Like many of my fellow American gymnastics fans, I woke up basically in the middle of the night to watch the Women’s Team Final. But it was all worth it to see the American women hit every single routine and win their third World Championships Team gold. The United States also won team gold in 2003 and 2007.
Team USA dominated the competition from the first event and lead after each rotation. Several teams had falls including Russia, China, Japan and Germany. Koko Tsurumi (JPN) and Elizabeth Seitz (GER) both fell on uneven bars. China’s Tan Sixin fell during her floor exercise while her teammate Huang fell on the uneven bars. And Russian Victoria Komova fell on beam and had a large stumble on floor. In the end, the solid performances from the USA meant a colossal four-point win over Russia and China.
Despite having their 3-time Olympic gold medalist Catalina Ponor, Romania couldn’t outmatch China’s technical precision and high start values. The team missed the medal podium by less than one-tenth of a point.
Great Britain and Germany had their highest finishes ever as teams in the World Championships, placing 5th and 6th respectively.
Highlights of the competition included Jordyn Weiber’s beam routine, McKayla Maroney’s Amanar vault, Catalina Ponor’s beam, Sui Lu’s beam and floor exercise and Beth Tweddle’s uneven bars routine. Alicia Sacramone, who left the championships before the qualifications due to injury, won her 10th World Championships medal with the team. Sacramone is now the most decorated American World medalist, male or female. (Shannon Miller is still the the most decorated American gymnast with 7 Olympic medals and 9 World medals.)
The men’s team final begins tomorrow at 5am ET/4am CT. Click here to view our World Championships broadcast schedule and viewing guide.
1. USA: 179.41
2. Russia: 175.32
3. China: 172.82
4. Romania: 172.41
5. Great Britain: 169.670
6. Germany: 168.47
7. Japan: 167.122
8. Australia: 166.73
Photo: John Cheng/USA Gymnastics