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2009 London World Championships
2009
NBC broadcast logo

City

London, UK

Venue

O2 Arena (now known as the North Greenwich Arena)

All-Around Gold Medalist

Bridget Sloan (USA)

Vault Gold Medalist

Kayla Williams (USA)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

He Kexin (CHN)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Deng Linlin (CHN)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Beth Tweddle (GBR)

Preceded by

2007 Stuttgart World Championships

Succeeded by

2010 Rotterdam World Championships

The 41st World Artistic Gymnastics Championships was held at The O2 arena in London, United Kingdom, on 12 October to 18 October 2009. Similar to the World Championships in 2005, there were no team competitions. Individual All Around and Event Finals were contested.

Format of Competition

Each country was allowed to bring only four gymnasts. All participating gymnasts competed in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The all-around competition, in which only the twenty-four highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. Each country was limited to only two gymnasts in the all-around final. The all-around was contested two days after qualifications.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final. The event finals were contested a few days after the all-around.

Competition Schedule

October 14 Qualifications
October 16 All-Around
October 17 Vault Event Final
Uneven Bars Event Final
October 18 Balance Beam Event Final
Floor Exercise Event Final

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
All-Around Flag of the United States of America Bridget Sloan
United States of America (USA)
Flag of the United States of America Rebecca Bross
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Japan Koko Tsurumi
Japan (JPN)
Vault Flag of the United States of America Kayla Williams
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Switzerland Ariella Kaeslin
Switzerland (SUI)
Flag of France Youna Dufournet
France (FRA)
Uneven Bars Flag of China He Kexin
China (CHN)
Flag of Japan Koko Tsurumi
Japan (JPN)
Flag of the United States of America Rebecca Bross
United States of America (USA)

Flag of Romania Ana Porgras
Romania (ROU)

Balance Beam Flag of China Deng Linlin
China (CHN)
Flag of Australia Lauren Mitchell
Australia (AUS)
Flag of the United States of America Ivana Hong
United States of America (USA)
Floor Exercise Flag of Great Britain Beth Tweddle
Great Britain (GBR)
Flag of Australia Lauren Mitchell
Australia (AUS)
Flag of China Sui Lu
China (CHN)

Notable Moments

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The O2 Arena during the competition

  • USA's Bridget Sloan became the fifth American gymnast to win the World All-Around title, after Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, Chellsie Memmel, and Shawn Johnson.
  • Japan's Koko Tsurumi placed third in the all-around, the highest all-around finish for a female Japanese gymnast.
  • Prior to the World Championships, USA's Kayla Williams had competed at the Junior Olympic Nationals as she was still only a Level 10 gymnast. She was then asked to join a training camp and became an elite level gymnast just to medal on vault at the World Championships. Williams became the first American to win the World title on vault.
  • Switzerland's Ariella Kaeslin became the first Swiss gymnast to medal at a World Championships.
  • France's Youna Dufournet was the first French gymnast to medal on vault at the World Championships. Dufournet also placed fifth in the all-around, the highest all-around placing for a French gymnast.
  • Great Britain's Beth Tweddle, normally known for her work on the uneven bars, did not qualify to the event final. Instead she won the World title on floor exercise.
  • During the floor exercise final, Colombia's Jessica Gil Ortiz landed on her head on her second tumbling pass. She was unable to finish her routine, and was carried out of the arena on a stretcher.
  • The Longines Prize for Elegance was awarded to Mexico's Elsa García.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the United States of America USA 2 1 2 5
2 Flag of China China 2 0 1 3
3 Flag of Australia Australia 0 2 0 2
4 Flag of Japan Japan 0 1 1 2
5 Flag of Great Britain Great Britain 1 0 0 1
6 Flag of Switzerland Switzerland 0 1 0 1
7 Flag of France France 0 0 1 1
8 Flag of Romania Romania 0 0 1 1

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