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Méthot and Milette and Women’s DMT team both finish fifth on Day 3 of the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships

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World Championship rookies Sophiane Méthot of La Prairie, QC and Sarah Milette of Longueuil, QC scored 46.900 points to finish fifth overall in the synchronized trampoline finals on Saturday at the 2017 FIG Trampoline Gymnastics Championships while the Canadian women’s double mini-trampoline (DMT) team ended the day in fifth position as well.

“To do an additional routine at my first World Championships gives me confidence going into the individual semi-finals tomorrow,” said Méthot following the competition. “We had a nice performance but unfortunately didn’t beat our score from the preliminaries. We’re happy finishing fifth and we’re going to go home to work even harder on synchro.”

Chinese pair Zhong Xingping and Zhu Xueying successfully continued China’s string of World Championship titles, taking gold for the third year in a row.

Méthot will join Samantha Smith of Toronto, ON in tomorrow’s women’s individual trampoline semi-finals. The top 24 gymnasts from the preliminary round will complete a single optional routine in the semi-finals with the top eight moving onto the finals later in the day.

Jordyn Miller-Burko of Toronto, ON, Karine Dufour of Laval, QC, and Danielle Grieve of Regina, SK were looking to defend Canada’s World Championship title in team DMT from 2015, but unfortunately fell short, ending the day in fifth position with a total score of 98.900 points. Russia took the gold medal followed by Great Britain with the silver, and Portugal the bronze.

“I’m really happy that the women were able to handle the pressure of World Championships and complete their passes,” said Canadian DMT coach Curt De Wolff. “For a fairly inexperienced team, this in itself is an accomplishment. I’m excited to see how they continue to develop over the next few years and look forward to working with them again soon.”

The World Championships wrap up on Sunday with Canada competing in the women’s individual trampoline event.