US women take home gold in world gymnastics championship

Canada, along with the US and UK, automatically qualified for the 2024 Olympics a few hundred miles away in the City of Lights.

LIVERPOOL, UK – Two falls on the balance beam in qualifying cost Jordan Chiles a shot at the world all-around gymnastics title.

She goes home with a gold medal anyway.

Chiles essentially secured the US women’s sixth straight team world title on Tuesday by practicing her jet routine in the treble-three final as the Americans pulled away from hosts Great Britain.

Chile’s nervous 13.333 on beam led the US women through the finals, essentially turning the American women’s fourth rotation in the floor exercise into a victory lap. It also served as redemption for the 21-year-old Chilean, who won team silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but came to Liverpool hoping to climb a step up on the podium.

The US team of Chiles, Shilese Jones, Jade Carey, Leanne Wong and Skye Blakely topped scoring in three out of four disciplines (vault, uneven bars and floor exercise) en route to a total score of 166.564, more than three points ahead of the hosts Great Britain in second place with 163,363.

“I stayed confident and trusted my gut feeling,” said Chiles. “And everyone trusted me.”

Chellsie Memmel perhaps most of all. The 2005 World Champion and 2008 Olympic silver medalist is now Technical Director for the US Women’s Program. She didn’t hesitate to write Chiles’ name in the line-up in the final, confident that Chiles would hit back.

“She had to do this for herself,” Memmel said. “She had to do this to prove to herself that she could do this when she had to. I think she’ll feel 100 times better when she goes home.”

Canada completed the top three for the first time at the Worlds, with 27-year-old Ellie Black’s rock-steady beam routine in the last rotation helping the Canadians climb to a team total of 160,563, almost a full point better than Brazil. Not bad for a team that narrowly slipped to last place in the eight-team final.

Black, the most successful Canadian gymnast in the program’s history, wept as her country’s flag advanced to third place.

“I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t want them joking with me that maybe we could finish third,” Black said. “I’m just overwhelmed. I’m so proud of the team. When we went into the final we were eighth and we said we can only move up from there.”

rise. Actually to Paris.

Canada, along with the US and UK, automatically qualified for the 2024 Olympics a few hundred miles away in the City of Lights.

Russia, the reigning Olympic champion, is currently banned from participating in FIG and European Gymnastics Federation events due to the war in Ukraine.

A year after finishing second behind the Russians at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the US returned to the top by relying on the experience of Chiles and Carey – who both won medals in Japan – and the resilience of Jones.

Aside from a Blakely fall on beam, the USA avoided any major mistakes, took the vault lead in their first rotation and never let Great Britain come within striking distance.

“Of course my hope was that we would bring home the team gold and make it into all the finals, and they did that,” said Memmel. “Three up, three count is high pressure and the stakes are high and they have mastered it.”

The US team could get even stronger in the next 21 months.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee has indicated she plans to return to elite training sometime after her second season in Auburn. Simone Biles, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist and America’s most decorated gymnast of all time, hasn’t ruled out a bid for third games, and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas is training in Texas, although their plans are unknown. Konnor McClain, who won her first US title in August, is recovering from a back injury.

However, the current group of US stars still have work to do at the M&S Bank Arena. The Americans have at least one athlete in each of the five remaining finals, starting with Carey and Jones in Wednesday’s all-around final.

“We have the ability to do big things and more,” Jones said.

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Emma Bowman

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