Previous Champion Rebeca Andrade Sidelined as Team USA Dominates at World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2023

Published 10/04/2023, 12:28 PM EDT

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The excitement reaches its peak as day 5 of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships kicks off on October 4th in Antwerp. Fans are buzzing with anticipation, all echoing the same question, who will clinch gold in the finals of the women’s competition? The initial frontrunners, according to day one scores, include the USA, Great Britain, and Brazil. However, a recent twist has shifted the dynamics. Despite Brazil’s powerhouse status, evidenced by their strength at the Texas selection camp and podium practice stage, they surprisingly aren’t the top choice for many athletes aiming for gold.

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Despite securing a well-deserved spot at the 2024 Olympics, the current scenario has cast the Brazilian women’s team as the underdogs of the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship. A viral social media video is reshaping perceptions, momentarily sidelining Brazil and Rebeca Andrade from the forefront. The unfolding drama promises an unpredictable and riveting journey for the Brazilian squad.

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The spotlight intensifies on Day 5 of the women’s team finals in Antwerp, Belgium. The October 1st qualifiers underscored USA’s dominance, particularly with Simone Biles achieving a historic feat, leaving Japan and Brazil with dwindling hopes. A recent Instagram reel by @Antwerp2023 posed the question, “Who will win this evening’s women’s team final” garnering responses that overwhelmingly favored Team USA for the gold.

Leanne Wong, a member of the USA team, affirmed, “That’s the goal, Team USA for gold.” Predictions, rooted in Day 1 results, anticipate Brazil and Great Britain for silver and bronze, respectively. The top 4 contenders after Day 1 include the United States, Great Britain, the People’s Republic of China, and Brazil, each earning Paris 2024 team quota spots.

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Despite Rebeca Andrade’s commendable performance, the top three—United States, Great Britain, and China—shine. Simone Biles leads the standings, but Rebeca’s formidable competition adds an element of unpredictability to the anticipated outcome. The stage is set for a thrilling women’s team final as gymnastics enthusiasts eagerly await the unfolding drama in Belgium.

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Rebeca emerges as a trailblazer, leaving an indelible mark on Brazilian gymnastics. Bursting onto the scene at the tender age of 13 during the Junior Pan American Championships, she not only contributed to the silver-winning Brazilian Team but also clinched gold in three individual events, along with a silver. This exceptional performance catapulted Rebeca to the summit of Brazilian gymnastics.

Undeterred by the spotlight, Rebeca went on to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she secured a silver medal in the all-around competition. Her triumph marked a historic moment, as she became the first Brazilian gymnast to claim an Olympic medal.

The success story continued at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championship, where Rebeca Andrade secured gold in the all-around category, making her only the second woman ever to achieve this remarkable feat. Time and again, the athlete has continued to win gymnastic fans’ hearts.

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Coming back to the 2023 season, Andrade is once again in her hyped mode and can turn the tables unexpectedly. Hence, it would be unwise to underestimate an athlete based solely on her day-one results. With multiple events lined up at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championship 2023, Andrade can still prove her prowess at the magnificent event.

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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Brandon Gabriel

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