FIVE NEW CHAMPIONS AS MONTREAL WORLDS DRAW TO A CLOSE

Before the curtain came down on the Montreal Worlds Sunday, the second day of apparatus finals saw four new World champions emerge for the first time: Pauline Schaefer (GER) on Balance Beam, Zou Jingyuan (CHN) on Parallel Bars, Mai Murakami (JPN) on Floor and Tin Srbic (CRO) on Horizontal Bar. Kenzo Shirai (JPN), the first-time…

XIAO RUOTENG CROWNED 2017 ARTISTIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS KING

China’s Xiao Ruoteng emerged from a breathtakingly tight competition as the new World All-around champion, ahead of his teammate Lin Chaopan and Japan’s Kenzo Shirai. Xiao, 21, succeeds Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, who has reigned over the men’s All-around competition since 2009 but was forced to cede his throne after injuring himself in Monday’s qualifications. That…

TIGHT BATTLE TO SUCCEED SIMONE BILES AT 2017 ARTISTIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

By a mere thousandth of a point, Japan’s Mai Murakami leads the women’s field after qualifications, heading up a pack of contenders to succeed Simone Biles, the All-around queen at the past three World Championships, who is taking a break following triumph at the Rio Olympic Games. A parade of contenders In a preliminary round…

2017 ARTISTIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: A THRONE FOR THE TAKING

Kohei Uchimura‘s injury in qualifications Monday upended expectations at the World Championships in Montreal. A young generation of gymnasts will get the opportunity to storm the podiums in the individual All-around and apparatus finals, challenging the top qualifiers on each apparatus, almost all of whom are already Olympic or World champions. Who will succeed “King…

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2017 ARTISTIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MONTREAL

Thirty-two years after the 1985 edition, the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are making their big return to Montreal. From Monday, October 2 to Sunday, October 8, more than 450 gymnasts representing 72 nations will compete for best-in-the-world status in the emblematic Montreal Olympic stadium. Here’s what you need to know about this significant competition. Individual…

‘Farfalle’ Soar To Gold On Final Day Of Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championship

With a golden performance with the 5 Hoops, Italy’s celebrated Rhythmic Gymnastics Group snapped Russia’s winning streak as competition at the 2017 Worlds drew to a close Sunday in Italy. Flight of the Farfalle The affectionately named the “Farfalle azzurre” (“Blue Butterflies”) lit up the Adriatic Arena with a flawless Hoops performance to Tchaikovsky’s “Swan…