Canadian Rosie MacLennan wins gold at trampoline world championship

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Two-time Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan added another gold medal to her trophy case Saturday, finishing first in the individual women’s final at the trampoline world championships.

MacLennan, from King City, Ont., scored 57.180 total points in the final, edging Xueying Zhu of China for gold. Zhu had a 0.2 penalty for taking too long to begin her routine and finished second with 57.080 points.

Yana Pavlova of Russia was third at 56.405.

“I’m really excited, I’m really proud of the routines I put out today and I can’t believe it yet,” said MacLennan, who last won gold in individual trampoline at the 2013 world championships. “Coming into this competition, I was really just trying to focus on my routines and getting them as clean, as high, and as in the middle as possible.

“I had no idea where that would land me. The field is really strong — all of the girls did an amazing job and I’m super proud of them and it’s really motivating to watch them.”

The gold was the second medal of the competition for the 30-year-old MacLennan, who has back-to-back Olympic trampoline titles from the 2012 and 2016 Games. She also won silver on Friday in the women’s synchronized trampoline event with Sarah Milette.

MacLennan has won three world championship gold medals, including two in the individual event. She also won back-to-back Pan American gold medals in 2011 and 2015 in Toronto.

Also Saturday, Canadian Kalena Soehn narrowly missed the podium in the double mini trampoline final. Soehn, of Red Deer, Alta., scored 67.200 points, 0.500 less than third-place finisher Kristie Lowell of the United States.

Sweden’s Lina Sjoeberg won gold and Spain’s Melania Rodriguez took silver.

“I was really hoping I could perform my routines as well as I did in prelims and I did so I’m really happy,” said Soehn.