Sports briefs – July 30

Alex Seifert of Red Deer posted victories in tumbling and double mini trampoline on Wednesday at the Canada Cup competition.

Double gold for Seifert

OKOTOKS — Alex Seifert of Red Deer posted victories in tumbling and double mini trampoline on Wednesday at the Canada Cup competition.

The meet was the last of three qualification events for the trampoline and tumbling world championships this fall in St. Petersburg, Russia, with athletes in various age categories vying for spots on the Canadian team.

In tumbling, Seifert earned 135.20 points edging his Calgary Gymnastics clubmate Chris Melemenis who earned 125.10. In double mini trampoline, Seifert prevailed again with a 143.30 score followed by Luke Friesen of Kelowna, B.C., in second at 141.00 and Tony Doles of the U.S., in third at 139.60.

“It was a great competition for me,” said Seifert, who competed last week at the World Games in Taiwan.

“In double mini, I executed a routine with a very high degree of difficulty and in tumbling I completed a pass that had never been done by a Canadian.”

In youth competition, Red Deer’s Keegan Soehn was also a double winner, placing first in men’s double mini trampoline and trampoline.

In trampoline Soehn was joined on the podium by Sebastien St-Germain of St-Michel, Que., in third. In double mini, Soehn led a 1-2 Canadian finish with Curtis Gerein Kelowna, B.C.

In the women’s trampoline final, Olympic finalist Rosannagh MacLennan of Toronto won with 104.00 points, while Toronto’s Samantha Sendel was second at 98.3 and Kailey McLeod, also of Toronto in third, at 95.20.

MacLennan also won the Elite Canada and Canadian championships this year.

“I tried a new routine and I got through it,” said MacLennan, seventh at the Beijing Games last year.

“There were a couple of rough tricks but overall it was pretty good. I was a little more nervous than usual because it was a new routine. There’s some uncertainty but it does help you focus a little more.”

In men’s trampoline, Japan’s Yasuhiro Ueyama held on to first place with 112.5 points. Olympic silver medallist Jason Burnett of Toronto was second at 110.00.

“I did a routine that was harder than planned,” said Burnett, who had already locked up a spot on the world team prior to the start of the competition.

“I made some substitutions and I ended up doing it successfully. It was a good opportunity to experiment with not too much on the line for me at this meet.”

Corissa Boychuk of Airdrie won the women’s double mini trampoline with Chelsea Nerpio of Richmond, B.C., in third. Emily Smith of Burlington, Ont., took the women’s tumbling crown, with Ashley Speed of Etobicoke, Ont., second and Jordan Sugrim, also of Burlington, third.


Cochrane bronzed

Victoria’s Ryan Cochrane raced to the podium at the world swimming championships Wednesday while the Canadian women’s water polo team has a chance to take home a gold medal. Cochrane captured a bronze in the men’s 800-metre freestyle while the Canadian women advanced to the championship game with a semifinal 8-7 win over Russia. Cochrane, a bronze medallist in the 1,500 metres at 2008 Olympics, finished third in a Canadian-record time of seven minutes 41.92 seconds, breaking the mark he set earlier in the week of 7:43.61. China’s Zhang Lin won gold in a world-record time of 7:32.12 while Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia was second in 7:35.27. The medal is Canada’s first in the pool at the world championships.

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