The second day of event finals had so many memorable moments it was difficult to narrow down the biggest headlines of the day. Although there were many more exciting moments, here are the three biggest headlines of the day from the final day of the 2019 World Championships.
Simone Biles breaks even more records
As impossible as it seems, there are some records Simone Biles has yet to break, and she snagged a few more of these world records on the final day of World Championships. She took gold on both beam and floor, giving her 25 total worlds medals. With the 24th medal, she became the most decorated gymnast in worlds history. Winning beam gold also gave her three beam gold medals total, which is the most in gymnastics history.
Besides breaking records, Biles getting gold on beam and floor today gave her five out of six possible gold medals in this competition—team, all-around, vault, beam, and floor, only missing bars. Biles competed last on floor, giving a huge finish to the floor competition and sweeping past all the other scores that were given prior.
“Overall it was a very happy worlds, probably one of my best ones yet, so I feel pretty confident going into next Olympic year,” Biles said. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with my performance and it gives me confidence moving forward.”
Behind Biles on beam was Liu Tingting of China in second place, Li Shijia of China in third, and the USA’s Kara Eaker in fourth. Eaker was not originally supposed to compete in event finals, but gained a spot after Ellie Black’s injury. Anne-Marie Padurariu fell twice, giving up her spot on the podium this year after taking silver at last year’s worlds.
"I'm delighted to share the podium with Li Shijia, because it's her first year on the senior team, and I'm really happy that we're both on the podium" - Liu Tingting 🇨🇳 ended her World Championships on a high with a 🥈 on Balance Beam.#Stuttgart2019 pic.twitter.com/NITdVCcpyJ— FIG (@gymnastics) October 13, 2019
Sunisa Lee takes silver on floor
Second only to teammate Simone Biles, Lee showed up with an incredible performance on floor and took home silver. Although she was a full point behind Biles, scoring a 14.133 as compared to Biles’ 15.133, the rest of the competition was very tight. Angelina Melnikova of Russia took third, but it was a tight competition that could have gone to anyone, as the gap between second place and eighth was about 0.6 of a point.
Another World Championship medal for #AllAround series star @_gelyamelnikova!— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) October 13, 2019
Angelina Melnikova wins the bronze medal on floor at #Stuttgart2019 after Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee. pic.twitter.com/8eozYvWxXG
Lee is a first year senior, making this her first world championships and a very successful one. “I think this is giving me a lot of confidence just because I didn’t really have any confidence in myself before this. So it feels really good,” Lee said.
Nikita Nagornyy wins an unexpected third gold
After his team and all-around gold medals, Nagornyy was completely surprised when he took first on vault in event finals. “The one with the most value for me is the team medal, then the all-around medal, then the vault medal,” he said. “I didn’t expect that one. I thought that maybe I could take third place, but then the other competitors had some mistakes and that allowed me to win the gold medal.”
We start today's finals with the men's Vault, and it's another 🥇 for @NikushkaRUS with compatriot Artur Dalaloyan in second place.— FIG (@gymnastics) October 13, 2019
🥇 Nikita Nagornyy 🇷🇺
🥈 Artur Dalaloyan 🇷🇺
🥉 Igor Radivilov 🇺🇦#Stuttgart2019 pic.twitter.com/Dahi2iq277
Nagornyy’s teammate, Artur Dalaloyan, finished right behind him, giving both gold and silver on vault to Russia. Dalaloyan also finished second in the all-around competition behind Nagornyy, making this another gold and silver finish for Russia this week. “I feel very happy that me and Artur are on the podium together, again. And if Artur had taken the first place, I would also be very, very happy about him.”
Igor Radivilov took third on vault, bringing home another medal for Ukraine. “I am very happy, 100%, because it was my main goal to win a medal at the world championships and until now, it was not that successful, because some things in the competition were not so good,” Radivilov said. “But here, today it was a very successful vault and so I am very happy.”
Nagornyy took first by just 0.033 of a point, and the top three gymnasts all competed with a difficulty of 5.6, so it was a fun podium as it truly showed whose execution was best that day.
Another gold!— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) October 13, 2019
A stunning World Championships for Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy.
Nikita adds a third gold to his collection, winning the vault finals at #Stuttgart2019.
Watch him fly👉https://t.co/JUdNZCEfgE
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