Nile Wilson has finished 6th in the men’s all-around final at the artistic gymnastics World Championships in Montreal. Nile upped the difficulty of many of his routines in the final compared to qualifying as he showed his trademark passion and confidence throughout.
Having qualified placed 8th scoring 83.832 he revelled in the pressure of the final scoring a hugely impressive 85.332 points. He grew in confidence as the competition went on with his last three routines, on parallel bars, high bar and floor demonstrating his competitive fight. The gold medal was won by Xiao of China, with teammate Chaopan in silver and Shirai of Japan in bronze.
Nile’s superb result comes after injury difficulties earlier in the year and establishes him amongst the best gymnasts in the world, Nile said after “I really, really enjoyed that! The game plan was to go out and hit everything. I felt like I held back a bit in qualification so was determined this time to throw everything at my routines and leave the floor with a smile on my face which I’ve done. The high bar and floor were my highlights, sixth in the world, it’s incredible - what a feeling. I now know I’m mixing it with the best of the best and I’ve got more to come. I’m going to work even harder and get on that podium in the near future. Putting it into perspective with my injury trouble, 8 months ago I was sat on the sofa in a cast. It shows that anything is possible if you work hard.”
Nile began his competition on pommel horse. He upped the difficulty of his skills considerably compared to qualifying and it paid off as he scored 13.666 points and indicated early on that he was going to give everything in this final. On rings he was very strong, a few small bounces and swings as he executed his skills before a near perfect dismount giving him a score of 14.300 to continue the momentum. On vault he had to take a big step forward and to the right on landing his 2.5 twisting “Tsukahara” pass scoring him 14.100 marks meaning at the halfway point he was still half a point up on qualifying and going well in 9th spot.
Nile again upped his game on parallel bars with more difficult skills packed in to his routine than in qualifying, he was rewarded for it too scoring an impressive 14.500 points. Nile didn’t hold anything back on high bar, the apparatus on which he is Olympic bronze medallist. Every one of his difficult release and catch skills was expertly navigated and his roar to the crowd on dismounting indicated his delight at a near perfect routine scoring him an impressive 14.433 points. Ending on floor Nile could see as some of the top ranked gymnasts were falling on high bar and could feel the tension in the arena increase. His final performance was superb, he showed no sign of nerves and looked to revel in the pressure as he confidently executed his tumbles for a score of 14.333 points.
Tomorrow (Friday) in Montreal is the women’s all-around final from 7pm (midnight UK time).