BIRMINGHAM, England (November 11, 2023) – The reigning men’s double mini World champion Ruben Padilla (Bluffdale, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling) successfully defended his title while Jessica Stevens (Ellicott City, Md./Fairland Gymnastics) qualified the U.S. for the Paris Olympics during Saturday’s competition at the Trampoline & Tumbling World Championships. Kaden Brown (Herriman, Utah/Wasatch Trampoline & Tumbling), Aliah Raga (Denton, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics) and Gracie Harder (Archdale, N.C./Carolina Elite Trampoline Academy) also each won individual medals in Birmingham.
U.S. athletes secured a medal of each color – including two silver – on Saturday. Padilla won the double mini for the second straight year, posting a 30.600 in the final round to overtake David Franco of Spain (29.300) and Tiago Sampaio Romao of Portugal (23.600). Dylan Kline (Syracuse, Utah/Flipside Tumbling) was seventh with a 26.400.
The 2022 The World Games champion and the World Championships bronze medalist in 2019 and 2021, Brown on Saturday had the best World Championships performance of his career to win silver with a 30.100. Mikhail Malkin of Azerbaijan placed first (31.100), with Jaydon Paddock of Great Britain third (27.800).
In a closely contested women’s double mini final, Raga earned the first individual World medal of her career, securing silver with a score of 26.200. Harder was close behind with a 26.100 to place third and win her second medal in Birmingham. Spain’s Melania Rodriguez won the competition with a 26.300.
In the second round of women’s individual trampoline competition, Stevens earned her place in the final and secured a women’s U.S. quota spot to the 2024 Olympic Games. She scored a 54.700 on Saturday to qualify in seventh as one of the eight athletes moving to the final round. The eight qualifiers for the finals in men’s and women’s trampoline competition each earned a spot for their country to the Games in Paris.
In men’s qualifications, Aliaksei Shostak (Lafayette, La./Trampoline and Tumbling Express) claimed a spot as third reserve in the men’s trampoline final with a score of 59.230.
In other competition on Saturday, Miah Bruns (Crete, Ill./World Champions Centre) was sixth in the women’s tumbling final with a 25.100, and the men’s trampoline team of Padilla, Ryan Maccagnan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Stars Gymnastics), Isaac Rowley (Allen, Texas/Eagle Gymnastics Academy) and Shostak placed fifth in the team final with a total of seven points. France (12), Spain (9) and Great Britain (9) filled out the podium.
The T&T World Championships conclude Sunday with men’s and women’s individual and synchronized trampoline finals, and the overall team all-around winner will also be determined. Visit the FIG microsite for all results and Peacock for live streamed content of the competition.
Men’s Double Mini Medalists
Women’s Double Mini Medalists
Men’s Tumbling Medalists