A dazzling Asian presence at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool
Liverpool had seen the arrival of the World Gymnastics Championships to the city’s M&S Bank Arena this week. 75 different countries and their greatest athletes competed against one another for nine action-packed days of world class competition. including more than two dozen World and Olympic medalists.
The President of the Asian Gymnastics’ Union, MR, Abdul Rahman Al-Shathri, congratulated all teams and athletes for their great achievements and proven merit. “AGU is ready to provide all support to all federations under our umbrella.” Al-Shathri added
In outrageous about-face, Chinese men clinch World team title
The Chinese — Sun Wei, Yang Jiaxing, You Hao, Zhang Boheng and Zou Jingyuan — were able to put a rotten qualification day behind them as they eclipsed Japan and Great Britain for their 10th consecutive team medal at the World Championships and first title since 2018.
With 20 World team medals, 13 of them gold, China is the most successful men’s team in Gymnastics history. It holds more than double the number of team titles as Japan, which won five in a row between 1962 and 1978.
They tied with Japan for the top mark on Vault en route to a decisive four-point victory, 257.858 points to 253.395.
After epic battle, Hashimoto emerges as new World All-Around champion
In a World Championship rematch for the ages, Olympic champion Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) outduelled 2021 gold medallist Zhang Boheng (CHN) to capture his first World All-Around title Friday in Liverpool (GBR).
Second to Zhang by a mere 0.017 last year in Kitakyushu (JPN), Hashimoto came to Liverpool with a beefed-up repertoire that included a new triple-twisting double tuck opening pass on Floor Exercise, and a fired-up attitude.
“I want Japanese Gymnastics to be number one,” said Hashimoto, who proclaimed himself “very happy” to win. “Competing against [Zhang] was a motivation. The battle with Zhang Boheng was so good.
Ahmad Abu Al-Soud achievied the first Arab medal in the World Gymnastics Championship
An improbable second was Ahmad Abu Al Soud (JOR), who climbed from eighth in qualification to silver with 14.866. No Jordanian had ever made a World final, much less won a World medal, and with his, Al Soud solidified a place in history. “It’s amazing,” he said. “Everyone was so happy and proud with my qualification. And now I’ve won a medal, it’s like a dream come true. I just can’t express the feeling.”
Carlos Yulo captures vault silver, bronze in parallel bars
The 22-year-old Filipino gymnastics finished the vault final with a score of 14.950, still better than the 14.916 points that won him gold in last year’s competition.
Meanwhile, Yulo captured the bronze in the parallel bars final with 15.366 points.
China’s Zou Jingyuan garnered a stunning 16.166 points, taking home the gold followed by Germany’s Lukas Dauser with 15.5.
Wei Xiaoyuan retains bars title; Ireland claims first worlds gold
Shilese Jones of the United States, the all-around silver medalist, was second on 14.766, with Derwael third on 14.700.
“I am super happy, especially that I managed to stick my dismount today,” said Wei. “
Hazuki Watanabe becomes youngest Japanese female world champion
Hazuki Watanabe won the women’s balance beam title to become the youngest Japanese female artistic gymnastics world champion ever.
Making her world championships debut as a substitute, Watanabe scored 13.600 points to beat Elsabeth Black of Canada by just 0.034 points. Fellow debutant Shoko Miyata finished third with 13.533.
The 18-year-old Watanabe beat out top qualifiers Ou Yushan of China, Skye Blakely of the United States and Rebeca Andrade of Brazil after all three struggled in the final .
This year was the first time, gymnasts have had to earn the right to compete at the World Championships via events including the FIG World Cup series and continental championships, rendering the field one of the most competitive in history.