The first day of event finals at these 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships was very competitive, with vault and uneven bars medals being decided with the eight best gymnasts in the world competing for medals on these apparatus.
Starting with vault, the reigning Rio 2016 Olympic champion Simone Biles decided to play it safe and not attempt the vault she fell on in the all-around final, which turned out to be a great decision. Biles’ two vaults, an Amanar and a Cheng, were easily the two highest scoring vaults of the competition, giving the 21 year-old American her first ever World vault title.
Shallon Olsen of Canada completed her two very difficult vaults to just edge out Alexa Moreno of Mexico for the silver, while Moreno took the bronze. Moreno, with her vault medal, became the first ever Mexican woman to medal at a World Championship, a huge accomplishment for her and her country.
The uneven bars final was thrilling the whole way through, as everyone except for the first competitor nailed their routine. The scores kept building little by little, with Elizabeth Seitz of Germany having the lead with a 14.6 before the top qualifier began, Nina Derwael of Belgium. Derwael, a bronze medalist on this event at Worlds in Montreal last year, completed her incredibly difficult routine with style, scoring a huge 15.2 and bounding into the lead.
Biles competed another very solid bar set to score a 14.7 and put herself into silver medal position, and a lower difficulty score kept two-time reigning Olympic bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia from breaking into the medals despite an exceptionally clean routine, giving Derwael the first ever gold medal for Belgium, Biles her first ever uneven bars world medal, and Seitz her first world ever world medal to close out a thrilling and great day of event finals.
The final medals of the World Championships are set to be decided on Saturday in Doha, Qatar.Tags: Alexa Moreno, Aliya Mustafina, Canada, Elizabeth Seitz, Germany, Mexico, Nina Derwael, Russia, Shallon Olsen, Simone Biles, United States, World Championships