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Just the Good Stuff: Men’s Qualification Day 1

What you need to know, in quick, easily digestible bullet points.

  • 2017’s 4th-place finisher David Belyavskiy will miss the all-around final (save some last minute Galiyevaing) after falling on floor and finishing 3rd among the Russians.
  • Nikita Nagornyy leads the all-around after day 1 with 87.098.
  • Russia is good.
  • Carlos Yulo of the Philippines is 18 years old, destroyed the all-around with 81.230 to sit 5th (4th after 2-per), is a perfect little hummingbird, and should make vault and floor finals
  • Epke Zonderland leads high bar with 14.400
  • Casimir Schmidt and Bart Deurloo each hit all five of their events like princes, with counting scores on each one, to lead the team
  • Switzerland struggled in a few places but still sit in 3rd with a solid shot to make the team final
  • Oliver Hegi fell on his Def and will miss the high bar final
  • Oleg is kind of. He leads PBars with 15.458 and will make that final, but he struggled on horse and high bar for 80.522 in the all-around.
  • Igor Radivilov missed his hand on his Dragulescu, did only a double front, and sat it, opting not to do a second vault because LIFE.
  • Igor needed 15.050 on that vault for Ukraine to pass Switzerland for 3rd place. Alas, Ukraine sits on the bubble in 4th.
  • With China, Japan, the US, and GB still to compete tomorrow, no one currently below 4th will advance to the team final.
  • Kazakhstan is in 7th. Go ahead on, Kazakhstan. Nariman Kurbanov leads pommel horse, so that’s probably a name we should learn.
  • We will likely have no Croatians in the pommel horse final. WHAT?
  • Shatilov will not make the floor final.
  • Marian Dragulescu did not attempt 2 vaults and will make no finals
  • European bronze medalists France counted a 10 on pommel horse and will not make the team final
  • Ri Se Gwang chucked his body into the ether randomly and it worked out, so he’s in 1st place on vault. His body shape on those vaults remains unclear.
  • Manrique Larduet will not compete the all-around tomorrow
  • Akash Modi is no longer in the all-around lineup for the US and will not compete floor tomorrow. Sam Mikulak and Yul Moldauer will do AA.


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