PARIS (September 24, 2022) – After a lengthy day of qualifications Saturday at Accor Arena, all five participating U.S. gymnasts have advanced to Sunday’s Paris World Challenge Cup apparatus finals.
World individual medalists Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics) qualified to the still rings and parallel bars finals, and Malone will also compete in the horizontal bar final.
Olympic gold medalist Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University) is through to the vault and balance beam finals, while her Tokyo teammate, Olympic silver medalist Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre), advanced to the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise finals. Reigning U.S. all-around silver medalist Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) will compete on Day 2 on floor, balance beam and uneven bars.
Apparatus champions will be determined tomorrow, beginning with the men’s floor exercise final at 7:30 a.m. ET. The pommel horse and women’s vault finals are slated for 8:06 a.m. ET followed by the still rings and uneven bars finals at 8:44 a.m. ET. The men’s vault and women’s balance beam titles will be decided at 10:10 a.m. ET with the parallel bars and women’s floor finals set to kick off at 10:48 a.m. ET. The two-day competition will conclude with the horizontal bar final at 11:27 a.m. ET.
During Saturday’s qualifications, Malone posted the day’s high score on parallel bars with a 14.500. His 14.400 on horizontal bar qualified him to the final in the second spot, and his 14.150 on still rings slotted in fifth. Whittenburg advanced to the rings final in the third position with a 14.300 and was seventh on parallel bars with a 13.900. The 2017 World finalist on floor exercise notched 18th on the apparatus with a 13.250, finishing just ahead of Malone (13.100) who was 21st. Malone’s 13.600 on pommel horse earned him 11th, securing a reserve spot for tomorrow’s final, while Whittenburg landed 28th with a 12.600. The latter also garnered a 13.100 on his only vault of the day and was 13th on horizontal bar (13.300)..
Carey (14.350) and Chiles (13.950) advanced in the first and second positions on vault. American gymnasts also qualified 1-2 on balance beam with Jones’ 13.450 narrowly edging Carey’s 13.400. Chiles was second on floor exercise with a 13.500, while Jones claimed the eighth spot with a 12.550. On uneven bars, Chiles (13.400) was sixth, and Jones (13.200) was seventh.
Brazilians Rebeca Andrade (14.600) and Flavia Saraiva (13.800) earned high scores on uneven bars and floor exercise, respectively. In the men’s division, Turkey’s Adem Asil topped the qualification standings on still rings with a 14.900. Marios Georgiou of Cyprus led the way on horizonal bar with a 14.450, while Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat, the reigning Olympic champion on floor, paced the field on the apparatus with a 14.950. Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan delivered the day’s top showing on pommel horse with a 15.000, and Brazilian Caio Souza bested the competition on vault with a two-vault 14.525.