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Worlds Training News Part 2

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.

All-Around

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
Vladislava Urazova RUS 14.666 15.100 14.500 14.066 58.332
Angelina Melnikova RUS 14.733 15.066 13.733 14.433 57.965
Leanne Wong USA 14.800 14.150 14.450 14.233 57.633
Kayla DiCello USA 14.833 14.600 14.050 14.050 57.533
Wei Xiaoyuan CHN 13.366 15.166 14.500 13.800 56.832
Alice D'Amato ITA 14.750 14.700 13.300 13.100 55.850
Hatakeda Hitomi JPN 14.100 14.600 13.566 13.566 55.832
Carolann Heduit FRA 14.600 14.100 13.500 13.550 55.750
Naomi Visser NED 13.625 14.533 13.767 13.667 55.592
Maria Minaeva RUS 13.666 14.500 13.466 13.633 55.265
Georgia-Mae Fenton GBR 14.375 14.075 13.450 13.225 55.125
Asia D'Amato ITA 14.550 13.933 13.133 13.166 54.782
Vera Van Pol NED 14.500 13.633 12.900 13.550 54.583
Rose Woo CAN 13.600 13.700 13.400 13.200 53.900
Anastasia Bachynska UKR 13.833 13.433 13.700 12.800 53.766
Celia Serber FRA 13.800 13.450 13.300 13.150 53.700
Maria Ceplinschi ROU 13.650 13.167 13.433 13.300 53.550
Lee Yunseo KOR 13.400 14.333 12.841 12.966 53.540
Filipa Martins POR 13.566 14.300 12.800 12.666 53.332

Withdrawals

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.

Streaming

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.

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