As usual, Inside Gym has photo galleries full of guys straddling and grabbing their legs.
What's that? You had to go to be a respectable adult and go to work today? Yeah, me too. Well, here's what we missed, starting with the bad.
Mother Russia falters
The hopes were high for Team Russia. In Valentina Rodionenko's opinion, Emin Garibov, the 2013 European champion on high bar, was the favorite for gold on the event, and Nikolai Kuksenkov, the 2013 Universiades all-around champion, was supposed to challenge him. Well, that's not going to happen…
Unfortunately, they're not the only ones who will not compete in the finals. Denis Ablyazin, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist on vault and the 2012 bronze medalist on floor, will not appear in any event finals. According to Blythe's quick hits, the floor just was not big enough for him, as he kept tumbling out of bounds, and he face-planted his first vault: a Kasamatsu double. (His Tsuk double pike was amazing, however. Watch it here.)
The irony here is that Aleksandr Balandin was supposed to be the alternate for the competition. However, of the Russian gymnasts who have competed so far, he's perhaps the most likely to medal at this World Championships. After 3 subdivisions, his 15.600 routine on rings sits in second place.
Also of note: Matvei Petrov is in 4th on pommel horse after 3 subdivisions (6.7D/15.500).