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Chinese trampolinist Gao Lei makes historical fourth straight individual world title

2019-12-01 15:13:00 Xinhuanet

TOKYO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- No one had ever done it!

Chinese trampolinist Gao Lei claimed historical fourth straight men's trampoline title at FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships here on Sunday.

Gao Lei defended his title with high difficulty routine scoring 61.705 points, edging out Belarusian 18-year-old starlet Ivan Litvinovich by 0.185 points.

The 27-year-old Rio Olympic bronze medalist stepped on the top podium of men's trampoline in 2015, 2017 and 2018 World Championships in a row before.

This new triumph marked Gao's name as the first man in history to win four men's trampoline world titles in succession.

His next goal is the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He will come back in the same venue as he and his teammate Dong Dong - the bronze medalist here - had secured Olympics spots for China. The hosts Japan, France, Russia, and Belarus also claimed Tokyo 2020 qualification here in the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

"When I climb on a trampoline I feel very calm. I didn't used to but now I feel very confident," the record-holder said.

China also pocketed a bronze medal in team all-around final at a total of 24 points. Russia and the United States pocketed gold and silver separately.

Both Russia and the hosts Japan swept four golds as the Trampoline World Championships concluded Sunday.

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