landing three triple somersaults for the first time in competition – a feat few women have attempted – MacLennan fell just shy of her second straight world title with a score of 55.130 in the final.
Liu Lingling of China, took the gold with a score of 55.990 for an easier routine that scored higher marks for execution.
Adding the third somersault to her routine boosted MacLennan’s degree of difficulty to 15.600 points, well ahead of Lingling at 14.400.
Hanna Harchonak of Belarus took the bronze with 53.975 points.
“I was really excited to get out there and do three triples in my routine for the first time,” said MacLennan. “Obviously it would have been nice to defend the title, but I’m really happy with how things went this week.”
“There have been girls who have tried it and it’s definitely going to be a bit of a race to see who can get the three triples conquered first.”
MacLennan went into this year’s world championships leading the strongest Canadian women’s team ever sent to the annual event.
But three-time Olympic medal winner Karen Cockburn of Toronto broke her ankle in a training session just days before the competition and rising star Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., withdrew because of dizziness following a recent concussion, leaving MacLennan and Samantha Smith of Toronto to deal with the pressure of high expectations.
MacLennan never faltered, placing second in the prelims, semifinal and final while Smith stepped up with the best performance of her career to finish eighth in the women’s final.
“It makes me really excited to get back in the gym,” said Smith, who qualified for the final at a world championship for the first time after coming close last year and finishing 11th.
“I’ve been able to see what the level of competition is like in a final and I’ve got a lot of things to work on.”
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MacLennan and Sendel Team Up to Win Synchro Silver at World Trampoline Championships
Sitting on the sidelines all week hoping for the effects of a recent concussion to clear up, Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., was cleared for takeoff early Sunday to compete in the women’s synchro event with teammate Rosie MacLennan of Toronto on the final day of the 2014 world trampoline championships.
It didn’t take long for Sendel and MacLennan, still in high gear after winning the silver medal in the women’s individual event, to bounce to a silver medal with a score of 47.200 points.
Tatsiana Piatrenia and Hanna Harchonak of Belarus had an identical score and were also awarded a silver medal.
Liu Lingling and Li Meng of China won the gold with 47.800 points.
Sendel, who was forced to withdraw earlier in the competition from the women’s individual event after experiencing dizziness in training, said she felt fine again in a warmup just before the competition and was given the green light to go.
“My spatial awareness was off and that made it definitely difficult to jump, but the days days off here definitely helped,” said Sendel, who sustained a concussion in Toronto about a week before coming to the world championships.
“In the synchro event I was feeling back to right where I was before and we went out there with the mentality of ‘have fun and whatever happens, happens.”
Despite not being able to train together all week, MacLennan said it did not affect their performance.
“We’ve trained together for years and she knows how I jump and I know how she jumps and that’s a really strong asset when you’re a synchro pair, so we just relied on our experience and it paid off,” said MacLennan.
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