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FROM CAR CRASH TO SOUTH AFRICA¡¦S FIRST WOMEN¡¦S WORLD TRAMPOLINE CHAMPION
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.¡¨

¡V Source: TeamSA.co.za


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