BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 27, 2021 – Leah Edelman of Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy took silver in women’s 13-14 double mini trampoline Saturday at the 2021 Trampoline Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Baku, Azerbaijan, while teammates Kai Lawson of Bethesda, Md./Dynamite Gymnastics and Micah Miner of Glen Carbon, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling added a silver and bronze in the men’s 13-14 double mini division. This is Edelman’s second medal of the competition after she and partner Isabella Pansano of Round Rock, Texas/World Champions Centre earned bronze in synchronized trampoline earlier in the week. Lawson also added a second piece of hardware with his performance Saturday. He and partner William Cockrill of Plano, Texas/Flip Factory claimed the men’s 13-14 synchronized trampoline championship Friday.
Three U.S. athletes qualified to both the men’s and women’s 13-14 double mini final. Edelman delivered a 66.300 to earn silver, while Iuliia Korotkova (67.100) and Sofiia Aliaeva (66.200) – both of the Russian Gymnastics Federation – took first and third, respectively. Sam Breckenridge of Taylorville, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling finished fifth with a 65.100, edging teammate Ave DeHanes of Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy (65.100) in the tie break.
On the men’s side, Lawson (69.200) and Miner (68.900) finished behind the Russian Gymnastics Federation’s Lev Busarev who claimed the top spot with a 70.400. The third U.S. finalist, Nate Erkert of Wildwood, Mo./High Energy Gymnastix, just missed the podium landing in fourth with a 64.900. Cockrill was 14th with a 56.800.
U.S. trampolinists were also in action in the 17-21 individual and 15-16 synchronized competitions. In the women’s individual trampoline division, Michelle Sherman of Holmdel, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy led U.S. athletes. Sherman finished 26th with an 89.105, while Krista McNary of Victoria, Texas/Victoria Gymagic was 31st with an 87.520. AJ Noble of Austin, Texas/North Valley Gymnastics posted the top U.S. showing for the men, landing in 24th with a 96.530. Jace Williams of Cave Creek, Ariz./North Valley Gymnastics was 25th with a 95.625, and Tenma Ide of Longmont, Colo./Elevated Trampoline Sports Academy finished 47th with a 48.030. The Russian Gymnastics Federation topped both fields behind standout performances from Meri Golota (53.925) who took the women’s title and Kirill Kozlov (58.325) who led the way in the men’s division. RGF’s Aleksandra Bonartseva (53.245) and Japan’s Yuka Misawa (53.235) rounded out the women’s podium. Shunta Iseki of Japan (57.980) and Sebastsyan Stankevich of Belarus (57.900) were second and third on the men’s side.
In synchronized trampoline, the U.S. pair of Leah Garafalo of Cream Ridge, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy and Logan McCoy of Middletown, N.J./Elite Trampoline Academy finished 12th with a 42.340. The Russian Gymnastics Federation (48.000) took the women’s 15-16 title followed by Belarus (47.180) and Germany (45.260). The U.S. fielded two pairs in the men’s competition. Gavin Britton of Bennington, Neb./Premier Gymnastics and Luke Davis of Chatham, Ill./Kris Power Tumbling (22.150) were 16th, while Ryan Maccagnan of Colorado Springs, Colo./Stars Gymnastics and Aaron Remole of Thomasville, N.C./Carolina Elite Trampoline Academy (13.280) were 18th. Belarus topped the men’s field with a 48.630. Pairs from the Russian Gymnastics Federation (48.420) and Japan (47.860) took the silver and bronze.
The 2021 World Age Group Competitions will conclude Sunday with the men’s and women’s 13-14 tumbling, 15-16 double mini trampoline and 17-21 synchro championships, starting at 10:45 a.m. local time. Baku is nine hours ahead of U.S. eastern time.