China and Italy each win four medals on the first day of the event finals at Worlds
China and Italy were the most successful countries on the first day of the individual finals at the World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, winning four medals each on that day.
China Wei Xiaoyuan won the uneven bars title with 14,733 while Lan Xingyu won the rings gold medal with an impressive 15,200. China also won an additional silver and bronze medal on the first day. Top pommel horse qualification, Weng Hao tied with second place Kazuma Kaya (JPN) about the event, 14,900 back Stephen Nedoroscik (USA), who earned 15,266 gold. Wei’s teammate Luo Rui scored 14,633 on the uneven bars for the bronze medal at the event.
Olympic champion in the jump, Rebeca Andrade (BRA) won the women’s Vault title with ease, showing an excellent cheng and a double twisting Yurchenko for an average of 14,966. Italy Asia D’Amato was the event’s silver medalist with 14.083 and was recently crowned all-around world champion Angelina Melnikova (RUS) came third with 13,966. Andrade also showed a very clean pole routine and earned the silver medal with 14,633. The Brazilian, who was the only duo medalist at the time, became the first female jumping world champion in her country and the first world medalist for Brazil on the uneven bars. D’Amato’s silver medal in the jump was the first world diving medal for Italy.
In the first final of the day, Gentlemen’s Floor, Italy Nicola Bartolini led the field of the event with 14,800, ahead of Japan Kazuki Minami 14,766 and Emil Soravuo (FIN) 14,700. Bartolini’s gold medal is the first world gold medal on the floor for an Italian gymnast. Defending champion and top qualifying player, Carlos Yulo (PHI) was in a good position to repeat as world champion, but an awkward landing on his 3½ to barani resulted in him jumping off the ground with both feet, which was costly, and finished fifth at 14,566.
By winning the world championship on the pommel horse, Stephen Nedoroscik became the first American pommel horse world champion and since then the first world gold medalist for the USA Danell Leyva who was the parallel bar champion in 2011.
In the last final of the day, the Italian men won the silver and bronze medals on the rings, making four world medals of the day for their country. After a Zhang Boheng Withdrawal, first reserve until the final, Marco Lodadio successfully defended his world silver medal from two years ago with a score of 14,866. His teammate Salvatore Maresca Tied for the bronze medal with Russia Grigorii Klimentev Booking 14,833. Klimentev was the only individual finalist for the Russian men at this event after their Olympic gold winners withdrew from these championships.
Men’s all-round gold and silver medalists Zhang Boheng (CHN) and Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) was eliminated from all finals on the first day. Hashimoto had qualified for the floor and pommel horse finals, while Zhang was the second best qualifier on the rings and the first reserve on the pommel horse.
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The World Championships in Kitakyushu close tomorrow with the second day of the single event finals: MAG VT, PB, HB and WAG BB and FX.