Live from Worlds Day 7 – Event Finals Part 2

This is it! The final day of worlds. It’s a little wistful. I mean, this has been #trashworlds, but it has still been worlds. Five more medals to award today, including many of the best ones. Updates at the bottom.


The Koreans got the best draw in this one, with Yang and Kim finishing in the last two spots, while other medal contenders Shirai and Asato have the first two spots.

I’m kind of obsessed with this 1976 highlight video they keep showing that’s all Nadia and then one shot of Nellie Kim off to the side looking grumpy. I’m sure Nellie is thrilled.

“I’ve never seen a medal like this,” says Max Whitlock. Yep.

Intros now for the men’s vault. Word is that Yang, the gold favorite, might be injured.  So we’ll see if he comes out.

He will not. He has been replaced by Dalaloyan. Now I’m even more gutted that Eddie isn’t in the final. He was one spot behind Dalaloyan.

Kenzo likely becomes the favorite for a second gold now.

Asato – 1 – tsuk full in, landed in a perfect sphere shape – but landed, will get hit for body position but not much for landing control. 14.766

Asato – 2 – handspring 2.5, somehow doesn’t fall on this despite basically landing in horizontal position – possible knees down there but popped right back up – yeah, I’d call that both knees and hands down based on the replay.

Well, those were sufficiently terrifying. Great start!

14.349 average

Shirai – 1 – Solid TTY, continues to make it look like a double. Very small hop back, easily completed, good direction, just crossed ankles in twisting. 15.200. Well, if Asato’s first vault was 8.866 E, that should be 15, so I guess 9.600 works?

Shirai – 2 – Kas 1.5, small hop. Two good vaults. Should medal/win. Just did get those twists around

14.900 average.

Vega Lopez – 1 – handspring 2.5, big vault, but a stagger landing with a lunge to the side, legs throughout, especially at the end of the vault. 14.700

Vega Lopez – 2 – Very strong Kas 1.5 – small step forward, good leg form and direction, deserves a high E score.

14.704 average, into second.

Dragulescu – 1- Dragulescu, not his stongest, his usually early finish but this time a large lunge back and a bit of arm swing to keep it just that. 14.700.

Dragulescu – 2 – Y 1/2 on 2/1 – heart signs to the crowd, good but another lunge forward. Nice direction and twisting shape. Didn’t quite have the landing control today, but I’d still say he should be second for now.

14.716 average, ahead of Vega Lopez, which is appropriate.

Hrimeche – 1 – ankle cruncher of a Dragulescu, two lunges back and to the side, weaker than Dragulescu’s own version by quite a bit. 13.566. 8.166 E, but Asato got 8.333 for his second? Overjudging landing control.

Hrimeche – 2- Tsuk double pike, better – lands low with a small hop forward – I expect pike credit, though it gets fairly tucked toward the end

14.083 average.

Radivilov – 1- fantastic Dragulescu, high, huge and stuck. Excellent. 15.033 for that.

Radivilov – 2 – tsuk double pike – abrupt landing but solid, lunge backward on this one, though.

14.899 average. Into second, one thousandth behind Kenzo. That will be controversial, though Radivilov’s E score for the first vault was a little lower than Kenzo’s 9.6 for reasons like cowboying and flexed feet, but also it’s a Dragulescu. Radivilov’s vaults were more satisfying.

Dalaloyan – 1- not the TTY he can do. A stumble backward with two large steps – also off direction and lands completely out of the area. 14.200.

Dalaloyan – 2- Handspring full in – sufficiently cannonball, landed on all fours.

13.966 average.

Kim – 1 – handspring 2.5, very composed vault, solid and good direction, hop back. 14.966. Big.

Kim – 2 – Kas 1.5 – just a touch under rotated it appears with a hop to the side, but a solid showing, will be close to the Dragulescu/Lopez group. Should be interesting for the bronze medal.

14.766 average does indeed put him into third. Those three could have been in any order to me.

Gold – Shirai
Silver – Radivilov
Bronze – Kim

Kenzo’s third medal and second gold. Did Igor get unfairly hosed on execution? Or just unfairly hosed by limiting to three decimal points? That will be the question.


Schaefer – switch leap mount to split leap to y spin, solid – loso series, small lean – switch ring, good extension, not a clear ring shape but I’d rather that than the other way around – pretty double turn – Schaefer, small hop – aerial to split to double stag, wobble – side aerial – gainer layout, small hop. Not quite as clean as her qualification routine, but still very strong.

13.533. So she still breaks 8 in execution. No one else can ever…

Eremina – switch split mount, a little short of split, check on y spin – two losos to check – aerial, check – split leap to side aerial – not hitting her splits as well as Schaefer, though to switch to split jump combo was nice – 3/1 dismount with several small hoppy steps to the side, though the 3/1 was more around than it was in the AA.


Black – switch split mount to switch to switch 1/2, check after the switch half – double turn into full turn, does well to connect but another check – front pike, small slide back – secure layout series – front tuck, exact same mistake as in the AA final but this time comes off the beam – double pike, small hop.


Murakami – switch leap mount, very popular – bails front pike – loso series, small slide – switch ring, solid but no ring shape – very secure so far – the routine she needed in the AA – double turn, checks on it, fairly big, but stays on – aerial, does not connect into split jump – double pike, large lunge back but good.

Nearly trips walking off the podium, because gymnasts.

13.066 puts her second.

Teramoto – double turn, large break and grabs the beam – two loso series is strong – split leap to switch, good – switch 1/2 – onodi, check – aerial, good but no connection into side aerial, check – 3/1 dismount, a little short of rotation with a hop.

12.966, same as Eremina even though she grabbed the beam. Imagine Valentina.

Hurd – very strong tuck full – side aerial, large arm swing wobble – switch to split leap, clean – loso series, step back – aerial, split jump straddle jump, broke connection but very clean elements – front tuck, good – full turn – switch ring, small check – full in, great landing, small hop in place – overtime. Shame about the side aerial, an odd mistake, probably didn’t need to wobble but just adjusted herself tentatively.


Liu – fhs front tuck, deep but secure – switch – split ring leap, a little rough and not connected – full turn – split leap to side aerial – split jump to wolf, quite nice – aerial – split ring jump, not getting all her connection but very secure – switch ring, leg-up check – 2/1 dismount, step to the side. Not the great beam she can do because of injury, but a solid routine. Very long, overtime.


Alt – bhs layout mount, check – side aerial loso, secure, feet form – full turn outward, check – switch, switch 1/2, larger break – aerial to straddle jump – switch ring, small correction – split leap to side somi, wobble – double tuck, hop back. Fine but too many checks in that one.

13.300 for Alt, puts her into 3rd.

Gold – Schaefer
Silver – Hurd
Bronze – Alt


I was doubtful about Schaefer’s beam chances this year because she doesn’t have a particularly high difficulty, but she was done a service with the harsh E scores on beam because it made D matter less.

We’ll be doing medal ceremonies for the first two before moving on.

And now…


Zou – 3/4 twist 1/2, then healy, strong – diamidov – peach 1/2 – peach – lovely straddle forward to swing – bhavsar, very clean – tippelt, hit – strong handstands throughout – double front 1/2 out, nearly stuck, step forward, tried to save the stick but couldn’t. Excellent. Will be one of the most difficult routines.

15.900. Amazing. Oleg is really the only one with potential to match that, but 2017 Oleg?

Lin – double back – peak 1/2, clean – peak – diamidov – front straddle, all very clean – bhavsar up to L hold – tippelt up to handstand, very clean – healy down – double pike, stuck. Another excellent routine. Won’t match Zou, but quite good.


Belyavskiy – peach – full turn a little rushed – clean in tippelt – love the dynamics on his bhavsar – precise handstands later in his routine – stutz, clean – double front 1/2 out, sticks. Another good set.

15.266 and into second. I actually thought Lin’s was stronger. Is that scandalous?

Braegger – peach to bhavsar, a little more abrupt in catch than the others – tippelt up to handstand, clean – good healy work – one small muscle up to handstand – diamidov 1/2, quite nice – double front 1/2 out, step forward. Good, but not as clean as the others.


Arican – peach to one, struggles mightily in handstand but saves it – another long pause in handstand – complex pirouetting but will get hit for arches – diamidov – completely losing his legs on the swing – off from the beginning. Shame. Near stick on double front 1/2 out though.


Verniaiev – peach 1/2, OK – peach to one to healy, good – 3/4 to 1/4 turn down – tippelt, good – bhavsar, strong -double front 1/2 out and stuck – relief for him. A couple small breaks, not as clean as Zou, but important for him to end on an actually good routine.

15.833. Just misses catching Zou, and I think that’s probably right.

Nguyen – quick on opening piros, good – double tuck – very high on release skills – peak – peach 1/2, short of hs – double back – healy – double back full, step forward. Good set, not as clean as the prospective medalists, though.


Larduet – peach, hand adjustment – peak 1/2 – healy, solid – huge front straddle – good bhavsar and tippelt work, high – stutz – double front 1/2 out, small hop

Great final. Very high quality.

15.166. Into 4th. Wow, very close and high quality.

Gold – Zou
Silver – Verniaiev
Bronze – Belvayskiy

Belyavskiy’s basically a medal machine now.


Murakami – may get credit for that quad turn – nails double double tuck – DLO, very strong as well – 2.5 to front full, small hop – switch ring – split 1.5, not quite around enough – good double L turn – bounces back out of her double pike but that was the biggest landing issue of the routine. Excellent.


Moors – very good Pod, just a small slide – front 2/1 to front full, tries to connnect stag but doesn’t – double attitude turn, not too bad but does fall out a little, covers it with built-in cover choreo – switch ring and Ferrari – split jump 1/1 – 2.5 to front tuck with a lunge. Hit routine! Hugs and kisses from Elvira

13.650. Good number.

Mori – DLO, hollow to the point of piked, abrupt stagger steps – nice double Y position into illusion, a true Y – 2.5 to very whippy layout – full in, solid – switch side 1/2 – 3/1, very crossed legs. Not at the level of the other two.


Carey – excellent double double tuck, small slide, very high – small hop back on DLO 1/1 as well – double turn, pointless – L hop 1/1 – switch full – front 2/1 to stag, well controlled – split full – small slide on full in. Excellently executed routine, really only artistry deductions that should put her below Mai.

14.200. Correct. (Although she actually lost it on difficulty, not execution. She doesn’t have enough D in dance elements.)

Fragapane – DLO 1/1, significant stumble back, just does stay in – good DLO to indeterminate jump – split jump 1/1 – switch 1/2 – double arabian, very good, small hop – split 1.5 – sticks double pike. She has been on on floor so far. Just that first pass landing and the leaps that will take her score a bit lower.


Mai looks like she’s about to die of nervousness.

Black – popa, good – 2.5 stepout  to double tuck, just takes it too far and OOB – front 2/1 to front tuck, hop in place – split full, short of split, switch 1/1 – front full through to double pike, staggered low landing –


Fidelis – 1.5 through to double arabian, step forward – whip triple, very nice, small hop back, good twisting shape – switch ring to switch 1/2 – open full in, small hop – split ring leap – double pike, a little short with a hop, but a very clean and successful set.


Ferrari – double double tuck, a little short, hop – whip full in to her face – she landed behind the scoreboard so I couldn’t see what happened, but the medical team is coming out and she is not continuing. Oh Vanessa.

So that means

Gold – Murakami
Silver – Carey
Bronze – Fragapane

A fitting podium. Of course Moors was excellent, but her D just wasn’t up there enough to medal.

Ferrari carried off.

Mai finally has her medal, and it’s a worthy gold.

One final to go!


During the Tin Srbic introduction, they flashed Ferrari’s score. 3.933. Not really necessary at that point.

Bart – stoop full with a pause – stoop 1/2 – Kovacs to Cassina to Kolman, excellent – yamawaki – stalder fwd 1/2 – hop full late – double double layout, two small steps. Fun routine, some late positions, JUSTT did catch that Cassina.


Braegger – Cassina – Kolman – layout tkatchev to tkatchev 1/2, all well done – NOOO stoop 1/2 and over, extra swings – layout tkatchev – too late on some piros – rybalko – full – double double layout, step to the side –


Epke – Cassina to kovacs caught hilariously and acrobatically on one arm and continues – Kovacs and Kolman caught – stalder rybalko, insane – stoop 1/2 – hop full – double double layout with steps back. Major mistake but that’s literally what we come here to see from Epke.

14.233. LOLOLOLOLOL. Two tenths lower than his Q score.

Hegi – muscles up early – also struggling to keep his veritcals, loses legs in a Kolman – stoop full – yamawaki – full turn – DLO 1/1, large lunge forward. Not one of his better sets. Hit, but a lot to take.


Leru – zou li min – stoop 1/2, good – Liukin, hit – layout tkatchev to tkatchev to tkatchev 1/2, very nice – layout tkatchev 1/2, caught – double double layout and sits it down!! He had that. It was a great routine. He had it.


Miyachi – here we go – does the 2/1 layout kovacs (miyachi, now) and then peels off on the tucked version, the Bretschneider! No! Does Bret again and hit – Cassina liooks like childs play, as do Kolman and Kovacs, he’s got the whole set – very late stoop 1/2 and will get hit for hs – DLO 1/1, opens well out of it, hop forward.

13.733 with a fall. LOL. Into 4th on E tiebreak with Braegger

Srbic – stalder rybalko crazy – tkatchev to layout tkatchev to tkatchev 1/2 – stoop 1/2 – layout tkatchev 1/2 – stoop 1/1, OK – stalder full, same – DLO 1/1 and stuck. Cleanest routine of the final so far by a long way, also got the fewest cheers from the crowd. Those things are related.

14.433. Because actually clean.

Belyavskiy – stoopp 1/2 – layout tkatchev – layout tkatchev 1/2 to one-arm – tries to Epke it but less gracefully – great flair on yaamawaki – german giants – DLO 1/1, stuck


Gold – Srbic
Silver – Epke
Bronze – Bart

Fun final. Quite a mess, but a fun final. The least exciting routine was the one that won, but it was the only reasonably executed set.

So that’s it for worlds routines! See you once I’m alive again for final thoughts.



43 thoughts on “Live from Worlds Day 7 – Event Finals Part 2”

      1. omg, i can’t believe i never heard about that. Really changes my impression on Dragulescu. A great vaulter, but wow, would never know how horrible of a person he is outside the gym world because he seems so positive. ugh.

      2. Or a flawed person. Have some grace. Declaring someone irredeemably bad over the internet is so easy but very young. Good luck in your life, or the ghosts of any rotten thing you did to someone in your past, but good luck.

  1. Super thrilled for Kenzo, but I have to say I would have given it to Radivilov this time!

  2. So the gymternet seems to believe the mats are at fault for all of the injuries – what is your take on this?

  3. Why do you think so many gymnasts are getting injured in Montreal?

    Also, can we do a count? Yang, Kohei, Ragan, Larissa, Tingting, Luo, Andrade, Onyshko. Who else?

    1. Wang Yan injured her ankle on floor in quals (though she competed AA and VT on it so not sure if that counts?)

      Thorsdottir injured herself on UB but I think that was before PT?

    2. The fact it’s happening to a variety of countries might also be further evidence that the set-up is to blame. So far on the injury list we have: South Korea, Japan, USA, Romania, China, Brazil, Canada, GB.

    3. Weren’t both Tingting and Onyshko injured before even arriving in Montreal though? Not to say that there aren’t equipment issues causing problems in Montreal, but just don’t want to overstate things.

  4. Super happy with the podium, but poor Mai in 4th again. Hope she comes back and kills it on floor.

  5. It seems Mai Murakami has been afflicted with the Shang Chunsong curse and is now placing 4th in her finals. Can anybody contact Raisman’s shaman before the floor final?

  6. Is there an injury update on Ragan? I was secretly hoping she would be well enough to take her floor final place today.

  7. I’m so happy for Murakami. After AA and beam, I really wanted her to win this one. I’m so sad for Ferrari though. That looked like it hurt pretty bad.

  8. One gold and three silvers for the US. That’s not up to our standard at all, but it could have been worse given we were without our two best performers from nationals.

    1. I mean, considering they were functioning on three people after qualifications, that’s pretty good. If Ragan had been there she probably could’ve two medals. With a hit, she would’ve won the all around, and she could’ve easily medaled on floor with a hit routine.

      1. They were working with two athletes really. Locklear had no chance at a medal and blew both chances she had.

        Shchennikova was absolutely robbed a chance at Worlds and Carey was robbed of getting a shot at beam. Valeri has a lot to explain with choosing Locklear.

        Regarding the performances, I do agree with all the results today. Hurd was just slightly too shaky and missed too many of her connections to clinch the gold. But she has nearly erased her “inconsistent” label with her performance at this Worlds.

        I feel for Carey, but I think it’s her inexperience that caused her to barely miss both of her golds. She had the best execution in the air on both floor and vault, but just wasn’t sure of her landings. Too many multiple 0.1 steps on each landing. She needs to learn to take one step instead of shuffling on her landing. But I can’t fault her one bit on her dance skills and form in the air.

        Hurd and Carey did major favors for themselves with their performances. Locklear has pretty much blacklisted herself from another Worlds or Olympics.

      2. Shchennikova would not have medaled on bars here, unlikely she would have even made finals. And Carey would not have medaled on beam. Locklear woudn’t have medaled even if she hit. The US was not going to medal on bars this year no matter what.

      3. Carey was the rightful gold medalist on vault. It’s high time the FIG judged vault using a slow motion replay. Without that change, vault is essentially going to be a competition of who can land the hardest vault, screw form.

  9. Jade Has amazing power but the artistry is just immature. It will come with time. She reminds me of Mykayla Skinner in the power department. I hope she stays elite for a few more years. I think she is a winner. Love the shyness. Congratulations Jade. Loved the English lady. Such a pleasant routine

    1. BB finals have become a joke. It’s sad when a routine with a huge wobble, no artistry, and an overtime deduction wins the silver; yet it was truly the second best routine. Nothing new though. BB finals have been terrible for years. Jade does have zero artistry on floor but at least it’s just nonexistent, rather than offensive. Jade turned out to be my favorite from the US. Morgan was okay, but Jade really hit, aside from the Amanar steps. She impressed me the most.

      1. The routine that won beam was pretty great. I think it’s better than someone in the finals who has turns as 75% of their difficulty….you have to remember that so many were out of the final this year as well due to previous injury, it left an interesting field behind

      2. I don’t have a problem with the skills in the routines, just the execution of them. I really like Pauline on beam and she deserved to win here. But here routine had 2 significant balance checks and 2 small wobbles, plus a shuffle on the dismount. Errors like that used to knock you completely out of the medals, not give you gold because everyone else did worse. I’m glad Pauline won, but the medal standard on beam just isn’t high and it’s a shame.

  10. So wait…next time he should just submit a Kovacs caught with one arm just in case, right?! It’s only a deduction because it isn’t in the COP?

  11. So for EF order, is it the same for every event? e.g. the 1st place qualifier in 1st, the 2nd place in 5th, etc.? Is that why we had so many 1st-up victories?

    1. It’s different draw for each event. Paseka qualified 1st on vault, competed 3rd in finals. Eremina qualified 1st on bars, competed 4th in finals. Alt qualified 1st on beam, competed last in finals, Smith qualified first on floor. Fan Yilin won bars while competing 6th in finals. But you’re right that first up competing in beam and floor finals were the winners.

  12. Aside from the injuries, I liked this worlds. I like the cool intros. Very fun. I liked the real uncertainty about who might win each event. That was exciting. I liked the coverage. Although they didn’t show each routine, we saw a lot!

  13. Spencer, just want to thank you so much for the great work you and the GymCastic crew have done at Worlds. Your blogs in particular are so much fun to read! But it’s also good to know that you all are out there and will not let the shocking rate of injuries in Montreal fade uninvestigated into “last week’s news.”

  14. Kharenkova would have won a medal on beam if Russia took her. Oh well at least this worlds was far from predictable . Sad for the injuries but glad for the excitement.
    I wonder how Larissa will bounce back. It gets harder with every injury. Ragan is possibly done. So much depth in the US . Doubt she can make as much impact with so many girls bubbling up and Simone lurking

    1. I think it’s clear a lot of the current US Seniors are unlikely to make future teams, but let’s not forget Ragan was well ahead of everyone else before her injury. Of everyone who went to worlds this year, I would say Ragan has the best chance of making future teams.

      1. I would have said so until Morgan won. Now it might be rougher because Ragan and Morgan have very similar gymnastics- decent DTY, okay bars, difficult beam and fairly difficult floor. Ragan is ahead of Morgan right now, but because what they add to a team is so alike, if there was only room for one gymnast with those skill-sets, with all the juniors turning next year, I could see Ragan losing out simply because the US won’t want to deny the current World Champ a chance to defend her title, even if she’s not the best.

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