Five countries golden on first day of event finals in Liverpool

IG Staff

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Uneven bars podium: Shilese Jones (USA), Wei Xiaoyuan (CHN), Nina Derwael (BEL)

Five different nations claimed gold medals in the first day of event finals at the World Championship in Liverpool as more history was created by several of the medalists.

On the men’s floor exercise, Giarnni Regini-Moran became the first British gymnast to win a gold medal on the event after posting 14.533 and edging world all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto from Japan who received 14.500. “I honestly can’t explain how I feel just now. I don’t really believe it’s happened, but obviously it has. Maybe it will sink in soon, I don’t know. I’m lost for words.” Ryusoke Doi of Japan earned his first world individual medal by taking the bronze with a 14.266.

In the pommel horse final, Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan captured the first ever gold medal in gymnastics for his country with an impeccable routine that received 15.300. “To be world champion sounds amazing. It’s something I’ve dedicated my life to. To finally be world champion means it’s all worthwhile.” 

Ahmad Abu al Soud earned the silver medal with 14.866 and became the first gymnast from Jordan to win a world medal. With a score of 14.733, Armenia’s Harutyun Merdinyan was awarded a second world bronze medal in his career on the event after the his first in 2015.

Turkey’s Adem Asil captured the rings title with a 14.933, which was the second world title for his country on that event, after Ibrahim Colak‘s win in 2019. “I can’t explain my emotions. I’m so happy because my first world medal is a gold. It is a second world championship gold for Turkey, so I am very happy”.

China’s Zou Jingyuan took the silver with a 14.866, his first world medal on this event, while Great Britain’s Courtney Tulloch earned the bronze with 14.733, his first ever individual medal from a world championship.

In the women’s finals, Jade Carey of the U.S. easily captured the vault title with a score of 14.516, which was her first ever individual world gold medal, after earning silver twice on that event in 2017 and 2019. “This medal means everything to me, especially after the Olympic vault final. I’m just really proud of myself for coming back and hitting two strong vaults”, Carey said. “In the Olympic final, I didn’t do my first vault the way I should have done it. I ended up getting eighth, so here today, actually completing both vaults successfully, and landing both on my feet felt like an amazing feeling. I’m proud of myself for bouncing back.” 

Carey’s teammate, Jordan Chiles, won the silver medal with a 14.350, which was her first individual world medal. France’s Coline Devillard took the bronze with 14.166, and became first-time world medalist.

China’s Wei Xiaoyuan successfully defended her title on uneven bars posting 14.966 for the gold medal. “I have no words. I cannot believe I have just defended the title. I am super happy, especially that I managed to stick my dismount today”, Wei said.

Shilese Jones of the U.S. delivered her best bars routine of the championships to capture the silver medal with 14.766, her second individual medal in Liverpool (silver in the all-around). Olympic champion Nina Derwael of Belgium earned the bronze with a 14.700.

For complete results of the event finals click here.

The World championships in Liverpool conclude on Sunday with the second day of individual event finals beginning at 13:30 (8:30an ET). For live quick hits of the finals follow IG Facebook.

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