PARIS (September 25, 2022) – On the second and final day of competition at Accor Arena, U.S. gymnasts clinched four event titles, procuring a double-digit medal haul, as the Paris World Challenge Cup wrapped with apparatus finals Sunday. Olympians Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University), Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) and Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University), and reigning U.S. all-around silver medalist Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) each struck gold, while World medalist Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics) added two bronze medals on the day.
The U.S. women finished one-two on vault and floor exercise. Carey, a two-time silver medalist on vault, topped the podium with a 14.375 behind individual vault scores of 14.750 and 14.000. Chiles was second with a 14.025 (14.150, 13.900). Chiles added gold on floor exercise, delivering the day’s standout performance. She earned a competition-high 14.050, outpacing runner-up Jones (13.500) by more than half a point. After eking out a spot in the uneven bars final Saturday, Jones, the 2022 U.S. champion on the apparatus, was all business Sunday. Her 14.700 just nosed Olympic all-around silver medalist Rebeca Andrade of Brazil (14.650) for the gold medal.
Despite posting the day’s high score on balance beam, Carey (13.750) settled for silver behind France’s Marine Boyer (13.750) whose higher execution score gave her the edge in the tie break. Jones finished fifth on beam with a 13.400, while Chiles’ 13.750 on uneven bars also landed her fifth.
In the men’s division, Brody Malone, the reigning World bronze medalist on horizontal bar, led the way on his signature apparatus. His weekend-high 14.650 bested a field that included 2020 Olympic high bar silver medalist Tin Srbic of Croatia and 2022 European horizontal bar champion Marios Georgiou of Cyprus.
Malone added silver on parallel bars where his 14.600 was outscored only by Brazil’s Caio Souza (14.700). Whittenburg rounded out the parallel bars podium with a 14.200. Whittenburg (14.600) also secured bronze on still rings, finishing behind a pair of European silver medalists on the apparatus – Turkey’s Adem Asil (14.800) and Austria’s Vinzenz Hoeck (14.700).
Asil also claimed gold on vault with a 14.725. Ireland’s Eamon Montgomery (14.250) and Rhys McClenaghan (15.100) pocketed the floor exercise and pommel horse titles, respectively.
The U.S. trio of Addison Fatta (Wrightsville, Pa./Prestige Gymnastics), Katelyn Jong (Allen, Texas/Metroplex Gymnastics) and Levi Jung-Ruivivar (Woodland Hills, Calif./Twin City Twisters) is slated to take on the Szombathely World Challenge Cup in Hungary next weekend, while the Men’s World Team Selection Camp will get under way at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center October 1. Malone and Whittenburg previously secured their spots on the U.S. World Championships team based on their performances at the OOFOS U.S. Championships last month.
Women’s Vault Medalists – 1. Jade Carey (USA); 2. Jordan Chiles (USA); 3. Coline Devillard (FRA)
Men’s Still Rings Medalists – 1. Adem Asil (TUR); 2. Vinzenz Hoeck (AUT); 3. Donnell Whittenburg (USA)
Women’s Uneven Bars Medalists – 1. Shiles Jones (USA); 2. Rebeca Andrade (BRA); 3. Lisa Vaelen (BEL)
Women’s Balance Beam Medalists – 1. Marine Boyer (FRA); 2. Jade Carey (USA); 3. Ellie Black (CAN)
Men’s Parallel Bars Medalists – 1. Caio Souza (BRA); 2. Brody Malone (USA); 3. Donnell Whittenburg (USA)
Women’s Floor Exercise Medalists – 1. Jordan Chiles (USA); 2. Shiles Jones (USA); 3. Jennifer Gadirova (GBR)
Men’s High Bar Medalists – 1. Brody Malone (USA); 2. Ilias Georgiou (CYP); 3. Tin Srbic (CRO)