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Vachon leads Canada to silver medal in men’s double mini-trampoline at 2015 Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships

Vachon, 31, set to retire after more than a decade on the national team, also qualified for the individual DMT finals, giving the ageless veteran the chance for another medal in his last competition on Saturday.

In the team final, the four-man squad of Vachon, Jon Schwaiger of Burlington, Ont., Kyle Carragher of Port Coquitlam, B.C. and Douglas Armstrong of Surrey, B.C.
tied for second with the United States with 109.300 points leaving both countries with silver medals. Russia romped to the gold with 117.700 points.

In the individual DMT qualifiers, both Vachon and Armstrong earned a spot in the final, placing fifth and 11th respectively. Carragher finished 18th and Schwaiger 19th in a field of 34 competitors.

“It was a lot of fun being out there, a lot of pressure, and a lot of hype with Denmark being in the team final but our guys handled it well, it was a great experience,” said Vachon.

Vachon, who lives in Hamilton, Ont., and heads the trampoline and tumbling program at the Burlington BGs, has won a boat load of medals as an athlete and has coached more than 20 national team members. A four-time national DMT champion, Vachon has also held the world record for total difficulty and highest total score.

In the women’s DMT qualifiers, Danielle Gruber of Kelowa, B.C. clinched a spot in the final after placing second in a field of 27 competitors with a score of 69.300 points. Andreia Robalo of Portugal topped the field with 69.600 points.

Tamara O’Brien of Coquitlam, B.C., was edged out for the final spot in the eight-woman final by Polina Troianova of Russia and had to settle for ninth. Arden Oh of Calgary, Alta. placed 13th and Karine Dufour of Laval, Que., was 25th.

The groups results put them in second place in the team competition to advance to the finals on Sunday.

“Things went really well,” said O’Brien. “We were really strong as a team and landed most of our passes.”

In the women’s trampoline team final, Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan of Toronto, Karen Cockburn of Toronto, Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., and Samantha Smith of Richmond Hill, Ont. finished fourth, just out of the medals.

In the men’s synchronized trampoline qualifiers, brothers Kyle and Keegan Soehn of Red Deer, Alta., placed 20th.

Competition continues Saturday with finals in DMT, synchronized trampoline, and tumbling.

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