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6:42 pm. Final Standings
1. China 256.634
2. Russia 256.585
3. Japan 253.744
4. United States 251.994
5. Great Britain 248.628
6. Switzerland 244.294
7. Brazil 243.994
8. Netherlands 240.660
6:41 pm. Russia falls short by less than half a tenth. I’m LEAVING.
6:37 pm. Nagornyy RUS HB: I’m having a heart attack. Layout Tkachev, layout Tkachev half. All eyes on him. OMG HE MUSCLES OUT OF THE HANDSTAND. PEOPLE LEGITIMATELY SCREAMED LMAO. I CAN’T HANDLE THIS. Stoop half. straddle Tkachev, straddle Tkachev half, one-arm pirouette, stalder, double double layout stuck.
6:33 pm. Sorry, I’ve been fully ignoring pommels and rings because it’s SO STRESSFUL WATCHING HIGH BAR AND FLOOR. I’m having a heart attack.
One of the Brazilian guys had 100 falls on p-bars. Mariano I think. 😦
Whitlock GBR PH: I saw most of this. Flairs are lovely, nice extension through his straight leg spins, hit the dismount, fab work.
6:30 pm. Xiao CHN HB: OFF ON HIS LIUKIN!!!!!!!!! Hit his releases after that, them muscles through a front giant pirouette. Double double layout with a step.
Shirai JPN FX: Hit his first pass, then a 3.5, short, almost doesn’t get it around, puched into whatever he does after that. I’m great! QUAD, casual, almost stuck like a BOSS. Hit the pass after that. I’m trying to watch him and Xiao IT’S TOUGH. Triple full to finish.
6:29 pm. Mikulak USA FX: 2.5 to double front, solid. Front double full to front tuck full, little bounce. Flairs are solid. 1.5 to front full, stuck cold. Double full stuck, brings his heels together. Triple full, a little low, little hop back.
Really the only issue for the U.S. today was Sam’s pommels fall, right? I’d say this was a HUGE EFFING SUCCESS with this team of mostly small children.
6:28 pm. Dalaloyan RUS HB: Cassina, Kovacs, layout Tkachev, layout Tkachev half, stoop half, ankles apart, stoop to front giant to hop change to Yamawaki, full-twisting double layout, stuck with a bobble in his torso.
Fraser GBR PH: Hit routine!
6:25 pm. Tanigawa JPN FX: Hit the first pass, then a piked double front half-out, looked pretty tucked in the legs though. OMG then sits his piked double front! And literally does a pushup out of the fall LOLLLL. God bless. Double full. 2.5 to front full with a hop. Triple full.
Schmidt NED SR: Fell on his dismount. 😦
6:24 pm. Lin CHN HB: Cassina, Kolman, both done well in the air, really awkward/late full pirouette, Yamawaki, muscles out of the handstand, has to do the Yamawaki again into Endo, front giant full, double double layout stuck. Well, Russia’s back in it…
6:22 pm. Moldauer USA FX: Clean randi with a little bounce. Arabian double front half-out, super clean and stuck. Front double full to front full, stuck! Beautiful work so far. Flairs time! So gorgeous. Solid 2.5 to barani. Clean double full. Superb triple full, little bounce.
Gischard SUI SR: Hit what I saw pretty well. 1.5 double tuck, step back.
6:20 pm. Kaya JPN FX: Double front half-out, super clean. Piked double front, hop forward. 2.5 to front full. Clean double full. stuck the next pass and landed the last pass well.
Belyavskiy RUS HB: One-arm pirouette, little adjustment. Layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev half, Yamawaki. German giants. Double layout full-out, little step.
Rijken NED SR: This was pretty shaky and wobbly throughout.
Hall GBR PH: Had a fall. 😦 😦
6:19 pm. Bitencourt BRA PH: I missed this.
Baumann SUI SR: Hit routine.
6:17 pm. Van Wicklen USA FX: Piked double front half-out, solid. 2.5 to front full I believe? Or 3.5? Yeah, 3.5. The next is a 2.5 to barani. I love when guys make a 3.5 look easy. Hit his side pass. Stuck the pass after that. Beautiful double arabian, little hop back.
Sun CHN HB: Layout Tkachev half, Yamawaki, double double layout with a step back, then a bobble. Good routine.
6:13 pm. Rotation 5 Standings
1. China 216.134
2. Russia 215.186
3. Japan 211.645
4. United States 209.028
5. Great Britain 208.129
6. Brazil 208.095
7. Switzerland 203.229
8. Netherlands 201.762
Damn, that fall for Russia…they’re SO CLOSE.
6:12 pm. 16.2 for Zou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6:08 pm. Mikulak USA HB: Cassina, Kolman, excellent, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to straddle half, one-arm pirouette, stoop half, stalder, double double dismount, stuck. INCREDIBLE.
Zou CHN PB: He’s gorgeous and golden at everything he does. Just muscles his legs together on one of his handstands, but otherwise flawless. Tiny step on the double front half-out dismount.
6:06 pm. Hegi SUI PH: Had a fall.
6:04 pm. Souza BRA FX: I missed the beginning but believe he hit everything. 1.5 to front full after his “dance break” which is what I call the nonsense part of MAG floor. Triple full with a bounce to finish.
Dalaloyan RUS PB: Had a fall early on SO KILL ME. The rest is very nice, double front half-out stuck with his chest down. Shame.
6:03 pm. Uchimura JPN HB: HUUUUUGE layout Kovacs. Cassina after that, also great, Kolman is perfect, MY GOD. Stalder 1.5, stoop full, gets a little crooked but no problem into the Yamawaki to Endo to stoop half, hop full, double double layout, little scoot back.
6:01 pm. Cunningham GBR FX: Hit his first pass then a huge double front half-out. Third pass also good. Double double, a little low, hop. 2.5 to Rudi after that I think. Triple full, some ankle form, chest down, but stuck.
Lin CHN PB: Nice salto work up to handstand, some adjustments on one handstand but everything else looks really nice.
5:59 pm. Modi USA HB: Layout Tkachev, hit another release after that, then a straddle Tkachev half, Endo to End full, double double layout deep but stuck!! Guys are pumped. Akash is freaking out, he’s so proud and looks like such a tiny little man next to Colin. I’m dying.
Gischard SUI PH: Believe this was hit.
5:57 pm. Belyavskiy RUS PB: Pretty flawless, double front half-out, low, but pretty much stuck.
Mariano BRA FX: Piked double front, little hop. Tucked full-in little bounce. Hit routine.
5:56 pm. Whitlock GBR FX: Randi is nice. Step on his second pass. Everything else hit but I wasn’t typing. Triple full with a step.
Deng CHN PB: Mostly perf, double front pike with some windmill arms but stuck.
Tanaka JPN HB: Cassina, a little close, Kovacs, Kolman, looked like he almost caught it with one hand but keeps going with no problems. Little step on the dismount.
Louwije NED PH: I believe this was hit.
5:55 pm. Baumann SUI PH: Had a fall.
5:51 pm. Nagornyy RUS PB: Very fluid in his opening. Some leg form issues. Really low on the dismount, big step forward.
Zanetti BRA FX: Piked double front low but hit. Hit the second and third passes.
Van Wicklen USA HB: Layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to straddle half, one-arm pirouette, stoop half, dismount stuck with some windmill arms.
5:47 pm. Bevan GBR FX: Good piked double front half. Solid double layout. Great piked double front. Hit a combo pass near the end, then a clean triple full with a hop back to finish.
Schmidt NED PH: Hit routine!
Shirai JPN HB: Yamawaki, hit his next two releases, both very well, I think one was either a Cassina or a layout Kovacs, I was looking at floor and saw it out of the corner of my eye. I’m so impressed with his improvements here! Double double layout, a little deep with a hop.
5:43 pm. Rotation 4 Standings
1. Russia 171.920
2. China 170.001
3. Japan 169.046
4. United States 167.528
5. Brazil 166.163
6. Switzerland 166.097
7. Great Britain 165.530
8. Netherlands 163.696
5:40 pm. Tanigawa JPN PB: Swings up to a lovely handstand, then one-arm swing back up. Wobbly and a bit arched on a handstand after that, and the next handstand is piked. Calms down after that and the rest is lovely.
Hall GBR HB: Cassina is great, Kovacs, Kolman, all good. Blind change to stoop full, stoop half, stalder to hop full, double double layout, a little deep, step back.
5:38 pm. Barretto BRA HB: One-arm pirouette, straddle Tkachev to layout Tkachev to straddle Tkachev half, excellent! Stoop half, layout Tkachev half, stoop full, Yamawaki, the guys watching him are FREAKING OUT. Full-twisting double layout, biiiig step back and the look on his face is like OHHH FFFFFFFFFFFFF but he holds it.
5:37 pm. Rijken NED FX: Double front OOF, stumbles it forward and then randomly punches out of it, a tuck onto his back. Front double full to front full, sits it. UGH. Hit his side pass at least. Double full after that. 2.5 stumbled back to finish. Poor dude.
Mikulak USA PB: Everything looks smooth and in control. His basket thing to a press handstand is effortless. LETS GO BRO. Stuck the double front half-out. He really wants to make up for that pommels fall, you can feel it.
5:36 pm. Bevan GBR HB: Beautiful Kovacs! Kolman, peeled off on his one-arm giant REALLY hard onto his side. Gonna take him a minute to get his breath. Back on stalder to hop full, double double layout, big step back.
5:34 pm. Uchimura JPN PB: Lovely routine! Stuck the dismount.
Brägger SUI FX: Double double, hop back. Hit his second pass. Then an arabian double front half-out. Solid 2.5 to front full. Triple full, good, step back.
5:32 pm. Deurloo NED FX: Double front half-out, whip half to double front, hop forward. Stuck the 1.5 to front full. Either 2.5 or front double full to barani after that, nice. Arabiand ouble front, step back.
Souza BRA HB: Low key paid attention while other stuff was happening, caught everything and then stuck his double double layout.
Moldauer USA PB: Fab routine, step on the dismount.
5:30 pm. Xiao CHN VT: Kaz double, looked good to me!
Lankin RUS VT: Kaz 1.5 with a little step.
5:29 pm. Gischard SUI FX: I missed his first pass but he hit. Double double half-out, good, double double, little bounce. 2.5 I believe to barani.
Fraser GBR HB: Yamawaki, Cassina, Kolman, double double layout hopped back slightly. One of his better HBs I think? Form-wise anyway.
5:28 pm. Dalaloyan RUS VT: Yurchenko triple, stuck cold. Russia’s like “The gold is ours, everyone. Congrats to US and only us. :)”
Tanaka JPN PB: Had a fall early on. YIKES. Muscled something severely after.
5:26 pm. Schmidt NED FX: I didn’t see his first two passes but saw that he hit. Front double full to front full after that is solid. Hit his side pass with some leg form errors. Hit the pass after that. I’m catching the endings but never the pass itself. Triple full to finish, solid.
5:25 pm. Modi USA PB: Gets crazy on a transition, leg form falls apart completely but good job bring it back under control.
Sun CHN VT: Beautiful kaz double, step back.
5:22 pm. Lin CHN VT: Kaz double, a little rough in the air , step on the landing.
Yusof SUI FX: Hit his first pass. Front double full to barani after that I think, then a 1.5 to front full. Hit his next two passes, one with a step back. Last one had a step I think.
Mariano BRA HB: Layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev to straddle Tkachev half, fab. muscles a front handstand before his Yamawaki to Endo. Double double layout with a hop, not bad!
Nagornyy RUS VT: Dragulescu STUCK COOOOOOOOLD aisdjfaskfljasdkajsdf;lkjadsf MY GODDDDDDD BYE
5:18 pm. Rotation 3 Standings
1. Japan 128.414
2. Russia 127.365
3. Great Britain 126.465
4. United States 125.829
5. China 125.569
6. Netherlands 125.264
7. Switzerland 124.798
8. Brazil 124.630
5:15 pm. Hegi SUI HB: Yamawaki half, Def, very nice, Kolman, blind change to stoop full to Yamawaki to Endo full, muscles through it, good cover, hop full, full-twisting double layout with a step. Almost there.
5:13 pm. Bitencourt BRA PB: Ankles apart in his one-arm pirouette, comes out of a handstand and muscles it back. Moving slow and stady after that. Always a little short in his handstands and pirouettes, almost every time. Hit his dismount.
Mikulak USA VT: Kaz 1.5, hop forward, looked okay in the air.
5:12 pm. The internet went completely out for five minutes but I kept typing through it in my little notepad app so everything that happened during that time is below! 🙂
5:09 pm. Tanigawa JPN VT: Another suuuuuuuper long wait for TV. Handspring piked double front, damn! Nice.
Zonderland NED HB: Endo full, huge Cassina, ankles apart at the end, huge Kolman to Gaylord, YAS, stalder, hop full, double double with a scoot back.
Xiao CHN SR: I didn’t see most of this, SORRYYYY
Bevan GBR PB: Also missed this.
5:07 pm. Souza BRA PB: I believe he had a fall at one point but I wasn’t watching him. Just saw him leave and come back. Hit the dismount.
Dalaloyan RUS SR: Iron cross, saltos back up to iron cross, gets a little shaky on his straddle planche for a second, then is leaning pretty far forward on one of his last handstands. The next handstand almost reverses that mistake. Solid on the dismount though.
5:06 pm. Brägger SUI HB: Cassina, clean, Kolman also very clean, layout Tkachev, straddle Tkachev half, muscles the handstand out of it, but gets it up, stoop half, Rybalko, stoop full, hop full, full-twisting double layout flared and stuck cold. MMMMMM aside from that muscle up it was asjf;laksjflkasfd GORGEOUS I’m dead.
5:04 pm. Hall GBR PB: A little weird on his salto catch, double front half-out, chest fully down and he’s a bit sideways.
Sun CHN SR: Nice double saltos to maltese is nice. Handstands look good. Double double, hops his feet together.
Van Wicklen USA VT: Dragulescu, not as good as it was in quals but still solid, chest down a bit with a step.
5:02 pm. Barretto BRA PB: Weird adjustment in his L sit. Lots of form issues, including on his dismount.
Nagornyy RUS SR: Saw from the straddle planche. Good work, stuck the double double dismount.
Rijken NED HB: Layout Tkachev, then a straddle, Rybalko, stoop full, stuck his full-twisting double layout, fab.
Kaya JPN VT: Kaz 1.5, almost as good as Yul’s but not quite there.
5:01 pm. Moldauer USA VT: Kaz 1.5, long wait for him because of TV reasons I think. Anyway, beautiful in the air and stuck COLD. Legit just moves his upper body slightly. Dayuuuum bro.
4:58 pm. Fraser GBR PB: Not his best, lots of moments where I glanced over and his leg form was iffy, also really low and forward on his dismount, step forward.
Baumann SUI HB: Big Yamawaki, muscles up before Endo full, layout Tkachev, stalder 1.5, double double layout with a step back.
Deng CHN SR: Iron cross, something between a planche and a maltese it looks like, not quite in either position. Planche after that. Handstands aren’t great at all tbh. Hit the dismount.
4:57 pm. Lankin RUS SR: Hit everything I saw, double double, hop with his chest down.
4:55 pm. Duerloo NED HB: I missed the very beginning, caught from his Cassina, huge Kovacs to Kolman, the latter a bit messy, huge Yamawaki to Endo half, stalder to hop full, double double layout dismount with a step forward.
Shirai JPN VT: Yurchenko triple, great in the air, just a bit low on the landing.
4:52 pm. Rotation 2 Standings
1. Great Britain 85.666
2. Brazil 84.956
3. Japan 84.282
3. Netherlands 83.765
5. Switzerland 83.665
6. Russia 83.664
7. China 82.696
8. United States 82.097
4:48 pm. Schmidt NED PB: This was a BEAUTIFUL routine. Double front stuck.
Belyavskiy RUS PH: Much better than qualifications just in his general demeanor and confidence on the horse. Tighter form too. Obvs important. Lovely job.
4:47 pm. Xiao CHN PH: I lost internet for a sec so wasn’t typing but hit routine!
Uchimura JPN SR: Same as above, also hit!
4:44 pm. Mikulak USA SR: Iron cross is nice, saltos up to handstand, double double dismount with a great landing.
Bevan GBR VT: Kaz double, I didn’t see the landing but it looked good in the air.
Hegi SUI PB: Oh nooo, gets a little messy in one of his handstands and has to like, walk it around. Rough but no falls I guess.
4:42 pm. Tanigawa JPN SR: Page was refreshing during this so I wasn’t typing but hit routine with a solid double double dismount.
Zanetti BRA VT: I didn’t see what he did but saw his landing pretty low and stumbled back.
Kuksenkov RUS PH: Hit routine! Everything I saw was great.
Zonderland NED PH: Muscles a tad in one of his handstands, 1.5 pirouette was also a little shaky. Form overall is a little iffy. Caught his salto way forward and had to press it back. Piked double back with a hop.
4:40 pm. Cunningham GBR VT: The Biles. 🙂 Pretty solid, I couldn’t see the landing well though.
Zou CHN PH: Looked like his leg got caught a couple of times but not severely enough to destruct his rhythm. Otherwise fab.
Brägger SUI PB: Saw most of this and it looked okay, double front is a bit cowboyed and low, step forward.
4:39 pm. Moldauer USA SR: I missed most of this while watching p-bars but caught his double double dismount which was LITERALLY PERFECT in the air and on the landing.
4:38 pm. Rijken NED PB: Nice handstand into a one-arm pirouette back to handstand, moves his hands a lot in handstands and makes some adjustments which is like the one thing I know on pommels that’s naughty. Lovely press to handstand. Piked double back with a step.
4:36 pm. Souza BRA VT: Kaz double, pretty rough on the landing, stumble back.
Nagornyy RUS PH: The pommel horse KING and CHAMPION. Best pommels worker IN THE WORLD. One-arm swing was nice. That means he’s a fancy ass pommels king. Idk, he looks pretty good until one transition where his legs get wild but he very quickly corrects and finishes VERY strong. Just that one huge break.
4:35 pm. Baumann SUI PB: Short on one of his handstands, salto up to press handstand was nice though. Pirouetting is lovely. Double front half-out, little hop.
Kaya JPN SR: Maltese swung through to iron cross, saltos to iron cross, elbows are severely bent. Almost fell completely over on his last handstand, arched like crazy but pulled it back. Hit the dismount.
4:34 pm. Hall GBR VT: Kaz 1.5, looked lovely in the air, hop forward.
4:32 pm. Mariano BRA VT: Kaz 1.5, looked good from here.
Modi USA SR: Nice press up to L sit. Maltese. Double saltos up to iron cross. A little shaky in one of his handstands. Double double, hop back.
Sun CHN PH: Fell onto his back I think on his Russians but wasn’t watching super close. Back on, hits the rest. So I guess forget about what I said in my preview…they apparently don’t want to make up for their qualification mistakes! But Russia could still self-destruct so…ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE.
4:30 pm. I’m going to be ignoring p-bars the most during this rotation but will try to watch as much as I can, especially for Epke and Oliver!
4:28 pm. Rotation 1 Standings
1. Russia 43.199
2. Brazil 42.899
3. Netherlands 42.466
4. Great Britain 41.766
5. Japan 41.733
6. Switzerland 41.399
7. China 40.798
8. United States 40.632
4:25 pm. Deng CHN FX: Piked double front, big hop forward with windmill arms. Hit his second pass a bit short, then hit his third as well. Then goes for a front double full. Triple full is clean with a good landing.
Mikulak USA PH: Fall, I missed on what, I think on his handstand pirouettes. I mean. Nothing in life lasts. Flairs look good and he gets a little wild with his arms while in his travels. A little precarious in his handstand during his dismount but oh well.
4:24 pm. Bitencourt BRA SR: I missed most of this but he hit, and had a nice piked double front dismount, step forward.
Yul Moldauer put in an inquiry on pommels but it was rejected FYI.
4:22 pm. Brägger SUI VT: Sat his kaz 1.5. 😦 😦 😦
Tanigawa JPN PH: Hit routine! Some form breaks in the middle.
Dalaloyan RUS FX: Front layout to randi. Front layout to piked double front. Both good. Double double, hop back. After that was a 2.5 to front double full I believe. Triple full is a little rough and low.
4:21 pm. Hall GBR SR: So far so good, L sit to press handstand was really nice, goes the tiniest bit crooked and arched on his last handstand, double double stuck cold to finish!
4:19 pm. Lin CHN FX: Piked double front half-out, good. Front full to randi, solid. Double double is wild and low in the air, gets it around but hops to the side. 2.5 to Rudi is good. Clean and stuck double full side pass. Triple full, ankles crossed a bit, step on the landing.
4:17 pm. Zanetti BRA SR: Just hangs there for 45 minutes at the start before going up to a planche, drops down, and then back up to a planche which he swings through to a maltese, just artistic in the way he moves through every skill. Double pike to maltese. Hit the dismount.
Deurloo NED VT: Kaz 1.5, maybe a tad short, hop forward. Knees were a tad loose in the air as well.
Yoder USA PH: Showing a really fluid swing today, some leg breaks throughout, but he’s working through it, lovely work into his handstand before the dismount!! FAB. They WANT THIS.
4:15 pm. Kaya JPN PH: Gets a little rough near the end but overall a good routine.
Nagornyy RUS FX: Triple back, bounce back OOB. Twist to double front, stuck. Double double, hop. Hit the pass after that, I think a 2.5 to front full to barani or something like that, then full-in side pass. Flared triple full with fab rotation, great landing.
4:14 pm. Fraser GBR SR: Nice saltos into his straddle planche, good L sit pressed to handstand. Arched on his last handstand, double double with a little hop.
Yusof SUI VT: Kaz double pike, step. Solid.
4:12 pm. Souza BRA SR: Hit routine.
Moldauer USA PH: Beautiful flairs as always, very in control, especially while traveling. HIT ROUTINE. Guys are going nuts.
Xiao CHN FX: 3.5 to barani, 2.5 to Rudi, both very nice. High double layout, hop back. FLEW back out of his next pass and crashed it. Flairs just while Yul is doing his which is SO pretty to watch. Hit his next pass. Triple full, a little short with a hop.
Schmidt NED VT: Hit his kaz 1.5 well.
Oh daaaamn Kohei got a 14.133 on pommels.
4:11 pm. Gischard SUI VT: Kaz 1.5, very clean in the air, step forward/sideways.
4:09 pm. Louwije NED VT: Kaz full, hop back, some ankles in the air.
Lankin RUS FX: Triple back, baby hop. 3.5 to front full, think his foot went OOB. 2.5 to front double full, fab. Double double, tiny hop. Big stumble on his side pass. Almost hands down. HERE WE GO. Don’t do this to me Russia. Triple full, hop back.
Uchimura JPN PH: Scissors, muscles handstand, gets it a little low. Otherwise hit!
Bevan GBR SR: Hit routine, hop on his double double dismount.
4:08 pm. I’m going to try to focus on floor and pommels right now, but will get what I can of the others. Thankfully they’re all visually in relatively the same direction.
4:06 pm. Walk-in has happened and we’re ready to go!
Russia and China start on floor, Japan and the United States on pommels, Great Britain and Brazil on rings, and the Netherlands and Switzerland on vault. Reminder that at worlds this year, the countries are alternating, so you’ll see Lankin start on follow, then Xiao, then Nagornyy, then Lin…and so on. It’s gonna make things CRAAAAAAZY!!! Just kidding, it had literally no effect on anything when they did it at Pan Ams.