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Jake Jarman makes history for Great Britain with vault gold

Jake Jarman makes history for Great Britain with vault gold
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Jake Jarman becomes Great Britain's first-ever world champion on vault, while Simone Biles takes floor and beam gold at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Great Britain ended the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp on a high as Jake Jarman took home the gold medal from a thrilling men's vault final.

The four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist posted an average of 15.050 after two vaults to become the first-ever British gymnast to become a vault world champion, and only the second to finish on the podium after Kristian Thomas clinched bronze in 2013.

Jarman went for broke on his first routine with a sensational 3.5 twisting vault - also known as the Yonekura - taking just a small hop on his dismount before also executing a handspring double front half out with one step back.

"It doesn't feel real yet. I just can't believe it," Jarman told BBC Sport. "I'm just super proud to be able to perform the way I did under that stress and pressure. It gives me a huge confidence boost, especially leading up to next year.

"[The Yonekura vault] has been years in the making. The first time I did it was in 2017, and that was in a foam pit. I have been building it since then and it has been really hard.

"It's a very precise piece to have to get right. If you are slightly off on the take-off it will send you off, so it's down to a fraction of a second with the timing. For me, it can be quite a nerve-wracking vault, so to be able to do it I was over the moon."

Simone Biles in action on October 6, 2023© Reuters

America's Khoi Young (14.849) and Ukraine's Nazar Chepurnyi (14.766) took home silver and bronze respectively, while Jarman's compatriot Harry Hepworth was down in seventh spot with 14.433.

Armenia's Artur Davtyan - the defending world champion - could only place sixth after a major error on his first vault, under-rotating his handspring double tuck half out and taking a big step forward.

Elsewhere, Simone Biles won her third and fourth golds of a sensational World Championships in the women's beam and floor finals, scoring 14.800 in the former competition to edge out Chinese silver medallist Zhou Yaqin by just a tenth of a mark.

Rebeca Andrade placed third on beam and also finished as runner-up to Biles on floor, as the American trailblazer scored 14.633 owing to a customary series of explosive tumbles, although she stepped out of the floor area on her double straight half out.

Alice Kinsella turned out for GB in the floor final, but the 22-year-old was considerably down on difficulty and also posted the joint-lowest execution score of the day to finish eighth with 12.666.

Finally, Germany's Lukas Dauser blew the competition out of the water to clinch his first world title on parallel bars with a whopping 15.400, while Daiki Hashimoto of Japan won high bar gold with a score of 15.233, adding to his Tokyo 2020 Olympics title in the same event.

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