The 2022 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool, England concluded on Sunday (November 6) with the presentation of the last five championship titles, including a spectacular win for the hometown hero Jessica Gadirovwhich won the gold of the dance floor.
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The competition began with the historic gold medal of ace Arthur Davtyan won Armenia’s first ever gold medal at the world championships. The 30-year-old, who won Olympic bronze in Tokyo 2020 in the event, has never made it to the world podium despite the success of the Games and four previous European medals.
Achieved a two-vault average of 15,050, holding off the 2021 champion Carlos Yulo Philippines (14,950). Ukraine Igor Radivilov he won his fourth world medal in the jump in third place (14.733).
“Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, this is Armenia’s first gold at the world championships. We finished third at the head (on Saturday) and now we have gold,” said Davtyan.
The balance beam made Japan win gold for the second year in a row Watanabe Hazuki earning 13,600 for gold. Canadian Ellie Blackwho competed in her fifth world final in the event, scored 13.566 points for silver with a Japanese Miyata Shoko just behind 15,533 for bronze.
“I’m very happy. It’s my first world championship, my first major tournament, so my legs were shaking with nerves,” Watanabe said. “But other gymnasts were falling down and making big mistakes, but I was able to get through my program OK and that was a real boost to my self-confidence.”
Ashikawa Urara was the champion last year.
Olympic champion in parallel bars Zou Jingyuan from the People’s Republic of China easily won his third world title with a massive 16.166, winning the gold medal by more than half a point over Germany Luke Dauser.
Dauser took 15.500 for silver and Yulo earned another medal in third place with 15.366.
“I did this program for the first time with a difficulty of 6.9. At first, I just wanted to stick to the original plan, use a difficulty level of 6.5 and execute it perfectly,” Zou said of competing in the enhanced program. “But I opted for a harder program to challenge myself. You could see I was a bit rushed and jittery and there was a bit of pressure. But I’m happy with my performance.”
It was an exciting final of exercises on the court floor, which came down to the last routine of British Gadirova. She knocked down a double-double, layout, full twist double back and front to double back for 14,200. This gave her the victory in front of a rowdy home crowd. The win is the first win for Team GB since then Beata Tweddle won the title in 2009.
American Jordan Chiles he was second (13,833) with Brazil Rebecca Andrade and USA Jade Carey dividing bronze into 13,733.
“I’m so relieved and so shocked – I can’t believe it,” Gadirova said. “When I focus on dancing, it takes me away from the crowd, tumbling down and jumping, and it makes me feel alive. That’s who I am, I love performing, and the floor is one of my favorite elements. It gives me an amazing feeling.
The rivalry is over with the American Brody Malone winning Team USA’s first horizontal bar gold medal in 43 years when the legendary Kurt Thomas won in 1979. His 14,800 was good enough to keep Japanese Daiki Hashimoto, the reigning Olympic champion in the event. Hashimoto scored 14,700 points for silver while also being an Olympic bronze medalist Arthur Nora The Brazilian was third (14,466).
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Malone. “It’s amazing. Any time you can compete for Team USA and then bring home a medal is great, but a gold medal is also amazing.”
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