South Africa has a new world champion after gymnast
Bianca Zoonekynd won the double mini trampoline event at
the 2017 Trampoline World Championships in Sofia,
Bulgaria, on 13 November ¡K an amazing achievement when
just three months ago she was lying in hospital with
broken ribs and a punctured lung from a car accident.
Victory means that South Africa now has its first-ever
women¡¦s world trampoline champion.
The last South African male to win the prestigious title
was Derrick Lotz, 37 years ago in Brig, Switzerland.
Zoonekynd¡¦s achievement is a classic comeback tale after
a bad car crash saw her land up in hospital with broken
ribs and a punctured lung just three months ago in her
home town of Port Elizabeth.
But the feisty 25-year-old put all of that behind her to
take the global title with a gritty display.
She went into the finals as second best qualifier behind
Russia¡¦s Polina Troianova but the final scores reflected
a resounding victory for the South African.
Her final points tally was 68.900 compared to silver
medallist Troianova¡¦s 67.800 as Sweden¡¦s Lina Sjoeberg
took bronze with 67.200.
¡§I still can¡¦t believe it ¡K it hasn¡¦t sunk in yet,¡¨
Zoonekynd told Team SA.
¡§Standing on the podium and having our anthem played is
like no other feeling.¡¨