Kocian shares uneven bars gold medal at World Championships
posted on 10/31/2015

© John Cheng

GLASGOW, Great Britain, Oct. 31, 2015 – Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA, shared the uneven bars gold medal as part of a four-way tie today during the first of two days of apparatus finals at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Great Britain. Competition concludes tomorrow with the final day of individual event finals, on Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. local/8:30 a.m. ET. Fans in the U.S. can watch coverage of Team USA, presented by AT&T, live on USAGymWorlds.com/live.

In addition to Kocian’s gold, three-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, picked up her 12th career medal at the World Championships by taking the vault bronze.

The U.S. gymnasts competing on the final day of event finals are: men’s vault – Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); parallel bars – Danell Leyva of Miami/Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); horizontal bar – Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), and Leyva; balance beam – Biles; and women’s floor exercise – Biles and Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters.

Biles was seventh to go in the vault final and knew she needed to top Maria Paseka of Russia’s 15.666 average. She scored a 15.900 for her first vault – a Yurchenko with two-and-a-half twists called an Amanar. Her second vault was a Yurchenko half-on, front layout half off. She scored a 15.183, giving her a 15.541 average and the bronze medal. Biles now currently owns 12 career World Championships medals. Paseka took the gold, followed by North Korea’s Hong Un Jong (15.633).

Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center), competed in the pommel horse final where he started off with two scissors to handstand and a single pommel spindle and Russian sequence. He broke form slightly on a travel from end-to-end but maintained his swing. He scored 15.200 for seventh. Great Britain’s Max Whitlock and Louis Smith went one-two in the final, with Armenia’s Harutyun Merdinyan in third.

On the uneven bars, Kocian connected a toe-on Shaposhnikova to Pak to stalder Shaposhnikova-half. Dismounting with a stalder full pirouette to tucked full-out, she posted 15.366 to share the gold medal with Russia’s Victoria Komova and Daria Spiridonova, and China’s Fan Yilin. Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, delivered a clean routine with her trademark, sky-high piked Tkatchev directly to Pak salto. She nearly stuck her double layout dismount for a 15.133 for fifth place.

Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), was clean through two variations of the inverted cross in the still rings final. He executed a piked Yamawaki to back uprise Maltese sequence and a stuck layout full out for a 15.600 and fifth place. Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), showed his strength, opening with an impressive Azarian Maltese, bounce L cross, push to planche sequence. He closed his routine with a layout double-double and scored 15.300. He finished eighth. Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias won the event title, with China’s You Hao and Liu Yang placing second and third, respectively.

In the men’s floor exercise final, Kenzo Shirai of Japan took top honors, with Whitlock and Spain’s Santana Zapata in second and third.


Ways to follow the action
Here's a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to USAGymWorlds.com. All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.

  • Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on UniversalSports.com and USAGymWorlds.com/live.
    • Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
  • NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
  • USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.