This weekend, our trampoline gymnasts continue qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games, with the latest in the six-part FIG World Cup series taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
It’s the fifth of six World Cups, and Kat Driscoll, Laura Gallagher, Bryony Page, Izzy Songhurst and Andrew Stamp are all in action, hoping to gain experience and Olympic qualification points to kick-start the new year.
Four World Cups took place last year, with each event giving gymnasts the opportunity to earn points towards qualification. The top 30 gymnasts at each event earn points. First place receives 60 points, second place 55 points, third 50, all the way down to 30th place who receives one point. A gymnast’s best four results from the six World Cups will be combined to give a gymnasts final placing.
With the top 14 at the end of the series qualifying a place for Tokyo 2020, 2016 Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page is leading the British charge and is in a very strong position to qualify a second quota place for Britain, as she currently sits fourth in the overall standings.
Team GB already have one trampoline spot at the Games guaranteed. Laura Gallagher produced brilliant routines to qualify for the final at the 2019 World Championships in November which secured a quota place. Laura went on the finish sixth in that final, her best individual result to date.
Following this weekend’s competition, the last opportunity for points comes on 24th April with the final World Cup taking place in Italy.
Good luck to all of our gymnasts and coaches in Baku this weekend.