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2011 Tokyo World Championships
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City

Tokyo, Japan

Venue

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Team Gold Medalist

USA

All-Around Gold Medalist

Jordyn Wieber (USA)

Vault Gold Medalist

McKayla Maroney (USA)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Viktoria Komova (RUS)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Sui Lu (CHN)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS)

Preceded by

2010 Rotterdam World Championships

Succeeded by

2013 Antwerp World Championships

The 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Tokyo, Japan, from October 7–16, 2011 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Due to uncertainty over the nuclear situation following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the International Federation of Gymnastics revealed it was considering moving the event, but on May 22 FIG president Bruno Grandi announced that the World Championships would take place in Tokyo as planned. These World Championships also served as the qualifications into the 2012 London Olympics.

Tokyo had also hosted the 1964 Olympic Games.

Format of Competition

All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The team competition, in which the eight highest scoring teams from qualifications competed. For the first time, each team of six gymnasts could only have three gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and all three scores counted toward the team total.
  • 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 event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.

Competition Schedule

October 7 Qualifications (Subdivisions 1-5)
October 8 Qualifications (Subdivisions 6-10)
October 11 Team Final
October 13 All-Around
October 15 Vault Event Final
Uneven Bars Event Final
October 16 Balance Beam Event Final
Floor Exercise Event Final

Qualifications

In the qualification round, the top 8 teams automatically qualified to the 2012 Olympics: USA, Russia, China, Romania, Japan, Australia, Germany, and Great Britain. The following teams did not qualify to the top 8 and had to qualify to the Olympics at the London Test Event the following January: Italy, Canada, France, Brazil, Belgium, South Korea, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Certain individual gymnasts qualified on individual events. For example, Phan Thị Hà Thanh of Vietnam qualified to the Olympics by participating in the vault event final.

Results

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of the United States of America USA

Gabby Douglas
McKayla Maroney
Aly Raisman
Alicia Sacramone
Sabrina Vega
Jordyn Wieber

Flag of Russia Russia

Ksenia Afanasyeva
Yulia Belokobylskaya
Anna Dementyeva
Yulia Inshina
Viktoria Komova
Tatiana Nabieva

Flag of China China

He Kexin
Huang Qiushuang
Jiang Yuyuan
Sui Lu
Tan Sixin
Yao Jinnan

All-Around Flag of the United States of America Jordyn Wieber
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Russia Viktoria Komova
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China Yao Jinnan
China (CHN)
Vault Flag of the United States of America McKayla Maroney
United States of America (USA)
Flag of Germany Oksana Chusovitina
Germany (GER)
Flag of Vietnam Phan Thị Hà Thanh
Vietnam (VIE)
Uneven Bars Flag of Russia Viktoria Komova
Russia (RUS)
Flag of Russia Tatiana Nabieva
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China Huang Qiushuang
China (CHN)
Balance Beam Flag of China Sui Lu
China (CHN)
Flag of China Yao Jinnan
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Jordyn Wieber
United States of America (USA)
Floor Exercise Flag of Russia Ksenia Afanasyeva
Russia (RUS)
Flag of China Sui Lu
China (CHN)
Flag of the United States of America Aly Raisman
United States of America (USA)

Notable Moments

  • The US women won their third team title. Incidentally, the Americans have won all their World titles the year before the Olympics.
  • USA's Alicia Sacramone was named to the team then tore her Achilles tendon in a closed practice. This left the Americans competing with only five gymnasts, while every other team had six (similar to the 2003 World Championships in Anaheim). Her name was still on the roster in the team final, so she received a medal when the United States won. Alternate Anna Li dressed, supported the team on the floor, and accepted the medal for Sacramone. This medal made Sacramone the most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history (10 medals).
  • USA's Jordyn Wieber became the sixth American to win the World All-Around title, following Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, Chellsie Memmel, Shawn Johnson, and Bridget Sloan.
  • USA's McKayla Maroney became the third straight American to win the World title on vault, following Kayla Williams and Alicia Sacramone.
  • Vietnam's Phan Thị Hà Thanh became the first Vietnamese gymnast to win a World medal.
  • Russia's Viktoria Komova became the third Russian gymnast to win the World title on uneven bars, following Svetlana Khorkina and Ksenia Semenova.
  • China's Sui Lu became the fifth Chinese gymnast to win the World title on balance beam, following Mo Huilan, Ling Jie, Fan Ye, and Deng Linlin.
  • The original floor lineup included Romania's Diana Bulimar, Italy's Vanessa Ferrari, and Russia's Viktoria Komova. Bulimar pulled out with an injury and was replaced by Australia's Lauren Mitchell. Komova pulled out of the final to give her compatriot Ksenia Afanasyeva a chance to medal. During the warm-up for the final, Ferrari became injured and was replaced at the last minute by Romania's Diana Chelaru.
  • Afanasyeva became the second Russian gymnast to win the World title on floor exercise, following Dina Kochetkova.
  • Romania failed to medal at all for the first time since 1981.
  • The Longines Prize for Elegance was awarded to Romania's Ana Porgras.

Controversy

  • During the medal ceremony for the team final, the national anthem of the USA was abruptly cut short, causing some frustration from the coaches and athletes alike. This also happened at the 2007 World Championships.

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of the United States of America USA 3 0 2 5
2 Flag of Russia Russia 2 3 0 5
3 Flag of China China 1 2 3 6
4 Flag of Germany Germany 0 1 0 1
5 Flag of Vietnam Vietnam 0 0 1 1

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