Russian silver for Rocky duo
THEY have competed in World Age Group Championships before but never have they come home with a silver medal.
Riley Glazebrook and Patrick Cooper of Victoria Park Trampoline and Gymnastics club claimed a silver medal in St Petersburg, Russia, this week.
The young pair went into the finals of the 15-16 men’s synchronised trampoline event in fourth place with all eight qualifying teams “evenly pegged”.
“Riley and Pat executed their voluntary routine and demonstrated excellent synchronisation with good technique,” said Victoria Park coach Kerry Smyth.
Cooper and Glazebrook put the pressure on Russia and Germany when they scored significantly high in their final routine.
Their score was considerably higher compared to their previous score in the qualification round, which undoubtedly put them to the podium to claim their silver medal.
The end result was the culmination of six years of training and competing as a dedicated partnership.
It was a personal best performance, adding to their Indo Pacific Championship win in 2008.”
The Rockhampton duo’s silver medal came on the last day of competitions and was the Australian team’s third medal.
Riley Glazebrook also performed his personal best in the 15-16 men’s double mini trampoline event which saw him progress through to the finals.
But after a crucial mistake he finished in ninth place.
Glazebrook then competed in a field of 80 competitors in the 15/16 years men’s individual trampoline.
“To his credit he executed his voluntary routine with excellent composure and was Australia’s highest scoring 15/16 years men’s competitor, placing a reputable ninetieth,” said Smyth.
The pair will return home on Friday.