If Jeffrey Gluckstein had been seeking a breakthrough performance in his international trampoline career, it finally came Sunday.
In fact, it was a breakthrough for the entire country.
The two-time reigning U.S. trampoline champion captured a silver medal in the world cup stop in Maebashi, Japan. It was the first men’s individual trampoline world cup medal by an American in nine years; Logan Dooley won gold at the 2009 Ostend World Cup in Belgium.
He posted a score of 58.960 to grab the lead and watched as competitor after competitor either fell short or had a mishap during their routine.
The only athlete who bettered Gluckstein’s score was the final one of the competition, China’s Lei Gao, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist who grabbed the gold with a 61.365. Mikita Ilyinykh of Belarus was third at 58.650. No other competitor was within 11 points of the podium.
Gluckstein’s previous best world cup finish came last year in Minsk, Belarus, where he was fifth.