Men’s individual all-around final
The team medals have been decided, and now it is time for the individuals to shine. The top three individuals after qualification all came from Japan, who captured the team gold medal on Tuesday. With only two gymnasts per nation allowed to advance to the individual all-around final, Japan choose to let Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto compete.
Ahmed Onder (TUR) opened the competition with a really nice exercise on vault scoring 14.533 points. Dutch Casimir Schmidt (NED) is one of the few gymnasts who performed his second all-around final in Antwerp. After 10 years he is back in Belgium to give his best. After the Olympic qualification with team Netherlands, Casimir ends his all-around final today with 80.299 points and a 17th place.
27-year-old Chiba Kenta (JPN), competing in his first world championships, started off really well. Scoring 13.966 on floor and 14.800 on pommel horse took him into pole position after two rotations. Sun Wei (CHN) performing strongly during the competition, was eager to get on the medal podium. With a massive 14.233 on high bar and 14.266 on rings he climbed the rankings.
Surprises of the day were certainly Illia Kovtun (UKR) and Richard Frederick (USA). Climbing all the way up the ranking and with a massive 84.998 points and 84.332 points clinching the silver and bronze medal!
Olympic and world champion Daiki Hachimoto started slowly, with some stumbles on floor, but he gained confidence with each rotation. After five apparatus he was in top position. It all came down to the last event, his best apparatus horizontal bar. And yes he did it! The second gold medal of this world championships goes to Japan!
From start to finish, the men’s individual all-around final at the 2023 World Championships was a roller coaster of strong exercises and emotions but in the end, it was Daiki Hachimoto who won gold!
All scores here.
Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) - 86.132 points
Illia Kovtun (UKR) - 84.998 points
Richard Frederick (USA) - 84.332 points
Competition continues tomorrow with the women’s all-around final. Buy your tickets here!
Fujitsu Award ceremony
After the men's all-around competition we had a special award ceremony today. Fujitsu, one of the official International Gymnastics Federation partners, handed out The 2023 Fujitsu Infinity Award.
This award is to honor the teams who has shown the most challenging spirits, tried on elements with higher technical difficulties, as well as appealing infinite possibilities for achieving enhanced technical elements.
The teams who have demonstrated the most challenging spirits, in the course of the Team finals.
The 2023 Fujitsu Infinity Award goes to:
The Women’s Team of FRANCE and toThe Men’s Team of SWITZERLAND