First day of apparatus finals promises pure excitement

11.10.2019 19:48 Uhr

Nina Derwael (Belgium) on uneven bars

The first five individual apparatus titles will be won today

Saturday 12 October – Five gold medals are up for grabs, in the men’s floor, pommel horse and rings, with two event finals for women – vault and uneven bars. Here’s what to look out for:

Men’s floor

Defending champion: Artur Dalaloyan (Russian Federation)

The defending champion is in this final, but he qualified in fifth place. The strongest qualifier is Artem Dolgopyat of Israel, the only gymnast to score over 15 to reach the final. Watch out for China’s Lin Chaopan and Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy, both of whom have the difficulty to take a medal. Last year’s surprise bronze medalist, Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines, could also make an impact.

Women’s vault

Defending champion: Simone Biles (USA)

This contest will most likely be a duel between the two Americans, Simone Biles and Jade Carey. They were the only qualifiers to score over 15 and are clearly the two to beat. Last year’s silver and bronze medalists, Shallon Olsen of Canada and Alexa Moreno of Mexico respectively, are both in the final. Also in with a medal chance is British gymnast Elissa Downie and Korean gymnast Yeo Seojeong.

Pommel horse

Defending champion: Xiao Ruoteng (People’s Republic of China)

The defending champion failed to make this final when he fell in qualifications, so last year’s silver medalist and highest qualifier Max Whitlock of Great Britain is favourite here. He is considering a huge difficultly score of 7, which he used in the team finals but fell on. Will he play safe in this final? If he does, it could open the door to second-placed qualifier, Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland, whose execution scores are his strongest asset. It will be a fascinating contest.

Uneven bars

Defending champion: Nina Derwael (Belgium)

Four of last year’s finalists are on the roster for this event, with Derwael the top qualifier and favourite to win. But bars specialist Daria Spiridonova of the Russian Federation is close behind her, as is Sunisa Lee of the USA. German gymnast Elisabeth Seitz is sure to make and impact, along with Great Britain’s Rebecca Downie. But last year’s silver medalist on this event, Simone Biles, cannot be ruled out, despite qualifying down in seventh place.


Defending champion: Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece)

Petrounias is back, but until the qualification competition, he had not competed for a year due to a shoulder injury. He qualified in fourth place but feels he can do better in the final. Challenging him for the title is first place qualifier, Ibrahim Colak of Turkey, together with last year’s silver medalist, Arthur Zanetti of Brazil and Samir Ait Said of France, who both matched Petrounias’ qualifying score. Also in the mix is last year’s bonze medalist, Marco Lodadio of Italy.


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