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Russian gymnast Melnikova wins gold at 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Leanne Wong of the United States took silver with a tally of 56.340 points and her teammate Kayla Dicello won the bronze 54.566 points
Angelina Melnikova AP Photo/Hiro Komae
Angelina Melnikova
© AP Photo/Hiro Komae

MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova won gold on Thursday in the women’s individual all-around competition at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Japan’s Kitakyushu.

The judges awarded Melnikova 56.632 points in total, which brought her the gold. Leanne Wong of the United States took silver with a tally of 56.340 points and her teammate Kayla Dicello won the bronze 54.566 points.

Melnikova’s gold today at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in the women’s individual all-around competitions is the first for Russia since 2010, when Aliya Mustafina won this event at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam.

"I feel like I made history," the official website of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) quoted Melnikova as saying after the competition. "I’m so happy, because I did everything I wanted."

"I will enjoy the rest of the competition because I have accomplished my most important goal," she added.

Melnikova, 21, is the silver medal winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the women’s team event. Participating for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan’s Tokyo she is the winner of the gold medal in the team event and of two bronze medals (individual all-around and floor exercise events). Before winning the gold in Japan today, she already packed two silver and two bronze medals at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

The 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Japan’s Kitakyushu is scheduled to be held on October 18-24, 2021. The Japanese city is also set to host the 2021 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships between October 27 and 31.

The Russian squad of athletes for the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Japan’s Kitakyushu includes Ivan Stretovich, Vladislav Polyashov, Nikita Ignatyev, Sergei Naidin, Mukhammadzhon Yakubov, Grigory Klementyev, Angelina Melnikova, Vladislava Urazova, Yana Vorona and Maria Minayeva.