As we all know, gymnastics is one of the toughest sports types and the athletes who specialize in this particular type of sports are extremely talented. They train with their flexible bodies to achieve amazing control over it. Gymnasts are in real risk of death with a small mistake in their moves. Here are the best among them all. Let’s check out the list of Top 10 Best Gymnasts In The World Right Now.
Top 10 Best Gymnasts In The World Right Now
Gymnastic is not as easy as it looks. It is the talent of fellow athletes which makes it seem like the easiest profession in the whole wide world. Read on to know more.
10. Gabby Douglas (United States)
At number 10 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Gabby Douglas. She has already gained fame in 2012, but she’s worth keeping an eye throughout her career. She’s that rare kind of gymnast who has stayed atop the sport after earning success in a previous Olympics.
Douglas won gold in the all-around at the London Games and continued training for four years so that she could return to the 2016 Olympics. She’s remained one of the top gymnasts in the world since the last Olympics.
9. Manrique Larduet (Cuba)
At number 9 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Manrique Larduet. With his participation in Rio, Manrique Larduet became the first Cuban since 2004 to appear as an Olympian. Larduet qualified for Rio with a bronze medal on high bar, taken place at the most recent World Championships.
It was only a day after finishing with a silver medal in the all-around competition. At just 22 years old, he already has a chance to turn out as the most successful Cuban gymnast ever. Larduet will always be a threat to finish on the podium for both all-around and high bar.
8. Danell Leyva (United States)
At number 8 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Danell Leyva. He enjoyed great success in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. During a London competition that was rather disappointing for the men’s gymnastics team, Leyva was the sole optimism as he earned a bronze medal in the all-around.
Although there hasn’t been a recent all-around success for Leyva internationally, he ended up at 17th at the 2016 World Championships but Leyva is still one of the very best performers on parallel bars and high bar, a proof that he finished second at Worlds. Besides, he achieved both silver medals at the parallel bar and horizontal bar at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
7. Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan)
At number 7 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Oksana Chusovitina. At 43 years old, Oksana Chusovitina has turned out as the oldest female gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games. She has already competed in seven Olympics participating in three different countries the Soviet Union, Germany, and Uzbekistan. Oksana recently won the silver medal at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
In Rio, she competed for Uzbekistan, the country she’s represented in two separate stints from 1993 to 2006 and also in 2013 to the current cycle. Chusovitina is still a threat to medal on the vault, although she has not achieved an Olympic medal since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. There she received silver on vault.
6. Donnell Whittenburg (United States)
At number 6 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Donnell Whittenburg. Lately, there’s been no faster rise towards fame for a male gymnast in America than that of Donnell Whittenburg. In his very first eligible year as a senior competitor (age 18+) back in 2013, Whittenburg was named to the national team and was a significant part of the 2014 bronze medal-winning team at World Championships.
But, his individual success actually showed up in 2015 when he won silver on the floor, still rings and vault at the Pan American Games. He had his most successful year in 2017 as he won silver medals in both the FIG World Cup and FIG World Challenge Cup that year.
5. Shang Chunsong (China)
At number 5 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Shang Chunsong. If there’s a gymnast who can challenge the U.S. women playing on the all-around podium, it could be China’s Shang Chunsong. In recent memory, China has been questioned about sticking to age requirements (gymnasts must be at least turning 16 in the year of the Olympics).
Chunsong was not on the 2012 Olympic team when at the age of 16. Then her age was called into question the following year at the World Championships as a 17-year, but she shined nevertheless.
4. Dipa Karmakar (India)
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At number 4 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Dipa Karmakar. The story of Dipa Karmakar went viral on a staggering rate in the year after she became the very first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. Being the first athlete to represent an entire nation in the Olympics is a great feat.
She’s one of few rare women to ever attempt a vault officially called as the Produnova, after Russian gymnast Yelena Produnova. The vault is the most difficult in the world for a female gymnast and comprises of a front handspring entry with two front flips before landing, which Dipa perfected. She is also the reason for Gymnast now being one of the most popular sports in India.
3. Sam Mikulak (United States)
At number 3 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Sam Mikulak. He was on the 2012 men’s team in London. But later, he progressed into one of the best gymnasts in the country following his Olympic experience. His 2012 Olympic performance was rather disappointing because of an ankle injury that he suffered from during the first day of competition that compelled him to only compete on pommel horse on the second day.
Since then, Mikulak has earned four straight U.S. championships till 2020. He’s the very first male since Blaine Wilson had won five straight from 1996 to 2000. He made a buzz in the media in 2018 while winning all the four gold medals in the Pacific Rim Championships.
2. Kohei Uchimura (Japan)
At number 2 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Kohei Uchimura. Nicknamed ‘Superman’, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura is fighting a strong case to be considered the best gymnast of all-time. Uchimura has been visible at competitions wherever he’s been, whether it’s in his home country— as he’s won nine consecutive national titles in Japan —or also against the rest of the world as a six-time World all-around champion.
He achieved two gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Uchimura has won the all-around during the 2012 Olympics in London -- it was after finishing with silver in 2008 behind China’s Yang Wei.
1. Simone Biles (United States)
At number 1 in this list of top 10 best gymnasts in the world right now, we have Simone Biles. At 15 years old, Simone Biles was rather young to make the 2012 Olympic team in London. For the past seven years, she had done everything. She already proved that she was the very best gymnast in the world in the Rio Olympics. It’s a dominant fact that she’s done just that.
Biles has won three straight U.S Championships and happens to be the first female gymnast to win three straight World Championships. Her 20 total medals in World competition are the best for an American gymnast.
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