Baku 2015: More to come from Driscoll despite making final

17 June 2015 / 14:12

Kat Driscoll insists there is still plenty left in the tank despite finishing easing into the final of the women's trampoline competition in Baku.

Team GB’s sole representative at London 2012, Driscoll has plenty of experience of competing on the big stage, having accumulated no fewer than seven World Championship medals.

And she certainly looked at ease at the National Gymnastics Arena on Wednesday, impressing judges with her routine to top the leaderboard after the first qualifying group with a score of 99.426.

The 29-year-old admitted afterwards she had had problems adjusting to the different trampolines from the training hall to the arena, although there were few sign of any concerns in her two clean performances.

Her set routine scored her 46.74 while the voluntary routine, where the gymnasts can compete their own series of ten highly difficult skills in succession, scored 52.725 - to leave her sitting fifth.

And with a short break now until Sunday’s final, Driscoll intends to eke out further improvements yet.

“I'm generally pretty happy not my best routines but clean and that's what's important in qualifying so happy overall,” she said.

“It's taken me a bit of time to get used to the arena trampolines but once I got going it went well.

“It's always difficult with falls going on around you but you have to just stay focussed. It's not often we get to compete on a podium so this experience is great for us as we look ahead to Rio.

“Looking ahead to the final I know the opposition is strong but also know I'm capable of improvement so we'll see.”

There was no such luck for teammate Laura Gallagher however who came into difficulty on both her routines and was unable to finish either.

While Luke Strong started strongly with 45.55 on his set routine but was also unable to complete his more difficult voluntary routine.

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