Posted on November 01, 2018

In one of the closest battles witnessed in Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in recent years, Russian Federation’s Artur Dalaloyan overcame China’s defending champion Xiao Ruoteng on tie-break to win the Men’s All-Around title at the Aspire Dome.

The competition was tense and was decided the same as the Men’s Team final - a horizontal bar swing off between Xiao Ruoteng and Nikita Nagornyy. But only Xiao was able to match Dalaloyan’s score, quite literally, as both finished on 87.598. Both the gymnasts accumulated an identical score from six rotations, but the 22-year-old Moscovite took gold on a count back of each competitor's top five scores. Dalaloyan’s compatriot Nikita Nagornyy collected 86.331 points for the Bronze as the Russians broke into delirious joy after missing the team title by a whisker to China on Monday evening.

Commenting on the win, Russian’s Artur Dalaloyan: “I had only one goal, and that was to perform my job from beginning to end without mistakes. I was surprised and can’t say anything more. I’m just so happy. I feel good, excellent. I simply tried my best to show my best. I can’t believe it yet. I need to probably go to my hotel, take a deep breath and realise that yes, I won this championship.” Over the remaining three days, the world’s best will compete in a series of individual finals to decide who will be crowned 2018 World Champions. Finals for Women’s All-Arounders and Men’s & Women’s Apparatus are still to be held under Aspire Dome.

Tickets are still available for the finals - an unmissable event on Qatar and the world’s sporting calendar at worldgymdoha18.com.  To learn more please follow @DohaGym2018 across social media.

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