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Canada medals at Trampoline and Tumbling Worlds

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The Canadian Press
11/9/2013 7:20:58 PM
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SOFIA, Bulgaria - Canadian competitors soared to two more medals on Saturday at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Championships, winning silver in both the men's and women's double mini team finals.

In women's action, the Canadian threesome of Corissa Boychuk of Airdrie, Alta., Lexi Giesbrecht of Calgary and Tamara O'Brien of Vancouver finished second with a score of 102.200 points.

The United States won gold with 104.400 points and Russia took the bronze with a score of 101.600.

"My warmup wasn't that great and I was really nervous," said Boychuk, the lone member of the team with previous experience at a senior world championship. "I was there to lead off for our team and I feel like I did that pretty well."

On the men's side, veteran Denis Vachon of Burlington, Ont., executed one of the most difficult moves among the 15 competitors to clinch second place for Canada. Dennis Oppenlander of Regina and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., were the other members of the Canadian men's team.

The U.S. took first place with a score of 110.200 points. Canada followed with 107.800 points and Russia placed third with 106.500.

"The run felt smooth the take-off felt smooth and I just held on and went for that stick on the landing," said Vachon. "It was great to go out and nail my pass, one that I've been planning for the last six to eight months and walk out of here with another medal."

Rosie MacLennan and Samantha Sendel, both of Toronto, crashed out of medal contention in the women's synchro event when Sendel fell just seconds after the start of the routine.

"It felt like I hit a bad bounce," said Sendel, who qualified first for the final with MacLennan. "I felt pretty confident going into the competition but it didn't turn out the way I would have liked it to."

MacLennan took the disappointment in stride, turning her thoughts to the final two rounds in the women's individual competition on Sunday.

"In a sport as volatile as this you can expect that sometimes you don't complete your routine," she said. "But we're both very confident in our ability regardless of what happened. You just have to put it out of your mind."

Katherine Driscoll and Amanda Parker of Great Britain won gold in the synchro final.

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