Zhu Xueying led a China one-two on the women’s trampoline at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday as Canada’s Rosie MacLennan was denied a golden hat-trick while the reigning world champion, Japan’s Hiraru Mori, stumbled on one of her routines and failed to make it past qualifying.
Zhu grabbed gold with a score of 56.635 with compatriot Lui Lingling, the 2014 world champion, just .285 behind to snatch silver.
Britain’s Bryony Page, a silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, collected the bronze ahead of MacLennan, Olympic champion in 2012 and 2016.
Despite having won a combined record 11 Olympic medals on the trampoline Zhu’s victory marked only the second time since the sport was introduced into the Games program in 2000 that China had taken the women’s gold.
He Wenna took top spot for China at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Japan’s Megu Uyama finished fifth.
Japan’s primary hopes for a first medal in Olympic trampoline ended with a shock when reigning world champion Hikaru Mori failed to make it out of the qualifying round.
With only the top eight advancing, Mori’s chances disappeared on the second of two routines when she nearly flew off the trampoline to finish 13 out of 16 athletes.
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