Montreal (Canada): Japan’s Mai Murakami failed to live up to her expectations as she finished fourth in the women’s all-around final at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships here at the Olympic Stadium on Friday evening.
She totalled 54.699 which was way behind Morgan Hurd of the US (55.232), who emerged as the new world champion in the absence of reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles.
The 21-year-old from Kanagewa had topped the qualification chart with 55.933 points, but surprisingly couldn’t match her performance in the final.
In fact, Asia’s challenge wasn’t that strong compared to their men’s counterpart, who dominated the all-around finals with a gusto on Thursday and won all the three medals.
Aiko Sugihara, also of Japan, finished sixth with 53.965 points while China’s Yan Wang and South Korean Ju Lee Eun came 19th and 22nd respectively among the 24 qualifiers.
Canada’s Elsabeth Black came second with 55.132 points followed by Russia’s Elena Eremina (54.799).
Biles hasn’t competed since the Rio Games, where she won four gold and a bronze medal. That capped off an unprecedented four-year run in which she swept every US and world all-around title, a streak beginning in 2013.
Interestingly, the Americans have won the all-around title after every Olympics since 2004 from Chellsie Memmel, Bridget Sloan, Simone Biles to Hurd.
 

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