Liu Lingling wins women's individual title at FIG World Cup
Sports Scene

The Trampoline World Cup made the fourth stop of its series in Valladolid, where China's former world champion Liu Lingling re-establishes her supremacy in the women's individual competition on October 7.

Liu from Fujian took the women's trampoline gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games. Liu also claimed gold in February at the first stop of this year's World Cup in Baku. This time, the 2014 world champion claimed another title while her fellow Chinese, Zhu Xueying, came in second.

In the men's final, Belarusian Uladzislau Hancharou edged China's Gao Lei, who has been the world champion every year since 2015.

Maryna Kyiko and Svitlana Malkova of Ukraine blitz the field in the women's synchronized trampoline, while Japan's duo of Ryosuke Sakai and Daiki Kishi won the men's title.

The first modern trampoline was built by George Nissen and Larry Griswold around 1934 at the University of Iowa. It was initially used to train tumblers and astronauts and as a training tool to develop and hone acrobatic skills for other sports such as diving, gymnastics, and freestyle skiing. People enjoyed the sensation so much that they began to trampoline for sheer fun, and it became popular in its own right.

Trampolining made its first appearance at the 2000 Games in Sydney, with men's and women's competitions.

( Cover image from VCG )