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METZ, France, Nov. 18 2010 – The USA added a silver and two bronze medals today, the third day of the 2010 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Competition in Metz, France. The medalists are: Cody Gesuelli of Middletown, N.J., boys' 11-12 double mini-trampoline; Kaylah Whaley of Knoxville, Tenn., girls' 17-18 tumbling; Samuel Chiacchia of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Ronald Jacobson III of Penryn, Calif., boys' 13-14 synchronized trampoline . The three-day medal count for the USA is 11, including four gold, three silver and four bronze. Competition concludes Friday, Nov. 19.
Vitaly Marchenko of Russia won the boys' 11-12 double-mini title with 65.300. Gesuelli, who trains at Head Over Heels, took the silver with a two-pass score of 61.600. Tiago Sampaio Romao of Portugal was third at 61.400. Ksenia Naumenko of Russia won the girls' 11-12 gold (61.400). Valerio Ines Ribeiro of Portugal earned the silver (61.300), and Alice Gomes of Brazil claimed the bronze (60.800). Nicole Ahsinger of San Diego, Calif./Bounce California, finished sixth.
In girls' 17-18 tumbling, Katelyn Verschoor of Canada won the gold with a 31.200. Belgium's Helen Haentjens finished in second place at 30.900. Whaley, who trains at Premier Athletics, placed third with a 30.300. Sarah English of Stafford, Va./Capital Gymnastics, finished seventh. Kazakhstan took the gold and bronze medals in boys' 17-18 tumbling, with Rakhat Yedilbayev (34.200) and Roman Karpovich (34.000), respectively. Russia's Sergey Shumskikh was the silver medalist (34.100). Holden Steed of Ogden, Utah/Northern Star Bounders, finished fourth (32.700).
Georgi Iliev and Antoan Van of Bulgaria won the 13-14 boys' synchro title (44.000). Belgium's Rob Deweert and Loic Lenoir took the silver (41.200). Two USA duos – Chiacchia of Artsports and Jacobson of American Powerhouse T and T, and Colin Duda of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Head over Heels, and Gesuelli – tied at 40.000, with the bronze medal going to Chiacchia and Jacobson on the tie breaker. Japan captured the top two spots in girls' 13-14 synchro: Yuna Sato and Megu Uyama were first at 45.100, and Yuri Murayama and Rana Nakano were second at 44.500. Liliya Klimova and Ksenia Naumenko of Russia finished third (42.700).
China earned the top spots in girls' 15-16 trampoline with a 39.100 by Zhang Ying. Russia's Oleg Talskiy won the men's 15-16 title with a 39.700. Tomorrow is the final day of competition, with qualification and final rounds for boys' and girls' 17-18 trampoline, 11-12 tumbling, 13-14 double mini-trampoline and 15-16 synchronized trampoline. Qualifications begin at 10 a.m., with the final session starting at 2:30 p.m. local Metz time.
The USA's medalists from the first two days are: gold medalists – Erin Jauch of Crystal Lake, Ill. (girl's 15-16 double mini-trampoline), Kiara Nowlin of Oxnard, Calif. (15-16 girls' tumbling), Andrea Ghanian of Holmdel, N.J., and Meghan O'Connell of Middletown, N.J. (11-12 girls' synchronized trampoline), and Sonia Shah of Indianapolis, Ind., girls' 17-18 double mini-trampoline; silver medalists –Maggie Gallagher of Coto de Caza, Calif. (girl's 11-12 trampoline) and Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas (girl's 13-14 tumbling); and bronze medalists – Ryan Roberts of Ramona, Calif. (17-18 boys' double-mini), and Shaylee Dunavin of Amarillo, Texas (13-14 girls' trampoline).