The final three subdivisions for women had their podium training sessions on day 2, and because they’re among the sparser groups in this unnecessarily-10-subdivisions-big women’s field, there’s not a ton to deal with.
As previously reported, Rebeca Andrade did not train floor, taking her out of the AA hunt. She did, however, work the other events, including showing two vaults, both the Cheng and the DTY. The Cheng was a bit of a struggle the first couple times but improved as the rotation went on. If she hits both, she’ll be the favorite for the vault title.
The big news coming out of the second day of podium training was Vladislava Urazova’s appearance on all four events. This is a surprise only because Russia’s original team announcement had Melnikova and Minaeva slated for the AA, with Urazova and Vorona on select events. Now, Urazova beeping and bopping around on four events doesn’t necessary mean she will compete all four in qualification, and she did not perform full difficulty (the floor routine she did would have a 4.8 D), but it’s at least worth putting her back in consideration in case she does. And given this field, she would not need her absolute full difficulty to win an all-around medal here.
If we add Urazova back into the pre-meet all-around standings, she would rank first thanks to her higher scoring potential on beam compared to Melnikova, though considering the everything and also the difficulty Urazova put out there, I wouldn’t default Urazova to gold favorite, even if she ends up doing all four.
Updated World Championships All-Around Rankings
|VT Peak||UB Peak||BB Peak||FX Peak||TOTAL|
|Vera Van Pol||NED||14.500||13.633||12.900||13.550||54.583|
We have just a couple withdrawals to deal with: The updated entry list has one change on the women’s side from the nominative registrations, with Laurie Denommee of Canada not appearing. That puts Canada’s women’s squad at three people: Cassie Lee, Audrey Rousseau, and Rose Woo. A training injury to Switzerland’s Anina Wildi will also keep her out of the competition. On the men’s side, the only athlete disappearing from the nominative list was Azerbaijan’s Nikita Simonov.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s registered men’s team still includes both Arthur Zanetti and Luis Porto, even though it was reported that neither would be on the actual team. Brazil’s men’s podium training session is yet to come.
The start lists for the first 7 subdivisions of the women’s competition are due at the same time men’s podium training begins today, so we should have some actual concrete information in…not too long.
The FIG has confirmed that there will be no public live stream of qualification. This is not unusual for the FIG, but what is unusual for those of us in the US is that USAG will not be providing a live stream of any of the qualification sessions (they typically do the US and a few of the other key nations). That will make this the first world championship without a live stream of the US qualification session in 10 years—a circumstance we haven’t dealt with since the fabled Lost Qualification Bars Routine of Sabrina Vega.