University of Florida freshman Leanne Wong won silver in World Gymnastics Championships all-around final Thursday in Kitakyushu, Japan.
Following all-around champion Angelina Melnikova of Russia (56.632) was the U.S. duo of Wong (56.340) and Kayla DiCello (54.566).
A U.S. gymnast has finished among the top three all-arounders in each of the last 14 World Championships. This is the fifth time in that span the U.S. had two World Championships’ all-around medalists.
Of the 16 different U.S. gymnasts to claim a World Championships’ all-around medal, four will (Morgan Hurd, Wong) or have (Bridget Sloan, Kyla Ross) competed as a NCAA gymnast. Three of those four have Gator ties, as Sloan twice won the NCAA all-around. Wong enrolled at UF this fall and Hurd joins the Gators in January 2022.
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Wong entered Thursday’s all-around final seeded No. 2 after her performance earlier this week in qualification. In Thursday’s all-around, Wong led all competitors on balance beam (13.90) and floor exercise (14.033). She will compete Sunday for more World Championships medals in those event finals.
Event finals schedule (Live on Olympic Channel):
Saturday, Oct. 23 at 3:10 a.m. Vault and Uneven Bars
Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3:25 a.m. Balance beam and Floor Exercise
Top 5 – World Championships All-Around