BAKU, Azerbaijan, February 12, 2022 – After a busy day of qualifications for the 2022 Baku World Cup Saturday at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi in Azerbaijan, all U.S. competitors have earned the opportunity to compete for hardware on Sunday.
Maia Amano of Honolulu, Hawaii/Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy qualified for the women’s individual trampoline final in the eighth position with a 50.320. Russia’s Iana Lebedeva advanced in the top spot with a 54.660.
The duo of Cody Gesuelli of Huntsville, Ala./Merino Trampoline Gymnastics Academy and Jace Williams of Cave Creek, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics were sixth in men’s synchronized trampoline qualifications. Their 42.880 netted them a spot in Sunday’s final. The pair from Belarus posted the day’s high score with a 52.630.
Gesuelli is also one of the top-16 athletes advancing to the second round of men’s individual trampoline qualification, with the top eight gymnasts from that round set to advance to the final. Gesuelli qualified eighth with a 56.940, while Ivan Litvinovich of Belarus led the way with a 61.400. Williams finished 18th with a 50.800 and is the second reserve for the next round of competition.
Gesuelli will lead off the second group of qualifiers looking to claim a spot in the men’s individual final Sunday at 12:30 p.m. local time. The women’s individual final is slated to begin at 2 p.m. followed by the men’s final at 2:30 p.m. The men’s synchronized trampoline final is set for 3:45 p.m. local time. Baku is nine hours ahead of U.S. eastern time.