GB trampolinist Strong thrilled with World Championship performance
Great Britain trampolinist Luke Strong put to bed his demons by reaching the World Trampoline Championship finals for the first time in his career after seven unsuccessful attempts.
The 2014 European Championship bronze medallist finished eighth in the final in Russia, but admitted after the competition that he couldn’t be happier to be among the sport's elite athletes.
The 24-year-old, who became the first British male to win a medal at the European Championships in 32 years, scored a grand total of 58.025 to finish at the foot of the table.
But the Liverpool gymnast was thrilled with the result, and he tweeted: "Senior World Championship finalist! Cannot believe it - eighth time lucky hey!"
Meanwhile, two-time world champion Kat Driscoll reached a fifth individual World final of her career despite being the oldest in the field at 32-years-old.
The London 2012 veteran, who finished in ninth place at her home Olympic Games, pulled off an impressive routine that scored 54.560.
The result left her in seventh place overall as compatriot and Olympic silver medallist Bryony Page agonisingly missed out on qualifying for the finals after a year plagued by injury.
But the three-time European team champion was thrilled with her performance and she lent her encouragement to Strong for reaching the finals.
The Chatham-born trampolinist tweeted: "7th in the World, 5th World final, oldest competitor, I’ll take that. Proud of Luke Strong for making his first world final."