A total of 18 records were tied or broken by the women at this year’s world championships in Montreal, which is one of the most exciting parts of the competition for me.
I love seeing gymnasts take their programs to greater levels than ever before, and we saw that a few times this weekend, like when host country favorite Ellie Black became the first Canadian woman to win a world all-around medal and when Nina Derwael became the first Belgian to not only make an event final, but also to medal.
At a world championships with so many disappointments and injuries, we can’t ignore the incredible accomplishments of athletes who pushed themselves to tremendous heights, and we’re celebrating them here with a list of everyone who made history in Montreal.
Note that because Germany was split into East and West Germany for the world championships held from 1962 through 1989, the records for Germany only include 1954 through 1958 and 1991 to present. Both East Germany and West Germany existed as separate countries from Germany itself, and their records can not be broken, as neither country exists any longer, and the reunified Germany doesn’t claim either country’s records as its own.
For a full list of every country’s top all-time finishes at worlds, check out our research files, organized by country.
THE ALL-AROUND FINAL & QUALIFICATIONS
Ellie Black, Canada, 2nd place
Broke her own record, which was seventh place, set in 2015, to become the first Canadian woman to win an all-around medal at worlds. Second place is also Canada’s highest finish on any event in history; prior to this week, the top Canadian finish was Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs’ bronze medal on beam in 2006.
Claudia Cummins, South Africa, 34th place
Broke Kirsten Beckett’s 43rd place record set in 2013.
Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos, France, 5th place
Fourth French woman to place fifth in all-around competition, with Alexandra Lemoine the first to accomplish this in 1950 and Youna Dufournet the most recent fifth-place finisher in 2009.
Nina Derwael, Belgium, 8th place
Broke Lisa Verschueren’s 17th place record set in 2015. This year, Rune Hermans also broke Lisa’s record by finishing 11th, meaning Belgium’s two best all-around finishes in history came in Montreal on Friday night.
Sherine El Zeiny, Egypt, 36th place
Broke her own record, which was 46th place set in 2009.
Lucija Hribar, Slovenia, 40th place
Broke Mojca Marvic’s 43rd place record set in 1997.
Morgan Hurd, United States, 1st place
Joins a group of eight women from the U.S. who have won all-around gold at world championships, beginning with Kim Zmeskal in 1991 and with Simone Biles the most recent to accomplish this in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Barbora Mokosova, Slovakia, 31st place
Broke her own record, which was 39th place set in 2013.
Marina Nekrasova, Azerbaijan, 28th place
Broke Anna Pavlova’s 70th place record set in 2014.
Irina Sazonova, Iceland, 37th place
Broke Agnes Suto’s 68th place record set in 2013.
THE VAULT FINAL
Ellie Black, Canada, 4th place
Made history a second time this weekend by breaking Brittany Rogers’ 7th place record on vault, set in 2009.
Maria Paseka, Russia, 1st place
Tied her own record from 2015 as the third Russian woman to win vault. Maria is also the second Russian woman to win two vault titles after Elena Zamolodchikova accomplished this in 1999 and 2002.
THE UNEVEN BARS FINAL
Nina Derwael, Belgium, 3rd place
After qualifications, Nina became the first Belgian woman to make an event final at worlds. In Saturday’s final, she also became the first Belgian woman in history to win a world championships medal.
Fan Yilin, China, 1st place
Tied her own record from 2015 as the seventh Chinese woman to become the world champion on bars, with the first being Ma Yanhong in 1979. Fan is also the first Chinese woman to win two world titles on the event.
Elisabeth Seitz, Germany, 5th place
Became the third German woman to place fifth on bars at world championships, with Marie-Sophie Hindermann first making this happen in 2007 followed by Sophie Scheder also doing it in 2013.
THE BALANCE BEAM FINAL
Pauline Schäfer, Germany, 1st place
Beat her own 3rd place record from 2015 to become Germany’s first world champion in history on any event.
THE FLOOR EXERCISE FINAL
Brooklyn Moors, Canada, 5th place
Broke her country’s 8th place record first set in 1993 by Stella Umeh, and repeated by Yvonne Tousek in 1999 and Ellie Black in 2013.
Mai Murakami, Japan, 1st place
Broke Keiko Tanaka’s 3rd place record set in 1958. Mai is Japan’s second world champion in history, with the last gold medal coming 63 years ago from Keiko on beam in 1954.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
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