© Filippo Tomasi

BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 19, 2021 – U.S. athletes advanced to the men’s individual and team tumbling finals and the men’s synchronized trampoline final Friday as qualifications for the 2021 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships concluded at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Baku, Azerbaijan.

World bronze medalist Kaden Brown of Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling notched his spot in Sunday’s men’s individual tumbling final by delivering a 74.900 across two tumbling passes. He qualified fourth behind the Russian Gymnastics Federation’s Aleksandr Lisitsyn who posted the day’s top score with a 75.800.

The U.S. men’s tumbling team, consisting of Brown, Charlie Larson of White Bear Lake, Minn./Twin City Twisters (67.200) and Alex Renkert of Columbus, Ohio/Integrity Gymnastics (68.000) also moved on. They qualified in third with a 210.100, while RGF led the way with a 222.500. The men’s team tumbling final will he held later today.

Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and Ruben Padilla of Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling advanced to the men’s synchronized trampoline final in the seventh spot. The pair scored a 91.380 to lead U.S. competitors. Isaac Rowley of Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy and Elijah Vogel of Longmont, Colo./Elevated Trampoline Sports Academy were also in action, finishing in the 12th position with an 89.950. Andrei Builou and Aleh Rabtsau of Belarus took the top qualifying spot with a 95.320. On the women’s side, Maia Amano of Honolulu, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and Jessica Stevens of Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics were 16th with a 75.410 and did not advance. The Chinese pair of Hu Yicheng and Zhang Xinxin led the field with a 92.760. The men’s and women’s synchronized trampoline finals are slated for Saturday.

Yesterday, on the first day of qualifying, Gesuelli and Rowley punched their tickets to the men’s individual trampoline semifinals, while Amano and Stevens earned spots in the women’s individual trampoline semifinals. Padilla and Renkert advanced to the men’s double mini trampoline final with Shelby Nobuhara of Mapleton, Utah/High Altitude and Tristan Van Natta of Westerville, Ohio/Integrity Athletics set to represent the U.S. on the women’s side. Tia Taylor of Knoxville, Tenn./Premier Athletics Knoxville was the lone U.S. athlete to qualify to the women’s tumbling final.

In additional to the individual spots, the U.S. qualified teams to the women’s tumbling final and men’s and women’s double mini trampoline finals. All team apparatus finals are set for Friday evening in Baku.