Luke Strong has been dreaming of a World Championships medal since the age of 11 and finally, alongside Nathan Bailey, his childhood desires came true.
The pair took synchronised trampoline silver in Sofia, keeping in perfect harmony to the very end of their routine to secure the deserved medal.
The tension rose after several gymnasts fell earlier in the final but Bailey and Strong were unfazed by the pressure and scored 52.250 points to finish behind Belarus.
Both gymnasts’ stars had been on the rise for many years, with Liverpudlian Strong the first British male senior trampolinist to win a European medal when he took bronze in 2014.
But, until now, a world medal still evaded the 23-year-old’s grasp and he was grateful to have hold of one at last.
“We’re over the moon,” said Strong. “It feels like we’ve waited a long time for this medal, just missing out in previous championships and now we’ve got it — it feels incredible.”
Bailey claimed a European bronze of his own in 2016, the same year he competed at the Rio Olympic Games, where he just missed out on the final by one place.
And he too was relieved to have fulfilled his promise on the world stage: “We’ve always felt we had the potential and today’s the day it’s happened for us.
“We went out and put down a great routine, it’s a pretty special feeling.”
The synchronised success came on a strong day for the British team, who won four medals in total.
The men’s tumbling team were crowned world champions, while the women’s double mini-trampoline team took silver and Lucie Colebeck won individual tumbling bronze.
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