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Posted 5.11.2022 in News

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

Saturday at the World Gymnastics Championships was one for the history books as apparatus finals got underway in Liverpool.

The roof of the M&S Bank Arena came off after the very first final in which Giarnni Regini-Moran was crowned world floor champion.

Then Jade Carey avenged her Olympic disappointment with gold in the vault and Wei Xiaoyuan retained her uneven bars title.

Adem Asil delivered gold for Turkey on rings and Ireland have their first world gymnastics champion in Rhys McClenaghan.

Moment of the day

Can we have two?

Regini-Moran earned the biggest roar of the week when he became the fourth British artistic gymnast after Beth Tweddle, Max Whitlock and Joe Fraser to be crowned world champion.

The door opened when Filipino pre-event favourite Carlos Yulo fell on his first pass and Japan’s Ryosuke Doi stepped off the floor.

The Great Yarmouth-born star executed the joint-most difficult routine attempted by any gymnast in the final, sticking all of his landings to score a superb 14.533.

Minutes later McClenaghan etched his name into Irish sporting folklore with a pommel horse gold.

He credited going back to basics as the key to an impressive qualifying performance here but upped his difficulty for Saturday’s showpiece.

The decision paid off in style as his score of 15.300 proved comfortably enough for top spot in a final which saw several of his rivals suffer falls.

Shock of the day

18-year-old Wei Xiaoyuan of China took gold in Kitakyushu a year ago in the absence of some of the best workers in the world.

But with the big names all assembled in Liverpool, the Chinese star restated her champion credentials and inflicted a first Worlds loss on Nina Derwael since 2017.

Wei was the penultimate gymnast to compete in a glittering final and produced the goods with a winning score of 14.966, with Jones winning silver and Derwael bronze.

Quote of the day

Armenia’s Benjamin Button of the pommel horse Harutyun Merdinyan won World Championship bronze at the age of 38

“For me, age is just a number. I feel good, so I can continue competing and I am proud that I can win a lot of medals for Armenia.”

What’s on tomorrow

The last five apparatus finals round off what has been an incredible World Championships.

Vault is first up where Filipino Carlos Yulo will hope to avenge his floor fall and Armenia’s Artur Davtyan, Olympic bronze medallist, will be among the favourites.

China’s Ou Yushan could win her nation’s seventh world title on beam and her compatriot Zou Jingyuan is a frontrunner in a parallel bars final that will also feature Regini-Moran.

The penultimate event is one of the most hotly anticipated on the programme with Jessica Gadirova forming the final British medal hope on floor, in a star-studded field, with horizontal bar the last final of the Championships.