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World Championships Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog


Today’s slate will deliver the first five event finals, starting with men’s floor. Men’s floor brings the only withdrawal we know about so far, with Zhang Boheng scratching after his all-around silver last night. He’s replaced by Benjamin Osberger of France, who had the #2 E score in qualification but a lower D score.

After his spate of 15s in this competition and 5-tenth qualifying margin, Carlos Yulo will enter as the favorite for another world floor title in this first final.

I love when people pronounce FIG like the word because then I imagine a sport called “Fig gymnastics” and that is amusing to me.

Men’s Floor

Karimi – punch randi side pass, stuck – front full to double front pike, sits it down – back 2.5 to double front, sits it down as well – double double tuck, hop back – good wide arm handstand – back 1.5 to front 2/1, small hop to the side, a little under – 3/1, small step forward. Well, with Karimi we always knew it was either going to be perfect or a catastrophe, and it was the latter.

With only one final going at a time all day, get ready for some painfully long feeling judging breaks.

12.100 for Karimi.

Doi – doubler double tuck, good height, hop back – back 1.5 to front 2/1, side winder 1.5 but solid – back 2.5 to randi, excellent stick – 3.5, small hop – front full to front 2/1, stagger on landing, looked OOB – 3/1, small hop back.

14.266 to take the lead.

Bartolini – punch randi, little steppy – doubel front pike 1/2 out, great stick – double double tuck, bounce back – back 1.5 to front 2/1, small hop – punch rudi, stuck – good handstand position – back 2.5 to front lay, little shuffle forward – 3/1, holds the stick. Well done.

Most importantly, there is now a chain link fence around the neck-unlucky, which really brings the whole milieu home.

14.233 and second place. Boo. We think he got hit for a short hold on his press handstand.

Osberger – punch randi, stuck – double double tuck, stuck – back 1.5 to front lay to front full, little hop – russians, solid – 2/1 side pass, lovely, stuck – front 2/1 to front tuck full, stuck – 3/1, little hop. Well, the execution score should be excellent. We’ll see how the D compares.

14.233 and second place, tied with Bartolini but ahead on E, which was huge, but just a 5.6 D score.

Break for the second half of warmup now. 14.266 is the leading score, which is still very beatable for everyone left to come.

Yulo – 2.5 to double front pike, falls – DLO 2/1, small hop forward – front full to randi, shortish, hop forward – 3/1 side pass, stuck – back 1.5 to front 2/1, slide back – 3.5 final pass, large bound forward.

But for why?

13.300 for Yulo. Personally. I wanted him to medal with a fall.

Regini-Moran – triple double, lunge back, steps with both feet – solid doubel double, small rebound – 2.5 to front lay to front 1.5, little hop – 2/1, holds landing with a lean – doubel front pike, shuddle back – randi, small hop – 3/1, stuck landing. Good one.

14.533 puts Regini-Moran into first place.

Ryu – double front pike 1/2, large bounce back – front full to randi, small hop – back 1.5 to front 2/1, good stick – russians – 3/1, stuck landing – back 2.5 to front lay, little hop – 3.5, little hop. A good one!

14.200 with an 8.3 E score. Similar to GRM on E but down 3 tenths on execution.

Hashimoto – triple double low chest but under control – short double double with bound forward – front full to randi, small bounce back – 2/1, stuck – 2.5 to front lay, lovely stick – 3/1, holds the landing. Very good.

14.500 into second place and only just.

Regini-Moran 14.533
Hashimoto 14.500
Doi 14.266

Bartolini should have medaled here and I will die on this hill thank you very much.

Women’s Vault

And we’re seeing alternate Lihie Raz introduced instead of Jessica Gadirova here.

Raz – VT 1 – DTY full crash, very short, barely lands feet first, lands on hands and knees. 12.133

Raz – VT 2 – Tsuk layout full is hit, small hop to the side, some piking throughout. 13.066. 12.599 avg.

Devillard – VT 1 – rudi with very good height, lunge back, controls the lunge to avoid another step, tenth for direction but stays in the area. 14.500

Devillard – VT 2 – DTY with a chest down landing, medium step forward, one foot lands in the red. 13.833. 14.166 avg, down a bit on her qualification average.

Yeo – VT 1 – rudi big crash – she landed feet first but they were not too much earlier than her full face. 12.666

Yeo – VT 2 – DTY second vault – lands a good one – under control with just a small hop back, good direction and distance. 14.033. 13.349 avg and 2nd place.

Black – VT 1 – handspring front layout full – her usual, good control on landing with just a little hop – soft knees – good direction – some pike to initiate. 14.200

Black VT 2 – Tsuk lay 1.5 another solid one – medium hop forward – knees. Her total D is down 6 tenths on Devillard, though her total E should be higher given Devillard’s issue on the DTY. Will be close.

14.033 second vault. 14.116 avg, which is just .050 behind Devillard.

Chiles – VT 1 – good DTY, not large on the slide back – solid direction – little bit of leg crossing. 14.500 a big number for her DTY, her best of the meet. Matches Devillard’s rudi score.

Chiles – VT 2 – Lopez is excellent, good layout position, only a small movement in place. Should comfortably move into first. 14.200. 14.350 avg and first place.

Carey – VT 1 – Cheng is hit solidly – a bit of direction, slide to the side back centrally and back – legs on table – some knees and feet, especially toward the end. 14.733 and a 9.133 execution.

Carey – VT 2 – DTY is solid – medium slide back, good distance and direction. 14.300. 14.516 avg into first place.

Vaelen – VT 1 – handspring rudi is hit, crossover step, some chest position and legs in the air. We should see a lower score than Devillard’s rudi due to dynamics. 14.266

Vaelen – VT 2 – Tsuk layout full, good, medium pace back, won’t have the D to challenge the top of the standings. 13.200. 13.733 avg.

Miyata – VT 1 – another nearly great landing on her DTY, but did take a larger step back into salute as she tried to control – good direction, knees in the air. 14.066

Miyata – VT 2 – Tsuk layout 1.5 – really good one, only a small step with one foot and some knee form. But she would have to get a huge E score to challenge Devillard. 13.933. 13.999 avg into 5th place.

Carey – 14.516
Chiles – 14.350
Devillard – 14.160

Devillard is like, we can’t take pictures yet I have to cry forever. Almost like Devillard should have been on more worlds teams or something.

Pommel Horse

So, we’re still introducing him as Ned Erotic.

De Munck hits scissor to handstand -good russians between the pommels – legs together through russian travel, small loss of form on tong fei, magyar and sivado are clean and then he collapsed going up for his dismount. It was going perfectly until then. Gets up to redo his dismount and does so successfully.


Doi good scissor up to handstand – full spin on one pommel, nice – and his hand slips on his Russian travel. TWO FOR TWO. Redoes his russian travel with a leg break – magyar is good, loses some height and knees position in sivado. Gets through his dismount.


McClenaghan – scissor up to handstand – russian on one pommel, good – and between the pommels, excellent – magyar and sivado clean – russian travel is good, as is russian on the end of the horse  – good his dismount, hit routine. Nearly leaned so far forward on dismount that he stepped, but an excellent one.


Nedoroscik good russian on one pommel – hits kehr – one loss of form on a circle, keeps going into russian travel, magyar and sivado, clean – gets through his routine well, with a hit, but not as clean as McClenaghan.

14.400. I think he just said he thought it would go 14.700. 6.2 D and 8.2 E.

Kurbanov magayr and sivado are clean – huge form break on one pommel, total frog legs – has to work to get himself up to handstand for the dismount but does.

14.533 goes ahead of Ned Erotic. 6.3 D and a 8.233 E.

Abu Al Soud great quick work (meaning I lost track of the skills and am not tuyping them) retains excellent form throughout, nice hit and does have the D working in his favor.

14.866 into 2nd place.

Ude has a large straddle on his russian between the pommels but keeps it going, though probably doesn’t have the D score to afford something like that – and can’t get up to dismount. Resumes and still can’t get his dismount and is like BYE FOREVVVS. 12.500

Merdinyan finishes the final with a hit—6 hits after the first 2 falls got me hoping for an OOPS ALL FALLS horse final—14.733 gives him the bronze medal, which also curbs any question about whether Kurbanov or Nedoroscik should have been ahead since they both had errors.

McClenaghan 15.300
Abu Al Soud 14.866
Merdinyan 14.733

Uneven Bars

Andrade – maloney to stalder 1/2, error, meant to do a stalder full and comes off. She was like, “I already gave you want you wanted in the AA” – resumes with smaloney to stalder full to tkatchev piked to pak to van leeuwen, solid connection, little dead hand at the end – piked jaeger, nice – FTDT, step back.


Jones – stalder full to stalder shap to tkatchev, hit – toe full, solid finish to stalder piked tkatchev to pak to van leeuwen, nicely done – toe 1/2 – double front, nearly found the stick, hop forward. 

14.766 is a strong score for her.

Visser – arches over on very first cast handstand and falls – stalder ktkatechv 1/2 to yezhova, lets but hit – maloney to pak to van leeuwen, solid – toe full – FTDT, small hop to the side.


Veerman – jaeger, hit – stader tkatchev piked to pak – no connection to maloney to bhardwaj, hit, just a little floppy – good toe full to van leeuwen, some feet – FTDT, hop forward. Should easily move into 2nd.

14.166 for 2nd.

Seitz – stalder shap to stalder tkatchev, hit – jaeger, nice – toe tkatcehv piked to pak, very clean – van leeuwen, hit, some legs – toe full, just a bit late – to FTDT, stuck landing. Very good.

14.366 is into 2nd place.

Derwael – Stalder Tkatchev to 1/2 to yezhova to shap to pak to maloney to bhardwaj, clean combination – van leeuwen, legs together – toe full, feet into FTDT, hop back.

14.700 goes in just behind Jones. Abotu the same E score but one tenth lower on D than Jones.

Wei – inbar full to inbar shap to pak, clean – van leeuwen, legs together – toe 1/2 to healy to line, just a bit late into piked jaeger, hit – cast 1/2 is somethat late – DLO 1/1, stuck landing. just a bit of pike.

Inquiry for Nina rejected. Presumably over the tkatchev 1/2. The judges are like, no we said no to that specifically.

14.966 for Wei into first place.

Luo – goof healy to ling to layout jaeger and hits the pak with her feet! Continues into pak – to maloney to gienger, nice – healy 1/2 – FTDT. Alas. Without that hit she was my easy gold medalist.


Wei 14.966
Jones 14.766
Derwael 14.700


And we finish with rings.

Avetisyan – his shoulders are fully blue with tape – hits initioal planche position – lower to maltese, cross, good – secure handstand position – yamawaki to maltese solid – cross – another well exevuted planche – some arch and swing in final handstna d- DLO 1/1, stuck landing. Excellent execution.

14.600 with an 8.6 E

Davtyan – pulls up to planche, good – cross – solid up to maltese – some arch and swing in hs – yamawaki to maltese, good – planche, some body angle – DLO 1/1, holds stick with an arm wave.

14.533, just behind Avetisyan on execution.

You – pulls up to inverted cross, excellent – lower than up to planche – maltese, nice and flat – some swing in handstand – layout saltos, roll to cross – up to maltese – yamawaki to cross – holds handstand – DLO 2/1, LARGE lunge back, big step after the lunge too. Should be critical.

14.600 and into 2nd on tiebreak behind Avetisyan. His D score held him up a lot.

Asil – pull up to planche, hit – maltese – invert cross – yamawaki to maltese – roll to cross – planche, comfortable glat positions – holds handstand -, gaining some swing before dismount but sticks double double tuck.

14.933 and easily into first place.

Zou – opens with inverted cross, lower to v sit – planche, nice and streaight – yamawaki jonasson to maltese, clean position again – cross,s ome twist – up to maltese – some leg movement in handstand – double double tuck, lunge forward.

14.866, just behind Asil. The dismount.

Tulloch – raises up to planche – solid maltese position -s – yamawaki to handstand, holds it – some swing in planche, lower to cross – quick – more swing in his next cross – holds handstand – DLO 1/1, stuck landing, some pike. ‘

14.733 into 3rd place.

Kamoto – maltese – planche, solid – inverted cross, works to control – layouts to maltese is very nice – yamawaki to handstand – DLO 2/1, lunge back.


Whittenburg – well I thought I was typing that whole routine but I guess it didn’t save (oops…..rings….), but a solid hit – step back on double double layout dismount.


Asil 14.933
Zou 14.866
Tulloch 14.733



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