The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2009

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The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2009 , is one of the world's greatest gynastics events with at least 72 delegations and a total of 437 gymnasts (269 men and 168 women) competing for glory at The O2 in London, on 13-18 October, 2009.

In the same artistic gymnastics event which took place in Melbourne in 2005, saw 189 male and 95 female gymnasts representing 67 National Federations.

There were no team events for this championships and 961 Men's routines and 551 Women's routines were competed in the Qualification round of the Championships on 13/14 October.

The usual heavyweight countries were all represented, with China, the USA, Romania, Russia, Japan and Great Britain amongst the delegations sending a full compliment of 6 male and 4 female gymnasts.

The British representatives at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships were:

  • Female Team - Beth Tweddle, Becky Downie, Becky Wing and Marissa King.
  • Male Team - Louis Smith, Daniel Keatings, Kristian Thomas, Daniel Purvis, Theo Seager and Ruslan Panteleymonov.

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The other countries sending the maximum number of participants were Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland.

This event gave a clear idea about the rankings of stars - which established gymnasts would stay and defend their positions for 2012 Olympic Games and which new names should be noted in advance of the London Games.

As the Championships in 2009 did not include the Team event, they presented a good opportunity to focus on the individuals.

The World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2009 started with the Qualification round (Competition 1) which selected the top 24 male and female gymnasts who proceeded to the Individual All Round Finals (Competition 2).

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The top eight gymnasts on each piece of the 6 apparatus for male and 4 apparatus for female, made a challenge for the medals in the Apparatus Finals (Competition 3). No scores from the Qualification round were carried over to the Finals.

Event Results

Individual All Round Results

Men - Winner Kohei Uchimura (Japan)

Women - Winner - Bridget Sloan (USA)

Apparatus - Men Gold Medalists

Floor - Marian Dragulescu (Romania)

Vault - Marian Dragulescu (Romania)

Pommel Horse - Zhang Hongtao (China)

Ring - Yan Mingyong (China)

Parallel Bars - Wang Guanyin (China)

High Bar - Zou Kai (China)

Apparatus -Women Gold Medalists

Floor - Elizabeth Tweddle (Great Britain)

Vault - Kayla Williams (USA)

Uneven Bars - He Kexin (China)

Beam - Deng Linlin (China)

China did extremely well in the individual apparatus events winning six gold medals in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship 2009, although they did not have an individual mastering all the apparatus. Romania's Marian Dragulescu, winning two gold (Floor & Vault), is one to watch in the London Olympics 2012.

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