Athletes competing in men’s artistic gymnastics from 20 countries set, matched, or broke records for their nations at the world championships in Liverpool, England, making history in the sport and inspiring future generations of athletes to follow in their footsteps.
It was a big year for Armenia, as all four specialists who qualified to worlds also qualified into every individual final they attempted, and three of those men ended up in the history books – including two with big medal moments.
Artur Davtyan became the first Armenian man to become a world champion when he took the gold on vault, breaking the seventh-place record he set in 2018.
On pommel horse, Harutyun Merdinyan won the second world bronze medal of his career, matching his podium finish from 2015.
Though Artur Avetisyan didn’t pick up a medal on rings, his fourth-place finish tied Artur Tovmasyan’s record set in 2018.
Caio Souza’s fifth-place finish on vault tied the record set by Diego Hypolito in 2006, which was later also matched by Sergio Sasaki in 2013 and 2014.
Zou Jingyuan won the third gold medal of his career on parallel bars here, which was also the 17th medal for China on this event in history. Having competed at 33 world championships where parallel bars has been contested, this means China has won more than half of the golds they’ve attempted here.
China also won the team title in Liverpool, making this the 13th time in history this has happened.
Jossimar Calvo finishing fifth place on parallel bars marks his and the country’s best finish here, beating his sixth-place record from 2018.
Ilias Georgiou placed sixth in the high bar final, breaking the record he set in 2021, when he finished eighth.
Omar Mohamed finished 26th in all-around qualifications, breaking Ali Saki’s 36th-place record set in 1950.
Giarnni Regini-Moran became the first British world champion on floor, taking over the top spot on this event from Neil Thomas, who won silver in 1993 and 1994, and Max Whitlock, who won silver in 2015.
Also winning a medal and breaking records was Courtney Tulloch on rings, where his bronze win broke his previous record on this apparatus, which was sixth place in 2014.
Rhys McClenaghan became the first world champion from Ireland on any apparatus with his gold medal win on pommel horse. He previously set the record for first world medal when he won bronze on the apparatus in 2019.
In winning the first world all-around title of his career after becoming the Olympic champion last year, Hashimoto Daiki is now the fifth Japanese man to have accomplished this, following Kenmotsu Eizo in 1970, Kasamatsu Shigeru in 1974, Tomita Hiroyuki in 2005, and Uchimura Kohei in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Ahmad Abu Al Soud became the first Jordanian man to reach an apparatus final at world championships, and then days later, he became the first to win a medal when he took the silver, setting the record for the program.
Nariman Kurbanov finished fourth on pommel horse, tying the record he set in 2021.
Abderrazak Nasser finished 72nd in all-around qualifications, breaking Eddyanne Abdelwahed’s 100th-place record set in 1993.
Sofus Heggemsnes finished 19th in the all-around final, breaking Åge Storhaug’s 20th-place record set in 1966.
Edward Gonzales finished 69th in all-around qualifications, breaking Daniel Agüero’s 145th-place record set in 2015.
In placing eighth all-around, Carlos Yulo improved on his program’s record here, breaking his own 10th-place record from 2019.
The Spanish men made the team final for the first time since 2007, and matched their ranking from that year as well by finishing sixth place.
Lais Najjar finished 49th in all-around qualifications, breaking Salah Cheikaib’s 108th-place record set in 1958.
Tang Chia-Hung ended up in ninth place in the all-around final, improving on his 11th-place finish from 2019 to break his own record.
Adem Asil became the second man from Turkey to become the world champion on rings, joining Ibrahim Colak – who won in 2019 – as a record-holder for his program.
The Turkish team also had lots of success here, finishing 11th in qualifications, a big jump from the 15th-place record set in 2018 and then matched in 2019.
Brody Malone became the second American to become the world high bar champion, following in the footsteps of Kurt Thomas in 1979.
Article by Lauren Hopkins