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Japanese Gymnasts Dominate The Balance Beam Final In Kitakyushu

  In a very shaky final, where five out of the nine finalists fell, Japanese gymnasts grabbed gold and bronze with steady performances. Urar...

 


In a very shaky final, where five out of the nine finalists fell, Japanese gymnasts grabbed gold and bronze with steady performances.

Urara Ashikaw and Mai Murakami won first and third place respectively.

This is the first time for women's gymnastics to see more than one Japanese gymnast on a World Championship podium.

It is as well the first World gold medal on the balance beam for a Japanese gymnast since Keiko Tanaka in 1954.

German gymnast and 2017 World beam champion Pauline Schaefer-Betz grabbed the silver medal.

RDF Angelina Melnikova and Lana Vorona, Brazil's Rebeca Andrade, US Kayla Discello, and China's Rui Luo all fell off the apparatus.

Luo was the heavy favorite for the gold medal. She qualified in the first place.

US Leanne Wong settled for the fourth position.


Written by Gigi Farid



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