2018’s Best Scores: September Update

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Flavia Saraiva

It’s October! It’s WORLDS MONTH! We’re only three weeks away from qualifications, teams are being announced at a rapid-fire pace, and that means it’s time to take another look at where everyone stands now that we’re super close from the main event.

There weren’t a ton of changes to our list in September, as most of the top competitors were focusing on training and making their nations’ worlds teams rather than on putting out top-notch performances at big events, but we did see a few moves up the rankings for several gymnasts we can expect in Doha.

At Pan Ams, Grace McCallum had an all-around performance that moved her up to fourth-best in the world for 2018, and Flavia Saraiva put up beam and floor routines in the team final that skyrocketed her to the sixth and seventh best scores on these events, respectively. We also saw Marine Boyer reach the top ten beam D scores list with her 6.2 in Paris last weekend, and though neither Jade Carey or Fan Yilin will compete at worlds this year, both moved up the rankings on their top events, with Carey now fifth on vault and third on floor while Fan is now tenth on bars.

In 2018, we’ve seen 5,143 all-around performances, as well as 6,921 vault scores, 7,194 bars scores, 7,350 beam scores, and 7,165 floor scores, in addition to 1,778 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. Championships Day 1 60.100
2 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships QF 57.732
3 Riley McCusker United States U.S. Classic 57.500
4 Morgan Hurd United States U.S. Championships Day 1 57.000
Grace McCallum United States Pan Am Championships TF 57.000
6 Mai Murakami Japan Tokyo World Cup 56.532
7 Leanne Wong* United States U.S. Championships Day 1 56.300
8 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France European Championships TF 56.266
9 Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships AA 56.199
10 Sunisa Lee* United States KPAC National Qualifier 56.000
11 Chen Yile China Asian Games QF 55.950
12 Asuka Teramoto Japan All-Japan Senior Championships 55.900
13 Emma Malabuyo United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.868
14 Kayla DiCello* United States U.S. Championships Day 2 55.750
15 Trinity Thomas United States U.S. Championships Day 1 55.700
16 Viktoria Listunova* Russia Russian Junior Championships QF 55.665
17 Elisa Iorio* Italy Pieve di Soligo Friendly 55.600
18 Giorgia Villa* Italy Pieve di Soligo Friendly 55.450
Hitomi Hatakeda Japan WOGA Classic 55.450
20 Aliya Mustafina Russia Russian Championships QF 55.432
Angelina Simakova Russia Russian Championships QF 55.432
22 Shilese Jones United States U.S. Championships Day 1 55.300
23 Ragan Smith United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.166
24 Diana Varinska Ukraine Ukraine Cup AA 55.067
25 Kara Eaker United States U.S. Championships Day 1 55.050

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 2 15.600
2 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland Koper Challenge Cup EF 15.100
Asuka Teramoto Japan All-Japan Senior Championships 15.100
4 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships Day 1 15.000
Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Championships QF 15.000
6 Asia D’Amato* Italy 1st Italian Serie A 14.950
7 Shallon Olsen Canada International Gymnix AA 14.900
8 Angelina Simakova Russia Russian Championships QF 14.833
Shilese Jones United States Pan Am Championships TF 14.833
10 Leanne Wong* United States Junior Pan Am Championships EF 14.825

Best Two-Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 1 15.600
2 Boglarka Devai Hungary European Championships QF 14.616
3 Asia D’Amato* Italy International Gymnix EF 14.600
Shallon Olsen Canada Commonwealth Games QF 14.600
5 Jade Carey United States Pan Am Championships AA 14.550
6 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland Koper Challenge Cup EF 14.500
7 Yeo Seo-jeong South Korea Asian Games QF 14.450
8 Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 14.433
9 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships Day 2 14.400
Qi Qi* China Chinese Championships EF 14.400

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 Liu Tingting China Asian Games QF 14.850
Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 1 14.850
7 Lyu Jiaqi China Baku World Cup EF 14.833
8 Elisabeth Seitz Germany Stuttgart World Cup 14.800
Sunisa Lee* United States U.S. Championships Day 1 14.800
10 Fan Yilin China Chinese Individual Championships EF 14.767

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 1 15.200
2 Kara Eaker United States Auburn National Qualifier 15.100
3 Chen Yile China Chinese Championships QF 15.000
4 Diana Varinska Ukraine Ukraine Cup EF 14.750
Sanne Wevers Netherlands Heerenveen Friendly EF 14.750
6 Flavia Saraiva Brazil Pan Am Championships TF 14.667
7 Daniele Hypolito Brazil Brazilian Championships 14.650
Emily Lee United States Desert Lights Qualifier 14.650
9 Luo Huan China Chinese Championships EF 14.633
10 Guan Chenchen* China Chinese Junior Championships AA 14.600

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
Jade Carey United States Pan Am Championships TF 14.600
5 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.500
6 Angelina Radivilova Ukraine Ukraine Cup AA 14.400
7 Flavia Saraiva Brazil Pan Am Championships TF 14.233
8 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France French Championships EF 14.200
9 Emma Malabuyo United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.167
10 Polina Fedorova Russia Liepaja Championships AA 14.100
Taeja James Great Britain Commonwealth Games QF 14.100

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 2 11.8
2 Yeo Seo-jeong South Korea Guimaraes Challenge Cup QF 11.6
Pyon Rye Yong North Korea Asian Games EF 11.6
4 Boglarka Devai Hungary European Championships EF 11.4
Shallon Olsen Canada Commonwealth Games EF 11.4
Liu Jinru China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
7 Coline Devillard France European Championships EF 11.2
Qi Qi* Italy Chinese Championships EF 11.2
Sae Miyakawa Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 11.2
10 Dipa Karmakar India Asian Games QF 11.0
Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 11.0

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Becky Downie Great Britain British Team Championships 6.6
2 Nina Derwael Belgium Heerenveen Friendly AA 6.5
3 Du Siyu China Chinese Individual Championships EF 6.4
4 Fan Yilin China Chinese Individual Championships EF 6.3
5 Alyona Shchennikova United States U.S. Championships Day 2 6.2
Anastasia Iliankova Russia City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.2
Carolann Heduit* France European Championships EF 6.2
Diana Varinska Ukraine Stella Zakharova Cup EF 6.2
Elisabeth Seitz Germany German Championships AA 6.2
Jonna Adlerteg Sweden European Championships EF 6.2
Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 2 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 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 2 6.5
3 Chen Yile China Chinese Championships QF 6.3
Liu Tingting China Asian Games TF 6.3
Riley McCusker United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 6.3
Sunisa Lee* United States Pacific Rim Championships AA 6.3
7 Guan Chenchen* China Chinese Junior Championships EF 6.2
Luo Huan China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Marine Boyer France Paris Challenge Cup QF 6.2
Tang Xijing* China Chinese Championships QF 6.2
Zhang Jin China Chinese Championships QF 6.2

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships Day 1 6.7
2 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships Day 2 6.3
3 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 European Championships QF 5.9
Lilia Akhaimova Russia DTB Team Challenge QF 5.9
Trinity Thomas United States U.S. Championships Day 1 5.9
9 Claudia Fragapane Great Britain English Championships 5.8
Morgan Hurd United States U.S. Classic 5.8
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19 thoughts on “2018’s Best Scores: September Update

  1. Great lists! Though I wonder if maybe you missed the All-Japan Senior Championships, where Asuka Teramoto scored 55.9 in the all-around and 15.1 on vault. Pretty nice scores!

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    • I think it’s because (a) there’s SO much competition on bars this year, and (b) the Ukrainian home scores this year were INSANE (Angelina Radivilova got something like a 14.4 on both beam and floor which…no).

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      • We haven’t had 16’s since the 2006 to 08 era, and that was because the scoring system was completely different – I believe the top 10 elements made up the D score, but ever since 2009 it has been top 8. Also the way E scores were evaluated were far more generous during that quad, that E score generosity hasn’t been seen since 2008 either. Of course it’s been getting stricter little by little as quads go by – but it’s only been this quad beam E scores suddenly became crazy low. I would say that’s the biggest change we’ve had since 2009 in terms of scoring expectations. It’s been a decade since then and you’re not used to it yet? Obviously D scores are lower too – on vault, and the elimination of the D dismount requirement from the base D score makes the scores a bit lower. It’s only beam that’s seen a big change though in terms of evaluation(though floor is a bit strict too)

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    • Iliankova hasn’t had a 6.3 this season. She got a 6.2 in Jesolo QFs and a 6.1 in Jesolo finals. She is reaching for a 6.3 routine and if you add up all of her skills with no missed connections, it’s a 6.3, but she hasn’t actually been awarded the 6.3.

      At the Stuttgart world cup, Melnikova had a 5.4 VT, 5.7 UB, 5.5 BB, and 5.6 FX so I have no idea what you’re talking about.

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      • I like how Lauren actually says “this is not a serious list” and straight away someone is PLEASE REMOVE THIS like it’s going to affect world standings or international gymnastical relations. Ugh.

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        • LOLLLL and they weren’t even right so like…u ok

          I think this person is the Russian stan who comments about the Russians being the best everywhere though.

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      • Hold on. Do they think Angelina was actually credited with a 6.5 on beam with a fall on her whippy layout, missed connections and ring jumps with no actual ring position? In 2018? You clearly go by what the gymnast was officially credited with, not what their potential was.

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        • LOL. Yup. She legit was awarded like a point less than what she was going for. If this was “Dream D Score Potential” sure, but literally no one is credited for absolutely everything.

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    • Upon actually looking at the poster’s name this is absolutely a Russian stan/troll known as “rusgymqueen lesenkia” and “gowreesh nath” who constantly makes rude/racist/transphobic remarks on YouTube. It’s a shame they found your blog.

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  2. Could this be the year Melka gets her AA medal? Honestly, (after Biles) the podium looks to be between her, McCusker/Hurd, Murakami, MDJDS, and Ellie Black. It could be a super close fight for silver and bronze, and I welcome all likely outcomes.

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  3. Disappointed that GB hardly get on a list. I know they have been injury hit but shame no one else is stepping up. Not convinced they have a decent programme.

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    • Well, to be fair, if GB had given some of its B team members some international experience, they may have been able to step up a little better. You can’t just use the same 4-6 veterans for everything and then expect girls with barely any international experience to be able to perform to A team standards in a major international. And for most countries, the next couple of years when world cups become part of qualifications, its going to be worse. Nobody is going to be sending untested new seniors to try to qualify spots for Tokyo.

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