World Championships Men’s Team Final Live Blog

So if last night is any indication, it’s time to get ready for our world bronze medalist South Korean team.

Today, we have Japan entering as the major favorite after their unique non-disaster of a qualification performance that outpaced everyone else by 8 points. The big mystery is China. China had a deeply terrible qualification performance to place 4th, and while we would typically expect that to be reversed in the team final for a gold/silver-level performance, Sun Wei is a major question mark after his qualification injury. He’s slated for four events today, including floor and vault, but if he is not able to hit, there’s no way China can make up 10 points on their qualification performance the way one might otherwise think they could.

As for Great Britain and the US, neither had a strong performance in qualification, with GB ending up a half point ahead of the US, so it’s really going to come down to who flops fewer times today.

Intros starting now. Pretty sure “Stephen Ned-erotic” was just introduced. Brazil is going for a HOODIES milieu for their intro. A TRY.

On to the warmups for the first rotation.

Rotation 1

Tanigawa K – FX – front front pike 1/2 out, bounce back – front 2/1 to layout, stuck – double  double tuck, stuck – 2.5 to front full, side pass, hit – double arabian 1/2 out, stuck landing. Amazing start for Japan.

Asher Hong through a hit pommel horse, and Nory hits a clean Kas 1.5, small hop.

14.566 for Nory. 13.566 for Hong.

Sun Wei is off on pommel horse. The first break of the day belongs to China. Again.

Still waiting on Tanigawa’s score. Just give him a 50. Alright 14.400

Abbadini SR – 13.033

Hall – FX – GBR – double double tuck, bounce back – double arabian 1/2 out, bounce back – front 2/1 to front full, small hop – 1.5 to layout, hop – randi, chest forward, little hop – 3/1, step.

Sun Wei 13.633

Brody Malone technically dismounted but mostly just heaved himself sideways off the horse, so he’ll need to get up and do it again.

14.500 for Caio Souza’s Dragulescu with two steps.

14.200 for Hall on FX.

Hashimoto – FX – Japan – triple double is quite short, bound forward – double double, also a little short with a hop – front full to randi, good, small hop – 2/1, stuck – 2.5 to layout, super clean, little shuffle back – 3/1, bounce back. Fine, not his strongest.

Guimaraes hits a doubel front on vault, though it was very deep, bounces up quickly.

Malone just 11.733 on horse. SO there’s that.

Zhang Boheng puts up a hit for China on horse. 13.966

Near fall for Kin Hansol on vault, very deep

Regini Moran – FX -OOB step on triple double – double double, small step forward – 2.5 to front lay to 1.5, small hop – 2/1, bounce back – doubel front pike 1/2 out, stuck, well done – randi, short landing, lunge – 3/1, little hop forward.

Ned-Erotic had a large leg break on a Russian so not as strong as qualification, but a good hit overall.

Malone D score inquiry is rejected.

Regini Moran 14.166.

Doi – FX – double double tucked, bounce back – back 1.5 to front 2/1, hop forward – back 2.5 to front 1.5, somewaht low, good control – 3.5, small hop – 3/1 bounce back. Good. 

WOAH Nedoroscik got 12.966. So I must have missed something. Also just a 5.1 D score.

13.433 for Yang Jiaxing to finish horse for China.

Doi 14.366 on floor.

Jarman – FX – triple double layout, hit, hop forward – triple double tucked, bounce – back 2.5 to front 1/2 to 1/2, stuck, some piking – 3/1 side pass, hop – front full to randi, bounce back – 3.5 dismount, hop. Hit, lots of hops.

They have submitted an inquiry for Nedoroscik’s horse D score of 5.1.

So that does it for the first rotation. The big loser there was the US with a Nedoroscik score in the 12s to drop them nearly 4 points from their qualification total on horse. Pretty much everyone else will be OK with their prospects after the first event.

Rotation 2

James Hall is off PH on a Tong Fei to make the US feel better.

Zou’s v sit on rings gets a big roar – double double tuck dismount, near stuck, small step.

Levantesi hits a double  front on vault with a step

12.200 on horse for Hall.

14.866 on rings for Zou. As China’s leadoff.

Hashimoto definitely through a hit on horse this time – Malone is taking some time to secure handstands on rings before his dismount, small step.

Casali vaults a Kas 2/1 with leg form, step to the side, for Italy.

14.433 for Hashimoto, 13.766 for Malone.

Zapata crashes a double front on vault, does not attempt the posted Dragulescu. Jarman stays on horse for 12.566.

You Hao has a large lunge back on his rings dismount.

Doi is off horse for Japan. It looked like he whacked his leg on the horse at the very beginning and then fell not that far into his routine.

Bartolini large bound forward on Kas 1.5

Caio Souza with a lovely front straddle on PBars – tippelt, good height and handstand – double front 1/2, small hop.

Asher Hong bounce back on rings dismount.

13.033 for Doi.

14.033 for Hong on rings.

Joe Fraser just had the most ridiculous horse routine, with a couple early form breaks and then a full Nedoroscik-at-trials where it was miraculous that he stayed on – but then he came off shortly after – and then another large break when he resumed. Oh dear.

Joe Fraser goes full Tang Xijing with a 10.466.

Tanigawa K just stepped down from one pommel. Falls later in his routine. And then sort of flopped apart on his dismount after that.

Whittenburg sticks double double layout on rings.

Well Japan and GB just joined the US in the YUCK YUCK POMMELS club, definitely starting to open the door for someone to have a Canada moment.

Rotation 3

Malone – VT – Kas 1.5 – a little short, hop back. 14.400

Nory – HB – tak 1/2 – layout tkatchev to tkatchev to piked tkatchev, clean – quast – falls on layout jaeger 1/2

Yang – VT – China – hits a Kas 2/1, chest down, and then a somewhat large bounce back

Casali hits PBs for Italy – doubel front 1/2 out, hop forward

12.866 for Nory. Yang goes 14.533.

Walker – VT – USA – handspring randi – large stumble, multiple lunges back and off the mat. 13.900

Wataru started Japan on rings with 13.900.

James Hall with a couple small steps on rings dismount.

Souza – HB – Brazil – tak 1/2,to kolman, good – Cassina, some legs, caught – lauyout tkatchev – tak 1/1, normal late – to yamawaki to gienger, hit – DLO 2/1, lunge back. 13.9

Zhang Boheng hits a very good Kas 2/1 today. 14.966. Wow.

Hong – VT – USA – he landed his Ri Se Gwang, probably the best one we’ve seen him do here – large lunge back and out of the area

Ryu – HB – KOR – yamawaki, some pike -stalder rybalko very late – double double layout, hop forward

Sun Wei does land his Kas 2/1 today, large lunge to the side and off the mat for him as well. 13.833

Fraser step back on double double tuck on rings. 14.033

Clean DLO 1/1 dismount from Soares on HB with a step back.

Levantesi – PB – peach, diam,  – tippelt, solid – bhavsar, smooth swing – siam to stutz – tuck 1/2 to arm – doubel pike, chest down, hop forward.

Lee JH – HB – KOR – tak 1/2, good position, Kolman, was very close, does a fully frog-legged giant out of it – catches cassina – DLO 2/1, step back.

Plata – PB – Spain – peach 1/2 with some walking – diam – front toss – healy down, clean – tippelt, clena – stuatz, a little short of vertical – doubel front 1/2 out, nicely stuck. 14.266

Tulloch’s rings will finish the rotation – DLO 1/1 dismount, some piking, step back.

Rotation 4

Regini Moran – VT – Kas 2/1 to start their rotation, very good, medium step back. 14.600

Mir – HB – tkatchev to puiked tkatchev, good – quast – 1.5 – tak 1/2, solid – stalder – DLO 2/1, stumble back, probably 3 steps. So good until the dismount.

Doi – VT – Japan – gorgeous yurchenko 2.5, stuck landing. 14.700

You does have a larger hop forward on his doubel front 1/2 out dismount, but will be a huge improvement on his 12 from qualification as Japan has to start being nervous now.

Jarman – VT – Falls on his Kas 2.5 attempt, large lunge forward and off the mat and all kinds of hands down. 13.733

Important 14.366 from Guimaraes on floor for Brazil.

14.666 for You gains almost 2 points on qualification by himself.

Hong – PB – good bhavsar – tippelt, solid height – makuts, hit – finishes with a very deep double front 1/2, but lands it with hop forward.

Wataru vault – excellent handspring double front pike, hop forward. 14.766

Abad with a couple steps back on his HB dismount.

14.533 for Hong. Good number.

Souza – FX – Brazil – front full to double front, small slide back – open back tcuk 1.5, step forward, lovely in the air – front 2/1 to front tuck full, short, larger slide back – back 2.5 to front lay, hop – 3/1, small bounce back

Tulooch – VT – hits his Dragulescu, crossover step backward –

Zhang had a large hesitation on one rail on Pbars but pulled it back – doubel front 1/2 out, large lunge forward.

You’s score changed to 14.866.

Tulloch 14.500 on vault.

Hashimoto with a very rough Kas 2/1 on vault, short landing, lunge forward, another step off the mat.

Malone – PB – hits mount – clean makuts – balked his diam but did it the second time – good stutz and front straddle – tippelt, smoothly done – healy, small hand movement – doubel front, hop forward

Hashimoto just 13.866 on vault. JAPAN.

Nory – FX – doubel front pike, good, small shuffle – front 2/1 to front tuck to prone – whip 2.5, hop forward – back 1.5 to front full – doubel arabian, small shuffle forward.

13.966 for Malone. 

Zou’s PBars double front 1/2 out is what dreams are made of. Can the Chinese men’s team go to the Chinese women’s team and do a clinic on turning it around from qualification?

Macchini with a very nice hit for Italy on high bar, which keeps hitting routines in its quest to be a Canada but also still has to do horse.

15.766 for Zou. LOLOLOLOL.

Walker – PB – front toss – makuts, hit – peach – long swing diam – bhavsar, solid height – tippelt, good height – healy – stutz, double front, small hop forward. Some formies but a good one.

So China is way out in front now, Brazil hanging onto 2nd but still with horse to do, Japan moves back up to 3rd, and USA is in 4th. Italy in 5th.

Rotation 5

Abbadini – FX – back 2.5 to clean front lay, – double arabian, good stick – 2/1, stuck – front full, stuck –

Whiitenburg – HB – tak 1/1, pretty solid finish position – tak 1/2, quite late – quast – layout tkatchev – tstalder rybalko bault late – yamawaki, hit – stalder – double double layout, tries to hold the stick with a couple swims, hop forward

Diogo Soares is off horse in the leadoff spot. 11.900

13.733 for Abbadini. 13.133 for Whittenburg.

Sun – HB – hits his Kolman – Cassina, also caught – layout tkatchev to tkatchev, clean – DLO 2/1, stuck landing. Excellent. 14.666

Hit PBars from Wataru leading off for Japan. 14.933

Walker – HB – crazy Tak 1/2, has to stop against the bar – tak 1/2 repeated – kolman, caught – kovacs caught, big elbow bend on swing out of it – layout tkatchev – tkatchev – yamawaki – DLO 1/1, hop forward.

Everyone trying to lose bronze.

Bitencourt has a couple huge form breaks and nearly survives them but comes off in the end.

Hall 14.033 on PBars.

Colt Walker 11.700 is terror for the US.

Zhang – HB – tak 1/1, hit – tak 1/2, very nice finishing posiution – layout tkatchev – Cassina, super clean – Kolman, good – DLO 2/1, small hop. Good one.

14.766 for Kamoto on Pbars, which is not quite what they would have hoped for from him. Zhang goes 14.433 on high bar.

Malone – HB – Cassina is good – molman, hit – layout tkatchev to tkatchev to piked tkatchev, strong – tak 1/1, very late – DLO 2/1, small shuffle – hit routine.

Bitencourt went 10.600 on horse.

Regini Moran 14.233 to Malone 14.366.

Yang – HB – does a full one arm catch on Cassina but stays on the high bar – layout tkatchev is hit – tkatchev – DLO 2/1, stuck landing.

Kakeru looks like he clipped the rail on his PBars dismount, lands it to his feet but with a couple stumbles.

And Souza is off horse to complete the triple fall for Brazil.

14.300 for Kakeru on PBars.

Fraser on Pbars to anchor, sticks his dismount to keep GB in this as well going to the final rotation.

Fraser went 15.000 on Pbars to put GB back in the race for bronze. It looks like China, then Japan, and then a race between Italy, GB, and the US for bronze. “Italy” he began to whisper over and over again.

Rotation 6

Sun – FX – double double, stuck – front 2/1 to front lay, a little slidely – 2/1, holds stick with a lean – 2.5 to front full, small hop – 3/1, step back. So I guess he was mostly OK today?

Hall – HB – Cassina, hit with some form – Kolman, solid – tkatchev – tak 1/1, great finish position – tak 1/2 – DLO 2/1, small step back.

13.866 for Sun. front full to double front pike, hop forward OOB – DLO 1/1, deeper landing, hop forward – front tuck full to double front, small hop – back 2.5 to sloaty front lay, stuck with some knee form – 3/1, forward, hop.

13.700 for James Hall.

Doi – HB – hits Cassina – stalder rybalko, late – tak 1/1 – tak 1/2 OK – Kolman, solid – DLO 2/1, holds stick with a lea to the side.

13.300 for Macchini on horse. IT BEGINSSSSS.

13.933 for Hong.

Yang JX with a solid hit on floor for China to continue their quest toward gold.

13.533 for Diallo on horse.

Fraser – HB – tak 1/2, solid – kolman, hit – Cassina is strong – layoutk tkatchev – tak 1/1, very late – lunge forward on dismount. Hit.

Bartolini stays on horse as well.

Malone – FX – front full to double front pike, small slide back – 2.5 to front….tuck, botches his punch with a very deep landing if not a fall – double double, short landing, lunge forward – front 2/1 to front lay, hopo – 2/1, stuck – 3/1, small hop.

Just 12.766 for Bartolini, which will not help compared to GB’s score on HB so far. Fraser gets a 14.000

Kamoto – Hb – lay tkatchev, hit – Cassina, hit – Kolman, also solid – tkatchev – inbar – stalder – DLO 2/1, step back.

Nooooooo Abbadini’s hand slips off on his pommel horse dismount and he clatters front first to the ground.

So basically GB has the bronze is their hands now if Jarman stars on HB in any kind of manner.

Jarman – HB – tak 1/2, late – layout tkatchev – tkatchev, hit – tak – front stalder – stalder – DLO 1/1, hop forward.

Whittenburg – hits double front, hgop – DLO 2/1, chest forward, hop – front full to double front pike and sits it down – 2.5 to front lay, whips it over but stuck – double double tuck, small hop – souble arabian 1/2 out, hop forward.

Jarman’s 13.100 will clinch the bronze for GB.

Hashimoto – HB – will need a 7 to get into silver – falls on his Liukin and he’s down – but he’s back up and rechalking – Cassina is hit – Kolman, good – layout tkatchev – tak 1/1, very late – stalder – DLO 2/1 stuck landing.

China’s massive improvement
Japan’s implosion for silver
GB’s least-bad-of-the-rest for bronze

With Whittenburg’s 13.466, the US will finish behind Italy, who will take 4th.

10 thoughts on “World Championships Men’s Team Final Live Blog”

  1. The US men always do this – qualify high, then fall apart in the finals. I don’t even know where the blame is.

  2. Once again, the US men cannot manage to put together 18 routines in a team final. I have to give major props to Hong and Whittenburg for being the only 2 on the team not to crumble and deliver scores that would have delivered an easy bronze had their teammates kept up. Very frustrating to watch the US men unable to make a podium again, especially in the one of the easiest years to do so.

    1. It was less than 2points from getting Bronze, any one of these routines would have changed the ending:
      -Stephen’s PH lost 2pts
      -Brody’s PH lost 2pts
      -Colt’s HB lost 2pts

      Asher is the only one that didn’t fall in any of his routines or give away a lot. Backups (Yul, Shane, Paul) also had low hit rates, so I don’t think any decisions would have been fair or changed the outcome. They’re trying to add difficulty overall and this is a part of those growing pains.

      This was probably a one time opportunity with Russia out, but also, that’s exactly how it would have been remembered (like USA men’s gold in 1984).

    2. This feels like an unfair criticism to me. The plan, as laid out but US men’s team leadership, was to go big on the difficulty this year as long as it could be done safely, even if it couldn’t be hit consistently. And then over the next several years work on getting the consistency up while maintaining the difficulty. That’s my read of it anyway. That’s why the automatic spots this year were awarded with the inclusion of the difficulty bonus.

      And that’s exactly what they did, right? They went for more difficulty than they could hit consistently, and no one got hurt. I see this as exactly where they wanted to be this year.

  3. Go Asher! The only one hitting all of his routines for team USA. PH was a disaster for every single team, China was the only one with difficulty enough to handle the falls there and count all 13+.

    I don’t know what the takeaway here is for team USA. Stephen, Brody, Asher and Donnell might still walk away with individual medals, but wow — Brody and Colt really had a rough go today, the two looking the strongest coming to Liverpool.

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