Five Event Finals Close Out 2017 Gymnastics World Championships With A Bang

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The 2017 World Championships in Montreal closed out this afternoon with day two of event finals. In one last talent-packed competition day, five more world champions were crowned.

Pauline Schaefer of Germany won beam, Zou Jingyuan of China won parallel bars, Mai Murakami of Japan won floor, Tin Srbic of Croatia won high bar, and Kenzo Shirai of Japan secured another gold on vault. Shirai is the only competitor who is leaving Montreal with multiple golds.


The vault final was the opening act of the day, featuring vaulting royalty from all over the world. Shirai came in with a gold medal under his belt from yesterday's floor final and he performed two stunningly clean vaults today to score a 14.9. He topped Ukraine's Igor Radivilov, who took the silver, by just one thousandth of a point. Radivilov performed a flawless Dragulescu vault, even kicking his legs out at the end and sticking the landing just perfectly. He took a large step on his Tsuk double pike to score a 14.899. Kim Hansol of Korea was the last competitior and he took the bronze with a 14.766, just slipping past Romaina's Marian Dragulescu who had a 14.716.

In the women's beam final, Scheafer performed a remarkably well-executed beam routine, including her original skill of a side somi half, and scored a 13.533 for gold. After receiving a congratulatory tweet from J.K. Rowling, Morgan Hurd was in prime form and scored a 13.4 for silver. Tabea Alt of Germany was just one tenth behind Hurd with a 13.3 and secured another medal for Germany with the bronze. 
China's Zou Jingyuan was the very first competitor on parallel bars and scored a huge 15.9 to open the event final. While Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine got within an inch, no one could match Zou's score and he came out victorious. As the 2016 parallel bars Olympic champion and the top qualifier on the event, Verniaiev was the favorite for gold. He showed an impeccable routine but came up just short of Zou's score with a 15.833. After redeeming himself from the all-around competition with a silver on pommel horse yesterday, David Belyavskiy of Russia grabbed the bronze with a 15.266.

The women wrapped up their portion of the competition with an exhilarating floor final. Mai Murakami competed her highly difficult routine with impressive precision on the landings to score a 14.233. Her score was just enough for first place -- Japan's first-ever women's world gold on floor. USA's Jade Carey banked her second world silver medal when she earned a 14.2 for her sky-high tumbling. Great Britain's Claudia Fragapane's of Great Britain dialed in a spectacular and entertaining routine to nab bronze with a 13.933. Vanessa Ferrari was the last competitor on floor and wasn't able to finish her routine due to a torn Achilles tendon she suffered on her second tumbling pass.

The competition ended on a high note with a thrilling high bar final. Tin Srbic earned Croatia's first world gold medal ever when he flew to a 14.433. Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands provided the most stunning moment of the final with a release move that he caught with one hand. Once known as the "Flying Dutchman," he now sees himself garnering a new nickname. The word "zonder" in Dutch means "without," and Epke joked in a post-meet interview that he will likely now be known as Epke "Zonderhand." His unbelievable catch and impressive finish earned him a standing ovation from the crowd and a 14.233 for silver. Teammate Bart Deurloo also went all out on his routine to score a 14.2 and take bronze.

Check out the winning routines:

Routine of the Day

Radivilov's ridiculously amazing Dragulescu on vault:

Interviews of the Day

Brooklyn Moors of Canada on her extraordinary first worlds experience, winning the Longines Award for Elegance, and Ellie Black's leadership:

Valeri Liukin talks about Morgan and Jade handling big-time pressure and potential upgrades for Jade in the future:

Photo of the Day

Morgan Hurd being announced before the beam final with flames shooting out of the stage:


Tweets of the Day

Instagram of the Day

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