By Anna Rose Johnson
Definitely one of the most exciting all-around competitions in years, the 2018 women’s all-around final included a thrilling victory from Simone Biles and a battle for silver and bronze. Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from one of the most memorable meets at #DohaGym2018!
Feature Photo by Grace Chiu
Olympic legend Simone Biles (USA) won her fourth World all-around title today, breaking the record for the most all-around titles won by a female gymnast in World Championships history! Although she had unfortunate falls on vault and beam, Biles rallied to perform a strong bars routine and hit beautifully on floor exercise, her signature event. Bravo!
After just missing an all-around medal at 2017 Worlds, Japan’s Mai Murakami delivered a solid set of performances to win the silver! Her double-twisting Yurchenko vault was particularly epic!
Historic podium! Biles 🇺🇸 makes history as first female to win 4⃣ World All-around 🥇🥇🥇🥇 Murakami 🇯🇵 record result as first JPN woman to win AA 🥈Hurd 🇺🇸wins 🥉!
Results 👉 https://t.co/Rj8MU7CgJO #GoGymtastic #Gymnastics #DohaGym2018 🇶🇦 pic.twitter.com/01lgJokIOc
— FIG (@gymnastics) November 1, 2018
2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd (USA) won the bronze after a slight mishap on balance beam. Her classically elegant floor routine had nearly flawless execution!
Belgium’s Nina Derwael nearly won the bronze, swinging a breathtaking uneven bars set for a score of 15.100 and a 55.699 total.
Angelina Melnikova of Russia finished fifth with strong routines on every apparatus. She was also awarded the prestigious Longines Prize for Elegance following the all-around final with fellow countryman Artur Dalaloyan!
France’s Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos placed sixth in the all-around—again, incredibly close to making the podium, scoring just 0.133 lower than Hurd.
Chen Yile of China finished seventh with a 54.632, scoring a 14.166 for her lovely beam routine!
Rounding out the top ten were Brazilian star Flavia Saraiva, China’s Luo Huan, and Japan’s Asuka Teramoto. Saraiva’s beam routine included one fall—but the rest of the routine was simply gorgeous! Luo Huan hit well on bars, while Asuka Teramoto rebounded after a disappointing team final.
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Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com