2017 Worlds Championships News
Written by John Crumlish    Sunday, 08 October 2017 08:26    PDF Print
Belyavsky Looks to Put Fluke Fall Him in Sunday's Finals
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Aiming for his first world title when he competes in Sunday's parallel bars and high bar finals, David Belyavsky of Russia made no excuses for the fall on high bar that cost him the all-around title on Thursday night.


David Belyavsky (Russia)

Belyavsky led the competition after five rotations by half a point, but lost a full point when he peeled off on a Yamawaki on high bar in the last rotation and dropped to fourth place. He finished 0.318 behind behind gold medalist Xiao Ruoteng of China, 0.133 points behind silver medalist Lin Chaopan of China and 0.016 points behind bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai of Japan.

"I knew that if I did well I could make it into the top three," said Belvavsky of his thoughts as he prepared for his high bar routine on Thursday.

Belyavsky, who also placed fourth all-around at the 2016 Olympic Games, had no explanation for his error on an otherwise consistently performed release skill.

"I do not why," he said. "It just happened. Usually I do it well. I was too close to the bar."

Belyavsky came back on Saturday to win the silver medal on pommel horse in Saturday's event finals, his first world championships medal. He will challenge for medals on parallel bars and high bar on Sunday.

Belvavsky will first compete in the parallel bars final, having qualified fourth to the final on this apparatus. He won bronze on parallel bars at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Of the eight qualifiers for the high bar final, Belvaysky had the lowest Difficulty score (5.80) and the highest Execution score (8.408) in qualifications, for a total of 14.208 points.

Belyavsky ranked fifth in qualifications behind 2012 Olympic champion Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands (14.433), Pablo Brägger of Switzerland (also 14.433, qualifying second because of his lower E-score), Tin Srbić of Croatia (14.366) and Olivier Hegi of Switzerland (14.333).

In the high bar final at this spring's European Championships, Brägger, Hegi and Belyavsky placed first, second and third, respectively.

Competition concludes Sunday with three men's finals (vault, parallel bars and high bar) and two women's finals (balance beam and floor exercise).

Belyavsky and Brägger, who also qualified for the parallel bars final, are the only gymnasts who advanced to two of the three men's finals on Sunday.

Ellie Black of Canada and Mai Murakami of Japan, who placed second and fourth, respectively, in the women's all-around final on Friday, are the only gymnasts who qualified for both of the women's finals on Sunday. On floor, Black replaced the injured Ragan Smith (United States), who sprained her ankle prior to the women's all-around final.

The competition continues in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the second day of apparatus finals. 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 08:17    PDF Print
Derwael on Historic Bars Bronze: 'It's All So Surreal'
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Nina Derwael of Belgium said winning the bronze medal on uneven bars in Saturday's apparatus final was the realization of a longtime goal.

Nina Derwael of Belgium said winning the bronze medal on uneven bars in Saturday's apparatus final was the realization of a longtime goal.

"I'm really happy with the medal," Derwael said. "I always dreamed about having a world championships medal, and now that I'm here it's all so surreal."

Derwael's medal was the first for a Belgian female at the world championships, and the first for Belgium in more than 100 years. Until Derwael, the last Belgian medal was a bronze on high bar at the 1913 World Championships in Paris.

Derwael's score of 15.033 points placed her third behind gold medalist Fan Yilin of China (15.166) and silver medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia (15.100) Fan was one of four gymnasts who tied for gold on the apparatus at the 2015 Worlds.

Derwael, who outscored Yeryomina for gold on the event at this spring's European Championships, said she is considering changes to her routine for 2018.

"We do have some ideas in mind, but it will be more and more difficult to upgrade the routine," she said. "I haven't been thinking a lot about next year. I was so focused on this, right now."

The competition continues in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the second day of apparatus finals. 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 Amanda Turner    Saturday, 07 October 2017 19:03    PDF Print
Glasgow Champions Repeat at Montreal Worlds
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All five defending world champions in the field won second titles Saturday during the first day of apparatus finals at the world championships in Montreal.

All five defending world champions in the field won second titles Saturday during the first day of apparatus finals at the world championships in Montreal.

Russia's Maria Paseka (women's vault), China's Fan Yilin (uneven bars), Japan's Kenzo Shirai (men's floor exercise), Great Britain's Max Whitlock (pommel horse) and Greece's Eleftherious Petrounias (still rings) swept Saturday's finals in repeat victories from the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow.

Maria Paseka, a two-time Olympic vault medalist, barely held off American newcomer Jade Carey to defend her title. Paseka opened the door for Carey with a low landing on her Cheng Fei vault (6.0 D), which she followed with well-landed Amanar (5.8D). Carey needed to be close to perfect to overcome Paseka's .4 advantage in difficulty, but she took several large steps on her Amanar. She landed cleanly on her double-twisting Tsukahara but ended up in second, 0.084 behind Paseka. Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber, who won the bronze on vault last summer in Rio, won her first world medal with another bronze.

Fan Yilin, who was part of a historic four-way tie for the gold medal on bars in 2015, was the only defending champion on uneven bars competing in Montreal. Second in qualification, Fan upgraded her finals routine by .2 to edge top qualifier Yelena Yeryomina (Russia) 15.166-15.100. Yeryomina, the all-around bronze medalist, nailed her routine Saturday after a large break on bars on Friday cost her the gold medal in the all-around.

European champion Nina Derwael made history as the first Belgian female to win a world championships medal, and is the first Belgian medalist overall in the modern history of the sport. (Belgium won several medals at the first world championships held between 1903 and 1913, but the competition had small fields of a few European countries and were only open for men.)

Shirai, the all-around bronze medalist in Montreal, won his third world floor exercise title after victories in 2013 and 2015. He won his event by the highest margin of victory on Saturday, scored 15.633 to outscore silver medalist Artem Dolgopyat (Israel) by more than a point. American Yul Moldauer, who had the lowest Difficulty score of the finalists, took the bronze because of his excellent Execution.

Dolgopyat, a native of Ukraine, made history for Israel with the country's best result. He is the second Israeli gymnast to win a world championships medal, following Alexander Shatilov's bronze medals on floor exercise in 2009 and 2011.

Olympic champion Max Whitlock also upgraded his pommel horse routine, adding .1 in D-score. He won comfortably, scoring 15.466 to take the title. Following his disappointment in the all-around, Russia's David Belyavsky nailed his routine to take second with 15.100. The silver medal is the first world championships medal for Belyavsky, who has competed at every worlds since 2010. New all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng won another medal for China with the bronze.

Petrounias, who has been undefeated on still rings since the 2015 European Championships, took another title in a closely fought contest. The Greek scored 15.433 to edge Russian veteran Denis Ablyazin (15.333) and 2014 world champion Liu Yang (15.266). Fan favorite Samir Aït Saïd (France) narrowly lost the bronze, scoring 15.258 for fourth in his fifth world final.

Competition concludes Saturday afternoon with the second and final day of apparatus finals. The defending world champions in the remaining events are absent — 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 You Hao (parallel bars) did not compete in Montreal.

Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium starting at 1 p.m.!

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.

Women's Vault FinalDENDScoreAverageQual.
1.Maria Paseka6.08.70014.70014.8501.
5.89.20015.000
2.Jade Carey5.89.00014.80014.7662.
5.69.13314.733
3.Giulia Steingruber5.88.933-0.114.63314.4663.
5.48.90014.300
4.Ellie Black5.49.16614.56614.4167.
5.29.06614.266
5.Oksana Chusovitina5.49.03314.43314.3668.
5.29.10014.300
6.Wang Yan5.68.90014.50014.3505.
5.88.500-0.114.200
7.Shallon Olsen5.87.833-0.113.53314.2334.
6.08.93314.933
8.Sae Miyakawa5.88.70014.50013.8006.
5.47.70013.100

Uneven Bars FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Fan Yilin6.58.66615.1663.
2.Yelena Yeryomina6.38.80015.1001.
3.Nina Derwael6.38.73315.0334.
4.Anastasia Ilyankova6.28.70014.9002.
5.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.66614.7666.
6.Diana Varinska6.08.58314.5838.
7.Huan Luo6.28.36614.5668.
8.Ashton Locklear5.47.36612.7667.

Men's Floor Exercise FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Kenzo Shirai7.28.43315.6331.
2.Artem Dolgopyat6.58.03314.5334.
3.Yul Moldauer5.88.70014.5003.
4.Bram Verhofstad6.18.23314.3338.
5.Tomás González6.08.26614.26610.
6.Donnell Whittenburg6.47.76614.1662.
7.Manrique Larduet6.08.10014.1007.
8.Kim Hansol6.47.70014.1005.
9.Milad Karimi6.17.16613.2669.

Pommel Horse FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Max Whitlock6.98.54115.4411.
2.David Belyavsky6.48.70015.1006.
3.Xiao Ruoteng6.48.66615.0664.
4.Alexander Naddour6.38.45014.7503.
5.Harutyun Merdinyan6.28.50014.7008.
6.Weng Hao6.08.50014.5002.
7.Oleg Vernyayev6.47.30013.7005.
8.Sašo Bertoncelj6.06.96612.9667.

Still Rings FinalDENDScoreQual.
1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.13315.4331.
2.Denis Ablyazin6.39.03315.3332.
3.Liu Yang6.38.96615.2665.
4.Samir Aït Saïd6.29.05815.2584.
5.İbrahim Çolak6.28.86615.0663.
6.Igor Radivilov6.38.63314.9337.
7.Arthur Zanetti6.28.70014.9008.
8.Courtney Tulloch6.48.13314.5336.
 
Written by Amanda Turner    Saturday, 07 October 2017 10:23    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Event Finals, Day 1
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Following two dramatic all-around finals, the real medal rush begins Saturday with the first of two days of event finals.

Following two dramatic all-around finals, the real medal rush begins Saturday with the first of two days of event finals. Gymnasts from 18 nations qualified for the first three men's event finals — floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings, while only nine nations will be represented in the two women's finals — vault and uneven bars. Four defending world champions from 2015 will be competing today, including two reigning Olympic champions.

History has already been made in Montreal this week, with Ellie Black taking the first world all-around medal for Canada. Still rings finalist İbrahim Çolak will become the first Turkish gymnast to compete in a world championship final, and will be joined by teammate Ferhat Arıcan, who will compete in Sunday's apparatus finals. (parallel bars). On uneven bars, Nina Derwael could be the first Belgian gymnast to win a world medal.

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 Floor Exercise

Reigning Olympic champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
Reigning world champion: Kenzo Shirai (Japan)

The bizarre situation with the floor exercise mat during qualification has led to nine gymnasts being allowed in to the men's floor final. The FIG quickly accepted the appeal from the Chilean federation to allow Tomás González to compete, a decision made likely to avoid a PR nightmare for equipment supplier Gymnova.

Two-time world champion Kenzo Shirai (Japan) is the heavy favorite once again. Can he make it three in Montreal?

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.10.Tomás González6.28.166-0.114.266
2.8.Bram Verhofstad6.18.33314.433
3.1.Kenzo Shirai7.28.56615.766
4.4.Artem Dolgopyat6.58.366-0.214.666
5.3.Yul Moldauer5.88.90014.700
6.7.Manrique Larduet6.08.46614.466
7.2.Donnell Whittenburg6.48.63315.033
8.9.Milad Karimi6.18.22514.325
9.5.Kim Hansol6.48.26614.666
R1Xiao Ruoteng5.98.26614.166
R2Nile Wilson5.58.63314.133

Women's Vault

Reigning Olympic champion: Simone Biles (United States)
Reigning world champion: Maria Paseka (Russia)

Women's vault could be the most unpredictable, given the riskiness of the vaults and the possibility for upgrades. Maria Paseka (Russia) barely edged out Jade Carey (United States) in qualification, and will need to nail her vaults to defend her title.

Canada qualified two finalists in Ellie Black and Shallon Olsen. Olsen submitted a triple-twisting Yurchenko at the last minute (6.2D), and would make history if she lands it. Olympic bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) can take a medal with clean execution.

The amazing Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan), despite suffering from a recent calf injury, grabbed the eighth and last spot to the final, 26 years after taking silver in her first world final.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScoreAverage
1.3.Giulia Steingruber5.89.30015.10014.750
5.49.00014.400
2.4.Shallon Olsen5.48.96614.36614.650
6.08.93314.933
3.1.Maria Paseka6.08.86614.86614.933
5.89.20015.000
4.5.Wang Yan5.68.80014.40014.550
5.88.90014.700
5.2.Jade Carey5.89.26615.06614.850
5.69.03314.633
6.7.Ellie Black5.49.10014.50014.483
5.29.26614.466
7.8.Oksana Chusovitina5.48.96614.36614.350
5.29.13314.333
8.6.Sae Miyakawa5.89.10014.90014.517
5.48.833-0.114.133
R1Tisha Volleman5.49.06614.46614.183
5.28.800-0.113.900
R2Angelina Melnikova5.49.00014.40014.117
5.28.733-0.113.833

Pommel Horse

Reigning Olympic champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
Reigning world champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)

Max Whitlock (Great Britain) is once again the gymnast to beat. After their disappointments in the all-around, David Belyavsky and Oleg Vernyayev will be seeking redemption.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.3.Alexander Naddour6.48.56614.966
2.7.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.42514.525
3.6.David Belyavsky6.48.26614.666
4.4.Xiao Ruoteng6.18.76614.866
5.5.Oleg Vernyayev6.68.13314.733
6.2.Weng Hao6.58.53315.033
7.1.Max Whitlock6.88.50015.300
8.8.Harutyun Merdinyan6.28.23314.433
R1Filip Ude6.08.40014.400
R2Andrei Likhovitsky6.38.06614.366

Uneven Bars

Reigning Olympic champion: Aliya Mustafina (Russia)
Reigning world champions: Fan Yilin (China), Madison Kocian (USA), Viktoria Komova (Russia), Daria Spiridonova (Russia)

Yelena Yeryomina (Russia) was the top qualifier but erred in the all-around. Teammate Anastasia Ilyankova, who qualified second, is thrilling to watch but has been suffering from a back injury. Nina Derwael made history for Belgium by winning the European title and could make more magic in Montreal with a medal. China's Fan Yilin, the only defending champion in the lineup, has a new dismount.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.8.Diana Varinska6.08.56614.566
2.4.Nina Derwael6.38.66614.966
3.2.Anastasia Ilyankova6.28.86615.066
4.1.Yelena Yeryomina6.38.80015.100
5.8.Luo Huan6.08.56614.566
6.3.Fan Yilin6.38.70015.000
7.6.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.60014.700
8.7.Ashton Locklear5.59.06614.566
R1Georgia-Mae Fenton5.98.63314.533
R2Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.88.70014.500

Still Rings

Reigning Olympic champion: Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece)
Reigning world champion: Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece)

The men's rings final includes not one but two Olympic champions in Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) and Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), and also includes former world champion Liu Yang (China). Russia's Denis Ablyazin, who competed this event only because of lingering ankle injuries, finished second in qualification, .066 behind Petrounias. Samir Aït Saïd (France), making his comeback after his shocking broken leg in Rio, will have the crowd rallying behind him as he goes for his first medal in his fifth world final.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.3.İbrahim Çolak6.28.83315.033
2.7.Igor Radivilov6.38.43314.733
3.8.Arthur Zanetti6.28.50014.700
4.2.Denis Ablyazin6.39.03315.333
5.4.Samir Aït Saïd6.28.76614.966
6.6.Courtney Tulloch6.48.36614.766
7.1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.10015.400
8.5.Liu Yang6.38.50014.800
R1Alex Naddour6.08.63314.633
R2Donnell Whittenburg6.18.53314.633

Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium starting at 1 p.m.!

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    Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:11    PDF Print
Olsen Eyes Upgrade in Vault Final
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For Canada's Shallon Olsen, qualifying to the vault final at the world championships in Montreal was easier than expressing how she felt performing so well in front of her home country fans.


Shallon Olsen (Canada) on vault during qualification

Olsen, who placed eighth on vault at the 2016 Olympic Games, scored 14.366 on her first vault (double-twisting Yurchenko) and stuck her second vault (Cheng Fei) for 14.933 for an average of 14.649.

"Sticking (the second vault) made me feel really great, and afterwards, all the excitement from the crowd definitely got me pumped up," said Olsen, who also competed floor exercise in qualification, finishing 16th. "Once I landed it, it was just that awesome feeling of representing your country. There's not really a way to describe it."

Olsen, who trains at Omega Gymnastics in Metro Vancouver, qualified fourth to the vault final behind defending world champion Maria Paseka of Russia (14.933), newcomer Jade Carey of the United States (14.633) and Olympic bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland (14.750).

In the final, Olsen aims to close the gap on the three gymnasts who outscored her in qualifications by possibly upgrading her first vault to an Amanar (2-1/2 twisting Yurchenko), which she competed in the Olympic final.

"I'm hoping to, yes," she said of attempting the Amanar in the final.

Olsen will be the second gymnast to compete in the eight-gymnast lineup, following Steingruber, and upgrading will be a gamble. Upgrading to an Amanar would add .4 in Difficulty value to Olsen's first vault, matching the 5.8 D-score of her second vault, and increase her chances of taking a medal. Only two Canadian women have won world championships medals: Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, who took bronze on beam in 2006, and Ellie Black, who won the all-around silver Friday night in Montreal.

The competition continues in Montreal on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the first day of apparatus finals, featuring men's floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings, and women's vault and uneven bars. 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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