Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Men's Qualifications Round-Up: Day 2

If you couldn't tell from the watermark, this is from Inside Gym.

Ri Se Gwang

Many (myself included) were hoping for a showdown between South Korea and North Korea, between Yang Hak Seon and Ri Se Gwang. But alas, it is not to be.

On his piked Dragulescu, Ri Se Gwang almost rammed his head into the vault, almost becoming forehead twinsies with Tatiana Nabieva.

Seriously, poor thing! I remember when I got rug burn on my nose. Ugh.

Unfortunately, this means we won't see Ri Se Gwang in the vault final.

Krisztián Berki

Because Krisztián Berki was competing during the last rotation of the last subdivision, he knew how his competitors did, and he knew the score he needed to qualify for finals. Maybe that got to him.

The problems started on Krisztián Berki's Wu, a skill that has given him trouble in the past. But Berki did a few extra loops at the end of the horse to regain his composure. Unfortunately, it was not enough, or maybe it tired him out. I'm not sure. At any rate, he came off the horse on his next element: a Magyar.

Krisztián Berki will not be in the pommel final. Excuse me while I go curl up into a ball under my desk.

Unfortunately, this was not the only major pommel horse bummer. Daniel Keatings fell on his pommel routine, and as a result, the 2013 European champion, the man who beat both Krisztián Berki and Max Whitlock this year, will not be in the pommel horse final.

I'm beginning to wonder whether the gymnastics gods exist.

Kristian Thomas

But then I see things like Kristian Thomas's piked Melinassanidis, and I believe again!

Aroooga! That vault needs its own montage. STAT!

Kristian isn't planning on upgrading his vaults. So, he's going to need to be clean as possible during finals. Actually, you know what? I keep saying that, but let's be honest. You never know with men's vault. It could become a battle between the three guys who don't splat.

Steven Legendre

At the U.S. Nationals, Steven Legendre was a mess on vault, and based on his interview on Saturday, it sounds like things didn't go much better during podium training. So, I had pretty low expectations for Legendre heading into the qualifications, but I was pleasantly surprised. Steven Legendre chucked two 6.0 vaults and managed to put both of them to his feet.
Today's gymnastics miracle!

Also of note: Steven Legendre qualified to the floor final. Watch his routine here.

Scott Morgan

Okay, Scott competed yesterday, but the video was just released on YouTube today. And, I mean, you gotta watch Scott's second pass.
When's the last time you saw a front 5/4 to prone!? For me, it had been quite some time. So, when I saw his face tilting towards the ground, I started LOLing violently because I thought that Scott was having a Jamie Dantzscher moment. But no, just a planned prone fall. Phew.

Scott will be Canada's only male competitor in the event finals.

Diego Hypólito

After three surgeries, Diego Hypólito wasn't planning on competing at this year's World Championships. But his coaches encouraged him. Thank the gym gods! 'Cause he ended up qualifying for both the floor and vault finals.

For me, the most impressive pass is the second one. Not too many guys do it. (Chandler Eggleston of the U.S. is one who comes to mind.) I like Diego's chances for a medal, but unless Diego has some major upgrades up his sleeve, it's gonna be hard to beat Shirai Kenzo with a 6.9 D-score.

Also noteworthy: Diego Hypólito qualified in fifth on vault with a Kasamatsu 1.5 and Yurchenko half-on double full off.

Arthur Zanetti

Unlike the other Olympic champion in his subdivision, Arthur Zanetti qualified to the rings final. No big surprises there.

My guess is that he's going to have his strength sequence named after him. (It's the opening sequence in his routine--back lever push to planche.)

Liu Yang

Here's a look at the man who qualified first into the rings final:
Swoon! He does one of my favorite strength parts: Maltese to inverted cross.

All right, any gamblers out there? Who do you think will win the ring competition? Coach Rick likes Aleksandr Balandin. I'm going to go with Liu Yang. Who's your pick?

Ryohei Kato

It's on! The all-around competition is on!

I mean, yes, it's going to be tough to beat Uchimura. But the competition for silver and bronze is going to be as cutthroat as a young Svetlana Boginskaya.

In case you didn't stay up all night, let me fill you in: Ryohei Kato scored an 89.474, finishing just 0.058 behind Sam Mikulak and just 0.044 ahead of Lin Chaopan. Add in a good performance from Oleg Verniaiev, who qualified for the all-around final, by the way (!!!!!). And we just got one heck of a close race!

Ryohei's highest scoring routine was parallel bars (15.400):
But like Sam Mikulak, he will not be in the p-bar final. We will, however, see him in the high bar final. Here's his routine:

David Belyavksiy

David Belyavskiy has been inconsistent this year on parallel bars. (Watch his routine from Russian Championships.) And unfortunately, today was no exception. He fell off on his uprise Diamadov, and then, he put his hands down on his front double pike. On top of that, due to an ankle injury, he was unable to compete full difficulty on floor and vault. In a post-meet interview, he said that he was disappointed with his performance.

In spite of his errors, David qualified for the all-around finals.

Michael Makings

You probably have never heard of Michael Makings, the South African gymnast. This year, he submitted a new skill to be considered for the Code of Points. Channeling his inner Vanessa Zamarripa, Makings submitted a dorsal worm-style element. However, the FIG refused to assign any value to the skill.

Why is that? Some think the skill was just too darn easy to be in the Code. Personally, I think it's because the FIG is following the letter of the law. The Men's Technical Committee said that they would not add any new roll-out skills to the Code, and since they consider this to be a roll-out skill (see video's title), the skill was not assigned any value.

Michael Makings, however, still competed it in the fourth subdivision today. The element is considered part of his "choreography."

A Rough Few Days for the Greeks

With the exception of Tsolakidis, it has been a disappointing World Championships for the Greeks. Personally, I was hoping to see both Eleftherios Petrounias and Eleftherios Kosmidis in the finals. On rings, Petrounias finished 9th--0.044 behind Koji Yamamuro of Japan. On floor, Kosmidis hopped his way out of the event final.

Someone should translate this

A Ukrainian newspaper printed a longer article about Ukrainian judges. From what I can gather using Google translate, it gets into some of the politics of judging--more on the women's side than the men's.

Standings after 4 subdivisions (with links to routines):


  1. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 91.924
  2. Sam Mikulak, USA, 89.532
  3. Ryohei Kato, Japan, 89.474
  4. Lin Chaopan, China, 89.430
  5. Zhou Shixiong, China, 88.898
  6. Sergio Sasaki, Brazil, 88.699
  7. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 88.064
  8. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain, 87.031
  9. Oliver Hegi, Switzerland, 86.998
  10. Max Whitlock, Great Britain, 86.941
  11. Jossimar Calvo Moreno, Colombia, 86.949
  12. Andrey Likhovitskiy, Belarus, 86.216
  13. Fabian González, Spain, 86.132
  14. David Belyavskiy, Russia, 86.065
  15. Minoso Park, South Korea, 85.531
  16. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 85.381
  17. Bart Deurloo, Netherlands, 85.365
  18. Arthur Oyakawa Mariano, Brazil, 85.190
  19. Casimir Schmidt, Netherlands, 84.698
  20. Nestor Abad, Spain, 84.548
  21. Arnaud Willig, France, 84.014
  22. Pablo Braegger, Switzerland, 83.898
  23. Ángel Ramos, Puerto Rico, 83.340
  24. Gustavo Simões, Portugal, 83.306

Floor Exercise:

  1. Kenzo Shirai, Japan, 16.233 (7.4 D)
  2. Diego Hypolito, Brazil, 15.600 (6.9 D)
  3. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 15.333 (6.4 D)
  4. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 15.266 (6.3 D)
  5. Daniel Purvis, Great Britain, 15.266 (6.5 D)
  6. Jake Dalton, USA, 15.166 (6.5 D)
  7. Scott Morgan, Canada, 15.100 (6.4 D)
  8. Steven Legendre, USA, 15.091 (6.8 D)

Pommel Horse:

  1. Alberto Busnari, Italy, 15.633 (7.1 D)
  2. Daniel Corral, Mexico, 15.600 (6.7 D)
  3. Zhang Hongtao, China, 15.541 (6.4 D)
  4. Robert Seligman, Croatia, 15.500 (6.4 D)
  5. Matvei Petrov, Russia, 15.500 (6.7 D)
  6. Prashanth Sellathurai, Australia, 15.416 (6.6 D)
  7. Max Whitlock, Great Britain, 15.408 (6.6 D)
  8. Kohei Kameyama, Japan, 15.400 (6.6 D)


  1. Liu Yang, China, 15.866 (6.8 D)
  2. Arthur Zanetti, Brazil, 15.733 (6.9 D)
  3. Brandon Wynn, USA, 15.700 (6.8 D)
  4. Aleksandr Balandin, Russia, 15.600 (6.6 D)
  5. Yuri van Gelder, Netherlands, 15.566 (6.6 D)
  6. Samir Ait Said, France, 15.566 (6.8 D)
  7. Danny Pinheiro-Rodrigues, France, 15.566 (6.9 D)
  8. Koji Yamamuro, Japan, 15.500 (6.6 D)


  1. Yang Hak Seon, South Korea, 15.299
  2. Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 15.041
  3. Sergio Sasaki, Brazil, 14.987
  4. Kristian Thomas, Great Britain, 14.933
  5. Diego Hypolito, Brazil, 14.924
  6. Kenzo Shirai, Japan, 14.916
  7. Marius Berbecar, Romania, 14.916
  8. Steven Legendre, USA, 14.916

Parallel Bars:

  1. Vasileios Tsolakidis, Greece, 15.866 (6.8 D)
  2. Anton Fokin, Uzbekistan, 15.800 (6.9 D)
  3. Lin Chaopan, China, 15.733 (6.7 D)
  4. You Hao, China, 15.666 (6.9 D)
  5. Zhou Shixiong, China, 15.666 (7.0 D)
  6. Marius Berbecar, Romania, 15.600 (6.7 D)
  7. Brandon Wynn, USA, 15.466 (6.6 D)
  8. John Orozco, USA, 15.433 (6.8 D)
  9. Sam Mikulak, USA, 15.400 (6.2 D)
  10. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 15.400 (6.4 D)Epke Zonderland, Netherlands, 15.400 (6.4 D)
(Due to the two-per-country rule Zhou Shixiong and Sam Mikulak will not compete in the finals.)

High Bar:

  1. Kohei Uchimura, Japan, 15.658 (6.9 D)
  2. Fabian Hambuechen, Germany, 15.633 (7.1 D)
  3. Epke Zonderland, Netherlands, 15.433 (7.1 D)
  4. Sam Mikulak, USA, 15.366 (6.9 D)
  5. Jossimar Calvo Moreno, Colombia, 15.166 (7.1 D)
  6. Andreas Bretschneider, Germany, 15.133 (6.9 D)
  7. Ryohei Kato, Japan, 15.075 (6.4 D)
  8. Lin Chaopan, China, 15.066 (6.9 D)


  1. I talked to Derick, one of the South African coaches. He wasn't disappointed with the FIG ruling. They didn't want value — but rather wanted it NOT to be deducted as a "skill of no value". Michael Makings was ALLOWED to compete it. ... You and I can call it the "Makings", even if FIG won't.

  2. I don't think I've ever stared at anything so hard as the empty boxes on Longines livescoring waiting for Kristian Thomas's VT scored to come up ... when they did and I saw he'd very likely qualify for finals I grinned so hard the other people in the [completely silent] University Library Reading Room probably thought I was sexting under the table. As the self-elected president of the KT fan club, I am CHUFFED (or at least, no longer crying about Dan Keatings)

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