PREVIEW for MEN’S TEAM FINAL – Will Russia challenge China for the gold medal?

08.10.2019 18:00 Uhr

NAGORNYY Nikita, one of the archievers in the russian team

Wednesday 9th October – Today‘s competition will reveal the three medal winning teams in men’s competition.

The Japanese gymnasts were able to prove their strength in the qualifying, although the squad was debilitated by the absence of Kohei Uchimura and Kenzo Shirai. The young and inexperienced team made it to third place in the qualification.

The men’s team from Russia showed the best performance in qualifications, excelling on floor and vault.  Defending world champions China were close behind. Will they be able to catch up with the Russians and grab the gold medal as they did last year?

Also in the competition are Ukraine, Great Britain and Switzerland, all of whom managed to pull ahead of the USA team in qualifying.

The real surprise of the qualifying competition was the team from Chinese Taipei. Only 19th last year in Doha, they have risen spectacularly to eighth place and their first ever team final.

However, it remains to be seen how they can cope with the format in finals. Unlike in qualifying, only three gymnasts are allowed to compete per apparatus. All three scores count, which adds huge pressure to the athletes. Who can withstand the pressure and keep their nerves under control when it counts?


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