Driscoll’s double delight

IN SYNC! World champions Amanda Parker and Kat Driscoll (centre) celebrate alongside the China and Ukraine pairs, who finished second and third.
IN SYNC! World champions Amanda Parker and Kat Driscoll (centre) celebrate alongside the China and Ukraine pairs, who finished second and third.
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KAT Driscoll will return home as a double World champion.

The 27-year-old from West Rainton has been competing as part of the Great Britain women’s team at the world trampoline gymnastics championships in Bulgaria.

And in the space of two days, she picked up two gold medals.

On Friday, the London 2012 Olympian, who trains at the Apollo club in Washington, teamed up with Laura Gallagher (Somerset), Bryony Page (Sheffield) and Emma Smith (Liverpool) to emerge triumphant in the women’s team final.

It was the first time in 21 years that Britain’s women have won a world trampoline team title, and that now makes them World and European champions.

Britain entered the final in second place behind the defending champions, China.

Britain led from their first performer, Smith, who scored 55.840, followed by Gallagher (55.280), with Driscoll bringing the team home with a score of 53.725.

China struggled to keep up the pace as He Wenna, who competed after Smith, was outscored by Smith by a margin of 0.06 – while Zhong Xingping and Li Dan failed to complete their routines to drop out of contention, finally finishing fifth.

Britain triumphed with a total score of 164.845. Canada (159.995) claimed silver, with Belarus claiming the bronze medal.

Driscoll (pictured, left), a former world ranked No.1, said: “It’s incredible. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. We’re all a bit emotional and can’t stop smiling.

“We’ve worked together so hard over the past two or three years, so it’s good that we can get some kind of acknowledgement for all of the hard work we’ve put in individually.”

The golden joy doubled on Saturday when Driscoll and partner Amanda Parker became world synchro champions.

The British pair triumphed ahead of the Chinese team, with Ukraine taking the bronze. Belarus finished fourth.

That meant a second golden moment for Driscoll and Parker in the synchro this year – the pair also triumphed at the prestigious World Games in Colombia in August.