08. October 2014  
Nanning, China  
WCh / WM 2014

WCh 2014: USA defend women's Team crown

The UNITED STATES women's gymnastics team defended their women's team final title at the 36th Women's World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2014 in Nanning on Wednesday. After glory in Tokyo three years ago, there was no team competition held in Antwerp in 2013, the US won gold once - their fourth in this millenium - again at the Guangxi Sports Centre Gymnasium, in front of host CHINA and RUSSIA.
Victory continued United States' dominance of the sport, after the team also took gold at the London Olympics in 2012. They topped the podium by a winning margin of over five points two years ago, and Wednesday's victory was even more convincing as triumphed with a score of 179.280 and a difference of nearly + 7 points. ...

The biggest training camp of the USA, the "International Gymnastics Training Camp" (IGC) supports the daily GYMmedia WCh coverages from Nanning.

    - Wednesday, October 08 - Nanning (CHN)
* ... Start: at 1.00 pm, local time)
> Starting Order (Startliste)   > LIVE RESULTS (Longines)

* Final Teams:

♦♦ Competition report
It wasn’t entirely easy for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win a second consecutive world championship, but Team USA sure made it look like it. Even though the Americans suffered some bobbles on the beam, they were so much more powerful and precise overall that they were able to win the world crown with 179.280 points — a whopping 6.693 points ahead of host China and 7.818 ahead of third-place Russia. The US-Team, which includes Alyssa Baumann, Biles, Madison Kocian, Ashton Locklear, Ross, MyKayla Skinner and alternate Madison Desch, began with exceptionally strong vault performances.
Biles anchored the vault rotation by performing an Amanar for a 15.866 mark. The U.S. women followed those up with impressive routines on the uneven bars to build a 3.752 lead over the Chinese. The balance beam rotation showed some chinks in Team USA’s armor as Ross wobbled following a side somersault and Biles also had a huge bobble. Still, no other country could come close to catching up to the Americans. On the final rotation, floor exercise, Team USA really showcased its exceptional power. Skinner opened her routine with a layout and tuck double-double that were so huge that even though she stepped out of bounds later in the performance she still garnered a 14.666 score. Appropriately, Biles closed the competition, and her upbeat routine, which scored a 15.375, was practically a victory lap. Team USA won the world championship team title in 2011 when the event was held in Tokyo. At the last world championships in 2013, Biles and Ross finished 1-2 in the all-around competition. The women’s all-around competition in Nanning is set for Friday.
* written by Amy Rosswater / US Team

1. USA  – 179,280
2. CHN  – 172,587
3. RUS  – 171,462

4. ROU – 170,963;  5. ITA – 169,023;  6. GBR – 168,495
7. AUS – 165,988;  8. JPN – 165,422
  ►► Detailed Results
            ►► All Results