MacLennan captures individual gold at trampoline world championships

Canada’s Rosie MacLennan earned her third medal of the week at the trampoline world championships with a gold-medal performance in the individual women’s event on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. She won synchro silver with Sarah Milette and bronze in the team competition.

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 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

MacLennan, from King, Ont., scored 57.180 total points in the final, edging Xueying Zhu of China for gold. Zhu had a 0.2 penalty and finished second with 57.080 points. Yana Pavlova of Russia was third at 56.405.

Watch MacLennan rule the competition in Russia:

Rosie MacLennan is a world champion for the second time in her career after winning the individual trampoline world championship in St. Petersburg.1:18

“I’m really excited and proud of the routines I put out today,” MacLennan, who hadn’t finished first in the individual event since 2013, told Gymnastics Canada. “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.”

The gold was the third medal of the competition for 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 and bronze in Thursday’s team competition.

Watch the Canadians’ performance:

After winning a bronze medal in the team all-around final on Thursday, MacLennan and Milette captured a silver medal in the women’s synchro event at the 2018 Trampoline Gymnastics Word Championships in St. Petersburg.1:54

MacLennan said she is feeling motivated to get in the gym as the qualification process for the 2020 Olympics begins in February.

“This is a definite confidence booster,” the 30-year-old said of her performance this week. “I feel healthier and stronger than I have in a really long time.”

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.

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

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

Toronto’s Samantha Smith turned in a strong performance in the semifinals and placed 11th overall.

Watch all of Saturday’s action from Russia:

FIG 2018 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships from St. Petersburg2:41:06