Hikaru Mori helped Japan post a winning total of 164.245 in the women's team event at the Trampoline World Championships ©Getty Images

Belarus and Japan successfully defended their men's and women's team titles at the International Gymnastics Federation Trampoline World Championships in Azerbaijan's capital Baku.

The men's individual Olympic champion Ivan Litvinovich contributed a score of 61.225 to Belarus' team total of 180.690, with Aleh Rabtsau, Andrei Builou, and Aliaksei Dudarau also picking up gold medals at the Milli Gimnastika Arenasi.

"Our first emotions were relief, because we defended our title," Rabtsau said.

"Everyone on our team did great, and showed their combinations at the highest level, and we beat other countries by a fairly big margin."

Japan were their nearest challengers with 178.335, while bronze went to the Russian Gymnastics Federation (RGF) with 169.550.

Olympic champion Ivan Litvinovich helped Belarus retain the men's team title in Baku ©Getty Images
Olympic champion Ivan Litvinovich helped Belarus retain the men's team title in Baku ©Getty Images

In the women's team event, the 2019 individual world champion Hikaru Mori helped Japan post a winning total of 164.245.

Reina Satake, Yumi Takagi and Narumi Tamura also featured on the Japanese team.

Silver went to China with 163.250, while the RGF's 162.920 rounded off the podium.

An experienced RGF team took their fourth consecutive men's double mini crown, with Mikhail Zalomin earning a 10th gold at the World Championships in the process.

Vasilii Makarskii and Aleksandr Odintsov also contributed to the RGF's tally of 115.800.

Portugal placed second with 111.300, while the Spanish team took bronze with 108.700.

The RGF secured its second victory of the Championships in the men's tumbling, with 112.800 from Aleksandr Lisitsyn, Aleksei Svetlishnikov, Vadim Afanasev and Maksim Riabikov seeing off the 111.200 recorded by Britain's Kristof Willerton, Jaydon Paddock, William Cowen and Elliott Browne.

Denmark clinched bronze with 106.900.

France secured its first tumbling gold medal since 1996 in the women's event as Candy Briere-Vetillard, Lucie Tumoine, Emilie Wambote, and Maelle Dumitru-Marin posted 99.400, one ahead of Belgium.

Third place went to Britain with 98.100.

Today's other final was the women's double mini trampoline, won by the United States.

Tristan van Natta top scored with 35.200 en route to a 104.900 recorded by the American team, which included her sister Trinity.

Shelby Nobuhara and Lacey Jenkins also contributed as the US secured back-to-back titles in this event.

They had to stave off a strong challenge from the RGF's Dana Sadkova, Daria Nespanova, Aleksandra Bonartseva, and Alina Kuznetcova, who finished just 0.1 behind the champions.

Canada notched 102.400 to earn bronze.

In women's synchronised trampoline qualification, two pairs from China were the top scorers, but only Hu Yicheng and Zhang Xinxin progressed to the final with 92.760.

Japan's Mori and Tamura scored 91.200 as the next best of the eight who qualified.

Builou and Rabtsau of Belarus were the top performers in the men's synchronised trampoline with 95.320 as eight pairs got through to the final.

There was an RGF one-two in men's individual tumbling qualification, with Lisitsyn and Afanasev posting 75.800 and 75.500 respectively.

Azerbaijan's Mikhail Malkin also scored more than 75.

The penultimate day of competition tomorrow begins with the individual men's and women's semi-finals and is followed by finals in the men's and women's individual tumbling, double mini trampoline and synchronised trampoline.