2018’s Best Scores: July Update

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Simone Biles is back

July was a slower month than we’re used to on the international women’s scene, but a ton of friendly meets in Europe in addition to the U.S. Classic — and the return of Simone Biles — means we had plenty to keep us busy and excited about.

So far, we’ve seen 4,443 all-around performances, as well as 5,873 vault scores, 6,075 bars scores, 6,215 beam scores, and 6,062 floor scores, in addition to 1,489 two-vault attempts that get averaged for an event final (or qualification into a final).

Below, find a list of the top all-around and event scores thus far, as well as the top D scores for each event. An asterisk (*) next to the name denotes a junior competitor, and I’ve removed bonus from all domestic meets to keep things consistent. As a note, we only include juniors in the two-vault averages or D-score combos if they’re competing vaults from two different families, and if a competition uses bonuses but their score sheets don’t differentiate those bonuses from the totals, we don’t include those scores in our database.

As a reminder, this is just a fun way to track the top range of scores in the all-around and on each event. Obviously every meet is scored at a different standard and it’s impossible to compare from meet to meet, but calm down — it’s nothing serious. We’re not predicting the next Olympic champion or electing the next leader of the free world. It’s just easier this way to see a range of scores that could be the goal gymnasts will be trying to reach at bigger international competitions.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 58.700
2 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships QF 57.732
3 Riley McCusker United States U.S. Classic 57.500
4 Morgan Hurd United States American Cup 56.599
5 Mai Murakami Japan Tokyo World Cup 56.532
6 Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships AA 56.199
7 Sunisa Lee* United States KPAC National Qualifier 56.000
8 Chen Yile China Chinese Championships QF 55.950
9 Emma Malabuyo United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.868
10 Viktoria Listunova* Russia Russian Junior Championships QF 55.665
11 Elisa Iorio* Italy Pieve di Soligo Friendly 55.600
Leanne Wong* United States Auburn National Qualifier 55.600
13 Giorgia Villa* Italy Pieve di Soligo Friendly 55.450
Hitomi Hatakeda Japan WOGA Classic 55.450
15 Angelina Simakova Russia Russian Championships QF 55.432
Aliya Mustafina Russia Russian Championships QF 55.432
17 Asuka Teramoto Japan All-Japan Championships QF 55.431
18 Kayla DiCello* United States American Classic 55.300
19 Ragan Smith United States City of Jesolo Trophy 55.166
20 Diana Varinska Ukraine Ukraine Cup AA 55.067
21 Ksenia Klimenko* Russia Russian Junior Championships QF 54.999
22 Vladislava Urazova* Russia Russian Junior Championships AA 54.998
23 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France Sainté Gym Cup 54.950
24 Shilese Jones United States U.S. Classic 54.900
25 Grace McCallum United States Pacific Rim Championships AA 54.850
Tatiana Nabieva Russia Dityatin Cup AA 54.850

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 15.400
2 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland Koper Challenge Cup EF 15.100
3 Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Championships QF 15.000
4 Asia D’Amato* Italy 1st Italian Serie A 14.950
5 Shallon Olsen Canada International Gymnix AA 14.900
6 Angelina Simakova Russia Russian Championships QF 14.833
7 Leanne Wong* United States Junior Pan American Championships EF 14.825
8 Mai Murakami Japan NHK Trophy 14.800
Giorgia Villa* Italy Italian Championships AA 14.800
Tori Tatum* United States Junior Pan American Championships AA 14.800
Camilla Campagnaro* Italy Italian Gold Championships AA 14.800

Best Two-Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Shallon Olsen Canada Commonwealth Games QF 14.600
Asia D’Amato* Italy International Gymnix EF 14.600
3 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland Koper Challenge Cup EF 14.500
4 Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 14.433
5 Qi Qi* China Chinese Championships EF 14.400
6 Pyon Rye Yong North Korea Doha World Cup EF 14.383
Alexa Moreno Mexico Mexican Championships 14.383
8 Yamilet Peña Dominican Republic Central American & Caribbean Games QF 14.375
Liu Jinru China Chinese Championships QF 14.375
10 Amy Tinkler Great Britain English Championships 14.350

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Nina Derwael Belgium Belgian Championships 15.350
2 Anastasia Iliankova Russia Russian Cup QF 15.300
3 Riley McCusker United States U.S. Classic 15.000
4 Alyona Shchennikova United States U.S. Classic 14.900
5 Lyu Jiaqi China Baku World Cup EF 14.833
6 Elisabeth Seitz Germany Stuttgart World Cup 14.800
7 Morgan Hurd United States U.S. Classic 14.700
Sunisa Lee* United States U.S. Verification (April) 14.700
9 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships QF 14.666
Ksenia Klimenko* Russia Russian Junior Championships QF 14.666

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 15.200
2 Kara Eaker United States Auburn National Qualifier 15.100
3 Chen Yile China Chinese Championships QF 15.000
4 Sanne Wevers Netherlands Heerenveen Friendly EF 14.750
Diana Varinska Ukraine Ukraine Cup EF 14.750
6 Daniele Hypolito Brazil Brazilian Championships 14.650
Emily Lee United States Desert Lights Qualifier 14.650
8 Luo Huan China Chinese Championships EF 14.633
9 Guan Chenchen* China Chinese Junior Championships AA 14.600
10 Riley McCusker United States U.S. Classic 14.550

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Mai Murakami Japan All-Japan Championships QF 14.766
2 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 14.750
3 Brooklyn Moors Canada Elite Canada EF 14.600
4 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.500
5 Angelina Radivilova Ukraine Ukraine Cup AA 14.400
6 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France French Championships EF 14.200
7 Emma Malabuyo United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.167
8 Polina Fedorova Russia Liepaja Championships AA 14.100
Taeja James Great Britain Commonwealth Games QF 14.100
10 Viktoria Listunova* Russia Russian Junior Championships EF 14.066

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Yeo Seo-jeong South Korea Guimaraes Challenge Cup QF 11.6
2 Boglarka Devai Hungary Hungarian Event Championships 11.4
Shallon Olsen Canada Commonwealth Games EF 11.4
Liu Jinru China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
5 Pyon Rye Yong North Korea Doha World Cup EF 11.2
Qi Qi* China Chinese Championships EF 11.2
Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 11.2
8 Dipa Karmakar India Mersin Challenge Cup EF 11.0
Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 11.0
10 Yamilet Peña Dominican Republic Central American & Caribbean Games EF 10.8

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Nina Derwael Belgium Heerenveen Friendly AA 6.5
2 Du Siyu China Chinese Championships QF 6.3
3 Alyona Shchennikova United States U.S. Classic 6.2
Anastasia Iliankova Russia City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.2
Becky Downie Great Britain Heerenveen Friendly AA 6.2
Carolann Heduit* France City of Jesolo Trophy EF 6.2
Diana Varinska Ukraine Stella Zakharova Cup EF 6.2
Elisabeth Seitz Germany Tokyo World Cup 6.2
Sophie Scheder Germany German Euros Trial 6.2
Zhou Ruiyu* China Chinese Championships TF 6.2

Best Balance Beam Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Kara Eaker United States Auburn National Qualifier 6.7
2 Chen Yile China Chinese Championships QF 6.3
Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 6.3
Riley McCusker United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 6.3
Sunisa Lee* United States Pacific Rim Championships AA 6.3
6 Luo Huan China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Tang Xijing* China Chinese Championships QF 6.2
Zhang Jin China Chinese Championships QF 6.2
Guan Chenchen* China Chinese Junior Championships EF 6.2
10 Carolann Heduit* France Top 12 Series 4 6.1
Daniele Hypolito Brazil Brazilian Championships 6.1
Emily Lee United States Desert Lights Qualifier 6.1
Emma Malabuyo United States U.S. Classic 6.1
Liu Tingting China Chinese Championships TF 6.1
Maile O’Keefe United States American Cup 6.1
Marine Boyer France Mediterranean Games EF 6.1
Sanne Wevers Netherlands Heerenveen Friendly EF 6.1
Sunisa Lee* United States Pacific Rim Championships EF 6.1

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 6.6
2 Jade Carey United States U.S. Classic 6.1
Mai Murakami Japan All-Japan Championships QF 6.1
Sae Miyakawa Japan NHK Trophy 6.1
5 Emma Malabuyo United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.0
6 Angelina Melnikova Russia City of Jesolo Trophy EF 5.9
Lilia Akhaimova Russia DTB Team Challenge QF 5.9
8 Claudia Fragapane Great Britain English Championships 5.8
Morgan Hurd United States U.S. Classic 5.8
10 Aiko Sugihara Japan NHK Trophy 5.6
Amy Tinkler Great Britain British Championships EF 5.6
Brooklyn Moors Canada Elite Canada EF 5.6
Grace McCallum United States U.S. Verification (April) 5.6
Jordan Chiles United States Pacific Rim Championships EF 5.6
Lara Mori Italy Italian Championships AA 5.6
Ragan Smith United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 5.6
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53 thoughts on “2018’s Best Scores: July Update

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  2. Is Yeo Seo-jeong vaulting an amanar and a rudi??? Who is she? How old is she? Where has she been? How can there only be videos from like 2016 of her?

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    • Apparently she vaulted a front handspring with two twists but I haven’t found any videos and I only found one article that I poorly translated

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      • Also, she’s a first-year senior! Her parents used to post training videos but I haven’t seen anything recent aside from when she competed at that challenge cup.

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    • She’s doing a…WAIT FOR IT…DTY and a HANDSPRING FRONT DOUBLE FULL!!!!!!!!!! She got the front double full credited full difficulty in the qualifying round of the challenge cup and it was given a value of 6.2, but she fell so she couldn’t get it named. Normally she had been doing a Rudi so this was an upgrade for her and hopefully she’ll be able to land it at worlds and get it named there!

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    • So many here are sketchy, WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN??? But Latvia and Ukraine’s judge meth is OFF THE CHARTS. That Polina Fedorova floor score had like a 9.5 E lmaoooo like half of the competitors at that meet got a 9+ E score on floor. Angelina Radivilova’s score is also a little out there. Most of the domestic meets are a little “wtf” but I trust any of the larger meets (FIG world and challenge cups, continental, multi-sport, etc) as having a higher standard since they’re using higher category judges and tend to not have a home bias.

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      • Unfortunately I can’t find videos of some of these but after looking at Angelina Radivilova’s, yeah…that’s not happening at World’s. And Twitter let me know Daniele Hypolito’s beam score didn’t make sense before their gym lights even came back on. I wish I could find Mai’s QF FX since it’s about half a point higher than she got in EF.

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        • Japan is usually pretty good with their scoring so I’m dying to see Mai’s QF routine! Yeah, Hypolito’s is another one that was total crack scoring. A ton of beam scores are just insane so when trying to figure things out I just usually look at D score and use my brain to know how well certain gymnasts will score internationally, so SORRY Angelina and Daniele but no.

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    • So European Championship results give us a bit of a sense of that – for uneven bars Derwael’s highest bars score at Euros was 14.733 with (6.3 D, 8.433 E), highest Russian scores were low 14s (14.3 ish).

      On beam in TFs there were only 3 gymnasts whose E score was in the 8s, most solid hits in the 7s. Wevers winning beam score was 13.9 (5.6 D, 8.3 E). I expect at worlds an E score in the low 8s will be excellent – the question is how many of these high D routines will get fully credited. I’d guess high scores will be mostly low 14s. If someone like Simone or Eaker can get a 6.5+ D then potential for a high 14 (maybe low 15???) is possible.

      On floor – the high score was Melnikova in Quals at 13.833. Melanie DJDS won the FX final with 13.733, so both quite a few tenths down from the scores posted here.

      Vault I feel like isn’t really relevant because none of the people listed here as top vaulters were at Euros.

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  3. I suppose that you already told about that but it would be accurate to do the same ranking with only international competitions and national championships. It’s very interesting to see the highest scores in the world. But you will probably agree that, concerning bars, beam and floor, in international competitions (World cup + EC, WC, Pacific Rim,.. competitions with international judges), all the connections and difficulties are not credited. And national championships are domestically reliable comparing the gymnasts of one country. Some of the scores above seem so unrealistic, especially on beam. Auburn National qualifier or Heereven friendly or Pieve di Soligo friendly are not the same standard than European championship or the American Cup. Don’t you think so ?

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    • I’ve looked at it personally, so I have a general idea, but the data ends up being much less with so many who haven’t competed internationally (at meets that matter with high category judges, anyway). But with every country and smaller competition overscoring, it ends up balancing out. Even if the scores aren’t exactly what the gymnast might receive internationally, the ranking more or less ends up being the same.

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      • More or less … because Melanie DJDS who is (one of the) best European gymnast has only the 23rd score (maybe she fell at this competition ?), and Ragan Smith is far behind Elisa Iorio, which is laughable. Of course, everyone can correct the oddity of some scores. Would it be a lot of extra work for you to rank the d-score for every event ? (I’m sorry for my English which is not very good so, sometimes, I don’t say sharply what I want to).

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    • (And just as a note, I’ve been doing this every year since 2014, and even with the crazy home scoring, 90% of the time — yes, I did the math — the rankings end up predicting who’s going to make finals and medal.)

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      • Oh yes, probably, at the end of the year, mathematically, it makes sense. But, for example, Kara Eaker has 1.5 connection points in her beam routine. I hope that we will see her in International competitions. When I “discovered” her and Wong last summer, it was a real shock for me : both of them were so precise and flowing. Nevertheless, I doubt that international judges would credit all her connections, and probably her realistic D-score is around 5.8 (I’m not an international judge, though).
        Mathematically, there would be an even more predictable system which would weight the scores with the compared ranking of the different gymnasts in different competitions. That would need to calculate the right coefficient.

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  4. I was surprised that Simone did not have the highest FX score but she did have some out of bounds and steps at the US Classic so once she cleans up her landings, I expect her to score over 15.00. I am excited for Nationals. I hope that Ragan Smith can show what she is capable of and does great in the All Around. I am also optimistic about Grace McCallum, one of my favorites, I think she has a great future ahead of her. She didn’t have the best Classics but she did beat Morgan Hurd at Pac Rims and I was quite surprised that she did so poorly at US Classics. I think she has the complete package and her body type is very “European”. Go Grace!!

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    • Ugh – please let’s stop with the “European” – it just reinforces the stereotype that white people – those are the people who hail from Europe after all – do more beautiful and proper gymnastics because of their “elegance”, and that power and difficulty is less beautiful. Frankly, it’s racist.

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      • Didn’t mean it the way it was taken….just saying she has a certain look does not mean that it is better than other body types..i love Simone too and others with more muscular builds.

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