ANTWERP, Belgium – Simone Biles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) was nearly perfect in winning gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise Sunday at the 2023 FIG Artistic World Championships, while Khoi Young’s (Bowie, Md./Stanford University) vault silver closed out the most successful Worlds for the U.S. men in a decade.
The U.S. women’s team finished with seven medals in Antwerp (see chart below). With four golds and one silver added to her career tally, Biles now has 37 World and Olympic medals, including 30 at the World Championships.
The American men took home four medals – including two individual apparatus medals for Young – to conclude their most successful Word Championships since 2013, when they also won four.
Biles opened the day looking flawless throughout her beam routine, finishing with a celebratory smile en route to posting a score of 14.800. The four-time gold medalist on the apparatus earned both the highest execution (8.300) and difficulty (6.500) scores of the final. Yaqin Zhou of China was second with a 14.700, with vault gold medalist Rebeca Andrade of Brazil third with 14.300. All-around bronze medalist Shi Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) was seventh with 12.933.
With the competition nearly over, Biles brought energy and power to her floor routine. Her crowd-pleasing and high-flying performance was good for a score of 14.633, including a penalty for taking a single step out of bounds. Another crowd favorite, Andrade was second with a 14.500, with fellow Brazilian Flavia Saraiva third with 13.966.
As she did on uneven bars Saturday afternoon, Jones led off the floor competition, posting a score of 13.666 to ultimately landed her in fifth. Jones leaves Antwerp with three medals, including team gold and bronze in all-around and uneven bars.
Biles won her 22nd and 23rd World Championships gold medals on the day, remaining undefeated on floor with her sixth gold in the event.
With his vaulting heroics, Young became the first U.S. man to win three medals at a single World Championships since Paul Hamm in the 2003 (gold all-around and floor; silver team) and the first to win multiple individual apparatus medals since Kurt Thomas and Bart Conner in 1979, where Thomas won gold on floor and high bar and silver on pommel horse and parallel bars in addition to his all-around silver. Conner took gold on parallel bars and bronze on vault.
Sunday in Antwerp, Young set the bar high for the rest of the competition as the first vaulter to take the runway. The pommel horse silver medalist stuck the landing on both his vaults, scoring 15.033 on his first vault with an execution of 9.433, the second-highest E score of the day. He followed up with 14.666 on his second vault for a final score of 14.849 and the first men’s vault medal for Team USA since Donnell Whittenburg’s bronze in 2015. Great Britain’s Jake Jarman won with a 15.050 (15.400, 14.700), with Nazar Chepurnyi of Ukraine third with 14.766 (14.833, 14.700). Paul Juda (Deerfield, Ill./University of Michigan) finished fifth with a score of 14.550 (14.600, 14.500).
In the parallel bars final, Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Stanford University) posted a 14.466 for sixth place, while Yul Moldauer (Arvada, Colo./5280 Gymnastics) finished eighth with 13.133. The competition was won by Lukas Dauser of Germany with a 15.400. Juda also placed fifth on horizontal bar with a 14.100, with Daiki Hashimoto of Japan winning with a score of 15.233.
Total women’s medals: 7 (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Total men’s medals: 4 (2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Women’s team (Simone Biles, Skye Blakely, Shilese Jones, , Jocelyn Roberson, Leanne Wong, Kayla DiCello)
- Simone Biles, Women’s all-around (58.399)
- Simone Biles, Balance beam (14.800)
- Simone Biles, Women’s floor exercise (14.633)
- Simone Biles, Women’s vault (14.549)
- Khoi Young, Pommel horse (14.966)
- Khoi Young, Men’s vault (14.849)
- Men’s team (Asher Hong, Paul Juda, Yul Moldauer, Fred Richard, Khoi Young, Colt Walker)
- Fred Richard, Men’s all-around (84.332)
- Shilese Jones, Women’s all-around (56.332)
- Shilese Jones, Uneven bars (14.766)
For a complete history of USA Gymnastics at the World Championships, see the resources below:
- Past Champions: Men | Women
- U.S. Team Rosters: Men | Women
- U.S. Medalists by Year
- Results & All-Time Medalists
- Medal Tables
Balance Beam Medalists
Floor Exercise Medalists