Russell Mills – 1964 Pommels

This is the winning routine in the 1964 AAU Nationals (the precursor to the USGF and USA gymnastics). Mills also won the NCAA Championships in 1963 and 1964, coached by Don Tonry and . competing for Yale University. When Mills hit his routines, he was unbeatable in the US and probably by anyone in the world at that time. There was no international competition for specialists during the period. The mount here is a back Moore, caught a bit late by the camera.

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China’s (nominative) Men’s Olympic team

The preliminary men’s team, seeking a third straight Olympic title, includes 2012 Olympian Zhang Chenglong and four Olympic rookies — Deng Shudi, Lin Chaopan, You Hao and Liu Yang. …

The most notable omission was Zou Kai, who earned Olympic team and floor exercise gold in 2008 and 2012 and high bar gold in 2008. …

Nick Zaccardi – China leaves 5-time gold medalist off preliminary Olympic roster

I was surprised Long Zhang made this list. It’s not easy to hang on with so many good younger guys still improving.

Zhang Chenglong

Papa Liukin was hoping that Pommel master Weng Hao might make it. VIDEO 16.250

Ethan Ikeda defeats Ken Ikeda

Canada’s Ken Ikeda who recently competed at Test Event is age-34.

He’s a world class Pommel Horse man.

In the Cash and Carry Invitational gymnasts of different age divisions compete against one another for CA$H they carry away home.

Look who bested the Pommel legend. 🙂

Sun Wei wins Pommels

Sun Wei has been racking up the travel miles. He’s recently competed American Cup, UCIC and Test Meet despite not being on China’s A-team. Superb routine on horse today.

1 SUN Wei CHN 6.500 + 9.066 = 15.566
2 OROZCO John USA 6.400 + 8.666 = 15.066
3 HIDVEGI Vid HUN 6.200 + 8.500 = 14.700

full results

Often Pommels is the most competitive final. Not today.

Oleg fell … twice. Filip Ude … fell. 😦

On the bright side, Orozco made himself even more invaluable to the U.S. team scoring 15 on their weak apparatus and hitting 6/6 in the AA. In Rio.

Men’s Apparatus finalists in Rio

Floor
1. Zapata ESP 15.400/6.7
2. Vernyayev UKR 15.208/6.9
3. Abad ESP 15.066/6.1
4. Behan IRL 14.966/6.1
5. Dragulescu ROM 14.900/6.5
6. Gobaux FRA 14.833/6.2
7. Schmidt NED 14.833/6.4
8. Yoshioka JPN 14.800/6.4
R Leru CUB 14.800/6.4

Pommels
1. Vernyayev UKR 15.633/7.0
2. Sun CHN 15.566/6.4
3. Likhovitsky BLR 15.241/6.5
4. Ude CRO 15.200/6.2
5. Hidvegi HUN 15.100/6.5
6. Rittschik GER 14.966/6.5
7. Sienichkin UKR 14.850/6.3
8. Orozco USA 14.833/6.4
R Georgiou CYP 14.800/6.1

Rings
1. Petrounias GRE 15.900/6.8
2. Zanetti BRA 15.800/6.8
3. Ait Said FRA 15.600/6.7
4. Radivilov UKR 15.266/6.9
5. Liao CHN 15.233/6.7
6. Morandi ITA 15.033/6.5
7. Wilson GBR 15.000/6.4
8. Vernyayev UKR 15.000/6.6
R Chen TPE 14.933/6.7

Vault
1. Vernyayev UKR 15.233/6.0/6.0
2. Dalton USA 14.933/6.0/5.2
3. Kim KOR 14.933/6.0/6.0
4. Morgan CAN 14.750/5.6/5.6
5. Radivilov UKR 14.600/6.0/6.0
6. Bourguieg ALG 14.483/5.6/5.2

Only 6 men competed 2 vaults.

P Bars
1. Vernyayev UKR 16.266/7.1
2. Fokin UZB 15.766/6.6
3. Arican TUR 15.700/6.6
4. Calvo COL 15.600/6.9
5. Dauser GER 15.566/6.7
6. Nguyen GER 15.500/6.6
7. Orozco USA 15.466/6.5
8. Antoniotti FRA 15.400/6.4
8. Corral MEX 15.400/6.4
R Leru CUB 15.366/6.6

H Bar
1. Wilson GBR 15.333/6.8
2. Zonderland NED 15.233/6.6
3. Bretschneider GER 15.183/6.6
4. Orozco USA 15.100/6.8
5. Leru CUB 14.933/6.7
6. Calvo COL 14.933/7.0
7. Deurloo NED 14.925/6.7
8. Yoo KOR 14.833/6.1
R Vernyayev UKR 14.800/6.5

(via International Gymnast Magazine)