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Looking Back At The 1st Junior Worlds
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The first ever Junior World Championships were held in Györ, Hungary from June 24 through June 30, 2019. With more than 250 athletes from 62 nations competing, the competition served as a test event to determine if it will be added every other year to the FIG calendar. The Junior Worlds were open to girls born in 2004 and 2005 and boys born in 2002 and 2003. The team and all-around medals were determined the first day of competition. These rounds also served as qualifications to two days of apparatus finals. Russia dominated the junior women’s competition by claiming the team title (111.654) by more than two points over second place China (109.497) and third place USA (109.380). Russian Viktoriia Listunova claimed the all-around title (55.323) over teammate Vladislava Urazova (55.298) and China’s Ou Yushan won the bronze medal (54.931).

In the event finals, USA’s Kayla DiCello won the vault title over Jennifer Gadirova (Great Britain) and Urazova. On bars, Urazova and Listunova earned the top two places while China’s Wei Xiaoyuan finished in third. Another Russian, Elena Gerasimova was crowned beam champion over Wei and DiCello. All-around champion Listunova impressed the judges and fans alike with the floor title over Yushan and Gerasimova. In the end, Russia won nine world medals, five of them gold, which certainly served as a strong message to the rest of the world.

In the junior men’s competition, Japan soared to the team title (162.754) over Ukraine (159.828) and Italy (159.179). Just like the Russian junior women, the Japanese junior men posted a one-two finish in the all-around with Shinnosuke Oka (80.674) edging teammate Ryosuke Doi (80.477) for the gold. Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun finished with the bronze (80.264).

Korea’s Sunghyun Ryu won the floor title with Canada’s Felix Dolci and Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi finishing in second and third. Japan finished one-two again on pommel horse with Takeru Kitazono winning the gold over Oka. Edvins Rodevics (Latvia) won the bronze. Dolci gave Canada its first ever world title with the rings gold. Finishing in second and third were Diogo Soares (Brazil) and Haonan Yang (China). Romanian Gabriel Burtanete won the vault title over Yang and Great Britain’s Jasper Smith-Gordon. Kitazono picked up another gold medal on parallel bars while Yang and Oka rounded out the top three. Chepurnyi earned the gold on high bar over Ivan Gerget (Russia) and Krisztian Balazs (Hungary). Just as the Russian junior women had done, the Japanese junior men proved to be the supreme team of the competition earning seven medals in total, four of them being gold.

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