13. October 2019  
WCh Stuttgart  



Glorious expected start-finish Victory for Simone BILES (USA), who won her 5th World Championships all-around title and thus her 16th Worlds gold confidently at the AA-Final final in Stuttgart today. With a dream score of 58,999 never reached at world championships, she defeated China's TANG, Xijing (56,899) in the silver Rank with a 2-point advantage. For Russia's European Champion Angelina MELNIKOVA (56,399) remained the bronze medal. Behind the vice-world champion of 2017, the Canadian Elsabeth Black and last year's fourth Nina DERWAEL (BEL), Germany's record champion Elisabeth SEITZ finished sixth in the best competition of her career (55,999) - the best since 1987 (Dörthe Thümmler in Rotterdam) WCh all-around placement by a German gymnast; and with Germany's Champion Sarah VOSS in 10th position, the German gymnasts again brought two female athletes to the top ten in the world after 2017 !!

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♦♦ 40th WOMEN's WORLDS 2019
         - Stuttgart / GER; October 04 - 13 -

  WOMEN*s apparatus FINALS (Oct. 12 / 13)
      -   - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Hall -

> List of qualifiers
> Startlis Day 1;  > Startlist Day 2

VAULT: - Titelholder: Simone BILES (USA)

  BILES Simone     (USA)  = 15,399
  CAREY, Jade       (USA)  = 14,883
  DOWNIE, Elissa   (GBR)  = 14,816
        Detailed Results

After victories in the team competition and All-around final, Biles won her third straight gold in Stuttgart, tying the 23 medals won by Vitaly Scherbo (URS/BLR) between 1991-96.
Biles, second in qualification, was back on top on Saturday, averaging 15.399 for her Cheng vault (6.0 Difficulty) and Amanar (5.8 Difficulty). On the Amanar, she was nearly perfect, earning a competition high 9.666 in Execution to defend the Vault title she won last year in Doha (QAT).
Teammate Jade Carey, the silver medallist from 2017 and top qualifier in Stuttgart, performed the same pair of vaults as Biles and won silver again, despite a poor landing on her Amanar.
She finished just 0.067 ahead of Ellie Downie (GBR), who vaulted a double-twisting Yurchenko and Cheng vault of her own to win her first individual world medal. Downie, who went up early in the lineup, won bronze despite struggling with a sore ankle..
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- UNEVEN BARS - Titelholder: Nina DERWAEL (BEL);

  DERWAEL, Nina       (BEL) - (6.5) = 15,233
  DOWNIE, Rebecca  (GBR) - (6.5) = 15,000
  LEE, Sunisa            (USA) - (6.4) = 14,800
8. SEITZ, Elisabeth   (GER)  - 6.0) = 13,566
        Detailed Results

Like Biles, Nina Derwael defended her title from Doha to win back-to-back golds on Uneven Bars. Derwael, the top qualifier in Stuttgart, swung to victory with a 6.5-Difficulty set (Nabiyeva; Fenton-Derwael to Yezhova immediate Chow; Pak to Van Leeuwen) that was punctuated by a stuck full-twisting double back for 15.233.Derwael also helped her team qualify to a second straight Olympics and finished a close fourth in the All-around on Thursday.Becky Downie (GBR) followed sister Ellie's medal-winning performance on Vault to win the first individual world medal of her own career. Downie, a 2008 and 2016 Olympian, hit her own 6.5 routine that included her own eponymous skill (Stalder-piked Tkatchev) as well as a Stalder-full to Chow uprise to Ricna; Fenton-Derwael to Yezhova to Maloney and full-twisting double dismount for silver with a score of 15.000.After falling in the All-around final, Sunisa Lee (USA) swung big skills (Nabiyeva to Pak; Bhardwaj) confidently to win bronze.
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* FIG VIDEO SUMMARY, FINAL DAY 1  (Oct. 12) ...:

* Youtube (1.309)


  WOMEN*s ALL-AROUND FINAL (Thursday, Oct. 10)
      - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Hall, Stuttgart / GER -

> List of Qualifiers
> All-around Final Startlist
> Historical WCh AA results

Simone BILES unstoppable in Stuttgart
Biles, who last year became the first female gymnast to win the world All-around title four times, led from start to finish on Thursday at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Hall. The 22-year-old Texan tallied 58.999, more than 2 points ahead of the silver medallist, with the top scores on Vault (15.233), Balance Beam (14.633), and Floor Exercise (14.400), and the third-best score on Uneven Bars (14.733), where she dismounted with a neatly done double-twisting double back. Needing a score in the low 12s on Floor to clinch her fifth title, Biles bounced out of bounds several times but soared on her tumbling, including her new triple-twisting double tuck mount.
Biles found it difficult to compare the five All-around titles that she has won since 2013.
With 22 world medals to her name, including a record 15 gold, Biles is within reach in Stuttgart of breaking the all-time record of 23 won by Vitaly Scherbo (URS/BLR) from 1991-96. Biles, who qualified to all the women's apparatus finals, has four more opportunities to take medals in Stuttgart. The world All-around title is the seventh consecutive for the U.S. women, who have won every year since 2011.
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* F I N A L  S T A N D I N G

  Simone BILES            (USA) - 58,999
  TANG, Xijing               (CHN) - 56,899
  Angelina MELNIKOVA (RUS) - 56,399
      4. Elsabeth BLACK         (CAN) - 56,232
      5. Nina DERWAEL          (BEL) - 56,033
      6. Elisabeth SEITZ          (GER) - 55,999
       Detailed results

TANG, Xijing takes advantage of opportunity
Tang, 16, was a substitute for teammate Liu Tingting, who on Wednesday withdrew from the All-around final. Competing in her first world championships, Tang hit four events cleanly, with her top scores on Uneven Bars (14.566) and Balance Beam (14.600). On Beam, where she fell twice in qualification, Tang tallied the second-best score behind Biles, impressing with a layout stepout mount and round-off two-foot layout. Needing a hit routine to stay ahead of Melnikova on Floor Exercise, Tan delivered once again, tumbling a tricky triple twist-punch front combination for a 13.600. It is the first world medal for the Chinese women in the All-around since Yao Jinnan won bronze in 2011, and matches the best result, silver, won by Jiang Yuyuan in 2010.

Angelina MELNIKOVA wins first individual world medal
In her third world championships, Russian champion Melnikova, 19, finally captured her first individual medal, taking bronze behind Biles and Tang. After a strong start on Vault, Melnikova's hand grip came loose on Uneven Bars, where she lost valuable points after a missed combination and other small errors, including grazing the mat with her feet, to drop her score to 13.900. But the 2016 Olympian rebounded to score 14.000 on Balance Beam, where she performed with newfound confidence. After hitting two big tumbling passes on Floor Exercise (full-twisting double layout and double layout), Melnikova scored 14.066, enough to win bronze, 0.5 behind Tang.
Melnikova was happy for her improvement on Balance Beam, earning the highest Execution score on the event so far at these world championships (8.600), and said she was confident going into her final routine on Floor Exercise. It is the first world medal for the Russian women in the All-around since Elena Eremina won bronze in 2017.

Ellie BLACK injured en route to fourth
Two-time Olympian Elsabeth Black (CAN), the silver medallist in 2017, finished fourth, less than 0.2 behind Melnikova, but suffered a high ankle sprain after landing a layout Rudi on Vault in the final rotation.

Nina Derwael (BEL), the world champion on Uneven Bars, had the best mark on that apparatus (15.200) and was in the hunt for a medal through three events. She fell to fifth after her vault, a full-twisting Yurchenko, scored just 13.600.

Elisabeth Seitz (GER) delighted the home crowd with her sixth place, ahead of Flavia Saraiva (BRA). Sunisa Lee, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team in Stuttgart, fell off Uneven Bars on her Pak salto to place seventh.

Other medal contenders also succumbed to mistakes in the final. Giorga Villa (ITA), 16th,  fell off on her wolf turn on Balance Beam and Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA), 20th, suffered two falls on Uneven Bars.
* source: fig press

.* FIG VIDEO SUMMARY - WOMEN's All-around Final

* Youtube (00135)