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LIVERPOOL, Great Britain (October 30, 2022) – After two days of opening-round qualifications, the U.S. women’s team, which led off the 2022 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Saturday with Subdivision 1, has advanced to the team final in the top spot (167.263).
The American quintet, featuring Skye Blakely (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics), Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University), Jordan Chiles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre), Shilese Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) and Leanne Wong (Overland Park, Kan./University of Florida/Great American Gymnastics Express), finished more than two and a half points ahead of second-place Great Britain (164.595). U.S. gymnasts will also be represented in each individual final.
Jones (55.766) and Carey (55.132) advanced to the all-around final in the second and third spots, respectively. Carey’s 14.483 also topped the vault field, and she is through to the floor exercise final with the fifth-highest score (14.066). Jones led the Americans on uneven bars with a 14.566, qualifying in the fifth position, and is the first reserve for the balance beam final (13.200). Chiles posted the second-best score on floor exercise but slotted in fourth due to tie-break rules. The 2020 Olympic team silver medalist also advanced on vault (14.316) where she was outpaced only by Carey. Blakely delivered the qualifying round’s second-highest showing on balance beam with a 13.733.
China’s Rui Luo led the way on uneven bars with a 14.900, and countrywoman Yushan Ou topped the beam standings with a 13.900. Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva and Rebecca Andrade each posted high marks of 14.200 on floor exercise. Andrade was the top all-around qualifier with a 57.332.
Women’s World team champions will be decided Tuesday at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena. The competition will air live on Peacock, beginning at 2:15 p.m. ET. The women’s all-around crown is up for grabs Thursday with coverage on Peacock set to begin at 2:45 p.m. ET. Women’s vault and uneven bars titles will be awarded Saturday, and balance beam and floor exercise champions will be determined Sunday. Both sessions will steam in real time on Peacock, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET.
The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships continue Monday with men’s qualifications. The U.S. team, comprised of Asher Hong (Tomball, Texas/Stanford University), Brody Malone (Aragon, Ga./Stanford University), Stephen Nedoroscik (Worcester, Mass./Penn State University), Colt Walker (Cedar Park, Texas/Stanford University) and Donnell Whittenburg (Baltimore, Md./Salto Gymnastics), will take the floor with Subdivision 1 at 5:30 a.m. ET.