Uchimura, Mustafina Win All-Around Titles
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Japan's Kohei Uchimura and Russia's Aliya Mustafina won the all-around titles Friday at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam.


Ksenia Semyonova picks up world champion Aliya Mustafina after she clinched victory Friday.

Both gymnasts were the top qualifiers in preliminaries, and each delivered champion performances in the final. Silver medalists were Jiang Yuyuan (China) for the women and Philipp Boy (Germany) for the men. Americans Rebecca Bross and Jonathan Horton both won bronzes.

The 16-year-old Mustafina gave Russia its second gold medal in Rotterdam, two days after leading the team to its first world title. She is the second world all-around champion under the guidance of Alexander Alexandrov, who 23 years ago coached Dmitry Bilozerchev to his second title at the very same arena.

With a solid Yurchenko 2 1/2 in the first rotation of the all-around final, Mustafina took a commanding lead over her rivals and never looked back. Her biggest mistake of the night was not connecting her Tkatchev immediately after her inside Stalder-full, which cost her connection bonus. She needed a score of 14.000 on her final event, floor exercise, to pass Jiang, and delivered a brilliant routine for 15.033.

Mustafina's all-around total of 61.032 is even higher than it was in the team final and qualification, and is the second-best score posted by a female gymnast under the new Code of Points. (Russia's Viktoria Komova, not eligible for Rotterdam, won the Youth Olympics in August with a record 61.250).

Jiang hit four routines cleanly to give the Chinese women their best-ever all-around finish following three previous bronzes: Zhang Nan at the 2003 Worlds and 2004 Olympics, and Yang Yilin at the 2008 Olympics. Jiang nailed the beam routine of her life (15.066) and followed with a clutch performance on floor exercise (14.566) to seal an all-around medal.

Second in 2009, Bross was third after falling on beam on her standing Arabian, but she rebounded with the top floor routine of the night, 15.233. Despite suffering from a leg injury, Bross nailed all her tumbling for her second world all-around medal.

On Friday afternoon, Uchimura sailed to his second world all-around title, posting an untouchable 92.331 with six hit sets. Uchimura's combination of difficulty, artistry and consistency is unmatched, leaving the race for second place whenever he takes the floor. Needing only a 12.784 on his final event to win, he clinched the title with a 15.066.

Uchimura is the fifth man to win two world titles, and the second to win them consecutively, following Yuri Korolyov (1981 and 1985), Bilozerchev (1983 and 1987), Ivan Ivankov (1994 and 1997) and Yang Wei (2006 and 2007). Next year Uchimura could take an unprecedented third all-around title at the 2011 World Championships, which will be held in Tokyo no less.

Boy proved his second place in qualification was no fluke, matching Fabian Hambüchen's 2007 silver medal as Germany's best-ever world finish. Boy, who competed six events to lead Germany to the bronze in Thursday's team final, appeared slightly worn Friday, sacrificing some execution points with tired mistakes on vault and high bar. But the joyful Boy, who has no weak events, competed with even style across all six apparatus.

Horton just edged Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov for the bronze medal, 89.864-89.831. It is the first world medal for Horton, who fought his way back up the rankings after a low of 13.833 on pommel horse in the second rotation.

Kuksenkov, nursing an injured knee, performed simpler routines on floor exercise and vault, but nevertheless gave Ukraine its best all-around finish since the late Alexander Beresch took bronze at the 2000 Olympics.

The biggest flop of the men's all-around final was Russia's Maxim Devyatovsky, who was solidly second after five rotations. Needing a 14.233 on pommel horse to win a medal, he fell twice for 11.166 to take 19th place.

Boy and Japan's Rie Tanaka won the Longines Prize for Elegance, and along with it a Longines watch and $5,000 each.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

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2010 World Gymnastics Championships
Oct. 22, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Aliya Mustafina 15.666 15.300 15.033 15.033 61.032
2. Jiang Yuyuan 14.833 15.533 15.066 14.566 59.998
3. Rebecca Bross 14.700 14.933 14.100 15.233 58.966
4. Huang Qiushuang 14.766 15.200 14.700 13.700 58.366
5. Ana Porgras 13.966 14.466 15.433 14.300 58.165
6. Lauren Mitchell 14.733 13.900 14.900 14.600 58.133
7. Tatiana Nabiyeva 15.466 15.133 13.266 13.433 57.298
8. Ariella Käslin 15.300 13.700 14.200 13.700 56.900
9. Raluca Haidu 14.666 13.400 14.466 13.800 56.332
10. Jessica Lopez 14.433 13.966 13.866 14.033 56.298
11. Vanessa Ferrari 13.833 13.866 14.233 14.233 56.165
12. Elisabeth Seitz 14.766 14.733 13.458 13.200 56.157
13. Alexandra Raisman 14.900 11.700 14.466 14.633 55.699
14. Georgia Bonora 13.966 13.833 14.466 13.433 55.698
15. Jade Barbosa 14.866 12.900 14.166 13.733 55.665
16. Hannah Whelan 13.866 13.433 14.200 14.000 55.499
17. Rie Tanaka 14.033 14.066 13.900 13.333 55.332
18. Daniele Hypolito 14.100 13.000 14.066 14.100 55.266
19. Celine Van Gerner 13.866 14.100 13.000 14.200 55.166
20. Marta Pihan-kulesza 13.766 12.500 14.333 14.133 54.732
21. Koko Tsurumi 13.866 12.900 14.600 13.300 54.666
22. Nicole Hibbert 13.966 14.000 13.200 13.400 54.566
23. Aurelie Malaussena 14.166 13.966 14.033 12.100 54.265
24. Elisabetta Preziosa 13.933 11.700 14.200 13.100 52.933

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Kohei Uchimura 15.566 15.000 15.133 16.266 15.300 15.066 92.331
2. Philipp Boy 15.000 14.666 14.566 15.650 15.166 15.000 90.048
3. Jonathan Horton 14.866 13.833 15.366 15.566 15.200 15.033 89.864
4. Nikolai Kuksenkov 14.666 14.766 14.600 15.700 14.933 15.166 89.831
5. Daniel Purvis 15.066 14.300 14.166 15.900 14.933 14.600 88.965
6. Lu Bo 14.366 14.366 14.800 16.033 14.766 14.633 88.964
7. Sergei Khorokhordin 14.433 14.466 14.933 15.466 14.066 15.300 88.664
8. Koji Uematsu 14.566 14.200 13.733 15.566 15.533 14.800 88.398
9. Samuel Hunter 14.433 14.966 14.033 15.600 14.700 14.633 88.365
10. Alexander Shatilov 15.200 14.066 13.941 15.666 14.666 14.666 88.205
11. Teng Haibin 14.033 14.000 14.033 15.791 15.533 14.766 88.156
12. Kim Soo Myun 13.700 15.000 13.733 15.966 14.800 14.800 87.999
13. Cyril Tommasone 14.100 15.533 14.091 15.333 14.633 13.866 87.556
14. Anton Fokin 14.083 14.466 14.133 15.683 15.133 13.933 87.431
15. Tomas Gonzalez 15.191 13.366 14.466 15.966 14.400 13.833 87.222
16. Flavius Koczi 14.266 13.900 14.375 16.433 14.650 13.333 86.957
17. Yevgeny Spiridonov 14.166 14.366 14.200 15.383 14.333 14.500 86.948
18. Danell Leyva 14.733 12.900 14.325 15.666 13.566 15.666 86.856
19. Maxim Devyatovsky 14.900 11.166 15.066 16.066 15.033 14.566 86.797
20. Dmitry Savitsky 13.816 14.000 14.566 15.500 14.950 13.900 86.732
21. Yoo Won Chul 13.633 12.500 14.825 15.500 14.866 15.066 86.390
22. Luis Vargas 13.100 14.133 13.933 15.516 14.733 14.833 86.248
23. Luis Rivera 14.400 14.100 14.866 15.900 12.533 13.700 85.499
24. Sergio Munoz 13.366 12.666 14.466 15.900 12.900 14.466 83.764
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Tanya said:

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CONGRATULATIONS ALIYA! MOLODETS CHEMPIONKA!!!!!!!!
 
October 22, 2010
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Starre from The Gymnastics Notebook said:

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THE GYMNASTICS NOTEBOOK
Congrads! on your Bronze Becca!
 
October 22, 2010 | url
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Vicki said:

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Love to see the best gymnast win (men and women).

Bross fell only from silver to bronze (which again says much about the depth of the all-around competition). FIG's strange rules and reduction in the number of participants created just the opposite effect of what they wanted -- you actually have fewer gymnasts able to capture an all-around medal and they do so even with big mistakes.

Great that Horton finally won his well-deserved all-around medal.
 
October 22, 2010
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Kristin said:

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Back in business
Great to see that Russia is back in business with Mustafina's gold as well as the team gold! I was a little bit surprised thhough, that it was actually Mustafina who brought home the gold medal. smilies/cheesy.gif
 
October 23, 2010
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