Gymnastics World Championships Results 2013: Examining Week's Top Performances

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistOctober 6, 2013

Kenzo Shirai tastes gold.
Kenzo Shirai tastes gold.Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Calling some of the world’s fastest, fittest and most flexible athletes to one occasion, this week’s Gymnastics World Championships come to their explosive climax on Sunday.

For the past week, Antwerp has played host to some of the most exciting talents in the sport, with all the thrills, spills and entertainment expected of a competition of this quality.

The last seven days have seen records smashed, beams bounded and bars sprung in almighty fashion, with some of the biggest highlights detailed below.


McKayla Maroney Vaults Her Competition

The gymnast famed for her London 2012 Olympics pout, McKayla Maroney is back to making waves of the right sort after defending the world championship vault title she won in 2011.

It was in this event that she became infamous for her "not impressed" face at last year's Olympics after winning what she presumably thought was an unsatisfactory silver medal.

She clearly felt different this time around. The BBC's Ollie Williams reported the teenager as having a much better reaction to her latest medal:

Maroney's first vault earned an Amanar scoring of 15.966—the highest tally of the competition—meaning that her average of 15.724 was enough to see her through to victory.


Kenzo Shirai Spins into the History Books

Japan has to be excited about 17-year-old Kenzo Shirai, who this weekend became the first-ever gymnast to perform a quadruple twist.

Saturday's display in the floor event was enough to ensure that he bagged the gold medal, with teammate Kohei Uchimura elated for the youngster (h/t @UncleTimMensGym): 


Simone Biles Debuts with a Bang

Competing in her first senior year, Simone Biles will be remembered for hitting the ground of her gymnastics career running after winning the women's all-around gold this weekend.

Earlier in the week, the 16-year-old became the first U.S. gymnast to qualify for all apparatus in 22 years, but she built on that achievement with a superb floor routine.

She has earned comparisons to former U.S. gymnast Shawn Merriman for her athletic, explosive style and rounded off her week with a total score of 60.216, with compatriot Kyla Ross just behind her at 59.332.