Jade Carey won the World Gymnastics Championships title on vault in an American one-two, a redemptive measure from the Olympics.
Carey, 22, averaged 14.516 points between jumps in Liverpool, England, on Saturday. Compatriot Jordan Chiles won the silver medal, 0.166 points behind, for her first career individual medal at a world championship.
Coline Devillard won bronze to become the first Frenchwoman to win an Olympic or world medal in gymnastics since 2009.
Last year, Carey entered the Olympic vault final as the top qualifier after Simone Biles‘ Withdrawal. But Carey misstepped on her run for her first jump in Tokyo and had to bail out with a simpler skill, taking her out of medal contention. She finished eighth in the women’s eight final, then won the floor exercise the following day.
“I’m proud of myself for bouncing back,” Carey said Saturday.
Carey, a world silver medalist on vault in 2017 and 2019, became the fifth different American to win the world title on apparatus since 2009, joining Kayla Williams, Alicia Sacramone, McKayla Maroney and Billes.
Carey, who made a late move to the elite level at 17, is also the fifth American to hold individual Olympic and world titles after Shannon Miller, Nastya Liukin, Shawn Jonson and Billes.
Saturday’s final was missing for the Olympic champion and the 2021 world champion Rebecca Andrade of Brazil, who did not make the top eight after slipping off the board on one of his jumps in qualifying.
Also Saturday, American Shilese Jones followed her all-around silver with another uneven bars silver at her first world championships. China Wei Xiaoyuan repeated as world champion. Belgium Nina DerwaelOlympic gold medalist and two-time world champion, won bronze.
Rhys McClenaghan became the first Irish gymnast to win a world title, dethroning the American Stephen Nedoroscik on pommel horse. Top qualifier McClenaghan, who won Ireland’s first world medal of 2019 (bronze), scored 15,300.
Nedoroscik, who last year became the first American to win a world title on pommel horse, tallied 14.400 for fifth place. He would have taken silver if he repeated his qualifying score.
The event lacked the double Olympic champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain, on a break from competition since Tokyo.
Giarnni Regini-Moran became the first Briton to win a world floor exercise title, beating the Olympic and world all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto from Japan, 14,533 to 14,500.
World champion last year, Nicholas Bartolini from Italy, placed fifth. Carlos Yulo of the Philippines, the top qualifier by half a point, fell on his first tumbling pass and finished seventh. Olympic champion Artem Dolgopyat of Israel failed to qualify for the final.
Adam Asil became the second man from Turkey to win the fixed rings title at the last three world championships. Asil took a 14.933 point lead Zou Jing Yuan of China (14,866). Last year’s Olympic and world champions from China — Liu Yang and Lan Xingyu – did not participate in the world championships this year.
The Worlds end on Sunday with the second and final day of the Individual Apparatus Finals with Americans Carey and Chiles on floor, Skye Blakeley on uneven bars and Brody Malone at the high bar.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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