10 Cool Facts from the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne

1. The last World Championships to be scored under the “Perfect 10” code.

2. The first of three consecutive wins of Vault Gold by Cheng Fei.

3. Second consecutive world bronze medal on uneven bars for Elizabeth Tweddle. She had previously won bronze at the 2003 World Championships and she would win gold at the 2006 World Championships.

4. It was the seventh medal at a World Championships on Vault for Oksana Chusovitina. She had previously medalled on the apparatus at the 1991, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002 & 2003 World Championships.

5. The USA heavily dominated the meet. Due to the two-per-country rule, the US could only qualify two gymnasts per-final meaning a maximum of 10 medals was possible. The United States won 9 taking all the gold and silver medals available with the exception of vault where they only won one medal and it was bronze.

6. The result of Chellsie Memmel placing ahead of Anastasia Liukin and winning all-around gold had already happened once before at an international competition, the 2003 Pan-American Games.

7. All of the individual medalists had attended the 2004 Olympic Games or had been age-eligible to attend but were not selected (Memmel & Sacramone) with the exception of Anastasia Liukin who was a new senior at the time.

8. All of the individual medalists with the exception of Monette Russo and Catalina Ponor attended the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

9. Polina Miller turned 17 years old the day the qualification round was contested. She qualified into the uneven bars final where she finished 6th.

10. Monette Russo made history by becoming the first Australian to win an individual medal at a World Championships. (Bronze, All Around).

Bonus Cool Fact: The competition was held at the Rod Laver Arena.


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