08. October 2023  
Antwerp, BEL  
Artistic Gymnastics


After a historical delay of more than 30 years, the female gender made its debut in international artistic gymnastics in Budapest in 1934. Now in Antwerp/BEL (01.10. - 08. 10.), parallel to the men's competition, the 43rd World Championships in Women's Gymnastics will take place. Here, too, the top priority is for the 9 countries that joined the trio of medallists already qualified for the World Championships last year (USA, GBR, CAN) to get now the Olympic tickets for the maximum possible 12 national starting places. This was decided after the two qualifying days, before the team world champion will be determined among the best 8 teams in the Team Final on Wednesday (October 04).
* After team gold and all-around victory as well as two more apparatus titles on beam and floor, the US-American Simone OWENS-BILES has the sceptre in her hands again as the four-time crowned world gymnastics king! With the vault victory (- before Biles!) as well as silver in the all-around and on floor as well as bronze on beam, her Brazilian Rebeca ANDRADE was hardly inferior to her as an elegant competitor and this top duo also only gave up one victory on the last day of the finals, the one on uneven bars, to the technically brilliant Chinese QIU Qiyuan (* see below ).
* As expected, the women's all-around final turned out to be a great performance by the exceptional athlete Simone Owens-BILES, who won her 21st world championship title with 58.399 points, after her first all-around success here in Antwerp, now the 6th all-around gold of her career at the same place. It was a thrilling contest with the defending champion from Brazil, Rebeca ANDRADE (56.766), who, as at the Olympics in Tokyo, now also won silver at the World Championships and relegated the second USA gymnast and last year's runner-up, Shilese JONES (56.332), to bronze.
In the first women's World Championships decision, the favoured USA gymnasts won the 9th team gold in gymnastics history with 167.792 points. In an exciting last round, the Chinese gymnasts, who were among the favourites, fell back to fourth place due to a weak vault round. For the first time, BRAZIL won a World Championships team medal with silver and relegated FRANCE to bronze with 165.530 points. With 164.064 points, FRANCE passed the Chinese by almost 2 points and won a team medal for the first time in 73 years (silver in Basel in 1950) and for the second time.

S C H E D U L E  //  R E S U L T S  (> dailyResults)

* SUNDAY / Monday Oct. 01,/02
WOMEN's Qualification, Day 1

*Intermediate results ...:
Already the first of 10 rounds turned out to be an educational demonstration of modern women's gymnastics, celebrated by the US-Americans, led above all by the "extraterrestrial" Simone BILES, who demonstrated her explosiveness on floor and especially on vault and celebrated her double somersault bent over at a gigantic height. The safety presence of her coach on the podium cost her half a point deduction, but the super difficulty set at 6. Of course, the super difficulty set with a 4-D value gave her the lead - not only on vault, but also on beam and floor, but - one should not underestimate the slender, technically elegant runner-up of last year's world championship, Shilese JONES, who did not perform as difficult as Biles, She celebrated her acro on floor with playful ease and seems to be the aesthete among the top favourites, even though she was almost 2 points behind Biles (58.865) in the all-around (56.932). ..
But everything is still at the beginning and the first preliminary decisions will be made on Monday evening.
That one had to reckon with the Italians, the Dutch and above all the British was already confirmed on the first day of qualification ...

* 3. Subd.:  AA2, GBR, KOR, RSA
As expected, at the end of the first day of the competition, the British women came in behind the USA but also clearly ahead of the Italians, especially thanks to Jessica GADIROVA (56.766), who came within two tenths of a point of the two leading Americans Biles and Jones:
*Intermediate results: - after Subdivision 1 - 3
1. USA-171,395;    2. GBR-166,130;   3. ITA-162,395;   4. NED-161,19;
5. KOR-157,297;    6. RSA-147,997;   7. TPE-145,030;
           ► Intermediate results - after Day 1

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♦ FINAL STANDING after Subdivision 10: (1-12 qualified for OG Paris 2024)
   1. USA-171,395;       2. GBR-166,130;     3. CHN- 165,663;    4. BRA-164,297;
   5.  ITA-162,395;        6. NED-161,197;
      7.  FRA-160,930;     8. JPN-158,497;
   9. AUS-157,896;   10. ROU-157,795;     11. KOR-157,297;   12. CAN-157,229; 
13. GER-157,128;      13. MEX-154,628;       15. HUN-153,563;     16. ESP-152,895; 
  17. BEL-151,662;       18 SWE-150,263;
        19. RSA-147,997;    
20. AUT-147,830;
   21. CZE-147,063;      22. FIN-145,296;          23.TPE-145,230;     24. ARG-145,197.
                    ► Detailed Results

                      Ind. All-around qualification results
* APPARATUS RESULTS & Final Qualifier
    ► VAULT      ► U.BARS;     ► B.BEAM;     ► FLOOT EX.

→. .. next:
 (* Thursday, Oct. 05, from 07.30 pm on: MEN's All-around Final)

    7.30 pm - 10.05:  (- (- the best 24 gymnasts, max. 2 per nation)
   02.00 pm - 06.00:  (- the best 8 per apparatus, max. 2 per Nation)
         * WOMEN:  > VAULT;  > UNEVEN BARS
             (MEN: > FX;   > PH;  > SR;)

   02.00 pm - 06.00:  (- the best 8 per apparatus, max. 2 per Nation)
             (MEN:  > VT;  > PB;  > HB;)
  + + +

* Saturday / Sunday, October 07/08


   V A U L T * Titel holder:Rebeca ANDRADE (BRA)
                                     *  Quali.:  
V a u l t;

ANDRADE Rebeca (BRA) - (5.6/5.0) =14.750
BILES, Simone      (USA) - (6.4/5.6) =14,549
YEO Seojeong       (KOR) - (5.4/5.0) =14,416
              Detailed Results
* Simone Biles started again with great hope her power jump - Yurtschenko - double somersault rw. bent - a borrowing from men's gymnastics ("YANG Wei") as the first gymnast in the world, but she overpeced the jump and had to roll off. Nevertheless she leads until the last gymnast: Rebeca ANDRADE marks the highest score with the "Cheng" already in the first vault and also passes Biles by 2/10 points with rank two. Her second vault title after 2021!!!

WCh GYM History:
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