Japan wins 2nd straight world title in women’s team
Written by tokyoclub on November 20, 2021
Japan won its second straight trampoline world championship title in the women’s team event on Friday in Baku.
Reina Satake, Hikaru Mori and Yumi Takagi each put in a solid display to score a total of 164.245 points to edge China by 0.995, to top the podium again in the non-Olympic event after their first win in 2019.
(From L) Japan’s Reina Satake, Yumi Takagi, Hikaru Mori and Narumi Tamura pose with their gold medals during an online interview after winning the women’s team event at the trampoline world championships on Nov. 19 in Baku. (Kyodo)
The victory came with a makeshift team for Japan after an injury saw Mori drafted in right just before the competition started in Azerbaijan.
“Japan’s ability to deal with (unexpected) situations brought about the positive impact,” said Satake, who came out on top among the first performers despite finding herself off-balance with her preliminary jumps.
“I was chosen for the second straight world championship so I performed with a sense of gratitude. I remained calm and it was positive I could carefully restructure my performance from the start.”
Mori followed by nailing her triple backflip to score 55.555, the second-best among second performers before Takagi made no mistakes under pressure to wrap things up.
“I’m beginning to get a grip on how to perform at tournaments,” said Mori, who went out in the preliminary round in the individual event at the Tokyo Olympics and needed a monthlong rest after the games.
“I’m surprised we could win it. I’m really happy to have stood on the top of the podium.”
Japan came second in the men’s team event after Ryosuke Sakai, Hiroto Unno and Ryusei Nishioka scored 178.335 points, winning their first medal in the event since coming third in 2017. Belarus won with 180.690.