Ellie Black after her historic performance. Photograph: Ginnastica Artistica Italiana

Among all the drama, the anxiety, the drama, the excitement, did I mention the drama? of the all around qualifications and final, a lot of records were matched and broken. Because there is still hope, people, there is always hope!

All around final

Young Morgan Hurd of the United States kept her composure and her nerves at bay, lived up to the U.S.’s recent legacy and exceeded everyone’s expectations, winning the all around title. She becomes the eighth American woman to win the World all around title, for a total of eleven titles, after Kim Zmeskal (1991), Shannon Miller (1993 and 1994), Chellsie Memmel (2005), Shawn Johnson (2007), Bridget Sloan (2009), Jordyn Wieber (2011) and Simone Biles (2013, 2014 and 2015). Hurd also won the seventh consecutive World or Olympic all around title for the United States, following in the steps of Jordyn Wieber (2011), Gabby Douglas (2012) and Simone Biles (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). What an achievement for such a young and relatively inexperienced gymnast!

Ellie Black won silver in the all around and made history for Canada, becoming the first Canadian gymnast to win an all around medal. With her second-place finish, Black also broke her previously held record, which was a seventh place in Glasgow 2015.

Nina Derwael’s eighth-place finish is Belgium’s best ever all around placement at a World Championships. She beat Lisa Verschueren’s seventeenth-place finish record from 2015. Derwael’s teammate Rune Hermans also broke Verschueren’s record, finishing eleventh.

Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos of France finished fifth in the all around final. She is the fifth French woman to achieve such a result, the last one being Youna Dufournet in 2009.


Marina Nekrasova of Azerbaijan finished twenty-eighth in the all around in qualification, massively improving Anna Pavlova’s seventieth-place finish in 2014.

Barbora Mokosova of Slovakia finished thirty-first, breaking her own record, a thirty-ninth place, set in 2013.

South Africa’s Claudia Cummins placed thirty-fourth, breaking Kristen Beckett’s forty-third place record, set in 2013.

Egypt’s Sherine El Zeiny finished thirty-sixth in qualifications, breaking her own record, a fortieth place, from 2009.

Irina Sazanova of Iceland finished thirty-seventh, beating Agnes Suto’s sixty-eighth place finish from 2013.

Slovenia’s Lucija Hribar broke the longest-held record in the field, a forty-third place Mojca Marvic had achieved in 1997.

Article by Talitha Ilacqua


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