History for Turkey – three medals in one day for Great Britain

12.10.2019 21:50 Uhr

Ibrahim Colak (TUR), world champion 2019 on rings

Men’s floor – all-around champion Nikita Nagornyy was the first to compete but took several steps out of bounds on his first pass, a triple somersault. Second gymnast Artem Dolgopyat of Israel, the highest qualifier, then produced a massive score of 15.2 – surely unbeatable? One by one the gymnasts that followed could not match the score, until the penultimate gymnast – Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines. He produced a stunning routine with almost perfect landings, and scored 15.3 – winning the gold medal in the process. 

Women’s vault – Elissa Downie of Great Britain was the first to go, producing two excellent vaults of 5.4 and 6 difficulty for an average score of 14.816. Almost immediately, she was overtaken by the all-around champion Simone Biles, who used vaults with 6 and 5.8 difficulty value. These two gymnasts stayed in the top two places for the rest of the competition, until the final vaulter, Jade Carey of the USA, stepped up and took the silver medal behind Biles and ahead of Downie.

Men’s pommel horse – Highest qualifier Max Whitlock of Great Britain was the second gymnast to compete, and he produced the most difficult routine of the day with a 7 point difficulty value. His score of 15.5 could not be beaten by any of the gymnasts that followed, although Rhys McClenaghan had the highest execution score of 9 points. He took the bronze behind Lee Chih Kai of Chinese Taipei.

Uneven bars – Rebecca Downie finished the routine of her life and scored a 15.000 bringing home the silver medal. Sunisa Lee from the USA was very happy to finish a clean routine after falling in the all-around final two days ago and won bronze. The German representative Elisabeth Seitz enjoyed support from the German crowd but had a fall on her pak salto. Competing on her “weakest“ event, Simone Biles finished a great routine – still not good enough for a medal. Probably the only final she leaves without a podium finish. The Belgian Nina Derwael, consistent as always, was last up on the roaster. With only a small hop on landing she put out the best score and won gold.

Rings – Of all today’s finals, this was the most significant in terms of Olympic qualification. The top three gymnasts without a qualified team would be eligible, so the pressure was intense. Five gymnasts were vying for these spots, and the outcome was a historic gold for Ibrahim Colak of Turkey, the first ever world medal for that country. In second place was Italy’s Marco Lodadio, followed by Samir Ait Said of France. Missing out on automatic Olympic qualification was reigning world and Olympic champion, Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece, who placed fourth. He will now have to see if he can qualify through the World Cup series. A great roar went up for the third gymnast, Germany’s Nick Klessing. He put in a steady routine but lacked a little in quality of execution.


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