2017 Worlds Championships News
Written by John Crumlish    Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:44    PDF Print
Casella: 'Unlucky' Ferrari Undergoes Surgery Thursday
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As Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari prepares for surgery today, coach Enrico Casella told IG that Ferrari and he had faith she could have won a medal before a torn Achilles' tendon finished Ferrari's routine in the floor exercise final at the world championships on Sunday in Montreal.

As Italian veteran Vanessa Ferrari prepares for surgery today, coach Enrico Casella told IG that Ferrari and he had faith she could have won a medal before a torn Achilles' tendon finished Ferrari's routine in the floor exercise final at the world championships on Sunday in Montreal.

Ferrari, who turns 27 next month, is scheduled to undergo surgery on her left Achilles' tendon at Poliambulanza Hospital in Brescia. The Achilles repair will be done by Dr. Guido Zattoni, who performed other surgeries during her career, including the double Achilles repair she had in September 2016, following the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2006 world champion appeared fully recovered in Montreal, where she competed balance beam and floor exercise. During beam qualification, she landed her ff, ff tucked full series and stuck her double pike dismount, but finished 25th because of missed connections and wobbles. She qualified seventh to the floor final, tumbling a tucked double-double; double layout; tucked full-in; and layout front full.

Ferrari, the final gymnast in Sunday's floor exercise final, had planned a slightly harder routine in the final than she had performed in qualification, where she scored 13.600. After a clean opening pass in the final, she was injured on the takeoff of her second pass, which she changed from double layout to whip, full-in.

Casella said he and Ferrari had faith she could have won a medal in Montreal. (Japan's Mai Murakami won gold with 14.233 followed by American Jade Carey with 14.200, and Great Britain's Claudia Fragapane, who won bronze with 13.933.)

"She was really disappointed because she felt very good before her tendon broke," Casella said. "In the warm-up hall five minutes before, she made the whole routine and she felt very confident. She wanted to fight for a medal, and I believe she could have."

Casella likened the circumstances in Montreal to Ferrari's experience at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo.

"Like in Tokyo when she had an injury 10 minutes before the floor final, she was unlucky," Casella told IG. "In both cases, she felt very good and had a serious opportunity for a medal."

Ferrari recovered from her injury in Tokyo and tied for third on floor exercise in the final of the 2012 Olympic Games, but was bumped down to fourth because of a tie-break. She tied for the gold medal on floor exercise at the 2014 Europeans and won silver on floor exercise at the 2013 World Championships. At last summer's Olympic Games in Rio, she again qualified third to the floor exercise final but finished fourth.

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 08 October 2017 18:35    PDF Print
Japan Wins Twice as 2017 Worlds End in Montreal
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Nine nations won medals Sunday as the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships concluded at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, where 2020 Olympic hosts Japan grabbed two golds. Pictured: Kenzo Shirai (Japan) was the most successful gymnast in Montreal with three medals.

Nine nations won medals Sunday as the 2017 World Gymnastics Championships concluded at Montreal's Olympic Stadium, where 2020 Olympic hosts Japan grabbed two golds.

Unlike the first day of events finals on Saturday — when all five events were won by defending champions from the 2015 Worlds — five new champions were crowned.

Japanese star Kenzo Shirai won his first world title on vault, his third medal of the competition, the most of any gymnast this week. Shirai won the all-around bronze medal on Thursday and won his third world title on floor exercise on Saturday.


Mai Murakami ended a 63-year gold medal drought for the Japanese women by winning the floor exercise title.

Shirai just barely edged out Olympic medalist Igor Radivilov of Ukraine, averaging 14.900 to Radivilov's 14.899 (which was actually 14.8995, but truncated to three digits by FIG scoring). Both gymnasts, who performed four different vaults between them, were worthy of the gold as they played to their strengths. Shirai, nicknamed the "Twist Prince," earned the top Execution score of the finals (9.600) for his "easy" first vault of triple-twisting Yurchenko (he also pioneered the Yurchenko 3 1/2) and Lopez (double-twisting Kasamatsu or Tsukahara 2 1/2). Radivilov — whose handspring triple front has been dismissed by the FIG Men's Technical Committee as pure insanity — drilled his Dragulescu into the mat and stood up his Tsukahara double pike (large step back).

Korea's Kim Hansol, in his fifth world championships final, won his first world medal with the bronze, performing the same vaults as Shirai. His teammate, 2012 Olympic champion Yang Hakseon, withdrew after reaggravating a hamstring injury during warmups for the vault final, and was replaced by Russia's Arthur Dalaloyan. Yang, who was sidelined by injuries in 2015 and 2016, averaged 15.283 in qualification and was the favorite to regain the world title he won in 2011 and 2013.

On balance beam, Pauline Schäfer made German history as became the first female gymnast to win a world title for unified Germany. The bronze medalist in 2015, Schäfer hit her unique skill (side somi with a half twist), and her 8.033 in Execution was onlt the second one above 8.0 in Montreal (the first was her 8.133 in qualification). The last German female world champion was East Germany's Dörte Thümmler, who tied Romania's Daniela Silivaş for the uneven bars gold 30 years ago in Rotterdam. New all-around champion Morgan Hurd (United States) won the silver with the most difficulty (standing full and full-in dismount). Schäfer's teammate Tabea Alt matched Schäfer's result from 2015 in another milestone for the German women, who last had two women on the same world podium was 32 years ago in Montreal, when Gabriele Fähnrich and Dagmar Kersten finished 1-2 on uneven bars.

China's Zou Jingyuan, 19, won parallel bars with a dazzling display of technical and aesthetic perfection. Zou's score of 15.900 (6.8D) was the highest score of the competition in Montreal. Reigning Olympic champion Oleg Vernyayev delivered his finest routine of these worlds, but even he couldn't defeat Zou, and the Ukrainian ending up second with 15.833 (6.7D). Russia's David Belyavsky, the silver medalist on pommel horse, added another medal with the bronze (15.266/6.4).

After a fall in the all-around final cost her the overall gold medal, Japanese Olympian Mai Murakami rebounded Sunday to win the gold medal on women's floor exercise with 14.233 . Murakami ended a 63-year gold drought for the Japanese women, whose only other world championship title was won by Keiko Tanaka Ikeda on balance beam in 1954.

First-year senior Jade Carey (United States), who was second on vault Saturday, finished close behind Murakami (14.200) to take her second silver. British Olympian Claudia Fragapane won the bronze (13.933), her first individual world medal. Fragapane was a member of the British women's team which won bronze at the 2015 Worlds.

Three-time Italian Olympian Vanessa Ferrari, the final performer of the women's competition, ruptured her Achilles' tendon on her second pass. Ferrari underwent double Achilles' tendon repair after last summer's Olympic Games, but had made a complete comeback, competing two events in Montreal. Ferrari was one of several medal contenders who were forced out of the competition by injury, a shocking list that included three all-around favorites in Kohei Uchimura of Japan and Ragan Smith of the United States (sprained ankles on vault), and Larisa Iordache of Romania, who also tore her Achilles' tendon on floor exercise.

The men's high bar final included plenty of falls but fortunately no injuries. In his world championships debut, Tin Srbić made history as Croatia's first world champion, defeating former world and Olympic champion Epke Zonderland (Netherlands), 14.433-14.233. Zonderland made an astounding save when, after a Cassina-Kovacs combo, he missed his hand on his second release and ended up swinging a one-arm giant out of it before continuing his routine.

Bart Deurloo won the bronze to bring the Netherlands a second medal. Japan's Hidetaka Miyachi had the most thrilling routine — he caught a layout Bretschneider (layout Kovacs with two twists, now the Miyachi) but then dropped off on his subsequent Bretschneider. He repeated the Bretschneider and caught it, but it wasn't enough to make it onto the medals.

China topped the medal count with six medals (three golds, one silver and two bronze), rebounding from a disappointing performance in Rio, where the Chinese won bronze in both team finals but no individual medals. Russia also won six medals (one gold, three silvers and two bronzes) while the United States won five (1 gold, three silvers, 1 bronze). China won the most medals of the men's competition with five while the United States topped the women's standings with four medals. (Click here for the full medal breakdown.)

The next world championships take place October 22 to November 3, 2018 in Doha, Qatar, and will be the first qualification toward the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 2018 Worlds will be the first to take place in the Middle East.

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

2017 World Gymnastics Championships
October 8, Montreal, Canada

Balance Beam FinalDENDScoreQual.
1. Pauline Schäfer 5.5 8.033 13.533 3
2. Morgan Hurd 5.7 7.800 -0.1 13.400 2
3. Tabea Alt 5.7 7.600 13.300 1
4. Mai Murakami 5.4 7.666 13.066 8
5. Yelena Yeryomina 5.4 7.566 12.966 6
6. Asuka Teramoto 5.6 7.366 12.966 5
7. Liu Tingting 5.5 7.366 -0.1 12.766 7
8. Ellie Black 5.7 6.700 12.400 4

Women's Floor ExerciseDENDScoreQual.
1. Mai Murakami 5.9 8.333 14.233 2
2. Jade Carey 5.7 8.500 14.200 3
3. Claudia Fragapane 5.6 8.333 13.933 4
4. Thaís Fidelis 5.5 8.166 13.666 6
5. Brooklyn Moors 5.2 8.450 13.650 5
6. Lara Mori 5.4 7.866 13.266 8
7. Ellie Black 5.3 7.900 -0.3 12.900 9
8. Vanessa Ferrari 2.0 8.233 -6.3 3.933 7

Men's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverageQual.
1. Kenzo Shirai 5.6 9.600 15.200 14.900 2
5.2 9.400 14.600
2. Igor Radivilov 5.6 9.433 15.033 14.899 6
5.6 9.166 14.766
3. Kim Hansol 5.6 9.366 14.966 14.766 7
5.2 9.366 14.566
4. Marian Drăgulescu 5.6 9.100 14.700 14.716 3
5.4 9.333 14.733
5. Jorge Vega 5.6 9.200 -0.1 14.700 14.704 8
5.2 9.508 14.708
6. Keisuke Asato 6.0 8.866 -0.1 14.766 14.349 4
5.6 8.333 13.933
7. Zachari Hrimèche 5.6 8.166 -0.2 13.566 14.083 5
5.6 9.000 14.600
8. Artur Dalaloyan 5.6 8.900 -0.3 14.200 13.966 9
5.6 8.133 13.733

Parallel Bars FinalDENDScoreQual.
1. Zou Jingyuan 6.8 9.100 15.900 2
2. Oleg Vernyayev 6.7 9.133 15.833 1
3. David Belyavsky 6.4 8.866 15.266 4
4. Manrique Larduet 6.4 8.766 15.166 3
5. Lin Chaopan 6.4 8.733 15.133 5
6. Pablo Brägger 6.4 8.333 14.733 9
7. Marcel Nguyen 6.2 8.500 14.700 7
8. Ferhat Arıcan 6.3 7.800 14.100 6

High BarDENDScoreQual.
1. Tin Srbić 6.4 8.033 14.433 3
2. Epke Zonderland 6.5 7.733 14.233 1
3. Bart Deurloo 6.2 8.000 14.200 6
4. Pablo Brägger 6.5 7.233 13.733 2
5. Hidetaka Miyachi 6.7 7.033 13.733 8
6. David Belyavsky 5.4 8.133 13.533 5
7. Randy Lerú 6.0 7.100 13.100 7
8. Oliver Hegi 5.8 6.933 12.733 4
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 08 October 2017 10:00    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Event Finals, Day 2
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)



The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships conclude Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where 15 more medals are up for grabs. Pictured: Mai Murakami (Japan)

The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships conclude Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where 15 more medals are up for grabs. Gymnasts from 19 nations qualified for spots in Sunday's finals — 13 nations for men's events and nine for women.

During the first day of finals on Saturday, remarkably, every title went to defending champions from the 2015 World Championships. There will be no repeat of this Sunday as the world champions in the remaining events will not be competing — high bar champion Kohei Uchimura suffered an ankle injury in qualification and had to withdraw after his third event; while American Simone Biles (balance beam and floor exercise), North Korea's Ri Se Gwang (men's vault) and China's China's You Hao (parallel bars) did not compete in Montreal.

However, the men's field includes four previous world champions, including one reigning Olympic champion and two 2012 Olympic champions.

History has already been made in Montreal this week, with Ellie Black taking the first world all-around medal for Canada, Nina Derwael becoming the first Belgian female to win a world medal, and Artem Dolgopyat earning Israel's best world finish with the silver medal on floor exercise. More historic results are possible during Sunday's finals, which includes two nations that have never won a world championship medal (Guatemala and Turkey) and three that have never won a world gold medal (Canada, Croatia and Cuba).

Still rings finalist İbrahim Çolak was the first Turkish gymnast to compete in a world championship final, and set the bar with his fifth-place finish. Teammate Ferhat Arıcan, who will compete on parallel bars, has a chance to better him.

Thanks to the four-way tie on uneven bars at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, the FIG has decided to refuse to allow ties and will institute a tie-break — a disappointing decision considering the many other options at their disposal, such as increasing the number of judges in event finals or allowing deductions of .05.

Men's Vault

Reigning Olympic champion: Ri Se Gwang (North Korea)
Reigning world champion: Ri Se Gwang (North Korea)

Men's vault is always the most unpredictable. What is clear is that any of the finalists are capable of taking the title during the final, which typically sees multiple falls as well as risky upgrades.

Pioneer Ri Se Gwang (North Korea) is absent from these world championships, but his Korean rival, Yang Hakseon, is back in Montreal. Yang, the 2011 and 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic champion, was sidelined by major leg injuries in 2015 and 2016. Any doubt as to whether or not he had recovered was put down during qualification, when he outscored the field.

Kenzo Shirai, the bronze medalist on vault at the 2016 Olympics, will likely upgrade to his phenomenal 3 1/2-twisting Yurchenko. Korea's Kim Hansol is also a phenomenal twister, and will be appearing in his fifth world final.

Former world champion Marian Drăgulescu (Romania) lost the Olympic bronze on vault last summer because of the cruel tie-break requirements, which the FIG has unfortunately reinstated for world championships. He is Romania's only finalist and medal hope in Montreal, and his namesake vault (handspring double front with a half) is still one of the most difficult being done.

Ukraine's Igor Radivilov, whose insane handspring triple front vault has been banned by the FIG, has gone back to his easier Dragulescu, one of the best in the world. Radivilov has been inconsistent on this vault and frequently misses one of his vaults, but with luck he could land on his feet and the podium Sunday.

Jorge Vega is the first gymnast from Guatemala to make a world final, so any result he achieves will be historic.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScoreAverage
1.4.Keisuke Asato6.08.633-0.114.53314.717
5.69.30014.900
2.2.Kenzo Shirai5.69.63315.23314.950
5.29.46614.666
3.8.Jorge Vega5.69.16614.76614.616
5.29.366-0.114.466
4.3.Marian Drăgulescu5.69.30014.90014.867
5.49.43314.833
5.5.Zachari Hrimèche5.68.93314.53314.700
5.69.26614.866
6.6.Igor Radivilov5.69.10014.70014.671
5.69.141-0.114.641
7.7.Kim Hansol5.69.26614.86614.650
5.29.23314.433
8.1.Yang Hakseon6.09.60015.60015.283
5.69.36614.966
R1Artur Dalaloyan5.69.183-0.114.68314.608
5.69.033-0.114.533
R2Eddie Penev5.29.33314.53314.567
5.49.20014.600

Balance Beam

Reigning Olympic champion: Sanne Wevers (Netherlands)
Reigning world champion: Simone Biles (United States)

Beam has been the harshest judged event in Montreal. Germany's Tabea Alt has scored the highest during both the qualification and all-around, while teammate Pauline Schäfer, the defending bronze medalist from 2015, is the only gymnast to score above 8.00 in Execution in Montreal on beam. Both have a good chance of becoming the first female world champion for united Germany, and the first German to win beam since East German legend Maxi Gnauck in 1981. Alt is incredibly consistent and clean on beam, while Schäfer has an original element named after her already: the awesome side somi with a 1/2 turn.

Olympic champion Sanne Wevers missed the final after mistakes in qualification, including one that left her missing a special requirement.

New all-around champion Morgan Hurd has the only full-twisting double back dismount in the competition. Ellie Black already made history with her all-around medal on Friday, and could do it again with the title. After narrowly missing gold medals in the all-around and uneven bars, Russia's Yelena Yeryomina is no doubt aiming for gold.

Japan's Mai Murakami, who lost the all-around title after falling on beam, will be aiming for redemption Sunday as she competes in both women's events. The only Japanese female to win a world title is Keiko Tanaka, who took gold on beam in 1954.

The stylish Chinese Liu Tingting, competing in her first worlds, has everything she needs to win the gold if she delivers under pressure.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.3.Pauline Schäfer5.38.13313.433
2.6.Yelena Yeryomina5.47.83313.233
3.4.Ellie Black5.87.63313.433
4.8.Mai Murakami5.67.60013.200
5.5.Asuka Teramoto5.77.63313.333
6.2.Morgan Hurd5.67.90013.500
7.7.Liu Tingting5.77.633-0.113.233
8.1.Tabea Alt5.97.63313.533
R1Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.77.36613.066
R2Diana Varinska5.17.93313.033

Parallel bars

Reigning Olympic champion: Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine)
Reigning world champion: You Hao (China)

Oleg Vernyayev has had a disappointing worlds so far, and will need to nail his routine to beat a very tough field. China's Zou Jingyuan is incredible on this event and has scored above 16.00 this year. David Belyavsky (Russia) and Marcel Nguyen (Germany) are both Olympic medalists on this event.

Cuba's Manrique Larduet is determined to win a world title, and parallel bars may be his best shot.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.2.Zou Jingyuan6.68.63315.233
2.5.Lin Chaopan6.48.60015.000
3.4.David Belyavsky6.48.66615.066
4.9.Pablo Brägger6.48.40014.800
5.6.Ferhat Arıcan6.38.63314.933
6.1.Oleg Vernyayev6.78.76615.466
7.7.Marcel Nguyen6.58.43314.933
8.3.Manrique Larduet6.48.80015.200
R1Donnell Whittenburg6.38.46614.766
R2Wataru Tanigawa6.08.73314.733

Women's Floor Exercise

Reigning Olympic champion: Simone Biles (United States)
Reigning world champion: Simone Biles (United States)

Murakami has the best combination of difficulty and choreography in the final, and badly wants to take gold Sunday. Canada's Brooklyn Moors, fifth in qualification, has a routine that is simply magnificent in artistic detail. Crowd-pleaser Claudia Fragapane is the only British woman in the finals in Montreal and is aiming for her first individual world medal.

Top qualifier Ragan Smith (United States) was forced to scratch after spraining her ankle during vault warmups in the all-around. Ellie Black, first alternate, took her spot. American Jade Carey, second on vault on Saturday, has some of the best tumbling in the final.

Three-time Olympian and former world champion Vanessa Ferrari is back after double Achilles' tendon surgery after the Rio Olympics. Ferrari will be the final competitor for women in Montreal.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.2.Mai Murakami5.88.40014.200
2.5.Brooklyn Moors5.48.46613.866
3.8.Lara Mori5.67.90013.500
4.3.Jade Carey5.78.40014.100
5.4.Claudia Fragapane5.78.23313.933
6.9.Ellie Black5.08.43313.433
7.6.Thaís Fidelis5.58.23313.733
8.7.Vanessa Ferrari5.77.90013.600
R1Aiko Sugihara5.38.13313.433
R2Wang Yan5.78.066-0.413.366

High Bar

Reigning Olympic champion: Fabian Hambüchen (Germany)
Reigning world champion: Kohei Uchimura (Japan)

With Uchimura out and Olympic champion Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) retired, it's time for a new king on high bar. That may be the old king, the "Flying Dutchman" Epke Zonderland, who reclaims his throne.

Tin Srbić, third in qualification, is hoping to be Croatia's first world medalist since Filip Ude took silver on pommel horse in 2014.

Switzerland has two gymnasts in the final in Pablo Brägger and Oliver Hegi, either of whom could become the first Swiss world champion since Li Dongua on pommel horse in 1995. Brägger, who actually tied for first in qualification but was dropped to second because of a tie-break, has the highest difficulty of the field, though other finalists may upgade.

Belyavsky, who qualified to the most finals of any male gymnast with three, may not have the difficulty to medal, but is surely seeking redemption after his fluke fall in the all-around cost him the gold.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.6.Bart Deurloo6.17.93314.033
2.2.Pablo Brägger6.87.63314.433
3.1.Epke Zonderland6.57.93314.433
4.4.Oliver Hegi6.28.13314.333
5.7.Randy Lerú6.27.80014.000
6.8.Hidetaka Miyachi6.27.76613.966
7.3.Tin Srbić6.47.96614.366
8.5.David Belyavsky5.88.40814.208
R1Nile Wilson6.17.83313.933
R2Marvin Kimble6.27.73313.933
 
Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:25    PDF Print
Familiarity Key to Whitlock's Pommel Horse Win
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)




For Great Britain's Max Whitlock, who won gold in in Saturday's pommel horse final, the keys to his success on this apparatus are repetition and preparation.

For Great Britain's Max Whitlock, who won gold in in Saturday's pommel horse final, the keys to his success on this apparatus are repetition and preparation.

"Pommel horse is about controlling your nerves and really just going for it," said Whitlock, who scored 15.441 points to win the title over silver medalist David Belyavsky of Russia (15.100) and bronze medalist Xiao Ruoteng of China (15.066). "In training I do 100s and 100s of the skills that are in my routine, scruffy and clean. I do everything I possibly can to prepare myself for anything."

Whitlock, who also placed first on pommel horse at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, said repetition in training leads to his ability to hit under competitive pressure.

"It's about being prepared so that, if something does go wrong in a routine, you can sort it out quickly," he said. "So it's about being able to react very quickly, as well. There's a lot of things that go into it."

Whitlock was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) following his success in Rio, where he made history with the bronze medal in the all-around and gold medals on the floor exercise and pommel horse. He took time off earlier this year, skipping the European and British championships, before coming back in Montreal, where he competed floor and pommel horse.

The competition concludes in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with two women's event finals (balance beam and floor exercise) and three men's event finals (vault, parallel bars and high bar).. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 08 October 2017 08:48    PDF Print
Focus Kept Hurd on Track for World All-Around Gold
(4 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Now readying herself for Sunday's balance beam final, newly crowned world all-around champion Morgan Hurd of the U.S said the ankle injury that took teammate Ragan Smith out of Thursday's all-around final did not alter her focus in her own challenge for a medal.

Now readying herself for Sunday's balance beam final, newly crowned world all-around champion Morgan Hurd of the U.S said the ankle injury that took teammate Ragan Smith out of Thursday's all-around final did not alter her focus in her own challenge for a medal.

"It didn't affect me too much," said Hurd of the sprained ankle that Smith sustained on vault in the warm-up. "I still kept her in the back of my head because I really hope for a speedy recovery for her. It's so unfortunate that her worlds had to end this way, but I just wanted to focus on the job I had to do."

Smith and Hurd qualified sixth and second, respectively, for the all-around final in which Hurd went on to place first over silver medalist Ellie Black of Canada and bronze medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia.

Hurd said she sensed a medal-winning result as she was performing her floor exercise routine in the last rotation.

"I really felt like that during floor, because my landings were way better than in qualifications and podium training, and I was really happy with it," she said.

With a score of 13.500 points, Hurd qualified second to Sunday's balance beam final, between top-ranked Tabea Alt of Germany (13.533) and 2015 world balance beam bronze medalist Pauline Schäfer (13.433).

Smith qualified first to Sunday's floor exercise final but has subsequently withdrawn from it because of her injury.

Despite taking her lowest score of the all-around final on balance beam, Hurd said she was satisfied with her performance there.

"I was a little shaky but I'm just happy I stayed on," she said.

The competition concludes in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with two women's event finals (balance beam and floor exercise) and three men's event finals (vault, parallel bars and high bar).. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

Read complete coverage of the 2017 World Championships in the November issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe at the special world championships rate, click here.

 
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