LIVERPOOL, Great Britain (November 4, 2022) – Americans Brody Malone and Asher Hong posted a historic finish Friday night at M&S Bank Arena, putting two U.S. men’s gymnasts in the World Championships all-around top 10 for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Veteran Brody Malone, who was 10th in the all-around at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, finished fourth, while first-year senior Asher Hong was a close sixth. It was the first time since 2003 that two American men broke the top 10.
Malone’s cumulative 84.931 was bolstered by the evening’s high score of 14.500 on horizontal bar and finished just three tenths of a point behind bronze medalist Wataru Tanigawa of Japan (85.231) in the final standings. Reigning Olympic all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto, also of Japan, captured gold with an 87.198, and China’s Zhang Boheng took silver (86.765). Great Britain’s Jake Jarman (82.865) edged Hong (82.365) for the fifth spot.
Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University) complemented his standout high bar set with scores of 14.133 on floor exercise, 13.766 on pommel horse, 13.666 on still rings, 14.500 on vault and 14.366 on parallel bars. Hong (Tomball, Texas/Stanford University) notched the competition’s third-highest still rings total with a 13.833. He added 14.266 on floor, 13.700 on pommel horse, 14.166 on vault, 14.900 on parallel bars and 11.500 on horizontal bar.
Carlos Edriel Yulo of The Philippines set the bar on floor exercise and parallel bars with matching scores of 15.166. Germany’s Lukas Dauser also garnered 15.166 on the latter apparatus. Hashimoto topped the scoresheet on pommel horse with a 14.333, while teammate Tanigawa’s 15.000 on vault paced the field. Zhang claimed the day’s high score on still rings with a 14.100.
Malone will take the floor one last time Sunday. He enters the horizontal bar final as the reigning World bronze medalist.
Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./Penn State University) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics) will compete for the pommel horse and still rings titles, respectively, Saturday. They’ll be joined by U.S. teammates Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University) and Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre), who will take on the women’s vault final, and all-around silver medalist Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center), who will look to add to her medal collection in the uneven bars final. Coverage is set to begin at 9 a.m. ET on Peacock.