Wednesday, May 22, 2013

UTRS: 2013 Pommel Horse Scores

(This post is dedicated to one Mr. Tim Daggett, the man who won the bronze medal on pommel horse at the 1984 Olympics. Happy birthday, buddy!)

Last year, The All Around created some handy dandy rankings, leading up to the Olympics. This year, not so much. So, I've decided to create the UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System), which, for those who care, is pronounced "uterus." Think of my ranking system as a surrogate until The All Around steps in and takes over.

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) Judging varies from meet to meet, and as you can see, I've culled these scores from several meets. I've included the competition names so that you can decide how much crack the judges smoked before handing out the scores.

More than anything, you should think of these tables like this: New quad, new Code of Points. What the H is a good score nowadays? Well, let me show you…

(Updated: May 26, 2013)

Men's Pommel Rankings: Best D Scores

Name Country D-Score Meet
1. Prashanth Sellathurai Australia 6.9 Doha
2. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 6.7 American Cup
2. Oleg Stepko Ukraine 6.7 European Championships
2. Max Whitlock Great Britain 6.7 European Championships
2. Matvei Petrov Russia 6.7 European Championships
2. Kristzian Berki Hungary 6.7 European Championships
2. Daniel Keatings Great Britain 6.7 European Championships
2. Alexander Naddour USA 6.7 Ljubljana
2. Alberto Busnari Italy 6.7 European Championships
10. Zoltan Kallai Hungary 6.6 Ljubljana
10. Luke Stannard (USA) 6.6 Winter Cup
10. Jossimar Calvo Moreno Colombia 6.6 Ljubljana
10. Flavius Koczi Romania 6.6 European Championships
10. Donna Donny Truyens Belgium 6.6 European Championships

Men's Pommel Rankings: Best E Scores

Name Country E-Score Meet
1. Max Whitlock Great Britain 9.367 English Championships
2. Krisztian Berki Hungary 9.266 French International
3. Ty Echard (USA) 9.150 Winter Cup
4. Daniel Keatings Great Britain 9.100 British Championships
4. Michael Newburger (USA) 9.100 Winter Cup
6. Artsiom Bykau Belarus 9.000 Ljubljana
6. Timothy Wang (USA) 9.000 Winter Cup
8. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 8.975 Zakharova Cup
8. Saso Bertoncelj Slovenia 8.975 Ljubljana
10. Robert Seligman Croatia 8.966 French International
10. Harutyum Merdinyan Armenia 8.966 European Championships
10. Donna Donny Truyens Belgium 8.966 European Championships

Donna Donny = my FAVORITE name!

Men's Pommel Rankings: Best Scores

Name Country Final Score Meet
1. Max Whitlock Great Britain 15.967 English Championships
2. Krisztian Berki Hungary 15.966 French International
3. Daniel Keatings Great Britain 15.800 British Championships
3. Zhang Hongtao* China 15.800 Chinese Nationals
5. Matvei Petrov Russia 15.675 Russian Championships
6. Oleg Verniaiev Ukraine 15.575 Zakharova Cup
7. Ty Echard (USA) 15.550 Winter Cup
8. Michael Newburger (USA) 15.500 Winter Cup
9. Saso Bertoncelj Slovenia 15.475 Ljubljana
10. Filip Ude Croatia 15.450 European Championships
11. Alberto Busnari Italy 15.433 European Championships
12. David Belyavskiy Russia 15.400 Russian Nationals
13. Robert Seligman Croatia 15.366 French International
13. Harutyum Merdinyan Armenia 15.366 European Championships
13. Donna Donny Truyens Belgium 15.366 European Championships

*I have not found an execution and difficulty score for this routine. Consequently, Zhang Hongtao does not appear in the E and D score tables.


What are the parentheses for?

The Winter Cup is the first of two national competitions for the U.S. men, and at the end of the competition, a handful of competitors makes the U.S. National Team. Unfortunately, the lion's share does not. The parentheses mark the gymnasts who are not part of the U.S. National Team, even though their scores suggest that they are world class on a particular event–in this case, pommel horse.

Unfortunately, the U.S.'s best pommel workers are not very talented on the other events, and looking ahead to the future, there isn't much room for a one-event specialist on a 5-member Olympic team. (Unless you're Louis Smith.)

What does a 6.9 difficulty routine look like?

Having a big D doesn't matter unless you know how to use it. *Rim shot*

Anyone with a D score over 6.5 on horse deserves a lot of credit, but you don't have to be a pommel horse pundit to see that this routine is sloppy. Prashanth Sellathurai averaged a 7.6 in execution at the Doha Cup. Ick.

Can you show me the routine with the highest execution score and the highest final score?

Sure, here's Max's routine from the English Championships.

In comparison to a 15.966 routine, how much better is a 15.967 routine?

Watch Krisztian Berki's routine below (15.966) and compare it with Max Whitlock's routine above (15.967), and let me know what you think.

Scores are pretty arbitrary, aren't they? Like I said, take these scores with a grain of salt.

It's going to be an exciting year of horse pommeling! Horse was probably the most exciting event final at the European Championships for the men, and if you add Zhang Hongtao to the trifecta of Keatings, Berki, and Whitlock, you just made things very, very exciting. (I'm sure you won't be able to fall asleep just thinking about it.)

Related Links:

2013 Men's UTRS: Updated July 1
2013 Men's and Women's All-Around Scores
2013 Men's Floor Scores
2013 Women's Vault Scores
2013 Women's Uneven Bar Scores
2013 Men's Rings Scores
2013 Men's Vault Scores
2013 Women's Beam Scores 
2013 Men's P-Bar Scores 
2013 Women's Floor Scores 
2013 Men's High Bar Scores 


  1. Sellathurai's routine wasn't too messy, mainly just a few brushes of the horse and a bit rough on the spindles. Once he gets a bit more comfortable with that routine he will be hard to stop. When he does his best he is much cleaner than Berki.

  2. Amazing that anyone could be cleaner than Berki. I love it that the field is so close at the top.


    there is a new king in the pommels kingdom