Kalon Ludvigson
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SALZGITTER, Germany, Sept. 3, 2011 – Kalon Ludvigson of Pocatello, Idaho/Team Revolution, won the tumbling title at the 2011 World Cup in Salzgitter, Germany. The USA’s Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J./UltraTwisters, and Savannah Vinsant of Lafayette, La./T&T Express, also had strong performances, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, in trampoline.

Ludvigson, who also won this event in 2009, posted a 75.500 to easily win the World Cup gold medal, scoring nearly two points better than runner-up Mikhail Kostyanov of Russia (73.700). Canada’s Alexander Seifert was third at 72.400. Ludvigson posted a 38.200 for his first pass to take the lead and followed with a 37.300 for the title, his first World Cup gold medal for 2011.

Gluckstein performed a very strong routine that earned a 56.080 and a fifth-place ranking. Russia’s Nikita Fedorenko won the event’s title at 59.630, followed by France’s Sebastien Martiny (58.820) and Belarus’ Viatchaslau Modzel (57.925). Gluckstein paired with Neil Gulati of Irvine, Calif./World Elite Gymnastics, in men’s synchronized trampoline, where the duo finished sixth with a score of 46.100. Russia’s Nikita Fedorenko and Dmitry Ushakov took the top men’s synchro honors with their 49.800.

Vinsant, the reigning U.S. champion, posted a 51.630 in the finals for eighth place, a solid showing against some of the top names in the sport. Katherine Driscoll of Great Britain took the title at 55.275, with Anna Dogonadze of Germany (53.805) and Ana Rente of Portugal (53.600) in second and third respectively. Vinsant teamed with Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu/Hawaii Academy for fifth (45.900) in women’s synchronized trampoline. Canada’s Rosannagh Maclennan and Mariah Madigan won the women’s synchronized trampoline title with a 47.700.