DiCello wins vault gold at 2019 Junior World Championships
posted on 06/29/2019

GYOR, Hungary, June 29, 2019 – Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics, won the vault gold medal at the International Gymnastics Federation’s inaugural Junior World Championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics. Individual event finals conclude Sunday at 2 p.m. local time at the Audi Arena in Gyor, Hungary. DiCello will compete tomorrow in the balance beam and floor exercise finals, with teammate Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, also in the floor final. U.S. fans can watch a livestream of the event finals at OlympicChannel.com, as well as the Olympic Channel’s tape-delayed cable coverage and webcast.

In the vault final, DiCello tallied a 14.166 average to edge out Great Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova, who was just behind her at 14.133, for the title. Russia’s Vladislava Urazova was third at 14.116. DiCello’s two vault scores were 14.600 and 13.733. Sydney Barros of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams, was fifth at 13.916 (14.133, 13.700). A mere 0.034 separated fourth-place finisher Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics, and bronze-medalist Wei Xiaoyuan of China, 13.800 to 13.766, on the uneven bars. Russia’s Urazova picked up the bars crown (14.433) and teammate Viktoriia Listunova was second at 14.200.

Isaiah Drake of Los Angeles, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, just missed the still rings medal podium by 0.075. China’s Yang Haonan posted a 13.475, putting him in front of Drake’s 13.400. Canada’s Felix Dolci claimed the title (13.600), and Brazil’s Diogo Soares was second (13.500). Garrett Braunton of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, was sixth at 13.333. In the men’s floor final, Matthew Cormier of Milton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite, was sixth at 13.566. Korea’s Ryu Sunghyun won the title at 14.166, with Dolci (14.000) and Ukraine’s Nazar Chepurnyi (13.866) in second and third. Japan’s Takeru Kitazono won the pommel horse gold medal (13.966), followed by his teammate Shinnosuke Oka (13.766) and Latvia’s Edvins Rodevics (13.233).

Sunday’s event finals include men’s vault, parallel bars, horizonal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise. The Olympic Channel schedule for June 30 is 7:55 a.m. ET, livestream, and 6 p.m. ET, cable TV and webcast. Daily highlights will be posted on the FIG’s YouTube Channel, which will carry a live stream of the event finals.

Fans who are not in Gyor may follow the action socially on the FIG’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Live scoring is available, along with other information, on the FIG’s official site for the championships.

NBC Sports and the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will have coverage of the FIG Gymnastics Junior World Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBCSports.com/Live or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Additional live streaming coverage will also be available on OlympicChannel.com.

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