Dan has detractors. But far fewer than before Worlds 2014.
His hard routine is the best in the world right now, I’d say. But in both prelims & Team final he had conspicuous form breaks. For the Pommel final he’ll need a set like the one he showed at Commonwealth Games to win.
Great day in the team final yesterday coming 4th???? now bring on the pommel final ???? #gymnastics #gb #china #worldchampionships #pommelhorse
The arena was not full, surprisingly. The crowd was LOUD, however.
China’s Team score of 362.698 should put them ahead of Japan. And everyone.
Deng Shudi leads the AA with 90.630.
The bigger story was North Korea. Starting on P Bars the rotation was a disaster. H Bar got worse. One injury. On Floor only 3 gymnasts competed effectively eliminating them from the Team competition as 4 scores / apparatus count. That means, I assume, that North Korea cannot qualify to the Rio Olympics.
Ri Se-gwang couldn’t finish his Floor routine. I’d heard he was injured coming into this competition from Asian Games.
Though he could barely walk, Ri Se-gwang somehow landed a pike Dragalescu and his eponymous Vault. He’ll make the Final. With a week recovery, he could yet challenge for the Vault title.
Epke nailed his easy (7.2) Horizontal Bar routine. As usual.
Both Croatians should qualify to the Pommel Final. Seligman CRO hits for 15.466. Ude CRO for 15.533.
Max Whitlock is one of a handful of guys who have the chance to defeat Kohei Uchimura for the first time since the 2008 Olympics.
Max won the London Open with 89.70. Will Banthorpe points out he got that score competing only a safe 2/1 twist Yurchenko, with a fall on H Bar and putting his hands down on dismount. If Max hits, he could be close.
No doubt Kohei has harder routines prepared, waiting for the day he needs them.