2018 World Championships Live Blog | Men’s Qualifications Subdivision 3

Welcome to the live blog for the third subdivision of men’s qualifications at the 2018 World Championships, held in Doha, Qatar!

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4:18 pm. Team Standings After Subdivision 3

1. Russia 258.402
2. Netherlands 245.663
3. Switzerland 243.653
4. France 241.203
5. Belgium 236.644
6. Romania 234.121
7. Norway 233.662
8. Finland 233.045

All-Around Standings After Subdivision 3

1. Nikita Nagornyy, Russia, 87.098
2. Artur Dalaloyan, Russia, 84.572
— David Belyavskiy, Russia, 83.332
3. Pablo Brägger, Switzerland, 80.764
4. Oliver Hegi, Switzerland, 80.248
5. Andrei Muntean, Romania, 80.224
6. Loris Frasca, France, 78.899
7. Andrey Likhovitskiy, Belarus, 78.866
8. Jonathan Vrolix, Belgium, 78.830
9. Julien Gobaux, France, 78.531
10. Stian Skjerahaug, Norway, 78.398
11. Oskar Kirmes, Finland, 78.331
12. Sofus Heggemsnes, Norway, 78.165
13. Maxime Gentges, Belgium, 78.082
14. Bram Louwije, Netherlands, 77.798
15. Artem Dolgopyat, Israel, 77.739
16. Tomas Kuzmickas, Lithuania, 77.132
17. Ri Yong Min, North Korea, 77.031
18. Dzianis Sanuvonh, Belarus, 76.899
— Noah Kuavita, Belgium, 76.599
19. Slavomir Michnak, Slovakia, 76.332
— Harald Wibye, Norway, 75.865
20. Robert Tvorogal, Lithuania, 75.633
21. Rasuljon Abdurakhimov, Uzbekistan, 75.598
22. Elias Koski, Finland, 75.465
— Antoine Borello, France, 75.199
23. Michael Sorokine, Israel, 74.831
Franz Card, Finland, 74.231
24. Matthias Schwab, Austria, 74.065

4:15 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI PB: Solid routine, double front half-out with a step forward. No complaints there.

4:12 pm. Stian Skjerahaug NOR FX: Something twisty into a double front, couldn’t see if it was a 1.5 or front full. Front double full to barani after that. Double full with a scoot back. Really nice 2.5 to Rudi! Stuck triple full! THIS NORWEGIAN TEAM THO. They’re SO GOOD.

Eddy Yusof SUI PB: Mostly good. Occasional soft knees. Piked double back with a step.

4:09 pm. Robert Tvorogal LTU HB: Had a fall but I missed where. Looks dejected when he comes off.

Oliver Hegi SUI PB: Fall in the middle of the routine. Literally gutted. Back on to get the dismount out of the way.

Michael Sorokine ISR VT: Kaz full, step forward, not bad.

4:03 pm. Sofus Heggemsnes NOR FX: Front double full to front layout, little hop. 2.5 to punch front. Double tuck side pass. Clean double full. Triple full, step back. Fabulous and he’s sooooo happy!!!

Tomas Kuzmickas LTU HB: layout tkachev, straddle tkachev, straddle tkachev half, good dismount.

Christian Baumann SUI PB: Fell on his dismount. 😦

Andrey Medvedev ISR VT: I missed his first vault but it did well, got a 14.7! UGH then sits his handspring double front, I think he was going for the pike but it was hella tucked.

4:01 pm. I can’t even hold my eyes open anymore. Russia, Netherlands, and Switzerland are still the kings, with Switzerland about 4 points behind the Dutch.

3:58 pm. Ri Se Gwang PRK FX: God I can’t even focus, I watched his first two passes but neither registered in my brain. 2.5 to front layout for his third I think? I’M SO TIRED. Double full with a hop. Tucked full-in with a step to finish.

3:56 pm. Ri Wi Chol PRK FX: Randi to start. Front double full. Double front, launches forward, hands down. 2.5 punches low and long but he still gets the barani around, chest way down. Double full with a hop. Triple full is messy and underrotated but he lands it.

3:53 pm. Stian Skjerahaug NOR HB: Yamawaki, stalder to front giant to stoop half, stalder to stalder half, a little crooked, stoop, little hop on the dismount.

Ri Yong Min PRK FX: 2.5 to barani, Arabian double front with a step forward, Rudi side pass, 1.5 to front full, clean stuck double full, 2.5 with a little stumble.

I’m missing all of Israel on rings, nothing too exciting there though. I’ve seen lots of wobbling and muscling and swinging.

3:52 pm Slavomir Michnak SVK PH: Scissors then single pommel work, both steady, he’s moving very well across the horse and has a good rhythm going. Muscles his dismount then lands it with a low chest but that was really nice until that part.

3:50 pm. Artem Dolgopyat ISR SR: Some ambiguous kind of skills when he doesn’t hit precise marks. Low dismount with a bit of a stumble.

Sofus Heggemsnes NOR HB: Solid hit routine, his bow to the judges is seriously the funniest thing in the world.

3:49 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI VT: Sat his kaz 1.5. 😦 Looked like he had it at first but he’s a bit too far back.

3:47 pm. Harald Wibye NOR HB: Straddle Tkachev, stalder, stalder half, lots of good clean front work, slow and piked full-twisting double layout.

Oliver Hegi SUI VT: Just a DTY, looked solid enough.

3:45 pm. Eddy Yusof SUI VT: Kaz double pike, good in the air, just stumbles it back a little.

3:43 pm. Henrik Stiansen NOR HB: Solid work, hit routine with a stuck full-twisting double layout.

Benjamin Gischard SUI VT: Kaz 1.5, tries to stick it but windmills and eventually lifts his foot.

3:42 pm. It’s still Russia, Netherlands, and Switzerland! Switzerland about five points behind the Dutch.

3:40 pm. Han Chung Hyo PRK HB: Straddle Tkachev half, stoop half, straddle Tkachev, blind full, blind change to Endo full, a little late, to Endo to L grip full, oof, his legs in his full-twisting DLO are a mess and really slow him down. PHYSICS MATTER. Causes him to end up short with a lunge forward.

3:36 pm. Han Jong Hyok PRK HB: Really nice Kovacs but then keeps kinda swinging out of control and has to hold for a sec before continuing. Layout Tkachev followed by the layout Tkachev half, straddle Tkachev half, stoop full, Endo full to Endo, blind full, double double layout with a step. Shame about that early mistake.

Ilan Korchak ISR PH: I’ve missed all of the Israeli pommel routines but it seems like everyone is riding the struggle bus. He hits but it’s an easy routine.

3:35 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI SR: Excellent holds on his handstands. Saltos right up to handstand, GORGEOUS. Stuck double double. That was GORG.

3:31 pm. Ri Yong Min PRK HB: Super crooked on a blind full, Yamawaki is good, I think that’s his only release. Big lunge on the dismount.

Tomas Kuzmickas LTU VT: Hops forward on his kaz full, just a little tentative. Handspring front layout half, some form issues and a hop.

Oliver Hegi SUI SR: Another solid set. Just a step on his dismount.

3:29 pm. Majdi Al-Hmood JOR FX: Really huge and lovely double arabian to start. Also hit his second pass, then a front layout to barani with a little stumble. Also short and stumbled on his side pass. 2.5, a little messy, steps over.

Eddy Yusof SUI SR: Really straight in his Maltese from here. Saltos to a straddle planche, excellent, arches a handstand near the end, a stumble back on his double double dismount.

Robert Tvorogal LTU VT: Kaz full, solid landing, some leg stuff.

3:27 pm. Slavomir Michnak SVK FX: Hit his first pass then a front layout to Rudi. 1.5 to barani stuck. The rest is nice, 2.5 to finish.

Christian Baumann SUI SR: Hit routine to start them off!

Audrys Nin Reyes DOM VT: Ri Se Gwang, has NO control of the landing, goes flying forward and basically launches himself off the mat. 😦 Second vault is a Dragulescu, bounces back and sits it. Welp. End me.

Ri Wi Chol PRK HB: I think he hit everything, took a few steps back on the dismount and looked shocked that he did that lol?

3:26 pm. Switzerland about four points behind the Netherlands after three rotations! Russia obviously first.

3:22 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI PH: Scissors into a single pommel swing, looks really nice, muscles into his handstand pirouettes, then looks a little jerky when he comes back straddling the horse, travels well but really has to muscle his handstand into the dismount.

3:21 pm. Han Chung Hyo PRK PB: He’s much more exact in everything here compared to his teammates. just short/crooked on a handstand. Good dismount, just a step.

3:18 pm. Oliver Hegi SUI PH: Lovely routine, solid work.

Han Jong Hyok PRK PB: Came off on something but I missed what…whatever it was, it made him stumble back a million steps. He looks good when he gets back on, just a step on his piked double back.

3:17 pm. Alexander Shatilov ISR FX: Front double pike half-out, then a 2.5 to front double full, steps OOB. Full-in looks simple for him. Double full. HE’S SO TALL. 1.5 to tucked front full. Lovely triple full. Some form stuff in there, I don’t think it’ll be enough.

3:12 pm. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: His front double tuck 1.5 or whatever he does that I never know WTF he’s doing. Front full to Randi is killer. Double double, makes it look easy, little bounce. 2.5 to front double full DAMN. 1.5 to Rudi for his SIDE PASS. Triple full, big step back to hold on, he wanted to keep twisting 300 more times.

Tomas Kuzmickas LTU SR: Fell on his dismount.

Benjamin Gischard SUI PH: Came off midway through his routine, I believe on his Russians? WHO KNOWS I’m so far also UGHHHHH.

Stian Skjerahaug NOR VT: Really solid kaz 1.5!

Ri Wi Chol PRK PB: Really muscled throughout almost everything, then finally can’t muscle up and hops off. Back on for his piked double back.

3:09 pm. Baumann SUI PH: Pretty smooth until his handstand pirouette, comes down to it and basically sits on the horse but keeps going, good cover if not a great routine.

Michael Sorokine ISR FX: Beautiful double front, followed by a 2.5 to really low punch front tuck, sat it. Clean double full. Step on the triple full.

Odin Kalvø NOR VT: Kaz full, his block looked bizarre af, sneaks the landing in though.

Robert Tvorogal LTU SR: Really solid routine, fab dismount especially.

3:07 pm. So Switzerland was REALLY good on floor here…they’ll get at least Benjamin into the final in a really deep floor field!

3:06 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI FX: Double double, 1.5 to front double full, double arabian half-out, 2.5 to front full, excellent double full and triple full to finish.

Ilan Korchak ISR HB: Everything I saw at the beginning looked good. Stuck the full-twisting double layout!

3:02 pm. Sofus Heggemsnes NOR SR: Good routine, his bow at the end was hilarious.

Oliver Hegi SUI FX: Again I missed the first two but pretty sure they were hit. 2.5 to front full was where I caught it. Then I missed the rest lol. Didn’t see any falls though!

Alexander Shatilov ISR HB: Straddle Tkachev caught close but doesn’t phase him, straddle half is also really high and close but again no problems. Dismount looked like he stumbled forward but saved it from a fall.

Ri Se Gwang PRK VT: Oh daaaaaaamn Ri Se Gwang aka tsuk double tuck full, and he’s actually HIGH on the landing, damn. Good feet too. Like, damn. DAMN.

2:59 pm. Ri Wi Chol PRK VT: Kaz full, a couple of small steps back but otherwise good!

Henrik Stiansen NOR SR: Saltos to L sit look nice, then presses into a lovely handstand.

Benjamin Gischard SUI FX: I missed the beginning but looked like he hit…double double half-out and then a double double maybe? And I think something before that which I def missed. Front double full to barani after that, and then a 2.5 to front full. Hit the rest!

Artem Dolgopyat ISR HB: Hit routine, double double dismount with a step.

Ri Se Gwang PRK VT: Ri Se Gwang II aka a piked double front half aka a piked Dragulescu, actually a pretty solid landing.

2:55 pm. Robert Tvorogal LTU PH: Looks good for the majority but falls near the end.

Michael Sorokine ISR HB: Crazy legs on his Kolman but he catches. Straddle Tkachev half, one-arm pirouette, step back on his dismount.

Eddy Yusof SUI FX: Hit routine, looked like his full-in stumbled back a bit in his last pass but otherwise nothing to get upset about.

Ri Yong Min PRK VT: Kaz full, looked good. No one here is louder than the North Korean girls screaming from the crowd.

2:50 pm. 900 hour delay because of a rings score I guess?

Ri Wi Chol PRK SR: Maltese, L sit, presses into a Maltese, double front tuck to straddle planche, way arches a handstand after that and he looks pretty shaky, then his next handstand is a bit short. Double double stuck cold though!

2:46 pm. I tried to watch Switzerland on bars because it’s Switzerland on bars but that means I missed a bunch elsewhere. Israel didn’t compete Ilan Korchak on p-bars because the first three went well. Floor and vault only had like two competitors each and I think I got them all…rings and pommels are really what I didn’t see much of.

2:45 pm. Pablo Brägger SUI HB: Cassina, Kolman caught really close and almost dead hangs, has to work his way out of that but it’ll be a huge deduction, layout Tkachev, muscles up after that a bit, Rybalko, stoop full, hop full, big floaty DLO stuck.

2:43 pm. Alexander Shatilov ISR PB: I missed most of this during the Hegi drama but his teammates seem happy so I’m happy for them all.

2:40 pm. Michael Sorokine ISR PB: Some soft knees in places. Stuck double pike though!

Oliver Hegi SUI HB: WEEEEE LET’S GO. Caught his first release, Ankles apart on his stoop half, OH FUUUUUUUUUU hard fall on his Def and he looks hurt. Like he banged his chin or something. Gets back up though. Kolman, Yamawaki, both good, Endo full right on the bar, hop full, DLO full with a low landing and a hop. I’M SAD.

2:37 pm. Slavomir Michnak SVK VT: FTY, hop back.

Artem Dolgopyat ISR PB: I missed most of this but Artem got them off to a good start.

Robert Tvorogal LTU FX: Double front, front double full to barani, 1.5 to…idk what he was trying to do but hands down. The next pass also has a little mistake with his leg flying up, but he hits the rest of his routine.

Eddy Yusof SUI HB: Yamawaki, good Tkachev, layout Tkachev half, Endo to stoop half, stalder, double double, little step.

Han Jong Hyok PRK SR: Good transitions out of his saltos. Otherwise hit well, hop on the dismount.

2:35 pm. Tomas Kuzmickas LTU FX: Piked double front is a little short as is the triple full to finish. The rest looked okay.

Sofus Heggemsnes NOR PH: Hit routine!

Ri Yong Min PRK SR: Shaky throughout, step back on his dismount.

Christian Baumann SUI HB: Big Yamawaki, quick blind full, layout Tkachev, hips are a little suspect, everything else looks smooth though. Double double layout, little bounce.

Majdi Al-Hmood JOR VT: Missed what it was but he stumbled it back and practically flew off the podium.

2:31 pm. Athletes have just finished marching out and are about to start warmups! SUBDIVISION THREE LET’S GO.

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4 thoughts on “2018 World Championships Live Blog | Men’s Qualifications Subdivision 3

  1. So sad for Oliver Hegi. He’s such a beautiful gymnast and had a shot at the event final. It seems it works for him in Europeans but not in Worlds. Sad indeed. The team doctor checked his chin and his temples and let him go 5 mn later. Oliver was so defeated. ☹️😥

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