© John Cheng

LIVERPOOL, Great Britain (November 5, 2022) – U.S. Olympians Jade Carey and Jordan Chiles finished one-two on vault, and World all-around runner-up Shilese Jones pocketed silver on uneven bars Saturday at the 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, as two days of apparatus finals commenced at M&S Bank Arena. Stephen Nedoroscik and Donnell Whittenburg also gave the U.S. top-eight finishes on pommel horse and still rings, respectively.

Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University), a two-time World vault silver medalist and two-time team champion, notched her first individual World gold medal, delivering a combined 14.516 behind individual vault scores of 14.733 and 14.300. Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) garnered a 14.500 on her first vault and 14.200 on her second to claim the silver medal with a 14.350. France’s Coline Devillard was third with a 14.166.

In the uneven bars final, Jones, the reigning U.S. apparatus champion, saved her best performance for last, earning the day’s second-highest mark of 14.766 and improving on each of her previous showings at the ongoing World Championships. She was outpaced only by China’s Wei Xiaoyuan, who claimed gold with a 14.966. Reigning Olympic uneven bars champion Nina Derwael of Belgium (14.700) rounded out the podium.

U.S. men were also in action on the event’s penultimate day. Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./Penn State University) finished fifth in the pommel horse final with a 14.400. Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan took top honors with a 15.300, followed by Jordan’s Ahmad Abu Al-Soud (14.866) and Armenia’s Harutyun Merdinyan (14.733).

Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics) was eighth on still rings (14.433), where he has been the model of consistency over the last week. Turkey’s Adem Asil topped the scoresheet with a 14.933. China’s Zou Jingyuan (14.866) and Great Britain’s Courtney Tulloch (14.733) also collected hardware.

Great Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran led the way in the men’s floor exercise final. His 14.533 edged runner-up Daiki Hashimoto (14.500) and bronze medalist Ryosuke Doi (14.266), both of Japan.

Skye Blakely (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) will lead off U.S. competitors Sunday, as the 51st Artistic Gymnastics World Championships wrap in Liverpool. She is set to take on the balance beam field at 9:11 a.m. ET. Carey and Chiles will be back at it in the floor exercise final, slated for 11:07 a.m. ET, and Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University), the 2021 World horizontal bar bronze medalist, has sights set on the apparatus title. The high bar final will close out competition, beginning around 11:52 a.m. ET. All finals will air live on Peacock.