Baku, June 15, AZERTAC
Belarusian duo Hanna Harchonak and Uladzislau Hancharou will be the ones to watch when the Trampoline competition gets underway at the National Gymnastics Arena on 17 June.
The pair jumped to the women's and men's gold at the 2014 European championship in Guimaraes, Portugal, and at the 2014 world championship in Daytona Beach, USA, both athletes won a bronze medal.
“I can feel the pressure on me,” said Harchonak, who will perform the same programme as she has in those previous competitions. “Before the competition I try not to think about the medals."
She will face a stiff challenge from Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll, who finished second at the 2014 European championship and fourth at the 2014 world championship, as well as Anna Kornetskaya of Russia and Ukrainian Maryna Kyiko.
Hancharou, favourite in the men’s competition, also knows the pressure is on, and has had to change his routine to try to ensure Baku 2015 success.
“I didn’t change the difficulty, but changed the order or the elements for stability and a better technical performance,” he said. The Belarusian trampolinists are also favourites in the synchronised event.
The top six individuals and synchronised pairs from the qualification will go through to the finals. A maximum of one gymnast per NOC is allowed to compete in the final.