Russia’s Aliya Mustafina who went to the final as the reigning World balance beam champion, controversially won a bronze medal over Japan’s Asuka Teramoto.

The Russian gymnast missed several connections and the acrobatic series requirement, she also had wobbles here and there.

Teramoto who scored lower than Mustafina by just less than a tenth of a point, filed an inquiry hoping to bump up her D score from a 5.6 to a 5.8, but the judges rejected it.

Mustafina’s win was marred by controversy. Several gymnastics fans and international gymnasts felt that the bronze medal belonged to Teramoto.

“So sad for Teramoto of Japan, as much as I love Mustafina that last routine deserved the bronze.” wrote the reigning uneven bars European champion Rebecca Downie of Great Britain on Twitter.

Teramoto from Japan definitely deserved that Bronze medal over Musty” World finalist Ruby Harrold of Great Britain tweeted.

“I knew my beam routine was not the most difficult one and I had no expectations to make it to the podium today. It was sheer luck.” said Aliya after the competition.

China’s Bai Yawen whose coach hinted that she might be taken out of the balance beam final since it was believed she had a lower chance of medalling that her other teammates, won a silver medal with a flawless routine.

The gold went to US Simone Biles who dominated day two of the event finals. Moments later, she successfully defended her World title on floor exercise. After only two Worlds where she won nine medals, Simone is tied with Shannon Miller and Nastia Liukin for the second-highest tally of World Championship medals (among US gymnasts).

Romania’s Larisa Iordache who was one the favorites to win the balance beam gold, just like last year had a fall then redeemed herself on floor exercise. With a silver on the apparatus, she leaves Worlds with two silver medals.

Aliya Mustafina knocked US Mykayla Skinner out of the podium and added another bronze to her medal collection. With eleven medals, Aliya is the ninth most decorated female gymnast at Worlds.

Full results:
Women’s Finals – Balance Beam Results
RkNameNOCTotal
1BILES SimoneUSA
15.100
2BAI YawenCHN
15.033
3MUSTAFINA AliyaRUS
14.166
4TERAMOTO AsukaJPN
14.100
5IORDACHE Larisa AndreeaROU
14.066
6ROSS KylaUSA
13.866
7BLACK ElsabethCAN
13.700
8YAO JinnanCHN
13.366

Women’s Finals – Floor Live Results
RkNameNOCTotal
1BILES SimoneUSA
15.333
2IORDACHE Larisa AndreeaROU
14.800
3MUSTAFINA AliyaRUS
14.733
4SKINNER MykaylaUSA
14.700
5FERRARI VanessaITA
14.666
6MILLER LarrissaAUS
14.233
7FASANA ErikaITA
13.900
8FRAGAPANE ClaudiaGBR
13.100
Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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