Sleepless night dents Regini-Moran's bid for second world gold

Giarnni Regini-Moran competes at the World Gymnastics Championships
Giarnni Regini-Moran competes at the World Gymnastics Championships

By Paul Martin at the M&S Bank Arena

A sleepless night hampered Giarnni Regini-Moran’s bid for a second World Championship gold in as many days but the Gravesend ace learned plenty from the parallel bars final.

Regini-Moran became Britain’s first male floor champion on Saturday and the adrenaline kept him awake long into the Liverpool evening.

A score of 14.733 saw him follow up with seventh in his second showpiece of the weekend, China’s Zou Jingyuan claiming gold courtesy of a near-flawless routine.

“I said I wanted to go out there and have fun, and I did,” he said.

“It was quite hard [to re-focus]. After the floor, everyone wanted to see me, say hello and get pictures.

“I didn’t sleep much last night, so I was quite fatigued coming into it, but I just wanted to stay focused and have a good time.

“I had no expectations other than to go and enjoy myself and it was a privilege just to be in that final.

“The best of the best were in there and Zou is an unbelievable p-bar worker. To get less than one whole mark off your routine is incredible.

“I made a little mistake and if you do that in a final, that’s it.”

Regini-Moran has played a key part in Britain’s best-ever World Championship performance, Jessica Gadirova’s women’s floor gold on Sunday ensuring the hosts surpassed their record medal tally of five from Glasgow 2015.

He will allow himself a rest before switching his attentions to 2023, when he will have a target on his back following this week’s breakthrough success.

“I need to let the body recover, that’s for sure,” he said. “I’m quite sore, it’s been a busy year, I’m mentally and physically fatigued.

“I’ll take a holiday before Christmas as I need a break without the pressure of competitions.

“It [gold] is slowly sinking in – this morning it started to hit me that I’m a world champion. I’m speechless as I still can’t believe I’ve done it.”

The World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022 was one of the largest international sporting events ever to be held in the city. Over 500 gymnasts from more than 70 countries competed at the M&S Bank Arena from 29 October to 6 November 2022.