The Best Scores in 2021 – A Pre-Tokyo Update

Simone Biles

So far in 2021, we’ve covered a total of 99 meets, with only one more senior-level meet to go – the Italian Championships this coming weekend – before we head over to the Olympic Games. Isn’t it about time we take a look at how the scores have been stacking up?

There have been a total of 3,001 all-around performances, as well as 3,664 vault scores, 3,841 bars scores, 3,967 beam scores, and 3,822 floor scores so far this year, in addition to 622 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 as accurate as possible. 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.

Note that we also only include difficulty scores that were actually awarded by judges in a competition – Guan Chenchen may be attempting a 7.0 beam routine, but because China did not reveal D and E breakdowns for any of its competitions this year aside from event finals at nationals, a 6.2 is the highest we have on record for her, so that’s what we included.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 60.565
2 Sunisa Lee United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 58.166
3 Viktoria Listunova Russia Russian Cup AA 57.965
4 Li Shijia China Chinese Championships QF 57.698
5 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships D2 57.550
6 Vladislava Urazova Russia Russian Championships AA 57.365
7 Zhang Jin China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 57.032
8 Lu Yufei China Chinese Championships QF 56.932
9 Wei Xiaoyuan China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 56.832
10 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup QF 56.831
11 Nina Derwael Belgium Belgian Test Meet 56.799
12 Leanne Wong United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 56.733
13 Rebeca Andrade Brazil Pan Am Championships AA 56.700
14 Tang Xijing China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 56.599
15 MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 56.598
16 Grace McCallum United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 56.498
17 Luo Rui China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 56.399
18 Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Championships AA 56.298
Kayla DiCello United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 56.298
20 Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships AA 56.100
21 Ou Yushan China Chinese Championships AA 56.099
22 Leila Vasilieva* Russia Russian Junior Championships AA 56.000
Emma Malabuyo United States U.S. Championships D2 56.000
24 He Licheng China Chinese Championships AA 55.732
25 Guan Chenchen China Chinese Championships QF 55.731
26 Jessica Gadirova Great Britain British Olympic Trial 2 55.700
Skye Blakely United States U.S. Championships D2 55.700
28 Georgia Godwin Australia Australian Championships QF 55.683
29 Hatakeda Hitomi Japan NHK Trophy 55.598
30 Kara Eaker United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 55.565
31 Diana Kustova* Russia Russian Junior Championships AA 55.540
32 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D1 55.450
Amalia Puflea* Romania Romanian Junior Championships 55.450
34 Martina Maggio Italy 1st Italian Serie A 55.400
35 Yana Vorona Russia Russian Championships QF 55.199
36 Shilese Jones United States Winter Cup 55.100
Anastasiia Bachynska Ukraine Ukrainian Championships 55.100
38 Alice Kinsella Great Britain British Olympic Trial 3 55.075
39 Aiko Sugihara Japan All-Japan Championships AA 55.066
40 Carolann Heduit France French Championships AA 55.050
41 Qi Qi China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 55.032
42 Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos France FIT Challenge AA 55.000
Ava Stewart Canada Canadian Technical Trial 2 55.000
44 Lilia Akhaimova Russia Russian Cup QF 54.832
45 Sarah Voss Germany German Olympic Trials 54.700
46 Larisa Iordache Romania European Championships QF 54.698
47 Katelyn Jong* United States U.S. Classic 54.650
Olivia Greaves United States March U.S. National Team Camp 54.650
49 Hiraiwa Yuna Japan NHK Trophy 54.599
50 Qiu Qiyuan* China Chinese Championships QF 54.565

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Classic 16.100
2 MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 15.266
3 Jade Carey United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 15.200
4 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland European Championships EF 15.066
5 Shilese Jones United States U.S. Championships D2 15.000
6 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 14.966
7 Camille Rasmussen Denmark Danish Championships AA 14.900
Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Event Championships QF 14.900
9 Kayla DiCello United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 14.833
10 Rebeca Andrade Brazil Pan Am Championships AA 14.800
Leanne Wong United States March U.S. National Team Camp 14.800
Aline Friess France FIT Challenge AA 14.800
Amari Drayton United States March U.S. National Team Camp 14.800

Best Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Championships D1 15.550
2 MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 15.233
3 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland European Championships EF 14.824
4 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships D2 14.650
5 Lilia Akhaimova Russia Russian Cup EF 14.599
Deng Yalan China Chinese Championships EF 14.599
7 Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 14.583
8 Shallon Olsen Canada Canadian Championships AA 14.500
9 Jessica Gadirova Great Britain European Championships EF 14.466
10 Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D1 14.450
Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships QF 14.450
Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships QF 14.450

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Sunisa Lee United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 15.300
2 Fan Yilin China 1st Chinese Olympic Trials 15.233
3 Wei Xiaoyuan China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 15.166
4 Nina Derwael Belgium Belgian Test Meet 15.150
5 Vladislava Urazova Russia Russian Cup EF 15.100
Riley McCusker United States U.S. Championships D2 15.100
7 Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup EF 15.066
8 Diana Kustova* Russia Russian Junior Championships EF 15.020
9 Anastasia Iliankova Russia Russian Cup EF 14.933
10 Lu Yufei China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 14.866
Viktoria Listunova Russia Russian Cup AA 14.866

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Ou Yushan China 1st Chinese Olympic Trials 15.633
2 Guan Chenchen China Chinese Championships AA 15.466
3 Li Shijia China Chinese Championships QF 15.400
4 Sun Xinyi China Chinese Championships QF 15.200
5 Luo Rui China 2nd Chinese Olympic Trials 15.133
Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 15.133
7 Maria Kharenkova Georgia Russian Federal Championships QF 15.125
8 Lu Yufei China 1st Chinese Olympic Trials 15.100
Emily Lee United States March U.S. National Team Camp 15.100
10 Anastasiia Bachynska Ukraine Ukrainian Championships 15.000

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 15.366
2 Viktoria Listunova Russia Russian Championships QF 14.433
Angelina Melnikova Russia Russian Cup AA 14.433
4 Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Championships AA 14.366
5 Ou Yushan China Chinese Championships AA 14.333
6 Vanessa Ferrari Italy Doha World Cup EF 14.266
7 Kaliya Lincoln* United States Junior Pan Am Championships AA 14.250
8 Leanne Wong United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 14.233
Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 14.233
10 Jennifer Gadirova Great Britain British Olympic Trial 1 14.200

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 11.8
MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 11.8
3 Deng Yalan China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
Liu Jinru China Chinese Championships EF 11.4
Shallon Olsen Canada Canadian Championships AA 11.4
6 Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 11.2
Giulia Steingruber Switzerland European Championships EF 11.2
8 Yu Linmin China Chinese Championships EF 10.8
9 Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships AA 10.6
Jade Carey United States U.S. Championships D2 10.6
Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 10.6
Jessica Gadirova Great Britain European Championships EF 10.6
Hatakeda Chiaki Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 10.6
Iwasaki Natsume Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 10.6
Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships EF 10.6
Miyata Shoko Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 10.6
Ana Palacios Guatemala Pan Am Championships EF 10.6

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Sunisa Lee United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 6.8
2 Nina Derwael Belgium Osijek Challenge Cup EF 6.7
Kaylia Nemour* France French Championships AA 6.7
4 Becky Downie Great Britain British Olympic Trial 3 6.4
Riley McCusker United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 6.4
6 Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos France FIT Challenge EF 6.3
Fan Yilin China Chinese Championships EF 6.3
Hatakeda Hitomi Japan All-Japan Event Championships EF 6.3
Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Doha World Cup QF 6.3
10 Jonna Adlerteg Sweden Osijek Challenge Cup QF 6.2
Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 6.2
Huang Zhuofan* China Yangtze Delta Invitational EF 6.2
Viktoria Listunova Russia European Championships AA 6.2
Luo Rui China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships EF 6.2
Elisabeth Seitz Germany German Olympic Trials 6.2
Kelly Simm Great Britain Varna Challenge Cup QF 6.2
Wei Xiaoyuan CHina Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Zhou Ruiyu China Chinese Championships EF 6.2

Best Balance Beam Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 6.8
2 Angela Andreoli* Italy Italian Serie A Final Six QF 6.5
Ellie Black Canada Canadian Championships AA 6.5
4 Kara Eaker United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 6.4
Emily Lee United States March U.S. National Team Camp 6.4
Sunisa Lee United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 6.4
7 Li Shijia China Chinese Championships EF 6.3
MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 6.3
Leanne Wong United States U.S. Classic 6.3
10 Jordan Chiles United States Winter Cup 6.2
Guan Chenchen China Chinese Championships EF 6.2
Emma Malabuyo United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 6.2
Faith Torrez United States American Classic 6.2

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States U.S. Olympic Trials D1 6.8
2 Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships QF 6.0
Miyakawa Sae Japan NHK Trophy 6.0
MyKayla Skinner United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 6.0
5 Jordan Chiles United States U.S. Championships D2 5.9
Vanessa Ferrari Italy Doha World Cup EF 5.9
Murakami Mai Japan All-Japan Championships AA 5.9
Kaylia Nemour* France Top 12 Championships 5.9
9 Kara Eaker United States U.S. Olympic Trials D2 5.8
Karis German United States U.S. Classic 5.8
Leanne Wong United States U.S. Championships D2 5.8

Article by Lauren Hopkins

36 thoughts on “The Best Scores in 2021 – A Pre-Tokyo Update

    • I talked about this in the intro – China didn’t include D/E breakdowns on its official results this year because they want to keep them secret. I only have official D scores from event finals at nationals. I think Li Shijia has been attempting around a 6.7-6.9 D score based on the routines I’ve seen of hers, but in EFs at nationals the judges only awarded her a 6.3 for her routine (which is ranked 7th on the best BB difficulty for 2021 so far). I only include D scores that were *actually* awarded by judges, otherwise this list would have a lot of 6.5+ beam start values.

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      • I’m sorry – I misunderstood. I assumed since the score was given in an official competition it was “awarded” by judges. After all since there is a score, they judges did award a D score – but apparently they just didn’t tell people :-). I was thinking you just didn’t include trained and planned routines but not yet competed so they weren’t “awarded”.

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        • Ohhh yes, sorry!! Yes, judges awarded D scores but we just don’t know what they are. I’ve seen a lot of fans put together D scores based on videos, and for most events it’s close, but on beam where a gymnast technically has a 6.8 routine but then a judge only credits 6.2 due to missed connections, I don’t want to put the inaccurate attempted D score if that’s not what the judges actually gave! Unfortunately China and Russia both published most of their national results without sharing D scores so there are definitely a few routines that could end up higher than what we have here.

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  1. Thanks Lauren! I’ve been waiting for this post. The d scores really help compare gymnasts from different countries. So many talented gymnasts with potential to medal at these olympics.

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    • I feel like they’re ALL saying “the bars field is too deep, a medal would be impossible, our bars specialist is staying home” and now half of the would-be bars field is sitting at home!

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  3. Dear Gymternet,

    The gap between Simone Biles’ AA score (60.565) and second-place Sunisa Lee’s score (58.166) is 2.399 points. That’s greater than the gap between Sunisa Lee in second place and 22nd place!
    Best regards,
    Robert Angyal

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      • Dear Lauren, You’re very welcome. It’s hard to explain to people who don’t follow gymnastics just how large a margin of 2.399 is. I point out that the 2005 Women’s World Championship AA event was won by 0.001 (Chellsie Memmel on 37.824 over Anastasia Liukin on 37.823) and that Simone Biles’ winning AA margin at Rio of 2.1 points was 2,100 times the 2005 margin. That seems to make the point!

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    • Hahahaha yes, this was at the federal championships, which are the qualifiers to national championships for each federal district, and they are even more ridiculous with scoring than nationals, LOL. That same routine probably would have gotten around a 12 internationally. I don’t know how it’s even possible to add three points back to a single event with overscoring, but alas, if anyone can do it, it’s Russia.

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    • I am amending my comment slightly—I should clarify—they will get 2- per countried out obviously, and I am skeptical if their scores will stay that high at an Olympics.

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