LIVERPOOL, England – Jade Carey’s recovery from Olympic disappointment at her best event ended with a gold medal at the World Championships.
The 22-year-old American took victory in the women’s vault last Saturday, earning her a second leap to the top of the podium at the M&S Bank Arena after helping the US women capture team gold earlier in the competition.
Carey’s average score of 14.516 for her two vaults just edged out teammate and Olympian Jordan Chiles. Chile’s 14.350 average was good enough for Silver, ahead of France’s Coline Devillard with 14.166.
The win helped ease the pain of a horrific trip down the vault runway at the Tokyo Olympics when a sticky carpet stain caused Carey to trip and cost her a medal chance. Carey recovered quickly and won a surprise floor exercise gold the next day, but arrived in England keen to show off her dynamic skills in an event where her combination of strength and precision thrives.
“In the end I finished eighth [in Tokyo]so actually completing both jumps here today and landing both on my feet felt like an amazing feeling,” said Carey. “I’m proud of myself for rebounding.”
Chiles, part of the US team that took silver in Tokyo, won her first individual World Championship medal with two superb jumps that would have won many encounters just not one with Carey also in the field.
“This is only my second final as a senior so it’s great to come back with a silver,” said Chiles, who later added, “I think my second final is a first because Jade is a phenomenal vaulter.”
Shilese Jones of the USA added a third medal at the Worlds by taking silver on uneven bars to go with the team gold and silver in the all-around. Jones scored a 14.766, just behind two-time world champion Wei Xiaoyuan of China with 14.966 and just ahead of Olympic gold medalist Nina Derwael of Belgium with 14.700.
“I’ve worked so hard for this and I’m just super excited and super proud,” Jones said. “I know what I’m capable of, so there was no doubt for me.”
Giarnni Regini-Moran of Great Britain gave the hosts their first gold medal at the World Men’s Floor Exercise Championships with a score of 14.533, followed by World All-Around Champion and Olympic Champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan. Hashimoto’s teammate Ryosuke Doi took bronze.
Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland gave his country its first gold medal at a World Championships by winning pommel horse with a score of 15,300. Ahmad Abu Al-Soud’s silver medal was the first ever by a male gymnast from Jordan. Harutyun Merdinyan of Armenia, the oldest athlete in the field at 38, won bronze.
Adem Asil of Turkey won gold in men’s rings. Asil scored 14.933, finishing ahead of China’s Zou Jingyuan with 14.866 and Britain’s Courtney Tulloch with 14.733.
The meeting ends on Sunday with the finals on balance beam, women’s floor, men’s vault, high bar and parallel bars.
https://www.espn.com/olympics/gymnastics/story/_/id/34956049/jade-carey-adds-medal-haul-worlds-vault-gold Jade Carey adds to medal haul at worlds with vault gold