Corral Hopes to Make History in Antwerp
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2012 Olympic parallel bars finalist Daniel Corral is hoping for a shot at history at the 2013 Worlds in Antwerp by being the first Mexican male gymnast to make a world final.

2012 Olympian Daniel Corral is hoping for a shot at history at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp by being the first Mexican male gymnast to make a world final.

Corral, who competed in the third subdivision of Monday's qualification, currently sits in second place. He scored 15.600 to place just behind Italian veteran Alberto Busnari (15.600).

"The objective of today's competition was to do a clean routine with good technique and I think that is what we did," Corral said of himself and his coach, Oscar Aguirre. "Now we're just waiting for the results."

There is one final session of men's qualification on Tuesday morning, however. Corral will be one of many gymnasts watching the results closely to see if their scores from Monday hold up for spots in the finals. Many pommel horse specialists are slated for the last session, including world and Olympic champion Krisztian Berki (Hungary), two-time European champion Daniel Keatings (Great Britain), 2009 world champion Zhang Hongtao (China) and three-time world medalist Prashanth Sellathurai (Australia).

The Baja Californian, 23, already made history by being the first Mexican gymnast to make a final at the Olympic Games, placinbg fifth on parallel bars last summer in London.

Corral, who is competing in his sixth consecutive world championships, has had his best results on parallel bars. In 2012, he won parallel bars at the pre-Olympic qualification event in London and at the Osijek World Cup. But he has also has outstanding results on pommel horse, winning both parallel bars and pommels at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

On Monday, Corral scored a respectable 15.008 on parallel bars, but it was only good enough for 19th so far in such a tight competition. He also competed on still rings in Antwerp, scoring 14.333.

"Parallel bars and rings are work in progress, so we are aiming for the next world championships [for those]," he said.

Corral competed a 6.7-Difficulty routine on Monday, but didn't reveal whether he will do any upgrades if he does indeed make Saturday's apparatus final.

"That's between my coach and I," he said. "We will decide over the next few days, but like I said we still need to wait for tomorrow for the results since the competition is still going."

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