Karen Cockburn Defeats Olympic Gold Medalist at 2002 World Cup
posted on 08/24/2002

U.S. Men's Synchronized Team Wins the Bronze Medal

Winning the gold medal in the women's synchronized trampoline competition was the team from Great Britain, Claire Wright and Kirsten Lawton. The pair finished with a score of 48.80 and was followed by Heather Ross-McManus and Karen Cockburn of Canada. Finishing third was the team from Belarus, Galina Lebedeva and Tatiana Piatrenia.


Leading off the men's synchronized competition and winning the bronze medal was the United States team, David Ford and Ryan Weston. The gold medal was awarded to the Russian team of Alexandre Moskalenko and Guerman Khnytchev (51.00), and winning the silver was Sven Mooij and Alan Villafuerte of the Netherlands.

In the individual women's trampoline, Cockburn won gold (40.20) followed by 2000 Olympic Gold medalist Karavaeva who took home the silver. Winning the bronze was Natalia Chernova, also from Russia.

2000 Olympic Gold medalist Alexandre Moskalenko (Russia) won gold in the men's individual trampoline competition finishing with a score of 41.20, only one tenth ahead of Nikalai Kazak (Belarus). Placing third was Guerman Khnytchev (Russia) with a score of 41.00. Ryan Weston of the United States placed an impressive fifth place. "I'm very excited about the finish and I know now that we are in a good place for the World Championships and Olympic trials," said head coach Joy Umenhofer.

Winning the gold medal in women's tumbling was Kathryn Peberdy of Great Britain with an impressive score of 73.00. Peberdy performed two very difficult passes with tremendous height and execution. Taking home the silver medal was Olena Chabanenko (Ukraine) with a 67.60 and winning bronze was Melanie Avisse of France. Just out of medal contention was Lindsay Blundell (USA) who finished fourth.

Taking home the gold medal in men's tumbling was Denis Serdyukov (Russia) with a score of 78.20. Serdyukov performed a double layout into a triple back in the piked position, the only to compete this skill in the competition. Placing second was Pan Huanian of China and finishing third was Robert Small (Great Britain). Casey Finley of the United States placed finished in sixth place.

The World Cup is a series of competitions that will culminate in Hannover, Germany this November. This was the final of six qualifying opportunities for the selected athletes.