Posted on October 27, 2018

A further 127 male athletes from 34 countries took part in the final Men’s Qualifications today at the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, with Subdivisions 6-10 at the Aspire Dome deciding who will go through the Men’s Finals. The competition will determine the winners of eight sets of medals for men (Team, All-around, Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar).

Six-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura was in action and one of Japan’s three pommel-horse casualties, but his squad handily earned the top team score of the sixth subdivision of men’s qualifications. “We were tired, and we felt kind of bad,” said Kazuma Kaya of his team’s woes on pommel horse “So, we tried to stop it, but we just put too much energy into it, and that’s why we fell.” Sam Mikulak of the USA rallied his squad after, like Japan, three of his team-mates missed routines on pommel horse in the fifth rotation.In the process of helping move USA to third place in team standings at that point in qualifications, Mikulak assumed second place in the all-around standings.

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Turkey led the team standings, and simultaneously moved into a provisional ninth place, in the seventh subdivision of men’s qualifications. Placed 25th at the 2014 Worlds and thereby did not advance as a team to the 2015 Worlds, led the subdivision with 240.196 points. “It was not the best performance, but we are happy. We are writing history. We were 25th at the 2014 World Championships, and today we are in the top 10 and might finish among the top 15. It is good for us and for gymnastics in Turkey,” said Ferhat Arican of his squad’s effort.

Scheduled for shoulder surgery in two weeks, defending rings champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece put his lack of preparation aside to highlight the eighth subdivision. Petrounias’s rings score of 15.266 points was, by a substantial margin of 0.400 points, the highest score on that apparatus thus far in qualifications. “It was a good performance if you think that I haven’t done anything since Europeans,” said Petrounias, referring to his gold medal-winning performances at the European Championships in August, when he last performed a full rings routine. “I used all my experience, and everything was good.”

Germany tolerated errors on pommel horse and high bar to tally the highest team score (241.935 points) of the subdivision, placing them seventh at that point. Great Britain’s performance was not its greatest, but good enough to top the team standings in the ninth subdivision. “We are quite pleased overall, but I still think there is a lot of improvements to be made,” said British team veteran Max Whitlock, who ranked first on pommel horse after nine of 10 subdivisions. “It’s just about cleaning up and really trying to work on the small details.” Great Britain’s team total score of 249.836 points moved them into fourth place with one subdivision remaining.

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In the tenth and final subdivision, China dominated to top the Subdivision and the overall Team standards after all qualifications. Ruoteng Xiao also topped the All-Around results thanks to his efforts for the team, knocking Nikita Nagorny off the top stop he held for nearly all of the qualification.

Results from today’s final day of Men’s Qualification means the Men’s Team Final for the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships is as follows:

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