Clarke and Pickering make an impact on debut in Tokyo
Australian Trampoline Gymnasts Jessica Pickering and Dominic Clarke bounced their way on to the world stage making their Olympic debuts.
First up was Pickering, who fell early in both her qualification routines, with sideways movement sending her onto the side of the frame earning her a total score of 34.190 and ending the qualification rounds in 16th spot.
Speaking after the event, Pickering said, "It was very exciting, I was a little bit nervous being first up but I'm very proud to be the first competitor for the trampoline event which was phenomenal.”
"Even though it wasn't my best competition, I think it's one of my worst for a while which is bad timing, but even considering that I still enjoyed the experience and it's an amazing opportunity for my career."
A visibly relaxed Clarke had a stand-out performance in the Men’s Competition. At the end of the qualification rounds, Clarke had completed both his routines to perfection, qualifying for the finals in 4th place. Becoming the first Australian male athlete to reach a Trampoline final since 2000.
Smiling his way through to the final, Clarke came off the trampoline on skill 4. Finishing in 8th place in what was a thrilling Men’s final.
Following his performance, Clarke said he couldn’t be prouder of what he did in his Olympic debut.
"I'm over the moon," Clarke said.
"It's the best performance I've put up all year and it literally just came down to me having fun on the floor. I set out what I wanted to do in prelims, exceeded my expectations to be in the finals was a bonus and the energy down there and watching everyone compete was so much fun."