Tumblers perform two routines, or “passes” during a competition. The choice of elements is left up to the gymnast, but with the exception of basic elements like roundoffs, handsprings and whip backs, no element in either pass can be repeated. However, somersaults will not be considered repetitions if they are preceded by a different element each time.
TYPES OF COMPETITION
• Team competition – At the World Championships, teams are composed of four gymnasts in the qualification round. Each gymnast performs two passes. The best three scores for both the first and second passes are added together, generating the team score. The top five teams advance to the final, where three gymnasts compete another two passes, with every score counting toward the team total. Highest team score wins.
• Individual competition – At the World Championships, the top eight gymnasts with the highest combined scores for their two passes advance to the individual Tumbling final, where they perform another two passes. Highest combined score for the two final passes wins.
THE TWO-PER-COUNTRY RULE
Only the top two gymnasts per country can qualify to the final round. If there are three or more gymnasts from one country who finish in the top eight in the qualification round, only top two from that country will advance to finals, as will the gymnast who finished 9th, provided he or she is not from a country that has already qualified two into the final.
WHAT IF THERE’S A TIE?
In case of a tie in the qualification or final round at the World Championships, the following criteria will be applied in the following order to break it:
- The gymnast with the higher sum of the E-scores of both passes prevails.
- The gymnast with the higher E score for the second pass prevails.
If there is still a tie, the tie will not be broken.