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Saturday, 31 October 2015 11:35

Men's Floor Exercise

With an 8-tenth advantage in D-score, Japan's Kenzo Shirai easily won his second world title on floor, defeating Great Britain's Max Whitlock, 16.233-15.566. Shirai's massive 7.6 difficulty is a result of passes like his 3.5 twist to double-twisting front mount and his quadruple twist dismount. In between he also tumbled a triple-twisting double. Dizzy yet? He also links a front-full to triple-twisting front.

Whitlock used his twisting ability too, opening with a front-full to randy, followed by a 3.5 twist to barani.

Winning the bronze was Rayderley Zapata of Spain, who scored 15.20 with a 6.7 D-score. Though his leg form suffered in many of his twisting skills, his amplitude was exemplary.

As is the case with modern-day floor routines, the scores are largely determined by landings. China's Deng Shudi had the routine to medal but earned only 15.166 with the same D-score as Zapata.

Britain's Daniel Purvis did well to place fifth with the lowest D-score (6.5), while sixth through eighth all had 6.8.

Pommel Horse

With defending champion Krisztian Berki failing to qualify, pommels came down to a duel between two Brits, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock. And the difference ended up being Whitlock's advantage in D-score, 7.3 to Smith's 7.2. Both earned 8.833 in execution, so Whitlock, last up of the eight finalists, swung the cleanest routine of the group. Smith, silver medalist on pommels at the 2012 Olympics and 2010 worlds, won another in Glasgow.

Harutyun Merdinyan of Armenia, first up in the final, hit an extremely clean routine that scored 15.50 (6.7). After Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine) and Alex Naddour (USA) both broke form at some point in their routines, Japan's Kazuma Kaya hit an aggressive set to match Merdinyan's score, leaving them in a tie for bronze.

Vid Hidvegi of Hungary had a slight hesitation on his handstand dismount (fifth) and Robert Seligman (Croatia) was looking good until he committed the only fall of the final.


Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias (15.80) earned his first world title on rings, although some might claim that You Hao (15.733) of China was underscored. History has shown, however, that event finals can be confounding at times.

You had a 0.2 edge in D-score, and his routine included the most variety of the final (O'Neill, Li Ning, press to planche from a hang). Added to his 7.0 D-score was 8.733 for execution, while Petrounias received a 9.0 to go with his 6.8 D-score. Neither gymnast stuck his dismount.

Petrounias mounted with a back roll to planche and used the new trend of open-handed strength holds.

The bronze went to defending champion Liu Yang of China, who took a 0.3 step on his layout full-out dismount. His face told it all after the landing; he knew he wouldn't win.

Fourth went to France's Samir Ait Said, who might have fared better had he not performed second in the lineup. His open-handed Malteses were convincing, and all of his holds were steady (15.633).

American Brandon Wynn stuck his full-twisting double layout cold and performed two level inverted crosses that placed him sixth (15.60/6.8). Yuri van Gelder (Netherlands) went first and paid the price with a 15.50/6.8 and sixth, while Armenian Davtyan Vahagn and American Donnell Whittenburg finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Women's Vault

Performing the same two vaults, Russia's Maria Paseka and North Korea's Hong Un Jong won gold and silver, respectively. Paseka opened with a Cheng Fei (15.633) and followed with an Amanar (15.70) for a 15.666 average. Her form was loose on the Cheng and neither vault was landed securely.

Hong, the defending champion, might have deserved better, since both of her vaults were clean and landed with one small step: Amanar (15.666, 15.60). Her average was 15.633.

Bronze medalist Simone Biles (USA) scored a 15.90 for her high Amanar (small hop forward), but her layout Podkopayeva (15.183), worth only 5.6, wasn't enough to challenge the top two vaulters. Her two-vault average was 15.541. Look for Biles to upgrade her second vault in the coming year, and perhaps her Amanar will become a triple-twisting Yurchenko. She definitely has the height to do it.

Great Britain's Elissa Downie vaulted a Yurchenko-double twist and a clean layout Podkopayeva for fourth (14.899 average), while India's Dipa Karmaker was fifth with a Produnova (deep squat on the landing) and Tsukahara-double twist (14.683 average).

China's Wang Yan opened with a Tsukahara-double twist but put her hands down on her handspring-rudy for sixth.

Alexa Moreno of Mexico vaulted first, showing a handspring-rudy and Tsukahara-double twist, but both vaults landed low and required a step out of bounds. She finished tied for seventh (14.566).

Also in seventh was Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland), who opened with a high, clean handspring-rudy (15.50), but she landed stiff-legged on a Yurchenko-1.5 twist and dropped to the mat. It appeared that she had injured her right knee, and she was taken out of the arena in a wheelchair.

Uneven Bars

How often does half the finals field tie for first place? That's what happened on bars, where 15.366s were doled out like Halloween candy to Fan Yilin (China), Viktoria Komova (Russia), Madison Kocian (USA) and Daria Spiridonova (Russia). Fan had the most difficult of the foursome (6.9), followed by 6.7 for Spiridonova and 6.6s for the other two.

All four gold medalists relied on inside-Stalder elements to build their difficulty, although Komova did them the best (her legs go deep into the piked Stalder, while many gymnasts just poke their heels past the bar).

Gabby Douglas (USA) finished fifth with a clean routine (15.133/6.4), and China's Shang Chunsong, first up, was sixth with a somewhat wild set (14.90/6.7). Ruby Harrold's (Great Britain) originality did little to help her D-score (6.3), placing her seventh, just ahead of Germany's Sophie Scheder, 14.766-14.600.