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Posted 6.11.2022 in News

Liverpool Lowdown: What happened today at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships?

The curtain came down on the World Gymnastics Championships with a superb Sunday of action and unforgettable apparatus finals.

The last five champions were crowned with a fair share of shocks and favourites delivering on their credentials making for a thrilling day.

There was a fairytale finish to the penultimate final of the Championships with Britain’s Jessica Gadirova winning floor gold to crown the host nation’s best-ever performance.

Moment of the day

Gadirova blew the roof off the M&S Bank Arena with a brilliant floor display to win gold, Britain’s sixth medal of the week.

She nailed her sparkling new routine for the third time in Liverpool having led the British team to silver and won a historic all-around bronze.

It scored 14.200 which saw Gadirova sweep away the competition, Jordan Chiles of the USA taking silver and bronze shared between Olympic champion Jade Carey and all-around gold medallist Rebeca Andrade.

She is Britain’s youngest-ever world gymnastics champion and the second woman to win global gold after Beth Tweddle.

Shock of the day

Brody Malone bounced back from a difficult qualification day to take gold on horizontal bar, a redemptive first medal of the meet at the last opportunity for USA’s men.

But the surprise of the day undoubtedly came from Japan’s Hazuki Watanabe who won gold on beam having been named as reserve for the Championships.

Japan’s newly-formed women’s team have excelled themselves, flirting with a medal in the team final, and Watanabe held her nerve when others fell to take gold.

Quote of the day

Carlos Yulo won bronze on parallel bars but was flabbergasted by the performance of gold medallist Zou Jingyuan of China.

“My coach and I couldn’t say anything, we were speechless," said Yulo, who also took vault silver on Sunday.

"He’s not human. How he does p-bars is not equal to anyone. He’s the only one doing that. To me, he’s like a god. 16.1 – like, what?"