Glasgow Champions Repeat at Montreal Worlds
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All five defending world champions in the field won second titles Saturday during the first day of apparatus finals at the world championships in Montreal.

All five defending world champions in the field won second titles Saturday during the first day of apparatus finals at the world championships in Montreal.

Russia's Maria Paseka (women's vault), China's Fan Yilin (uneven bars), Japan's Kenzo Shirai (men's floor exercise), Great Britain's Max Whitlock (pommel horse) and Greece's Eleftherious Petrounias (still rings) swept Saturday's finals in repeat victories from the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

Maria Paseka, a two-time Olympic vault medalist, barely held off American newcomer Jade Carey to defend her title. Paseka opened the door for Carey with a low landing on her Cheng Fei vault (6.0 D), which she followed with well-landed Amanar (5.8D). Carey needed to be close to perfect to overcome Paseka's .4 advantage in difficulty, but she took several large steps on her Amanar. She landed cleanly on her double-twisting Tsukahara but ended up in second, 0.084 behind Paseka. Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, who won the bronze on vault last summer in Rio, won her first world medal with another bronze.

Fan Yilin, who was part of a historic four-way tie for the gold medal on bars in 2015, was the only defending champion on uneven bars competing in Montreal. Second in qualification, Fan upgraded her finals routine by .2 to edge top qualifier Yelena Yeryomina (Russia) 15.166-15.100. Yeryomina, the all-around bronze medalist, nailed her routine Saturday after a large break on bars on Friday cost her the gold medal in the all-around.

European champion Nina Derwael made history as the first Belgian female to win a world championships medal, and is the first Belgian medalist overall in the modern history of the sport. (Belgium won several medals at the first world championships held between 1903 and 1913, but the competition had small fields of a few European countries and were only open for men.)

Shirai, the all-around bronze medalist in Montreal, won his third world floor exercise title after victories in 2013 and 2015. He won his event by the highest margin of victory on Saturday, scored 15.633 to outscore silver medalist Artem Dolgopyat (Israel) by more than a point. American Yul Moldauer, who had the lowest Difficulty score of the finalists, took the bronze because of his excellent Execution.

Dolgopyat, a native of Ukraine, made history for Israel with the country's best result. He is the second Israeli gymnast to win a world championships medal, following Alexander Shatilov's bronze medals on floor exercise in 2009 and 2011.

Olympic champion Max Whitlock also upgraded his pommel horse routine, adding .1 in D-score. He won comfortably, scoring 15.466 to take the title. Following his disappointment in the all-around, Russia's David Belyavsky nailed his routine to take second with 15.100. The silver medal is the first world championships medal for Belyavsky, who has competed at every worlds since 2010. New all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng won another medal for China with the bronze.

Petrounias, who has been undefeated on still rings since the 2015 European Championships, took another title in a closely fought contest. The Greek scored 15.433 to edge Russian veteran Denis Ablyazin (15.333) and 2014 world champion Liu Yang (15.266). Fan favorite Samir Aït Saïd (France) narrowly lost the bronze, scoring 15.258 for fourth in his fifth world final.

Competition concludes Saturday afternoon with the second and final day of apparatus finals. The defending world champions in the remaining events are absent — high bar champion Kohei Uchimura suffered an ankle injury in qualification and had to withdraw after his third event; while American Simone Biles (balance beam and floor exercise), North Korea's Ri Se Gwang (men's vault) and China's You Hao (parallel bars) did not compete in Montreal.

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Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverageQual.
1.Maria Paseka6.08.70014.70014.8501.
5.89.20015.000
2.Jade Carey5.89.00014.80014.7662.
5.69.13314.733
3.Giulia Steingruber5.88.933-0.114.63314.4663.
5.48.90014.300
4.Ellie Black5.49.16614.56614.4167.
5.29.06614.266
5.Oksana Chusovitina5.49.03314.43314.3668.
5.29.10014.300
6.Wang Yan5.68.90014.50014.3505.
5.88.500-0.114.200
7.Shallon Olsen5.87.833-0.113.53314.2334.
6.08.93314.933
8.Sae Miyakawa5.88.70014.50013.8006.
5.47.70013.100

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Fan Yilin6.58.66615.1663.
2.Yelena Yeryomina6.38.80015.1001.
3.Nina Derwael6.38.73315.0334.
4.Anastasia Ilyankova6.28.70014.9002.
5.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.66614.7666.
6.Diana Varinska6.08.58314.5838.
7.Huan Luo6.28.36614.5668.
8.Ashton Locklear5.47.36612.7667.

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Kenzo Shirai7.28.43315.6331.
2.Artem Dolgopyat6.58.03314.5334.
3.Yul Moldauer5.88.70014.5003.
4.Bram Verhofstad6.18.23314.3338.
5.Tomás González6.08.26614.26610.
6.Donnell Whittenburg6.47.76614.1662.
7.Manrique Larduet6.08.10014.1007.
8.Kim Hansol6.47.70014.1005.
9.Milad Karimi6.17.16613.2669.

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Max Whitlock6.98.54115.4411.
2.David Belyavsky6.48.70015.1006.
3.Xiao Ruoteng6.48.66615.0664.
4.Alexander Naddour6.38.45014.7503.
5.Harutyun Merdinyan6.28.50014.7008.
6.Weng Hao6.08.50014.5002.
7.Oleg Vernyayev6.47.30013.7005.
8.Sašo Bertoncelj6.06.96612.9667.

Still Rings FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.13315.4331.
2.Denis Ablyazin6.39.03315.3332.
3.Liu Yang6.38.96615.2665.
4.Samir Aït Saïd6.29.05815.2584.
5.İbrahim Çolak6.28.86615.0663.
6.Igor Radivilov6.38.63314.9337.
7.Arthur Zanetti6.28.70014.9008.
8.Courtney Tulloch6.48.13314.5336.
 

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