Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR) admitted he had surprised himself by winning gold in the men’s all-around, the blue-riband event in artistic gymnastics, with a commanding performance on Tuesday night. The Briton finished on 84.725, ahead of Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) who claimed silver with 83.050, and bronze medallist Alec Yoder (USA) who ended on 82.800.
“I didn’t think I'd be able to do it, but to come out today and do what I did, it’s just amazing,” REGINI-Moran said. “It’s an unbelievable achievement and I’m so pleased with myself. I couldn't have done any better.” Regini-Moran was in front after the first rotation with a strong floor performance (14.900). He only surrendered his lead once, when Ma Yue (CHN) took the lead for one rotation after the vault. “It was a tough competition,” he said. “It was on and off between first and second for me and when I got to the high bar I knew that the Russian boy did an easier routine, so I just had to go out there and do the best routine of my life, and I did. The outcome was unreal.”
Regini-Moran is sharing a room in Nanjing with Ben Dijkstra (GBR), who won triathlon gold on Monday. The gymnast revealed that neither could really celebrate yet, as they both had further events to compete in, but that he would probably allow himself some chips, pizza and a Coke on Tuesday night.
With his appearances in the apparatus finals, Regini-Moran still has training to do, given that he plans to take home more medals. “My aim is to get gold in floor and vault, and a medal in parallel bars and high bar. Pommel's my weaker piece, but who knows? I'll give it my best shot."
Nargornyy, who performed consistently throughout, went into second place after his vault in the fourth rotation (14.850), before dropping to third after his parallel bars routine (13.300) and then finishing strongly on the horizontal bar (13.600). The Russian said he was tired, but declared himself “very, very happy”.
Yoder, who started gymnastics aged four, pronounced himself “stoked” with his bronze medal-winning performance. Going into the final rotation, the US athlete was in fifth, but his double twist, double layout dismount on the horizontal bar earned a score of 13.850 and ensured his place on the dais.
“Going into the high bar, I was thinking I was fighting for fourth or fifth, but in the back of my mind I always wanted to be there, medalling,” Yoder said. “I knew that I’d put in the training back home and so I thought, ‘I’m just going go out there and hit it’." Ma, the crowd favourite, was unable to turn his lead following the third rotation into a medal and finished in fifth place.