The WAG Record Breakers in Liverpool

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Rebeca Andrade

Athletes competing in women’s artistic gymnastics from 16 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.

BARBADOS

Olivia Kelly is the first gymnast to represent Barbados on the world stage, setting the program’s all-around record with her 78th-place finish.

BELGIUM

Lisa Vaelen became the first woman from Belgium to qualify to the vault final, setting the record by finishing sixth.

BRAZIL

Rebeca Andrade is the first Brazilian woman to become the worlds all-around champion. Prior to her, the best all-around finish for the country was Jade Barbosa winning the bronze in 2007.

The Brazilian team also broke a record here by finishing fourth in the team final – their record had previously been fifth place, set in 2007.

CANADA

Ellie Black won her first worlds apparatus medal here with a silver on beam, matching Ana Padurariu‘s silver win in 2018.

In addition, Black led the Canadian women to bronze in the team final, which is the first team medal for the program to mark its best finish in history, with the team’s fourth-place finish in 2018 the previous record.

CHINA

As the world champion on bars for the second year in a row, Wei Xiaoyuan brought home China’s 10th gold medal on bars, and she’s the country’s second back-to-back world champion after Fan Yilin took gold in 2015 and 2017.

Others to win gold include Ma Yanhong in 1979, Fan Di in 1989, Luo Li in 1994, He Kexin in 2009, Huang Huidan in 2013, and Yao Jinnan in 2014.

DENMARK

Camille Rasmussen finished 35th in all-around qualifications, breaking her own 36th-place record set in 2021.

EGYPT

The Egyptian women finishing 22nd as a team in qualifications broke the previous team record of 24th place, set in 2019.

FINLAND

Maisa Kuusikko was the first woman from Finland to qualify into the all-around final at worlds, where she finished 13th, breaking the previous all-around record set by Ada Hautala, who finished 27th in qualifications in 2021.

FRANCE

Coline Devillard became the third woman from France to win a bronze medal on vault, following in the footsteps of Alexandra Lemoine in 1950 and Youna Dufournet in 2009.

Meanwhile, Marine Boyer‘s fourth-place finish on beam tied Ludivine Furnon’s record from 1997.

GREAT BRITAIN

Jessica Gadirova is the first British woman to win a medal in the all-around with her bronze win in Liverpool. Prior to her, the top finish was Beth Tweddle placing fourth in 2005.

With a gold medal on floor, Gadirova became the second woman from Great Britain to take the title on this apparatus, after Tweddle was the first to do it in 2009.

Gadirova also led the program to an historic silver medal in the team final, which was the second team medal in the team’s history after winning bronze in 2015.

JAPAN

Watanabe Hazuki became the third Japanese woman to win gold on beam, a feat first accomplished by Ikeda Keiko in 1954 and then again by Ashikawa Urara in 2021.

Also making history was Miyata Shoko, who had the best finish on vault in Japan’s history with her fifth-place finish, breaking the sixth-place record set by Ikenada Hiroko in 1966.

MALTA

Tara Vella Clark finished 108th in all-around qualifications, breaking Suzanne Buttigieg‘s 182nd-place record set in 2015.

SLOVENIA

Lucija Hribar finished 36th in all-around qualifications, breaking her own 38th-place record set in 2021.

TAIWAN

The women from Taiwan put up a best-ever finish in the team competition at worlds by finishing 21st in qualifications. Prior to this, the team’s record was 25th place, set in 1987.

THAILAND

Sasiwimon Mueangphuan finished 97th in all-around qualifications, breaking Lanna Apisukh’s 119th-place record set in 1995.

UNITED STATES

Jade Carey earned the seventh vault gold medal for the United States, following in the footsteps of Kayla Williams in 2009, Alicia Sacramone in 2010, McKayla Maroney in 2011 and 2013, and Simone Biles in 2018 and 2019.

The U.S. team also won its sixth-straight worlds gold medal here, and eighth overall, after previously winning the title in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

5 thoughts on “The WAG Record Breakers in Liverpool

  1. Lauren you got this up so quickly! Thank you for your hard work following the sport across all programmes, including the smaller ones. Love seeing smaller programmes get a spotlight, and I love how much it means progress is happening – podiums and top 10s feel like they’re getting increasingly diverse in terms of athlete nationality and it’s great to see.

    I’m thrilled for Egypt getting their best team finish – after Nancy Taman’s amazing vault result last year I hope they continue to go from strength to strength.

    Also I love that you’ve been rooting for Maisa Kuusikko for so long – she’s such an excellent athlete and I loved her getting so much time on the broadcast. Thrilled to see she’s done such brilliant work for Finland’s programme. A friend in the arena said she was getting great reactions from the crowd, too!

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    • Thank you! The smaller programs are the most exciting to follow because of what they can still do – I think with MAG especially this year seeing so many small programs getting apparatus medals, it’s so much fun (and emotional!) to see them rise up right alongside the top programs.

      Also SO happy for Maisa! It’s wild how well she did here, I know someday she’ll be in that UB final!

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