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Giarni Regini-Moran and Rhys McClenaghan highlight the historic first day of the apparatus finals

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Giarni Regini-Moran and Rhys McClenaghan highlight the historic first day of the apparatus finals

Great Britain Giarni Regini-Moran and Ireland Rhys McClenaghan won historic gold medals on Saturday (November 5) of the first of two days of the 2022 World Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships apparatus apparatus finals in Liverpool, England.

The competition got off to a surprisingly start with practice on the men’s floor as top qualifier and 2019 world champion Carlos Yulo sat on his opening pass, opening the door for a surprise champion.

Regini-Moran, a three-time youth Olympic champion in 2014, benefited from this. He made a triple turn, double back to open and closed his routine with a triple full house for 14,533. Daiki Hashimoto, who won the overall title less than 24 hours ago, was the last rider to fall short of 14,500. He opted for silver while his teammate Doi Ryosuke14.266 was good for bronze.

“I literally don’t know how to feel. Honestly, I can’t quite believe it happened. I’m at a loss for words, I literally don’t know what to say because I’ve never been in this situation before,” Regini-Moran said. “It’s mixed feelings. Hard work. A lot of hard work. A lot of time spent with physiotherapists and doctors who got me straight. I went through a lot of injuries to finally become world champion, I can’t believe it.”

The medal was the event’s first gold medal for Great Britain.

American in the women’s jump final Jade Carey he scored 14,516 to take the gold ahead of his teammate Jordan Chiles (14,350). The bronze medalist stayed Coline Devillard France with a final score of 14.166.

Carey continued her solid run of strong jumps in Liverpool, delivering 14,733 for her vault in Cheng, followed by 14,300 on her Yurchenko double twist.

“This medal means everything to me, especially after the Olympic final in show jumping. I’m just very proud of myself to come back and hit two strong jumps,” Carey later said. “In the Olympic final I didn’t do my first jump as I should have. I finished eighth so here today, actually successfully completing both jumps and landing on both feet was an amazing feeling. I’m proud of myself for rebounding.”

McClenaghan was the best pommel qualifier, equaling the American Stefan Nedoro?cik15,266 points but wins in tie-break. The third, who appeared on Saturday, put down the gauntlet and scored 15,300. Next was Nedoroscik, but he lost his rhythm midway through the routine, and with it his hopes of defending the world title he won in 2021.

Instead, McClenaghan won his country’s first gold medal at a world championship, three years after winning the first medal of any color, bronze.

“I’m the world champion. It’s music to my ears. It’s been my dream since I was a very young kid to watch other gymnasts become world champions,” McClenaghan told Olympics.com. “For me to stand here and well, I’m the pommel world champion, it’s just crazy.”

It was a final full of history Ahmad Abu al Soud winning silver and Jordan’s first medal at the Gymnastics Worlds. The bronze went to Kazakhstan Nariman Kurbanov.

On the uneven bars of the People’s Republic of China Wei Xiaoyuan she won her second straight title at the event, scoring 14.966. American Shilese Jones he won the silver medal with a score of 14.766 and Belgium Nina Derwael, Olympic champion in this event, he won bronze at 14.700.

“I have no words. I can’t believe I just defended my title. I’m very happy, especially since I was able to withstand the descent today,” said Wei. “Defending my title will boost my confidence for the entire Paris Olympic cycle. hopes to win gold again in Paris 2024.”

The day wrapped with still rings finale where is Turkey Adem Asil won gold. His score of 14.966 gave his country its second ever World Championship title Ibrahim Colak won the event in 2019. Chinese Zou Jingyuan won silver (14.866) followed by GB Courtney Tulloch (14.733).

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