Stuttgart a FANTASTIC host

540 gymnasts from 92 countries. This was the 3rd time Stuttgart has hosted Worlds.

The event was well promoted throughout the city and gymnasts appreciated the great crowds at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Hall.

Spieth equipment was excellent. I never heard one complaint.

Thanks to the volunteers, employees, partners and service providers for putting on such a terrific event.

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World Champion Joe Fraser

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BEST routine at Worlds 16.383

All hail.

This could be the best P Bar routine of our lifetimes.

ZOU Jingyuan in the Team competition.

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warm-up Vault landing with FLYSPRING

To safely warm-up before doing the VERY dangerous landing in competition, many male gymnasts use a flyspring.

Great idea. I’ve seen some women do the same warming-up Kasamatsu vaults, including Ellie Black.

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FIG names more Olympic qualifiers

OKSANA CHUSOVITINA is invited to Tokyo. Her 8th Olympics. She’s age-44.

Marian DRAGULESCU too, at age-38.

Added after the apparatus finals today:

1 YEO Seojeong KOR
2 DEREK Ana  CRO
3 ROOSKRANTZ Caitlin RSA
4 ADLERTEG Jonna  SWE 
5 JANIK Gabriela POL
6 CASTRO Simona CHI
7 RAZ Lihie  ISR
8 ERICHSEN Julie  NOR
9 ORREGO Ariana PER
10 CHUSOVITINA Oksana UZB 
11 TING Hua-Tien TPE
12 NEKRASOVA Marina AZE
13 TAN Sze En SGP

1 DOLGOPYAT Artem ISR
2 MCCLENAGHAN Rhys IRL
3 TOMMASONE Cyril FRA
4 COLAK Ibrahim TUR
5 LODADIO Marco ITA
6 AIT SAID Samir FRA
7 DRAGULESCU Marian ROU
8 LE Thanh Tung VIE
9 SHEK Wai Hung HKG
10 ONDER Ahmet TUR
11 SRBIC Tin CRO
12 BULL Tyson AUS
13 COURNOYER Rene CAN
14 ABDURAKHIMOV Rasuljon UZB
15 GEORGIOU Marios CYP
16 TIKHONOV Ivan AZE
17 RUMBUTIS David SWE
18 LIKHOVITSKIY Andrey BLR
19 HEGGEMSNES Sofus NOR

There will be more to come through the World Cup series.

Details.

Oksana in Rio

Apparatus Finals Results … and Simone

First, Simone went 16/16. She’s never been better.

A year ago she was not happy. Here’s how she’s feeling today.

Beam
1. Biles Simone USA USA 15.066 = 8.666 + 6.400
2. Liu Tingting CHN 14.433 = 8.233 + 6.200
3. Li Shijia CHN CHN 14.300 = 8.300 + 6.100 | Pen. : -0.1 overtime

Kara Eaker was 4th with a good routine. She’s fantastic, but may need to change it up to rely less on Ring leaps and connections for difficulty.

Floor
1. Biles Simone USA 15.133 = 8.533 + 6.700 | Pen. : -0.1
2. Lee Sunisa USA 14.133 = 8.433 + 5.700
3. Melnikova Angelina RUS 14.066 = 8.266 + 5.800

Flavia or Melanie were close. I’d not been upset if either had been Bronze.

My favourite routine was Brooklyn Moors. Best she’d done all week. Added a jump to her Podkopayeva.  Landing deductions on the last pass were the biggest problem.

Vault
1. NAGORNYY Nikita RUS 14.966
2. DALALOYAN Artur RUS 14.933
3. RADIVILOV Igor UKR 14.749

38-year-old Marian DRAGULESCU looked like a kid, sticking his eponymous vault.

Dom CUNNINGHAM had the best form / control overall. Did not do his Yurchenko triple twist this time.

I’m just happy there were no serious injuries.

P Bars
1. Fraser Joe GBR 15.000 = 8.400 + 6.600
2. Onder Ahmet TUR 14.983 = 8.783 + 6.200
3. Kaya Kazuma JPN 14.966 = 8.666 + 6.300

It was a virtual tie for the next two. Personally I had Ferhat for a medal.

4. Xiao Ruoteng CHN 14.966 = 8.566 + 6.400
5. Arican Ferhat TUR 4.900 = 8.400 + 6.500

H Bar
1. Mariano Arthur BRA 14.900 = 8.600 + 6.300
2. Srbic Tin CRO 14.666 = 8.466 + 6.200
3. Dalaloyan Artur RUS 14.533 = 8.433 + 6.100

Tin up first. Set the Bar high with his short, difficult to deduct routine.

Tang Chia-Hung does the best and highest Hecht skills, but came off close to the end of the set. He had qualified #1. Cheer him in the Olympics as Taiwan qualified a full team.

Sam went for the HARD routine. Good decision, I think. But he had deducations. Hashimoto Daiki has the best form – Uchimura good.

Arthur Mariano is World Champion! As is Joe Fraser.