Top Event Scores of 2022 – The Balance Beam Situation

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Today, as we get closer and closer to the world championships, I check the best scores of each apparatus recorded in 2022*. Of these four top 10 lists, China has 14 scores, the United States 13 scores, Britain Gadirova 6 scores, Brazil 4 scores, Italy 3 and Hungary 1.

*Only World Championship eligible gymnasts are included.


Armed and untrustworthy with this information, it’s time to play a little game called What’s The Best Possible World Team You Could Choose Using Anyone From Any Country? We are still working on the title. It seems long.

The team with the highest score one could find is this (using single-hop scores because that’s what team is):

Rebecca Andrade 14,700 14.967 14.433 14,000
Shilese Jones 14,550 14,850 14.250
Konnor McClain 14,400 14,800
Luo Rui 14.967 14,650
Jessica Gadirov 14,600
43,650 44.784 43.883 42,850 175.167

Now if this was real life I’m not sure I would believe the Brit’s Gadirova 14.600 is real and would also consider Jade Carey for that position in the team to deliver a score on the floor and improve the jump total by several tenths. A team with Carey in place of Gadirova also goes to 175.

In fact, a “light a candle and hold on for life” team with Jade Carey and Sun Xinyi joining Andrade, Jones and Luo is only one-tenth the previous team.

Rebecca Andrade 14,700 14.967 14.433 14,000
Shilese Jones 14,550 14,850 14.250
Sun Xinyi 14,850
Luo Rui 14.967 14,650
Jade Carey 14,800 14.050
44.050 44.784 43.933 42,300 175.067

Luo Rui offers the best combination of bar and beam scores, but by just over a tenth over Tang Xijing, which you might also consider to have more realistic events, even if his floor wouldn’t be used on a best-in -the-world team.

Wei Xiaoyuan’s best bar score doesn’t really get her into those five because Andrade, Jones, and Luo’s bar scores are very close to her, and they all have at least one other event.

For reference, the highest rated team you can suggest doesn’t including Rebeca Andrade would be 174.682, which would include Jones, McClain, Tang, Luo and Carey or Gadirova (both have the same score). The best team that does not include Shilese Jones would be at 174.882 and would include Andrade, Gadirova, Carey, Luo and Tang.

So either way it was a very productive use of time and I’m pretty much the same as a doctor.

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