The first final day of these World Championships on men's side began with a bang on the first apparatus: The youngest gymnast of these Worlds, became also one of the youngest world champion in gymnastics history: Kenzo SHIRAI not only presented a floor routine with the highest difficulty (7.4) special accomplished the first gymnast the world a 4-fold screw - and that at the end of his exercise, in the last acrobatic row !! World champion on pommel horse is surprisingly the Japanese Kohei KAMEYAMA, who came in this final on eighth position! The victory on the still rings goes to Olympic champion and former World Vice Champion Artur ZANETTI from Brazil, thus interrupting the rings sovereignty of the Chinese after 5 wins in a row in the last decade. Korea's YANG, Hak Seon on vault and Kohei UCHIMURA on parallel bars cmpleted the top position of Asian athletes. A big triumph celebrated Olympic champion on high bar: Epke ZONDERLAND won his first WCh title near his Dutch homeland in Antwerp, Belgium ...
On the first day of the Women's finals, the title ent to two, the medals to representatives of four nations:
New vault World Champion is Kayla Mc MARONEY from the USA, followed by all-around champion Simone Biles and the North Korean HONG Jong Un, while the Swiss Giulia STEINGRUBER just scraped past the podium.On uneven bars, China overtook but the first gold medal, although the favored YAO, Jinnan fell, but compatriot HUANG, Huidan won the title, in front of silver medallist Kyla Ross (USA) and Aliya Mustafina from Russia. Germany's Sophie Scheder occupied in her very first Worlds final rank 5.
On Sunday Russia's Aliya MUSTAFINA on beam and all-around champion Simone BILES (USA) were the best at the final day of these Worlds ...!
The world’s best female gymnast is Simone Biles, a 16-year-old Texan with braces who beat a field of Olympians to win the world all-around title in her first major international meet. Biles, the 2013 U.S. all-around champion, scored 60.216 points, coming from behind after three of four rotations to overtake teammate Kyla Ross, who had 59.332 points. Russian Aliya Mustafina, the 2010 world all-around champion, won bronze with 58.856. Ross, the youngest member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic champion team, led by a tiny .016 of a point going into the final rotation, floor exercise. Biles had a huge advantage over Ross going into that event, outscoring her by .7 in qualifying and .45 and .8 at the U.S. Championships in August. It would have been a shock if Biles didn’t pass Ross on the final event. She delivered a 15.233 after Ross posted a 14.333 to become the seventh U.S. woman to win a world all-around title in gymnastics history.
Olympic and already 3-times world champion since 2009, Kohei Uchimura from Japan, won a record fourth all-around world championship today, beating Japanese compatriot Ryohei Kato in a final that had a sense of inevitability from the start. Uchimura opened with the best floor exercise of the six top qualifiers, and was in command the rest of the way. He mixed strength, poise and elegance in every discipline, setting himself apart from all gymnasts and reinforcing his reputation as the greatest in the history of the sport. Even though Uchimura already held the men’s record for all-around world titles, he still shared it overall with retired women’s great Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, who also won three. "I always do my own things," Uchimura said. "I don't think about rivals." Such is his mastery that he doesn't have to. Uchimura also qualified for the weekend floor exercise, high bar and parallel bar finals. In the contest for the other medals, Samuel Mikulak of the U.S. made a decisive error late in his high bar routine and instead of challenging for silver he ended up fifth.
Fabian Hambuechen of Germany started with a weak pommel horse routine, but his evening-long chase ended with a great floor exercise and the bronze medal. Uchimura finished with 91.990 points, almost a massive two points ahead of Kato, who had 90.032. Hambuechen finished with 89.332. Britain’s Max Whitlock was fourth with 89.031, followed by Sergio Sasaki Junior from Brazil (88,949), while Sam Mikulak plunged to sixth with 88.548.
Britain’s Max Whitlock and Daniel Purvis produced outstanding displays in the men’s all-around final at the 2013 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp to finish in 4th and 7th places respectively. The British boys both completed clean routines over the gruelling six apparatus and remained composed in the tense atmosphere to put themselves right up amongst the World greatest gymnasts
Even after the last women's qualifying round it remained in the leadership in the all-around of the current U.S. Champion Simone Biles, with 60.133 points, the first and only gymnast who broke the "sound barrier" through 60 points, followed by her compatriot and national Vice-champion Kyla Ross (USA; 59.198) infront of the Chinese Yao Jinnan (57.965). Romania's best gymnast Andrea Iordache is fourth in "ambush position" (57.865), as well as Russia's Aliya Mustafina finished fifth with 57.165), who was not flawless by her floor routine. A moderate success accomplished the Swiss Giulia Steingruber, who brought herself in ninth (56.465) among the top ten. German champion Elisabeth Seitz (53.532) failed on beam and missed the uneven bars final, but was happy about her 22nd rank, reaching the all-around final on Friday. Sophie Scheder from Chemnitz (GER) had the good fortune who scored 14,566 points at her world championships debut, qualifying on eighth place for the uneven bars final as the only on German. Also Oksana Chusovitina (UZB), the oldest particpant in Antwerp (38 years!) was happy about qualifying for the vault final on sixth place ....
The men's qulification rounds of the 44th 2013 World Gymnastics Championships which begun on Monday ends after the 4th subdivision on Tuesday.
Best of all in all-around was the incredible title holder and Olympic champion Kohei UCHIMURA who leads with fantastic sgor of 91,924 points. Behind the second placed Samuel MIKULAK (USA; 89,532) follow three more Asian atletes from Japan an China: Ryohei KATO, LIN, Chaopan and ZHOU, Shixiong.
44th GYM-WORLDS, Antwerp 2013
When starting on Monday (30 09 -. 06:10) Belgium is hosting a World Gymnastics Championship for the third time in the history. The city of Antwerp, which hosted a first "International Tournament" 110 years ago, which subsequently received the status of the "1st world championships" in 1934, at the 10th Worlds in Budapest, welcomes now about 400 gymnasts from 74 different countries to the second time in history. Also, the first world gymnastics (FIG-) president, Nicolas J. Cuperus, was a Belgian ...
Among the current top-athletes of these Worlds now in the Belgian seaport Antwerp - which are also the 35th women's Worlds - are also many established veterans, including Oksana Chusovitina (38 years) and Mitja Petkovsek (36) as the oldest virtuosos in the world, in a good mix of many new and ambitious youngster on their way to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 ...