In the past podium has been a poor predictor of competition performance.
That said, here are my impressions for the team meet.
Strategy for the qualification round should be to GO CLEAN / EASY to meet your team rank goal … aside from those individuals trying for AA or Apparatus final. They must do enough difficulty to qualify.
If you make the final, consider upping difficulty.
Still … any of the top 5 teams could end up on the podium in the team final. Automatic qualification to Tokyo 2020 the prize for finishing top 3.
Kohei is only doing 4 apparatus. And Japan has other problems. But it would be a surprise if they miss top 3.
Russia should be the other qualifier. But they take more risks than any other team.
Either USA or GBR could be top 3 on a consistent, hit day. With Nile Wilson out, I’d give the edge to the Americans. They have a lot of NCAA experience in team / pressure situations.
As an aside, USA has long been known as a team with plenty of bulky muscle. This is the lightest American team I can recall.
Other nations have a goal of top 8. Some top 24 so they qualify a team to Worlds 2019.
Men’s gymnastics is always exciting. ANY team could be undone by a bad Pommel rotation 3-up, 3-count.
Scott will be switching to OlympicChannel.com during the competition.
Congratulations to Doha for hosting the first Worlds in the Middle East despite the current Saudi-led coalition embargo against Qatar.
Israel is here. That’s a step in the right direction for World Peace. The Israeli anthem will be played if an Israeli gymnast wins gold. Sport can bring nations together.
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