China was able to qualify the maximum number of athletes to the Olympics as they won gold medals in the individual events at the 2015 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships. The top 8, with a maximum of two nations per gender qualify to the Olympics. The Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships were held in Odense, Denmark from November 26th to November 29th 2015.
In the women’s individual event China dominated the qualification round by holding four out of the top five positions. However, only three are allowed into the semifinals meaning fifth place Zhong Xingping did not qualify to the next round. Li Dan of China led all athletes in the semifinals as her high difficulty routine was enough to finish above Tatsiana Piatrenia of Belarus. The top 8 qualified to the finals and Olympics; specifically Belarus (2), Canada, China (2), Georgia and Great Britain (2). Li Dan continued her exceptional performance by winning the gold medal over her compatriot Liu Lingling. Piatrenia finished with the bronze medal.
China was also the star in the men’s individual event as they finished in four of the top six positions. Belarus’ Uladzislau Hancharou finished the qualification round with the most points. In the semifinals Gao Lei of China took the top spot. Since China had three athletes in the top 8 ninth place Morgan Demiro-O-Demiro of France advanced over Dong Dong. The eight Olympic quotas went to Belarus, China (2), France, Japan (2) and Russia (2). In the final Gao Lei executed a highly difficult routine to win the gold medal as Hancharou and Yudin Andrey of Russia took the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The remaining spots will be decided at the Gymnastics Test Event to be held in 2016. The athletes that will compete in the test event were decided at this event where the top 12 athletes, with a maximum of two per nation from nations not yet qualify will be given a second chance to compete and qualify one athlete per gender.
Quotas by Nation
- China – 4
- Belarus – 3
- Great Britain – 2
- Japan – 2
- Russia – 2
- Canada – 1
- France – 1
- Georgia – 1
- FIG. 31st FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships – Live Results. Access on November 29 2015.