Welcome to the live blog for the first day of event finals at the 2017 World Championships in Montreal, Canada!
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4:14 pm. Petrounias with ANOTHER win! Abliazin gets the silver and Liu takes the bronze. Samir Aït Saïd is like half a tenth away from the podium. 😦
4:08 pm. Liu SR: Beautiful inverse cross before his saltos into an iron cross, planche, double front tuck salto to Maltese, lowers down into iron cross and made the CUTEST FACE EVERYONE LAUGHED. Beautiful handstand before giants into full-twisting double layout with a hop.
4:04 pm. Petrounias SR: Show ’em how it’s done!!!!!! Beautiful planche, lovely Maltese, angle actually seems down though, handstand is SO freaking solid, planche down to iron cross, he’s just so in control, double pike up to handstand with a little bobble, double double with his chest down and a slight hop. Idkkkk, that was fab but not like his absolute best? But he’s also Petrounias and is beautiful. Bows to the crowd then kisses the Greek flag on his singlet. ❤ 15.433 (6.3 D, 9.133 E)
4:01 pm. Tulloch SR: Planche angle is slighty crooked, nice Maltese though, doesn’t seem to hold a handstand long enough, planche down to iron cross, double pike to Maltese, handstand after that is almost horizontal at one point and he swings to get it arched back up, full-twisting double layout low with a step. 14.533
3:58 pm. Aït Saïd SR: I love his hang under the rings pushed up into a planche, it’s so nice. Maltese, handstand gets a little short before his saltos (pike then tuck to Maletese), planche down into iron cross, gets applause, last handstand arches a tiny bit, full-twisting double layout stuck GIVE HIM ALL THE MEDALS ALL OF THEM. 15.258
3:55 pm. Abliazin SR: Maltese, swings through to another of them, handstand after that is good, double front saltos tucked then piked into a planche, angle slightly awkward, iron cross, solid handstand after that, swinging kind of a lot before double double layout dismount with a hop. 15.333 (6.3 D, 9.033 E)
3:53 pm. Zanetti SR: Planche, not really super straight, Maltese, double front pike into a kind of wobbly handstand, planche after that the angle is SO bad, nice iron cross, wobbly and muscled handstand before his full-twisting double layout with a hop. 14.900 (6.2 D, 8.7 E)
3:51 pm. Radivilov SR: I missed the beginning but he had a sizable wobble up into handstand before his double pike, Maltese, planche, all of his handstands are a little wobbly, double double with chest down and a hop. 14.933 (6.3 D, 8.633 E)
3:48 pm. Colak SR: Planche to Maltese, planche is nice and straight before double front tuck to double front pike to Maltese, iron cross, front pike into iron cross, shaky handstand before stuck double front pike dismount, that was mostly beautiful. 15.066
3:36 pm. Fan Yilin defends her world title with Elena Eremina placing second and Nina Derwael becoming Belgium’s first gymnast to win a world medal with her bronze!
3:32 pm. Locklear UB: Toe full, legs come completely apart, Chow to pak to Maloney to bail to Ray, great handstand before toe half, muscles and comes off. Awww she’s sobbing. 😦 I feel so bad for her. She’s gonna do the rest of this routine while crying. Good handstand before toe half, muscles again but fights it, hits Jaeger, full-out with a step. Still sobbing. 12.766
3:27 pm. Seitz UB: Maloney to Ricna, blind change to piked Jaeger, big Downie to pak, nice and clean. Short handstand before van Leeuwen, some ankle separation, toe full a little late to full-in with a hop. 14.766 (6.1 D, 8.666 E)
3:23 pm. Fan UB: Inbar full to Komova II to pak to Chow to Gienger, yas. Lovely handstand before inbar half, bent her elbows and muscled up on her blind change into her Healy to Ling to HER half-in from L grip to double tuck dismount, came off the bar too early for the dismount though and her landing wasn’t great. 15.166 (6.5 D, 8.666 E)
3:21 pm. Luo UB: Lovely handstand before Maloney to pak to van Leeuwen, ankle separation, blind change to Healy to Ling to piked Jaeger, nice. Leg sep on blind change before Healy 1/2, some ankle sep, double layout with a hop forward. So happy she hit, and this bars field is looking fabulous!!! 14.566 (6.2 D, 8.366 E)
3:19 pm. Eremina UB: Nabieva to pak to Chow half with major leg separation, inbar to inbar half to piked Jaeger, good, way short (0.3) handstand before her toe full to full-out, solid landing. Not her best but got that pak to Chow half even if messy! 15.100 (6.3 D, 8.800 E)
3:15 pm. Iliankova UB: Shang, caught close, Hindorff to pak to Maloney to clear hip half to Ezhova, amazing amazing amazing. Short handstand before clean van Leeuwen, GREAT handstand before toe full to full-out with a step. Beautiful. 14.900 (6.2 D, 8.7 E)
3:12 pm. Derwael UB: I think I’m more nervous than she is…my heart actually hurts. Downie, Ricna half to Ezhova, yas. Chow to Bhardwaj is excellent, maybe ankles crossed. Clean van Leeuwen, toe full a tiny bit late to full-in with a great landing and a big smile, just a slight hop out into her salute. 15.033 (6.3 D, 8.733 E), her BEST SCORE!!!
3:10 pm. Varinska UB: Short handstand before Chow to lovely pak, Maloney to clear hip full (late) to Tkachev half caught in mixed grip to Jaeger, amazing. Short handstand before toe full to full-in with a tiny bounce. She’s fab but those handstands are gonna get her…she’s at least 0.1 short on all of them. 14.583 (6.0 D, 8.583 E)
3:08 pm. Bars gymnasts are walking out now!
3:04 pm. Max Whitlock wins the pommel horse gold with David Belyavskiy taking the silver and Xiao Ruoteng getting the bronze!
3:01 pm. Merdinyan PH: Good routine. 14.700 (6.2 D, 8.5 E)
2:58 pm. Whitlock PH: He’s amazing, but his feet aren’t cute. Still ridiculous though and his flares are to die for. 15.441 (6.9 D, 8.541 E)
2:50 pm. Weng PH: This was beautiful and then he super muscled up the handstand into the dismount. UGH. Suspenseful wait for the score. 14.500 (6.0 D, 8.5 E)
I think people are booing his score? lol he had a big mistake and still got an 8.5, calm down
2:48 pm. Verniaiev PH: Floaty scissoring elements and his spinny handstand is nice. Lines aren’t as clean as Belyavskiy’s and UGH then he falls off after his one-arm swing. What a crappy worlds for him. 13.700 (6.4 D, 7.3 E)
2:45 pm. Xiao PH: Lovely flares but looks like his legs get caught at one moment, also looks like his butt kind of hit the horse in the middle. Close call anyway. 15.066 (6.4 D, 8.666 E)
2:42 pm. Belyavskiy PH: Muscled handstand before scissors, one-armed is nice but not quite as fluid as Naddour’s, GORGEOUS body line though, his quick switching of the hands at one end is cool, god this event looks so freaking weird, lovely routine. 15.100 (6.4 D, 8.7 E)
2:38 pm. Bertoncelj PH: Came off literally instantly. Legs apart on several elements, and his feet are quite flexed with a pike in his hips. Also looked like he hit his leg on the handle at one moment. 12.966 (6.0 D, 6.966 E)
2:35 pm. Naddour PH: Short handstand before his scissorings, loooovely one-arm swing, not only do I suck at pommels but there’s a camera right in front of me so I can’t see the bottom half of him, but so far so good, very clean and confident set. 14.750 (6.3 D, 8.45 E)
2:33 pm. Omg it’s gonna be so awful live blogging pommels but I hope you enjoy the nonsense I’ll spew.
2:12 pm. Maria Paseka defends her world vault title while Jade Carey gets the silver and Olympic bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber gets the bronze!
2:11 pm. Miyakawa VT: Crashed her DTY!!!! Nooooo, just not enough of a block. Gets up and shakes her head like wtf just happened. 13.100 (5.4 D, 7.7 E)
2:10 pm. Miyakawa VT: Handspring Rudi, a little short on the landing. Really clean in the air actually…but chest down and a step. 14.500 (5.8 D, 8.7 E)
2:09 pm. Paseka’s Cheng. If you think it’s good I worry about your brain.
Body positions that gymnastics fans should never see.
Yet this is what an 8.700 in execution looks like, folks. pic.twitter.com/EIw7kLt84P
— Uncle Tim (@uncletimmensgym) October 7, 2017
2:08 pm. Chusovitina VT: Second vault is the tsuk 1.5 with a slight hop, big kisses and a heart for the fans. 14.300 (5.2 D, 9.1 E)
2:06 pm. Chusovitina VT: Obviously humongous applause. Handspring front layout full, same leg form issues as always, huge V on the pre-flight, loose legs in the air with a hop. 14.433 (5.4 D, 9.033 E)
2:04 pm. Black VT: Second vault is the tsuk 1.5, slightly loose in the knees with a step forward but TONSSSS of power. Damn. 14.266 (5.2 D, 9.066 E)
Average 14.416, won’t move her in front of Steingruber.
2:03 pm. Black VT: Handspring layout full, has a pretty loose layout shape in the air, actually borderline piked at times but not enough to devalue. Good landing. 14.566 (5.4 D, 9.166 E)
2:00 pm. Carey VT: Tsuk double for the second vault, excellent, just a little bounce in place. Huge huge huge. She could come back next year with a TTY and a tsuk 2.5. Only form issue really on this is the pre-flight leg sep. She even flared this. 14.733 (5.6 D, 9.133 E)
1:59 pm. Carey VT: Love this red leo. Amanar, clean in the air but wild on the landing, huge hop forward (two 0.3 steps tbh) out of it just like in qualifications. Now SHE should be doing a triple. She’d get them around no problem. 14.800 (5.8 D, 9.0 E)
1:57 pm. Wang VT: Second vault is the Rudi, aww, just not enough power, ends up being really short with a step forward/to the side and OOB. 😦 14.2 (5.8 D, 8.5 E)
1:55 pm. Wang VT: Tsuk double with a step back. Not bad in the air actually…one of her better attempts. 14.5 (5.6 D, 8.9 E)
1:54 pm. Paseka VT: Amanar for the second vault, huge leg sep on the pre-flight again but actually it’s not bad in the air. Crossed ankles, but her landing is solid for her…small hop forward. 15.000 (5.8 D, 9.2 E)
1:53 pm. Paseka VT: Her Cheng is a disaster as per usual. Shallon’s looks 300,000 times better. Major leg sep on the pre-flight, it’s literally tucked in the air, chest at her knees, and she takes a step to the side nearly OOB. May have been out actually. 14.7 (6.0 D, 8.7 E)
1:50 pm. Olsen VT: Cheng, looks really disappointed before she vaults. Loose form in the air, but a decent landing, still looks like she’s gonna cry though. Poor thing. For her first meet competing a Cheng it looks REALLY good, better than most we see. But that Amanar…shame. 14.933 (6.0 D, 8.933 E)
1:48 pm. Olsen VT: Amanar, messy, under-rotated, and she crashes it to her hands and knees. 13.533 (5.8, 7.833, -0.1 ND)
1:46 pm. Steingruber VT: Second vault is the DTY, off-center and short with a step back but again, really clean. Average 14.466
1:44 pm. Steingruber VT: Rudi is her first vault. Big leg separation in pre-flight and she’s not quite as powerful as she was in qualifications…a little short with her chest down. Step to the side. Clean in the air though! 14.633 (5.8 D, 8.933 E, -0.1 ND)
1:43 pm. Also a ridiculous ammount of applause for Chuso…who literally just fell over backwards while standing up after she got off the stage. She’s like “I’ve done gymnastics for 400 years, today I’m gonna try it while drinking some wine.”
1:40 pm. Introducing the women for vault! Lots of applause for Shallon Olsen, obvs, but everyone’s getting their fair share. Can’t wait to see Ellie Black’s applause.
Super worried about Maria Paseka around all of this fire in the introductions.
Oh here’s Ellie. She ABSOLUTELY got applause the second she entered before they even said her intro. OF COURSE.
1:34 pm. Kenzo Shirai defends his world championships title on floor 1.1 points ahead of the rest of the competition! Artem Dolgopyat of Israel takes the silver and Yul Moldauer of the United States gets the bronze!!!
1:31 pm. Kim FX: 3.5 to barani, a little messy in the twists. Double front pike half is BEAUTIFUL but low, hops it. 2.5 to front double full with a slight hop. Double double low with a hop. Front 2.5, WOBBLED BEFORE HIS FINAL PASS LOL. Triple full with a stumble forward. 14.100 (6.4 D, 7.7 E)
I THINK YUL MOLDAUER GOT HIMSELF A FLOOR MEDAL! AND ARTEM DOLGOPYAT!!!!! ISRAEL!
1:29 pm. Karimi FX: MY SON!!!! MY LITTLE BABY SON. 3.5 to barani with a little bounce back. Front full to front 2.5 with a little bounce. He looks nervous. Double double stuck, has to fight for it a little. 2.5 to front double full with a bobble on the landing. Meh, not as good as day one but he looks so nervous. Good double full side pass. Triple full short with a stumble forward and his hands down NOOOOOO MY POOR SWEET CHILD. Spencer is sitting a row behind me and we both whipped our heads at each other with frowny faces. 😦 13.266 (6.1 D, 7.166 E)
1:27 pm. Whittenburg FX: Kenzo has over a full point lead right now. I think Dondon can def challenge for the podium! Front double full to double front, yikes, gets no punch and almost sits it. Front double pike has a huge hop forward looked OOB. Welp. Hit double double layout, 2.5 side pass, crowd loves when he holds himself in a planche before his next tumbling line, a double double with a hop to the side, double arabian half-out basically stuck. Ugh about those first two passes. 14.166 (6.4 D, 7.766 E)
1:23 pm. Larduet FX: Piked double front, small hop forward. Double layout half-out with a big hop back. #ManBiles Front double full to front layout, double arabian half-out, double front side pass with a huge hop forward. 2.5 to front full. Finishes with a double arabian, just hops his feet together. Spins around on the floor gesturing to the crowd. LOVE. 14.100 (6.0 D, 8.1 E)
1:19 pm. Moldauer FX: Front 2.5 with a slight hop. Stuck double arabian half-out, yas! Front double full to front full, stuck. Flares are incredible as always, just so freaking pretty. 2.5 to barani is stuck. HE WINS ON E FOR SURE. Stuck double full side pass. Triple full with the tiniest hop forward. Crowd loves him. 14.500 (5.8 D, 8.7 E)
1:17 pm. Dolgopyat FX: Double front full-in half-out JFC, front full to front 2.5, quad! With a step. 2.5 to front double full. 1.5 to Rudi side pass. Triple full short with a slight step. 14.533 (6.5 D, 8.033 E)
1:11 pm. Shirai FX: Oh god this is so hard for me. Layout triple double with the tiniest bounce. Triple double tucked, great. 2.5 to front 2.5 jeepers. Front full to front…triple full? That’s the only one I couldn’t see. 3.5 to front full. Quad to finish, just jumps his feet together. JFC. 15.633 (7.2 D, 8.433 E)
1:09 pm. Verhofstad FX: Front full to 2.5 with a good landing but a bit crazy in the air. 2.5 to front double full is good. 3.5 to barani, also solid. Double double, low chest but solid landing. Flared stuck double full, just brings his heels together. The part of floor where they just basically breakdance always makes me laugh in MAG. Stuck his triple to finish it off, messy in the air but he’s so happy. 14.333 (6.1 D, 8.233 E)
1:06 pm. Gonzalez FX: Double front pike half is great, front 2.5, a little short. Hit something into the Rudi before that, I didn’t see. Double double with a step. 2.5 to barani is stuck. Triple full, nicely rotated and nearly stuck. 14.266 (6.0 D, 8.266 E)
1:03 pm. Just got news that Shallon Olsen retroactively submitted a Yurchenko triple full and might compete it today omg omg omg omg omg omg omg tbh I’m terrified but I think the landing will be better than her Amanar so I’m not even worried. I’d be more worried for her Amanar.
1:00 pm. Starting off today’s competition with the men on floor! They brought out fire for the intros which is super exciting but the athletes are coming out before being announced and it’s super awkward. They walk out to zero applause, stand there for a second, and then it’s like REPRESENTING BLAH BLAH…
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