The Top International WAG Scores of the Quad

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Sunisa Lee

After sharing the top scores and the top international scores of 2021 yesterday, I wanted to put together an overview of the best international scores throughout the entire quad (technically a “quint” this time due to the extra COVID year!) from when the updated code of points kicked into gear in 2017 until the end of the line in 2021. I included the top 100 all-around scores, as well as the top 10 scores on each apparatus (one per athlete, using each athlete’s highest international score).

Though she opted to withdraw from the Olympic all-around final to prioritize her mental health, Simone Biles still posted the highest score of the past five years with a 60.965 in qualifications at world championships in 2018, which is 3.532 points higher than the second highest, her teammate Sunisa Lee‘s all-around gold medal score of 57.433. Biles also topped the vault and floor rankings, with her qualification vaults from worlds in 2018 setting the record, while her floor in the 2019 worlds team final was the best by over seven tenths.

Fun fact – though I only included one score per athlete, Biles actually had the top EIGHT international all-around scores of the quad, and if you include domestic meets, she has the top 17!

Lee and Olympic bars champion Nina Derwael led that event with a matching 15.4, which both earned in the team final at the Olympic Games in 2021, and Liu Tingting, the world beam champion in 2018, had the best score there with a 15.3 at Asian Championships in 2017.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Year Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States 2018 World Championships QF 60.965
2 Sunisa Lee United States 2021 Olympic Games AA 57.433
3 Rebeca Andrade Brazil 2021 Olympic Games QF 57.399
4 Gabby Perea* United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 57.225
5 Angelina Melnikova Russia 2021 Olympic Games AA 57.199
6 Vladislava Urazova Russia 2021 Olympic Games QF 57.099
7 Riley McCusker United States 2019 Pan American Games QF 57.050
8 Grace McCallum United States 2018 Pan American Championships TF 57.000
9 Viktoria Listunova Russia 2021 Olympic Games QF 56.932
10 Maile O’Keefe* United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.900
11 Tang Xijing China 2019 World Championships AA 56.899
12 Liu Tingting China 2017 Asian Championships AA 56.800
13 Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos France 2019 World Championships QF 56.782
14 Leanne Wong United States 2019 American Cup 56.765
15 Larisa Iordache Romania 2017 Summer Universiade AA 56.750
16 Kara Eaker United States 2019 Pan American Games QF 56.700
17 Morgan Hurd United States 2018 American Cup 56.599
18 Nina Derwael Belgium 2021 Olympic Games QF 56.598
19 Murakami Mai Japan 2018 Tokyo World Cup 56.532
20 Emma Malabuyo* United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.275
21 Jade Carey United States 2021 Olympic Games QF 56.265
22 Ellie Black Canada 2019 World Championships AA 56.232
23 Ellie Downie Great Britain 2017 European Championships QF 56.198
24 Konnor McClain* United States 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.167
25 Skye Blakely* United States 2020 International Gymnix AA 56.132
26 Ragan Smith United States 2017 American Cup 56.099
27 Elisabeth Seitz Germany 2019 World Championships AA 55.999
28 Chen Yile China 2018 Asian Games QF 55.950
29 Adeline Kenlin* United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.900
30 Giorgia Villa Italy 2019 World Championships TF 55.832
31 Abby Paulson United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.800
32 Elena Eremina Russia 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.750
Ana Padurariu* Canada 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.750
34 Flavia Saraiva Brazil 2019 World Championships AA 55.732
Li Shijia China 2019 World Championships QF 55.732
36 Kayla DiCello United States 2021 World Championships QF 55.700
37 Luo Huan China 2017 Asian Championships AA 55.700
38 Teramoto Asuka Japan 2017 Summer Universiade AA 55.650
39 Angelina Simakova* Russia 2017 Elite Gym Massilia AA 55.500
40 Zsofia Kovacs Hungary 2017 European Championships AA 55.432
41 MyKayla Skinner United States 2021 Olympic Games QF 55.398
42 Asia D’Amato Italy 2021 Elite Gym Massilia AA 55.299
43 Jessica Gadirova Great Britain 2021 Olympic Games QF 55.199
44 Alyona Shchennikova United States 2019 International Gymnix AA 55.198
45 Lu Yufei China 2021 Olympic Games QF 55.066
46 Elena Gerasimova* Russia 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.000
47 Lilia Akhaimova Russia 2019 World Championships QF 54.932
Zhang Jin China 2021 Olympic Games QF 54.932
49 Ou Yushan* China 2019 Junior World Championships AA 54.931
50 Sarah Voss Germany 2019 World Championships AA 54.898
51 Tabea Alt Germany 2017 European Championships QF 54.866
52 Aline Friess France 2019 World Championships AA 54.798
53 Alice Kinsella Great Britain 2019 World Championships AA 54.765
54 Jordan Bowers* United States 2018 Junior Pan Am Championships AA 54.750
Natalia Kapitonova Russia 2017 DTB Pokal Team Challenge TF 54.750
56 Jennifer Gadirova Great Britain 2021 Olympic Games 54.699
57 Hatakeda Hitomi Japan 2017 International Gymnix AA 54.635
58 Ana Maria Barbosu* Romania 2020 European Championships AA 54.599
59 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands 2017 European Championships QF 54.598
60 Anastasia Iliankova Russia 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 54.567
61 Alice D’Amato Italy 2021 Olympic Games TF 54.565
62 Yesenia Ferrera Cuba 2017 Central American Sports Festival 54.550
Victoria Nguyen United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 54.550
64 Trinity Thomas United States 2018 Tokyo World Cup 54.533
Naomi Visser Netherlands 2019 FIT Challenge AA 54.533
66 Zoé Allaire-Bourgie* Canada 2019 International Gymnix AA 54.532
67 Brooklyn Moors Canada 2019 World Championships AA 54.498
68 Ksenia Klimenko* Russia 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival AA 54.450
69 Martina Maggio Italy 2021 European Championships QF 54.398
70 Diana Varinska Ukraine 2019 World Championships AA 54.366
71 Anastasiia Bachynska Ukraine 2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualifier 54.299
Carolann Heduit France 2021 Olympic Games QF 54.299
73 Evgeniya Shelgunova Russia 2017 Summer Universiade AA 54.200
74 Kim Bui Germany 2019 American Cup 54.199
75 Lorette Charpy France 2019 European Games AA 54.166
76 Isabela Onyshko Canada 2018 International Gymnix AA 54.134
77 Katelyn Jong* United States 2021 Junior Pan Am Championships AA 54.100
78 Roxana Popa Spain 2021 Olympic Games QF 54.099
79 Sloane Blakely United States 2019 International Gymnix AA 54.032
Amelie Morgan Great Britain 2021 European Championships QF 54.032
81 Sydney Barros* United States 2019 Junior World Championships AA 53.974
82 Jordan Chiles United States 2021 Olympic Games TF 53.965
Sugihara Aiko Japan 2017 World Championships AA 53.965
84 Elisa Iorio* Italy 2017 Mediterranean Championships AA 53.950
85 Margzetta Frazier United States 2018 Birmingham World Cup 53.932
86 Victoria Woo Canada 2018 International Gymnix AA 53.885
87 Irina Alexeeva Russia 2018 International Gymnix AA 53.867
88 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland 2019 World Championships AA 53.866
89 Georgia Godwin Australia 2019 World Championships AA 53.832
90 Emily Lee United States 2020 International Gymnix AA 53.831
91 Hatakeda Chiaki Japan 2020 Friendship & Solidarity Meet 53.800
Shallon Olsen Canada 2018 International Gymnix AA 53.800
93 Anastasia Agafonova Russia 2019 World Championships QF 53.799
94 Jade Barbosa Brazil 2018 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 53.766
95 Vanessa Ferrari Italy 2021 European Championships QF 53.765
96 Barbora Mokosova Slovakia 2018 Austrian Team Open 53.750
Fabiane Valentin* Brazil 2017 South American Championships AA 53.750
98 Frida Esparza Mexico 2018 Pan Am Championships TF 53.733
Georgia-Mae Fenton Great Britain 2019 European Games QF 53.733
100 Maellyse Brassart Belgium 2021 FIT Challenge AA 53.725

Best Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Year Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States 2018 World Championships QF 15.666
2 Jade Carey United States 2019 World Championships QF 15.200
3 Rebeca Andrade Brazil 2021 Olympic Games QF 15.100
4 Maria Paseka Russia 2017 World Championships QF 14.933
5 MyKayla Skinner United States 2021 Olympic Games EF 14.916
6 Giulia Steingruber Switzerland 2021 European Championships 14.824
7 Ellie Downie Great Britain 2019 World Championships EF 14.816
Alexa Moreno Mexico 2019 World Championships QF 14.816
9 Yeo Seojeong South Korea 2021 Olympic Games QF 14.800
10 Shallon Olsen Canada 2019 World Championships EF 14.733

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Year Meet Score
1 Nina Derwael Belgium 2021 Olympic Games TF 15.400
Sunisa Lee United States 2021 Olympic Games TF 15.400
3 Fan Yilin China 2018 Cottbus World Cup QF 15.233
4 Rebeca Andrade Brazil 2021 World Championships QF 15.100
Elena Eremina Russia 2017 World Championships EF 15.100
6 Anastasia Iliankova Russia 2017 World Championships QF 15.066
7 Riley McCusker United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
Gabby Perea* United States 2017 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
9 Daria Spiridonova Russia 2019 World Championships QF 15.016
10 Becky Downie Great Britain 2019 World Championships EF 15.000

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Year Meet Score
1 Liu Tingting China 2017 Asian Championships AA 15.300
2 Kara Eaker United States 2019 Pan American Games EF 15.266
3 Li Qi* China 2017 Junior Japan International AA 15.250
4 Simone Biles United States 2019 World Championships EF 15.066
5 Li Shijia China 2019 Zhaoqing Challenge Cup EF 15.050
6 Larisa Iordache Romania 2017 Paris Challenge Cup QF 15.000
7 Guan Chenchen China 2021 Olympic Games QF 14.933
8 Chen Yile China 2018 Asian Games QF 14.800
9 Luo Huan China 2017 Asian Championships AA 14.750
10 Flavia Saraiva Brazil 2018 Pan Am Championships TF 14.667

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Year Meet Score
1 Simone Biles United States 2019 World Championships TF 15.333
2 Jade Carey United States 2019 Baku World Cup EF 14.600
3 Murakami Mai Japan 2018 Tokyo World Cup 14.566
4 Ragan Smith United States 2017 World Championships QF 14.433
5 Sunisa Lee United States 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.333
6 Viktoria Listunova* Russia 2019 City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.300
Angelina Melnikova Russia 2021 European Championships QF 14.300
8 Vanessa Ferrari Italy 2021 Doha World Cup EF 14.266
9 Kaliya Lincoln* United States 2021 Junior Pan Am Championships AA 14.250
Vladislava Urazova* Russia 2019 Top Gym Tournament EF 14.250

* Athlete was a junior at the time of this competition

Article by Lauren Hopkins

11 thoughts on “The Top International WAG Scores of the Quad

  1. This is interesting and must have involved tons of work cataloguing various routines. Thanks!

    I’m guessing that each athlete’s highest score is the one reflected on the sheet, even if they might’ve had other top scores that would’ve qualified them to this list? So, for example, Simone Biles’s highest AA score was from 2018 Worlds Qualifying, but she had other scores between her highest score and Suni Lee’s score from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic AA final, right? And those just aren’t included because the list would be unwieldy?

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    • Thank you! You’re correct, I just included each athlete’s top score. If you were to look at the full spreadsheet, Simone actually has the top 8 international scores (2018 Worlds QF, 2019 Worlds TF, 2019 Worlds QF, 2019 Worlds AA, 2018 Worlds TF, and 2019 Stuttgart World Cup, 2021 Olympics QF, and 2018 Worlds AA, in that order) so I didn’t want to include the top 100 here and have only like, 10 athletes on the list between Simone and other Americans, Russians, and a few other individuals thrown in!

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  2. Just in case anyone doubted that Simone Biles was the most dominant athlete in the world, consider the gap between her and the second-placed gymnasts in AA, vault and floor.

    In AA, the margin between Biles and Sunisa Lee (Olympic gold medal winner in this event) in second place was 3.532 points. This margin is greater than the margin between Lee and the gymnast in 49th place, Ou Yushan. In other words, Biles was further ahead of Lee than Lee was ahead of the 49th-placed all-around gymnast.

    In vault, the margin between Biles and Jade Carey in second place was 0.466 points. This is almost exactly equal to the gap between Carey and the 10th-placed vaulter, Shallon Olsen.

    In floor, the margin between Biles and Jade Carey in second place was 0.733 points. This margin exceeded the gap between Carey and the 10th-placed floor competitor by 0.383 points. In other words, Biles was much further ahead of Carey than Carey was ahead of the 10th-placed floor competitor.

    Name another athlete in the world so far ahead in their field that their winning margin exceeds the gap between the next 50 competitors.

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    • How so?

      Suni went to one Worlds and one Olympics.
      In 2019 she was 2nd AA in TQ and would have had an AA medal if not for her UB fall. She won AA gold in 2021 and would have been 2nd had Biles not withdrawn.
      In 2019 she won FX silver and UB bronze, she repeated UB bronze in Tokyo and came super close to medaling on UB.

      She is a 6x World and Olympic medalist with 1 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze from each of her Worlds and Olympics appearances. Her 6 medals tie her with Kim Zmeskal, Gabby Douglas, and Kyla Ross in 9th place as most decorated gymnast from the USA.

      So calling her a flash in the pan is absolutely incorrect because she easily repeated her Worlds success with her Olympics success. She is right up there with the top tier of US ladies with only two appearances at a Worlds or Olympics. Plus she has more international medals than a majority of elite gymnasts at the moment.

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        • You are incorrect.

          “Flash in the pan” means “not repeatable”.
          She repeated her medal performance from Worlds at the Olympics two years later.

          Your rationale of “won’t be around for the next Olympics” is silly. How many Olympic medalists only went to one Olympics, too numerous to count. Even American medalists who went to one Olympics are too many to list.

          Try again.

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  3. I see how inconsistent this quad’s scoring is across years, especially a lot of top scores come from 2017 which is a really weak year in retrospect.

    Basically, judging really tightened up by a lot and everyone’s execution is hammered. In 2021, E-scores of 8.0 basically means that the routine is very good. If this trend continues, are we all be applauding 7+ routines next quad?

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    • I would say until we got to worlds in 2017, the scoring was atrocious regardless of what meet it was…domestic, world cups, continental championships, friendly meets, it was ALL over the place, and then finally at worlds the judges were like “okay, let’s reel this in” lol. There were still a few other meets in 2017 after worlds that were a little out of control, but I think especially for beam, 2017 worlds was the turning point and taught judges what beam deductions (and how they should award CV/difficulty) should actually look like.

      I’ve heard that judges are going to be tightening up even further this quad, especially on beam and floor. I’m sure there will still be some messy scores at the start of the quad, but I know Donatella Sacchi held an online course to help judges figure out the new code and I’m hoping it won’t take as long for them to know how they should be evaluating routines this time around.

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    • Yes it was very inconsistent scoring.
      This was especially evident this year.

      Tokyo hit routines got 7.5-7.6 for execution and breaking 8.0 was a challenge.
      Meanwhile, at Worlds scoring was much more lenient, particularly on beam and floor. Wong got an 8.300 on execution on beam and FX at Worlds. That would have not been the case in Tokyo for example.
      The judges at Worlds were less strict with dance elements without a doubt.

      This is something that needs to change immediately. As a gymnast you should show up at a major international event and wonder how sharp the judges’ pens are. It should be consistent from year to year within a code of points.

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