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Biles Wins All Six Medals In Doha
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The big story is that Simone Biles (USA) tied Svetlana Khorkina with the most medals at a world championships, at 20 apiece. She also won six medals in Doha. The last to accomplish that feat was the late Yelena Shushunova at the 1987 Worlds in Rotterdam.

BALANCE BEAM: Simone Biles' was first up on beam, but she didn't perform up to her standards. But since there were four falls, two from Zhang Jin (China), and one from Kara Eaker (USA), who fell on her switch leap mount. Sanne Wevers, the gold medalist at the 2016 Rio Games, fell on a side aerial, layout step-out.

Liu Tingting (China) captured the gold, and was last up, to boot. She mounted from the side, swinging her arms back to an inverted handstand. Her first acro series was a front handspring front. She performed a switch leap to ring leap and a side aerial to split leap. She dismounted with a double twist (14.533).

Anne-Marie Padurariu (Canada) claimed the silver (14.100) with same mount as Liu. She performed a side aerial to two layout step-outs. Her dismount was a clean double pike.

Biles won the bronze (13.600). Yes, she stayed on the beam on her barani, but she had to save it with one leg rising above her head. She didn't connect her next series and lost value there. The only things she did well were her triple wolf turn and her flip-flop to two layout step-outs. Her tucked full-in was clean with a small hop.

FLOOR EXERCISE: Biles and Morgan Hurd (USA) went 1-2 on floor exercise. Biles stayed in bounds on her double-twisting double layout (Moors), and she added the stag jump after her double layout, half-out. She made her layout front-full through to a tucked full-in look easy, and her tucked double-double, as well (14.933).

Hurd mounted with tucked double-double, and followed with a double layout. Her third pass was a layout front, punch front-full (usually she does a double-full) and she dismounted with double pike. She didn't stick any of her passes (13.933).

Mai Murakami (Japan), who one the gold on floor at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal, claimed the bronze. She started with a triple turn, on which she stumbled, but the rest of her tumbling was clean (tucked double-double, double layout 2-1/2 twist to front-full and a double pike dismount (13.866).

VAULT: Ri Se Gwang (North Korea) claimed the gold through the sheer difficulty of his vaults (14.933). His first vault was a piked Dragulescu and his second was a Kasamatsu-full-in. There was no semblance of good form on either vault.

Artur Dalaloyan (Russia) placed second with a clean triple-twisting Yurchenko and a high handspring double piked front (14.883).

Kenzo Shirai (Japan) also performed a triple-twisting Yurchenko but his chest dropped down fairly low. His second lacked start-value (Kasamatsu 1-1/2) but he still won bronze (14.675).

PARALLEL BARS: Sam Mikulak went up first and hit a beautiful routine and stuck his barani-out dismount. He held the lead with 15.233, and had the top score through the first four gymnasts.

Zou Jingyuan, p-bar gold medalist last year in Montreal, repeated his victory with an impressive set. He performed a Makuts from his upper arms, straddled front to giant glide kip. A huge Bhavsar and he stuck his barani-out (16.433).

Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev took the silver. He did a peach-half to peach to one bar, Healy, Makuts and had just a small step on his barani-out.

Artur Dalalyon claimed the bronze (15.366), reaching to the far bar and doing a free hip, back pirouette to handstand. He had a good variety of skills, including a well-done Bhavsar. He had a small hop on his barani-out.

HIGH BAR: Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) claimed the gold with his first release a Cassina to Kovacs, followed by a Kolman to a Gaylord 2. He stuck his double-double layout with a couple of arm circles (15.100).

Twenty nine-year-old Kohei Uchimura (Japan) won the silver, starting with a layout Kovacs, followed by a Cassina, Kolman, Stalder-Rybalko, and stuck layout double-double (14.800).

Fourth time’s a charm for Sam Mikulak. Had had a great floor routine until his triple twist landed low. He placed fourth on pommel horse and fourth on p-bars. But he clinched the the bronze on high bar. He didn’t peel off on his straddled Tkatchev to mixed grip like he did in the all-around, thus redeemin himself on high bar (14.533) after the debacle that prevented him from medaling in the all-around. He eclipsed Tin Srbic (Croatia), the high bar gold medalist last year, by .033. So all is good for Mikulak.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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