The second day of finals from Guimarães brought more Nightmare Cat, more rambling Olympic Channel insanity, and much more YORG, along with medals in the remaining five events or whatever. Let’s go.
8th place – Rene Cournoyer (CAN) – Rene sat his opening double front vault, then went all hoppy on a Kas 1/1 landing to drop him to 8th.
7th place – Robert Tvorogal (LTU) – Tvorogal performed the same vaults as Cournoyer with the same result, also sitting his double front. He did land his Kas 1/1 with more control, though, to take 7th.
6th place – Simon Lopez (MEX) – Lopez struggled a bit landing his handspring 2/1, squatting deep and lunging to the side, which took him out of contention.
5th place – Marco Rizzo (SUI) – Rizzo had the only hit double front in the final (1 for 4!) and did so for a competitive score, but he just didn’t have the second-vault difficulty, performing only a Kas.
4th place – Fabian De Luna (MEX) – De Luna started very well with a cleanly twisted Kas 1/1—just a medium bound forward—but he too sat down his double front to miss the medals.
3rd place – Takumi Sato (JPN) – A sideward lunge nearly off the mat on a handspring 2.5 took Sato down to third, but he followed that with a stuck Kas 1/1, if a little deep, to keep himself in the medals.
2nd place – Jorge Vega Lopez (GUA) – Don’t worry, his name is still very much YORG, apparently. Vega controlled his landings quite well on both the handspring 2.5 and the Kas 1.5, with just small steps, though his knees and ankles may have died after coming in short on the handspring. Unclear. A couple form things, but a good showing.
1st place – Manrique Larduet (CUB) – It was an absolutely fantastic Dragulescu, insanely high and comfortably completed, that earned Manrique the gold here. He needed to be that good for gold, since his opening Kas 1.5 was landed deeper than the others with a significant lunge back.
9th place -Thierno Diallo (ESP) – We had 9 people competing in this final, though only the top 8 appear in the live scores, excluding Diallo. He would have been in last place anyway after going crazy in the legs and falling on a Diamidov.
8th place – Robert Tvorogal (LTU) – Tvorogal had some solid moments, save for losing body shape on a pirouette toward the end and having to correct, but he did stick his double front dismount. It’s surprising to see him down here in 8th.
7th place – Kentaro Yunoki (JPN) – Yunoki was a very legitimate medal contender in this one—with high difficulty, just a couple moments of legs and a late finish on a Diamidov—but he ultimately sat his double pike dismount, dropping him well down the standings.
6th place – Simao Almeida (POR) – Almeida opened the final with a very short set, but it was quite clean for one of the higher E scores in the group. Just his overall difficulty content that was lacking.
5th place – Joe Fraser (GBR) – (Not Axel Augis, to the great confusion of our dear Olympic Channel commentator.) Fraser showed very competitive composition, but he had a moment of insane leg form on a peach 1/2 and a lunge forward on his double front dismount to cut into his E score.
4th place – Tomas Kuzmickas (LTU) – A clean routine from Kuzmickas, with only a lunge back on his double pike and a short Stutz to ruin the moment, was enough to get him up toward the top of the standings, but his D of just 5.2 was never going to challenge the medalists.
3rd place – Henji Mboyo (SUI) – Mboyo had the difficulty Kuzmickas lacked in his routine, so while Mboyo had a few more struggles completing his pirouetting skills at vertical, he used a 5.9 D to get himself comfortably into the medals.
2nd place – Andrei Muntean (ROU) – A very strong routine from Muntean earned him the silver, the highlight being the peach to one rail that he held for a solid 15 minutes, as well as the height and security on his Bhavsar and Tippelt.
1st place – Manrique Larduet (CUB) – But really, this was a one-person final. Manrique not only had more difficulty than anyone else in the final, he also showed much better amplitude and smoothness throughout his work, punctuated with a stick on a full-twisting double tuck dismount. As our OC commentator said, “We should call him The Cat.” OK?
8th place – Stefanie Siegenthaler (SUI) – Siengethaler fell immediately on a front aerial to open her routine, the biggest contributor in taking her final score down into the 10s.
7th place – Nora Feher (HUN) – Feher split the beam on her layout stepout series, with the beam then throwing her to the ground like a bag of laundry, which is a shame because the set was quite well executed otherwise.
6th place – Emily Thomas (GBR) – Thomas did not fall in her routine but ended up with an E score equivalent to those who did (6.7) because of a thousand million wobbles, a couple squat lunges on her double pike, and some 180-degree issues in dance elements.
5th place – Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska (POL) – KJK didn’t have her best routine with a few large leg-up wobbles, though she did stick a gainer layout. In this struggle-bus of a final, hers was one of the better sets, with just her very low D score (4.5) keeping her out of the medals.
4th place – Filipa Martins (POR) – Martins managed to get 4th despite falling on a side somi, mostly because the rest of her routine was exceptionally crisp and secure, even on “it’s a trap” combinations like the switch + switch 1/2. She looked on her way to gold for 3/4 of the set.
3rd place – Isabela Onyshko (CAN) – As was the story on bars, Onyshko would have won this final comfortably with a hit, but she fell on her bhs + tuck full series to open the routine. The rest of the routine was exceptionally good, save for a moment or two of awkward legs on leaps, which preserved a bronze-medal finish.
2nd place – Laurie Denommee (CAN) – Denommee also had just one major error in her routine, bending at the hips on a side aerial, but she was quite secure otherwise. She ended up taking silver on the execution tiebreaker with Onyshko because she didn’t fall.
1st place – Maisie Methuen (GBR) – The first half of Methuen’s routine was a confident delight, nailing her layout stepout series and double turn confidently. She had a few more breaks toward the end, but in this final, that was good enough for the joint-highest E score and a gold medal.
8th place – Christina Zwicker (CRO) – Zwicker opened with a multi-lunge back and OOB on a double pike, which she couldn’t afford in his final because her tumbling content of back 2/1s and 1.5s was not up to the level of the others.
7th place – Helena Bonilla (ESP) – Bonilla didn’t do much tumbling in this routine (double pike, back 2/1, front layout as her 3 passes), hoping to get a competitive D score through turns. That made falling out of a Double Y and a quad spin especially devastating to her score.
6th place – Victoria Mata (MEX) – Mata was quite lovely in her leaps, which stood out in this final, but she jarred herself back and OOB on a full-in and didn’t have the D to make up for that landing.
5th place – Nora Feher (HUN) – Feher went for a double pike, double tuck, and front full as her tumbling, and rather significant bounces on each landing kept her well back of the four true medal contenders.
4th place – Emily Thomas (GBR) – Thomas showed medal-worthy difficulty in this final with a DLO and a whip + full-in, but some landing bounces, ragged legs, and low dance elements took her E score down far enough to lose the tiebreak for bronze.
3rd place – Laurie Denommee (CAN) – Denommee had the best tumbling of the final with her DLO 1/1 (steps but stayed in), and stuck landings on a DLO and double pike, but she ended up with a surprisingly low D score of 5.1 because I counted only six skills of C or higher there receiving full credit. It looks like she was counting some As and Bs.
2nd place – Isabela Onyshko (CAN) – Onyshko didn’t do anything overwhelming in this routine, showing a bunch of D tumbling elements with slides back, but she has the difficulty in the dance elements (with a Ferrari and a full-credit double Y) to get a competitive D. With no significant errors on anything (except for choosing floor music with actual giggling in it), that was enough for silver.
1st place – Maisie Methuen (GBR) – It was a surprise double gold on the day for Maisie Methuen on account of execution. She did not nearly have the most difficult routine in the floor final, but she also minimized the number of 0.3 deductions she gave away and showed some exceptionally clean work, like on her front layout to front full second pass. Textbook.
Men’s High Bar
8th place – Rene Cournoyer (CAN) – A no-good day for Rene. A clean-looking high bar routine finished with hands down on his double double layout dismount to drop him to last place again.
7th place – Henji Mboyo (SUI) – There weren’t too many falls in this final, which meant that anyone who did fall was dropped right to the bottom of the standings, which happened to Mboyo after missing his layout Tkatchev 1/2.
6th place – Vlad Cotuna (ROU) – Cotuna hit a fairly normal Tkatchev-burger of a routine with equivalent difficulty to most in the final, but absolutely crazy legs on a squat full took his E score down a little lower than the others.
5th place – Robert Tvorogal (LTU) – A solid hit for Tvorogal, who just missed the medals on execution because of a lunge forward on his DLO 1/1 dismount. Some late finishing positions on pirouettes toward the end also likely got hammered in E score.
4th place – Kentaro Yunoki (JPN) – Yunoki started quite well by hitting his Kolman and getting some whoops for his German giants, but he lost out on a medal because of his dismount here, keeping the double double layout to his feet but only barely with a giant lunge forward.
3rd place – Kevin Cerda (MEX) – Like the others in the 3rd-6th group, Cerda had some moments of form, catching a Kolman with crazy legs, but his were smaller errors and his overall extension and leg style earned him a higher E score. He also didn’t die on his double double layout, which helps.
2nd place – Randy Leru (CUB) – Leru’s was the most difficult and impressive routine in the final, showing all the layout Tkatchev variations including a Liukin and sticking a DLO 1/1 dismount. He looked like a winner for that routine, but he really had to muscle his way up to keep rythym after a Tkatchev 1/2 out of combination, which was significant in retrospect.
1st place – David Vecsernyes (HUN) – Everyone always forgets about him, but Vecsernyes was able to unite competitive difficulty (Kolman and all the Tkatchevs) with super clean execution that avoids the late-finish and crazy-leg pitfalls many others fall into. Because of that cleanliness, sticking his throwback over-the-bar dismount allowed him to slide into first by a hair over Leru.