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Light and Shadow of Penda in the World Championship Final

Alexander Benda finished 24th and last in the all-around final at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan. The 24-year-old originally missed qualifying for the medal decision in 25th place, but slipped to the final field as a first substitute due to the coronavirus situation.

Gymnastics: World Cup Final with Penda

Alexander Benda finished 24th in the all-around final of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Japan, with the Graz native as the first substitute in the 24-man final. The title surprisingly went to Chinese Zhang Boheng.

After a good start to the jump and parallel bars, Benda once again slipped to the bottom of the standings due to errors in the horizontal bar. Due to more uncertainty on the ground and on the pommel horse, even a good free-loop technique brought him no improvement.

“Very proud to play sports here”

“Thank God I was able to handle my first all-around final at the World Championships by doing one last strong workout on the rings. Anyway, I am still very proud to have done gymnastics here today.” The man from Graz was the first Austrian in history to reach an all-around final.

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The gold went to China’s Zhang Boheng, who was only 17,000 points ahead of Japanese Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto. Bronze went to Ukrainian Ilya Kovtun. In the women’s all-around event, Marlies Männersdorfer finished 22nd on Thursday in the absence of the US women’s top guard. On Saturday, Vincennes Hawk, the third-placed qualifier, can hope to secure a medal in the rings final.

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