Japan’s Hashimoto claims first world all-around title

IG Staff

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Gold medalist Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) during the all-around competition in LIverpool

The Olympic all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto captured his first world all-around title on Friday evening in Liverpool, England after defeating arch-rival and last year’s champion, Zhang Boheng from China.

Hashimoto, 21, produced high difficulty and consistency on all six apparatus to post 87.198 for his first world all-around title. “I am very happy. This gold medal is very important for me. Last year I couldn’t win the gold medal at the world championships, which was a pity for me”. At last year’s world championships Hashimoto placed second to Zhang by mere 0.017. “Competing against him was motivational today. The battle with Zhang Boheng is always good”, Hashimoto said.

China’s Zhang recorded respectable 86.765 for the silver medal. “I am still eager to fight out there and hungry for gold. I took the competition very seriously. Obviously, I wanted to be the defending champion but unfortunately it was not my day”, Zhang said. “In competition, it always comes down to who performs the best and it was him (Hashimoto) today.” 

Japan’s Wataru Tanigawa earned his first individual world medal of his career by winning the bronze with a score of 85.231. “I just thought ‘keep going, never give up’. I made some mistakes but that was ok”. 

After some mistakes during his qualification and team final competitions, Brody Malone of the U.S. showed his best gymnastics so far in Liverpool, but it wasn’t quite enough for a medal, and he placed fourth with 84.931. “Today went really well compared to how the last two days of competition have gone, so I’m happy with that. But it’s definitely bittersweet to be that close and taste it, but just not get it. I’m definitely motivated, that’s for sure”, Malone said.

Fifth was Great Britain’s Jake Jarman 82.865, followed by Asher Hong of the U.S. who scored 82.365. Hong had a very strong showing until his last event high bar, where he slipped off the bar on his Kolman release move. “Today I’m still proud of myself for going out there and just showing off my gymnastics”, the 18-year-old Hong said.

Last year’s world all-around bronze medalist, Illia Kovtun of Ukraine, was seventh with 82.365. Philippines’ Carlos Yulo who posted the top scores of the entire competition, 15.166 on both floor and parallel bars, placed eight.

For complete results of the all-around competition click here.

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