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Dan Purvis, p-bars: Peach to English handstand. Diamadov. Peach. Uprise to front straddle somie to his upper arms. Inside Diamadov. Double pike, great landing. Excellent competition for Dan!
Marco Lodadio, vault: Dragulescu and Tsuk double back! This new Italian generation is very strong. And as we saw at the European Youth Olympic Festival earlier this summer, there are younger ones who are also very impressive.
Lin Chaopan, vault: Tsuk triple full. Largeish step back, but hey, it's a Tsuk triple full.
Daniel Corral, p-bars: Double front dismount, small hop. A routine that got great applause. I think the audience liked his long lines.
Osvaldo Martinez, vault: Yurchenko 1.5, super clean with a hop forward.
Paala Nozadze, pommel horse: One of the more comical falls of the night, a splattering on the horse/podium sort of affair.
Jake Dalton, vault: Tsuk triple, well done, just a small shuffle on the landing! Second vault is such an airy double front that he was probably thinking about doing the Dragulescu
Eleftherios Kosmidis, floor: The bouncy 2010 World floor champion starts off with a double double layout with a step forward, just a tad short. 1.5 to double front, sizeable bounce forward. 2.5 to front layout full side pass. Front double full to Rudi, a tad muscled. Full in tuck, step back. Not bad, but a few too many bounces out of his passes. The announcer takes time to thank him for doing the athletes' oath at the opening ceremony this morning.
Kohei Uchimura, vault: Excellent handspring Randi, small hop forward on landing.
Epke Zonderland, p-bars: He started on high bar and has had a long wait for this second routine. Some amazing pirouette work in this piece, so difficult. Terrific form and great double pike dismount, just a teeny hop! Looking great.
Oleg Verniaiev, p-bars: Peach to Englsh handstand. Does it again into an inside Diamadov. Bhavsar. Inside Diamadov half turn. Double pike with a hop backward. Good way for him to end.
Kohei Uchimura, rings: Wow! Kohei gets lifted to the rings while the transition music (which is that bit from "the NFL on NBC") is still playing, and I'd swear that he waited like 10 seconds to begin his exercise for the music to be over...like, out of politeness. Anyway, this is classic Kohei up there, strong and excellent positions. Double double tuck dismount, tiny hop. Whatevs.
Matteo Morandi, rings: Solid routine from the Italian rings specialist, who gets great applause from the crowd.
Dan Purvis, vault: Yurchenko 2.5 with a small step forward. Nicely done.
Matthias Fahrig, floor: Arabian double front half out. Double front pike. Flairs. Arabian double front side pass, has to bounce backward to keep it on his feet. And I guess that was his dismount...it looked like a side pass. Fahrig has always been a particularly bouncy guy, but he lacks a bit of finesse -- there are some bendy legs and things not quite as precise as they could be.
Lin Chaopan, rings: A great, precise routine, like everything he's been doing all day. Double double tuck dismount, stuck.
Oleg Verniaiev, vault: Dragulescu to great landing, just a small step back. That will help. Second vault: Tsuk triple full, crunchy in the legs and lands off to the side of the mat. Hm. That looked chucked. And not much the Ukrainians do looks like that.
Brandon Wynn, rings: Standing deeply concentrated on the podium, head down. Hope he's savoring the moment here. Good position on inverted cross. Pike Yamawaki to Maltese. He could stand to point his toes a tad more, from my viewpoint...Full twisting double layout, STUCK! Go Brandon! His coach Casimir Suarez of Ohio State has a big girn on his face.
Jimmy Verbaeys, floor: Front double full to front tuck full, stuck. Tucked Thomas. Rudi? Double full side pass. 2.5 to front layout half, a little flat. Triple full, just a small hop back. Well done overall! The crowd cheered him through it all the way through.
Samir Ait Said, rings: Planche. Maltese. Inverted cross. Good control. Pike Yama to planche. Maltese again, very nice. Iron cross. Little struggle getting up to his very last handstand...full twisting double layout with a small hop forward.
Cyril Tommasone, pommel: Scissors to handstand, done twice. Russian travels across the horse. And comes off just...well, he just kind of comes off. It didn't look like anything was really wrong. So one of France's medal hopes is gone.
Alberto Busnari, pommel: Didn't see it, but he got a lot of applause. Those flairs through the handstand and back down were bound to be popular...
Andreas Bretschneider, high bar: Wonderful Cassina. Kolman. He's the guy who is training the double twisting Kovacs, but we won't see it today -- he would have done it already. Still, this is great stuff. Fantastic double double layout dismount, STUCK!That was awesome. Finals for Bretschneider!
Flavius Koczi, floor: Running double front pike opener -- that's new. 2.5 to front double full third pass. Tucked Thomas.
Yuri van Gelder makes the arena light up with applause. The Netherlands is right next door, of course, and van Gelder's story of recovery from drug addiction is a compelling one. After not being eligible for the London Olympics due to suspension because he tested positive for cocaine in 2009, van Gelder is training and hoping to go to Rio.
Alex Naddour, pommel: Hit set! He's jazzed, high fiving his coaches off the podium. Good for him!
Jossimar Calvo, floor: Whip to very airy Arabian double pike. 3.5 twist, nice! 2.5 to Rudi. Russians. Stumbles forward on running Randi. Front double full to front tuck full. Triple full with a hop back. Nice set aside form the Randi. And again, such improved form!
Kim Jihoon, high bar: A long and successful routine from the 2012 Olympic high bar finalist. Everything was super clean until the double double layout dismount, where he lands with his chest too low and has to take a big step forward.
Shek Wai Hung, vault: Dragulescu! Shek, from Hong Kong, has always been an excellent vaulter, but with this vault he's taken things up a notch. Second effort: Oh, I didn't see his second effort, because Kohei started performing. But he definitely landed it.
Oleg Verniaiev, pommel horse: Oh man, he loses form on a Russian or something and all but comes to a dead stop and has to start really muscling his circles. And because he's young and strong and thin as a pencil, he actually manages to restart his momentum without actually stopping. That actually goes down as one of the most impressive feats of pommel horse seen today. Won't do him any favors in the standings, of course. Verniaiev, like so many Ukrainians, would be so great and would score so well IF ONLY he hit his routines a larger percent of the time...
Kohei Uchimura, floor: 1.5 to Randi. front full to front double full. 2.5 to Rudi. Double full side pass? Russians. Tucked Thomas. Triple full with a hop back. For Kohei, that was just OK. For everyone else...anyways, that won't hurt his standing at all.
Dan Purvis, pommel horse: Well! That went quite well. Because he's British, no doubt. Nothing wrong with that set to speak of. He was a little crunchier in warmups on his circles, but that was great.
Lin Chaopan is twisting all over the floor and doing it well, as he's been doing most things well so far today. Great triple full dismount. Rick is impressed by this new Chinese generation. Ditto, gotta say.
Juan Pablo Gonzalez, vault: Front layout double full and DTY. Both nice, especially the first one.
Osvaldo Martinez, floor: Solid international class set, ending with a 2.5 (and a step forward). He's been quite impressive so far, this Argentinian. Nothing too spectacular, perhaps, but talented and clean.
Jimmy Verbaeys, p-bars: Walks forward on his peach mount. Bhavsar. Inside Diamadov. Front straddle somie. Tippelt. Double pike with a hop forward to warm applause.
Lin Yi-Chieh, floor: Big fall on his whip to Arabian double front; the floor makes a noise like the crack of gunfire. BANG! Double full to end. 12.7.
Jake Dalton, floor: Right before he goes, the announcer tells us that Jake comes from Reno and that he's "a big boy." Double layout half out, small hop. Arabian double front. 1.5 to Rudi side pass. 2.5 to front tuck full side pass, STUCK. Layout Thomas. Triple full, small hop forward. Success for Jake!
Jossimar Calvo, high bar: Tak half to Liukin, that's interesting! Kovacs. Stalder hop 1.5, a little bit of leg form. Wonderful tucked Kovacs! Endo. Double double layout dismount, very close to the bar but well done. This kid won the Pan American Games all-around in 2011 at just 17. I can't get over how much his form has improved.
Lovely, lovely pommel set from Finland's Karl Krimes! Great line, great swing, double pirouetting dismount that traveled the length of the horse, spectacular! We've seen some terrific work from the Finns today, particularly on floor. This was one of the best.
Oliver Hegi, vault: DTY, step back. Nice in the air.
Oleg Verniaiev, floor: Layout Thomas. Easy looking double double tuck (he trains a triple double). Front double full to front layout full. Randi side pass. Russians. 2.5 to front layout half. Just the dismount: Triple full dismount, small hop back. Success!
Kohei Uchimura, high bar: Wonderful Cassina. Hop 1.5. Tak half to Kolman, excellent! Tak full to Yama. Once again, the arena is silnet. All eyes on him. Stuck double double layout. Kohei is totally unaffected.
Matthias Fahrig, vault: Dragulescu, excellent! And also a handspring front layout double full. Great stuff!
Paolo Principi, high bar: The Italian does a Yama with an extra full twist, which just looks totally cool. Sticks his double double layout cold, too. Nice!
Paata Nozadze, vault: Tsuk full for the man from Georgia.
Venezuela's Junior Rojo Mendoza sits one of his passes, but overall he's a very impressive tumbler. And he's not the first impressive tumbler to have sat a pass today, frankly...
Daniel Purvis, floor: Double double tuck to open. That's new. 1.5 to front double full. Double front side pass. 2.5 to front tuck full. Layout Thomas, rolls out of it with his legs straight. Arabian double front to close, stuck. Very nice!
Jimmy Verbaeys, vault: Tsuk double full. Nice. The Belgians celebrate.
Lin Chaopan, high bar: Layout Tkatchev. Then a lot of other stuff, all fairly well done. Double double layout with a big step forward.
Very nice floor routine going from Uzbekistan's Edouard Shaulov until his triple full dismount, which he landed and then fell to the side on. Actually, his legs were also a bit messy on his double full side pass, one of the easiest skills in his routine.
Lin Yi-Chieh, high bar: Weaker routine. Hands down on his dismount.
Some big names in this last subdivision of the day, including Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, Olympic vault champ Yang Hak Seon and the unforgettable Kohei Uchimura.
Flavius Koczi, vault: Tsuk triple full, not bad, small step back. Second vault: An incredibly tucked handspring front layout double full. Wow -- he gets it around but it will receive a huge deduction. He was tucked off the horse basically from the beginning.
Very good high bar set from Edouard Shaulov of Uzbekistan, who has a remarkably clean swing.
Jimmy Verbaeys, rings: Nice full twisting double layout dismount, with a small hop. The crowd loves it.
John Orozco, p-bars: Front flip. Double tuck between the rails, nice. Double pike between the rails, nicer! Dalton. Front straddle somie to his upper arms. Looking great, frankly -- very smooth, fluid swing and nice rhythm throughout the routine. Dismount is a double pike with just a small hop back. Nice start for John, who was only named to the World team after Danell Leyva withdrew in August.
Epke Zonderland, high bar: Here we go...Cassina to Kovacs, nice! Kolman. Tak full. Tak half. Double double layout, it's good! Just a small hop. He's capable of much harder than that -- there was no Gaylord II, for example -- but it still thrilled everyone in here to see that routine. 15.333. Finals for sure.
Ha Thanh Nguyen, vault: I missed his first, which I assume was his excellent Yurchenko double pike. He puts his hands down on his second, a handspring front double full, however. So no final for him. Shame!
Oleg Verniaiev, high bar: Yamawaki with an extra hal;f turn. Very complicated turns sequence and Endos. And then something happens on the dismount -- he casts off and basically freaks out. What should have been a double double layout becomes a full twisting double tuck...and he falls to the ground on landing it.
Jossimar Calvo is quite fun to watch on parallel bars. It's good that he trains with the long, lean, elegant Jorge Hugo Giraldo, which seems to have done wonders for his line and form. Very cool full twisting double tuck dismount at the end of the bars.
Hamilton Sabot, p-bars: Peach to English handstand. Giant. Very smooth so far...Double tuck between the rails. Inside Diamadov. Beautiful Tippelt, one of his trademarks...double pike with a tiny little hop forward. There's a big yell of jubilation from the French fans in his corner. That was just excellent.
Yang Hak Seon, vault: Tsuk triple, just excellent. Second vault is a handspring Randi. He knows he doesn't need his huge guns in qualification, after we've already seen many, many falls on vault already today. Playing it safe is a smart decision.
The arena goes dead quiet for Kohei Uchimura, who is now up p-bars and looking downright brilliant. Wonderful, wonderful set, clean and smooth and flawless. He also really takes his time, doesn't rush things. You can practically see him thinking abut each element while he sits in handstand and gets ready to go. Really the only visible error was a tiny hop on his double pike. He's just mind-blowing every time you see him.
Daniel Purvis, high bar: A very safe routine from Purvis, who takes as little risk as possible on this event and gets away with it because he's so clean. Even his release move, a hop 1.5, flies about one inch off the bar. And just when you're congratulating him on a clean set, he stumbles forward landing his double double layout dismount and puts his hands down. Darn!
Lin Chaopan, p-bars: A very nice routine from this young Chinese man, worthy of following Uchimura. Typical Chinese work on this event, very beautiful and difficult. 15.733 is a big score.
Nice, calm and clean work from Argentina's Osvaldo Martinez on parallel bars -- too bad about the fall halfway through...
Denis Ablyazin, floor: Opens with Randi side pass, one foot OOB. Double double layout, small hop back. Front double full to immediate double front pike, but lands both feet OOB. That's a problem...Layout Thomas. OOB before his 2.5 to front layout full also. And looks like he brushed his hands on his double layout dismount! The Russians are having a difficult time here so far. Ablyazin may not have any finals to attend here, which would be kind of shocking...
Kim He Hoon, vault: Handspring Randi, low landing but makes it. Decent form otherwise. 14.4. Second vault: Wow, Yurchenko triple full! That was excellent. Finals? Possibly...the second vault was better than the first.
Arnaud Willig, rings: Hit routine with double double tuck dismount, small hop.
Andrei Likhovitskiy, floor: Professional and solid routine. Only real problem was a big step forward on 2.5 twist dismount.
Fabian Hambuechen, pommel: After a long and successful five events, Fabian Hambuechen ends on the one he hates. He gets through most of the routine before going crunchy on a circle and sitting at the edge of the horse. Not the way he wanted to end it, but he can't be too displeased with this day. Hopefully in all-around finals he can end on high bar.
Denis Goossens, rings: Hit routine with double double tuck dismount gets a huge ovation from the crowd. Denis drinks it in and plays to them a little bit. The Belgians have had a very mixed day so far, so it's nice that they'll end this session on this positive note. The Belgians are talking about the possibility of a final for Goossens here.
Saeed Reza Keikha, floor: Arabian double front. Arabian front 1 3/4. Flairs through the handstand.
Austria's Fabian Leimlehner comes off the high bar on what looks like a twisting Kovacs element, given the way he fell. Really nice double double layout dismount, however.
STUCK Dragulescu from Brazil's Sergio Sasaki on vault. Niiiiice! Between newcomer Arthur Mariano and Sasaki, the Brazilian men are really coming on. Sergio's second vault is a Tsuk 2.5. With Radivilov likely out of vault finals, there's suddenly opportunity for a guy like Sasaki...
Bart Deurloo, rings: Couple slight hesitations in his handstands, but good Yamawaki swing elements. Double double tuck dismount with a step. Nice competition for him overall, in spite of a few little mistakes that he'll want to correct in all-around finals.
Alexander Batinkov, floor: Layout Thomas. 1.5 to front double full, big step forward. Stumbles out of his side pass. Double full side pass. 2.5 to punch front full. Triple full dismount.
Ashish Kumar, high bar: Drops off on hop 1.5.
Rok Klavora, floor: Great start for the Slovenian with 1.5 to immediate double front. But then stops after front double full and basically does a standing punch front, which he lands on his behind.
Olafur Gunnarsson, high bar: Cool double front half out dismount from the man from Iceland.
Solid floor from Spain's Fabian Gonzalez: double double tuck, layout Thomas, 1.5 to Rudi, 2.5 to front tuck full, front double full to front half and triple full. Fabian waves to the crowd in a friendly way as he leaves the mat.
Dimitrios Markousis, floor: Another Greek specialist, this one a floor expert. 1.5 to double front. Tucked Thomas. Double full with a step back. Full in tuck dismount, well done!
Sergio Sasaki, rings: Hit routine with a double double tuck dismount, very strong.
Fabian Gonzalez, high bar: Falls, but didn't see on what.
Emin Garibov, high bar: The two-time European high bar champion here...nice Yama with extra half twist. Beautiful Tak half to layout Tkatchev to layout Tkatchev half, his special combo. Yama again. Stalder 1.5. Tons of style and such correct positions! Everything is to handstand, just excellent. Double double layout with a tiny hop forward. Unfortunately due to the lack of high-flying release skills I don't think the audience truly appreciated what they were seeing. That deserved a ton of applause and got very little.
Tomi Tuuha, vault: Handspring front double full from the 2010 European vault champion from Finland. Tsuk 2.5 as well.
Fabian Hambuechen, floor: Double double layout, terrific. 2.5 to Rudi, good. Tucked Thomas. 1.5 to front tuck full. Flairs up through the handstand, very well done. Fabi has looked so good all day. Full in, just a small hop. Hambuechen's been known to roar like a lion after a hit routine like that, but perhaps he's saving all that for finals. He does allow himself a subdued fist pump, however. Great set.
Christopher O'Connor, floor: Arabian double front, well done. 2.5 to punch front third pass. Front 1 3/4 roll out. Triple full dismount, very nice!
Angel Ramos, vault: Very nice Tsuk double full.
Zhou Shixiong, high bar: Legs come apart on his stalder 1.5 right off the bat (we've seen that happen several times today), but he seems to be taking a page out of Zou Kai's book, with Jaeger full and layout Jaeger release moves. I wasn't too impressed with him in training, but he has looked much better in competition.
Canada's Scott Morgan is hugely impressive on floor: He opens with a double layout to immediate punch front 1 3/4, and also shows a 2.5 to Rudi late in his routine. Dismount is a full in tuck. Very good stuff, just a tiny hop on the dismount. Seriously strong routine.
Lovely English handstand and double tuck between the rails from Ashish Kumar on p-bars. Is he the best gymnast India has ever had? Certainly he's the best at the moment.
Switzerland's Pablo Braegger sticks his double double layout on high bar, to much cowbelling from the Swiss supporters.
Belgium's Donna-Donny Truyens is warmly saluted by the crowd after his pommel horse routine, which they probably thought was a hit. Alas, he had a big problem on his dismount and knows that there will be no final for him. He claps his hands in frustration as he leaves the podium.
Bart Deurloo, pommel horse: Different voices in the arena shout him through this routine, especially later in the exercise where he appears to get a little bit tired. He makes it through. A few form errors, but nothing serious.
Alexander Batinkov, high bar: Oh, awesome! Pegan (double front over the bar with a half twist), and also a Kolman. However, he takes an extra swing on something silly late in the routine and that will ruin his chances to be in finals. What a shame. Full twisting double layout dismount.
Bart Deurloo, floor: Missed first two passes, saw 2.t to punch front half. Tucked Thomas. Super clean form, legs always extended, toes pointed, everything tightly glued together. Ends with Arabian double front with a small hop. Few gymnasts do that as a final pass. Hit routine from what I saw.
Ashish Kumar, vault: Goes for handspring double front. Doesn't make it.
Angel Ramos, rings: Nice routine with full twisting double tuck dismount (and subsequent hop back).
Mitja Petkovsec, p-bars: Peacha to English handstnad, nice. Very smooth peach half. Back toss 1/4 to one bar. Inside Diamadov. Front straddle somie to his hands -- man, that's hard. Double pike dismount, well done. Mitja pumps his fist as the crowd applauds. Very nice work!
Sergio Sasaki, pommel: Well, he's strong and he gets through it fairly well, but like on high bar, he doesn't have the body to do pommel really well -- he's a bit low to the horse, and his feet aren't very pretty.
Fashion note: The Brazilians, so well known for wearing green and yellow during the past four years,
Vlasios Maras, high bar: Hop 1.5 to immediate Gaylord -- very cool. Legs apart on Tak full, however, and again on stalder op 1.5. Double double layout with a small hop back. Great routine with cool releases, but I think those leg separations will keep him out of the final.
Igor Radivilov, vault: Wonderful stuck Dragulescu! You could feel how hard he was concentrating on that, gauging himself in the air. To be really nitpicky, he landed with his feet apart, but that really was a heck of a vault. Anytime you can actually think about sticking the Dragulescu and really go for it (and do it!) you're pretty good. Second vault: Tsuk double pike. Thought he had it, but he opened up a bit too early and crashed to his hands and knees. Looks like that stung his left ankle too -- he got up and stood on it and winced in surprise, then saluted the judges, then took a step and winced again, and finally sat down at the edge of the mat. He makes it off the podium and medical help comes running. Poor guy...
Arnaud Willig, floor: Front layout to front double full, step forward. Tucked Thomas, very nice. Double full side pass, hop forward, a bit underroated. 1.5 to front tuck full. But doesn't have enough juice for his 2.5 twist at the end and sits down. Dommage!
Jose Manama Castillo, vault: The Venezuelan makes his Tsuk double pike and then crashes his handspring double front. Shame!
Thomas Neuteleers, floor: Running front double full. Front layout to double front, really nice, the crowd loves it! Layout Thomas. 1.5 to Rudi, hop back. 2.5 to front half. And finally a triple full, small step back. Thomas waves to the crowd, as whistles and applause rains down on him.
Fabian Hambuechen, high bar: Piked Kovacs, awesome. Kolman, a little close but covers well. Layout Tkatchev to hop 1.5 to...front giants. (He'd trained a Jaeger layout full and took it out!) Hop 1.5. Double double layout, stuck. Well, not the routine he wanted to do, maybe, but he shouldn't take a deduction for what he left out. It will affect his start value, however.
Max Whitlock receives a 12.9 on rings (didn't see the routine, but talked to the BBC guy here, who wasn't quite sure what went wrong. "He's British," he explained. "We don't seem to produce good rings.") Wow, this is becoming a disaster for him. Shouldn't keep him out of AA finals, I don't think, but it's a "learning day," so to speak. Lesson learned up here: Still rings are to the British what pommel horse is to the Americans. Addendum: Apparently Whitlock had a bit of handstand trouble.
The announcer is having to goad gymnasts off the apparatus at the end of warmups: "Warmup is over on the pommel horse, gentlemen." This might be because they want to adhere to regulations, but also because subdivision one ran about 40 minutes over what it should have. Whoops. "Gentlemen, end of warmup!" For the most part, the gymnasts ignore this.
Bart Deurloo, high bar: Tak half to Kolman, too far away and can't catch it. What a shame! Lands on his back on the mat. Cassina, catches that perfectly. Terrific tucked Kovacs too. Tak full to Yama. Hop full.
Fabian Gonzalez, vault: Excellent Yurchenko 2.5, stuck. Beautiful vault.
Denis Ablyazin, vault: Hmm! Goes for Tsuk triple and lands on his hands, knees and face. Nowhere near what he needed. The thing that sucks is that then you have to vault again. And his second is really hard. Here we go: Tsuk double pike. That was great -- just a small step back, excellent form in the air. Will the fall keep him out of finals? Hard to say...
Sergio Sasaki, floor: Ooh, tough tumbling! I didn't see his first pass, but did see a 1.5 to immediate double front, a 2.5 to punch front full (small foot shuffle) and his dismount, a double Arabian half out. Which he stuck.
Zhou Shixiong, vault: Good Tsuk 2.5. Very well done.
Superb work on parallel bars from 2011 World bronze medalist Vasileios Tsolakidis on p-bars -- so many complex pirouettes, done so effortlessly. Double pike, just a small step back. (I thought he was the Greek on parallel bars in the first subdivision, but was wrong). Big hit routine from Tsolakidis, just beautiful gymnastics.
Fabian Hambuechen, p-bars: Very nice set receives 15.1. Fabian on fire.
Arnaud Willig, high bar: Tak half to Yama, excellent. One armed giant. Double double layout, a bit messy in the legs from my vantage point, but well landed.
Clean tumbling award of the rotation: South Korea's Kim Hee Hoon, a regular machine of clean twisting. Ends with a triple full.
The Belgians are giving a huge hand to Kristof Schroe, who just more or less hit his high bar routine. 14.333 is probably the highest score the Belgian gymnasts have seen today, which is why they're focusing a camera on it and projecting it on the main screen.
Max Whitlock, pommel: The "new Louis Smith" hits like the old Louis Smith. Double pirouetting dismount, rushes the second pirouette, but that was really the only thing wrong. 15.408.
Igor Radivilov, rings: The co-European champion on this event (with France's Samir Ait Said), makes it look easy up there, but there were a few things that went wrong in this routine: he picked up some swing going into an inverted cross and never quite recovered. He also seemed to get tired at the end, struggling into a handstand and then stumbling forward on his double double dismount. He ended on his hands and knees. So one of the European rings champs won't be in event finals...
Max Whitlock, floor: 2.5 to front tuck full, both feet OOB. Whoops. Then rather low landing on 2.5 to front tuck full. Tucked Thomas. Hmm. He needs to do better than this if he's going to beat Mikulak. Randi, then cool little full twisting Shushunova, also done by European Youth Olympic Festival champ Brinn Bevan. Triple full, stumbles forward. Not his best work by far. Hm.
Scott Morgan, vault: Handspring front double full, excellent! Just a small hop. Second vault: Tsuk 2.5 with a bigger step forward, but still very good! Scott began gymnastics very late in adolescence, and has only been doing
Canada's Ken Ikeda dislocated his finger on parallel bars, Rick informs us, but otherwise the Canadian men are happy with what happened in subdivsion one with Ken and Kevin Lytwyn. Other than Kevin's blown high bar routine, they were clean.
Ossur Eiriksfoss, vault: Handspring double front, not even close.
Bart Deurloo, parallel bars: Well, saw him walk in a handstand up there, but the rest was exceptionally clean. Really like his gymnastics, and it seems like things are finally coming together for him.
Nguyen Tuan Dat, floor: Quad full first pass! Kenzo Shirai did it in the first subdivision, and here we have another from a complete unknown! Well. He also does a 2.5 twist pass. Dismount is a triple full. The Vietnamesee Shirai, right?
Sergio Sasaki, high bar: Kolman in combination with a pirouette (stalder full maybe?), well done. I've always thought Sasaki was a little unlucky on this event because he's got a bit of a boxy body that helps on events like floor and vault but doesn't really aid him on high bar. But stuck double double layout there, no complaints about that.
Front tumbling is the forte of Argentina's Mauro Martinez, who opens with a running front double pike and then does another double pike going forward (Arabian) and an Arabian double front. Late in the routine he also does a 2.5 to front tuck full, though he looks more comfortable with flipping.
Fabian Hambuechen, vault: Yurchenko 2.5, well done, small hop. Fabian is on today!
Thomas Neuteleers, p-bars: Another big moment for the Belgians, who are happily saluting their countryman as he steps to the podium. Peach. Dalton (Gienger between the bars). Front straddle to his upper arms. Tippelt. Back toss 1/4 to one bar (slight leg separation) and the crowd erupts at his successful double pike dismount.
Max Whitlock, high bar: Wild on stalder hope 1.5, legs come apart. Yama. Inverts and pirouettes, well done. Jam to Endo. Double double layout stuck. Well! He didn't let that bobble early on get to him at all, did he?
Jose Manama Castillo, floor: Leg form on his 2.5 twist dismount was all I really saw.
Saeed Reza Keikha, pommel horse: The man from Iraq has nice form but completely loses it and falls off in a rather spectacular fashion halfway through the routine.
Marius Berbecar, vault: Stuck cold handspring double front impresses everyone in the arena. Second vault is a Tsuk 2.5, well done.
Ashish Kumar, floor: Great roundoff, 2.5 twist to immediate double front. Front tuck full to Randi, too much energy and runs backwards OOB. Shame! He's so much improved since winning bronze on floor at the 2010 Commonwealths. Basically sticks his triple full dismount, but he knows that there will be no final and looks dejected as he walks off the floor.
Bart Deurloo, vault: Good clean Tsuk 2.5 for the Dutch hopeful as he begins his competition.
Olafur Gunnarsson, floor: Nice triple full opener, but hands down on his Arabian double front second pass. Shame for the man from Iceland.
Scott Morgan, rings: The young Canadian making a nice impression here. Seems to rush his dismount a little bit but gets around a decent double double tuck, done with a step forward.
Nicolas Cordoba, high bar: Struggles up to one handstand (bent arms). Nice full twisting double layout at the end, however.
Saso Bertonceljl, pommel: Hit routine for the pommel finals hopeful, I believe.
Arnaud Willig, vault: Tsuk 2.5, stumbles off to the side and has to put his hand down. Not the way he wanted to start his all-around campaign. This is a tough vault for him, but he can do it.
Eleftherios Petrounias, rings: Really excellent positions and supple swing. Lands his double double layout with his chest just a little low, takes a small shuffle to control the landing, but a very good, certainly finals-worthy routine.
There must be a strong German contingent in here, because Fabian Hambuechen gets a huge ovation as he steps up to his event. Absolutely spectacular routine from Fabi, capped with a gorgeous, diver-like double front pike half out, stuck. Just excellent!
Making a nice impression also on floor is transplanted Russian Andrei Likhovitskiy, who now represents Belarus. His is one of the most "old Soviet" styles on the floor -- the clean lean lines you see rarely these days even from the Russians.
Mykyta Yermak, floor: Goes for 3.5 twist to front tuck full and doesn't quite have what it takes to stand it up, shame. Does the same thing on his second pass, just landing too low. He's got some tape on his shoulder too, so perhaps he's a bit injured. Roundoff, Arabian double front fourth pass. Triple full to end. Lacks some of the finesse of his teammates.
Matvei Petrov, pommel: Well, you see immediately why he's the Ukrainian pommel horse specialist -- lovely, lovely long lines and beautiful flairwork. Just a natural for the event. Terrific set.
Hit pommel set also from China's Zhou Shixiong, who looks very young, both physically and as a gymnast. He'll pick up some polish in the next years, certainly. But it was a hit routine.
Arnaud Willig, p-bars: Hit routine from the Frenchman, just a small hop forward on his double pike dismount.
Sakari Vekki, floor: Nice double double tuck, stuck cold. Hit routine.
Bae Ga Ram, high bar: Excellent set (such clean lines and swing) from this South Korean, capped with a stuck double double layout dismount! A name to watch on this event, certainly.
Anton Fokin, vault: Tsuk full.
Alen Dimic, high bar: Layout Tkatchev. Yama with a half turn. Nice languid hop 1.5. And then sits his double double layout! What a shame! Looks like he was just going to take a step back (albeit a big one) and his legs just buckled under him and it was over.
Robert Tvorogal, rings: One of the very few men to attempt a double front swing skill into a dismount (double front tuck). But he's got too much forward rotation to control it properly and ends up putting his hands down. Still, gotta like the originality..
Sam Mikulak: Tsuk 2.5 with a tiny hop. Saving the double for all-around finals. No second vault for Sam today. 14.8 puts him at 89.532 in the all-around.
Christopher Jurisch, high bar: Great routine with Tkatchev half, Liukin, and a whole bunch of other wild things. Problem is, he's a tall guy and couldn't maintain his swing and actually ended up jumping off at one point. It started so well, but...
Daan Kenis, pbars: Takes the equivalent of a fall after a sort of Diamadov type skill that was maybe supposed to end on one bar. Then takes a real fall that looks painful later on in the routine. Poor Daan, he's not had an easy day.
Kenzo Shirai, floor: One of the big routines of the day right here...3.5 to front double full. Holy cow. Front full to front triple. Trple full side pass. He twists so fast! So, so fast. 2.5 to Randi, and he holds back on the 2.5 to keep it as a 2.5. Amazing. And quadruple full dismount! That will be called the Sharai, and deservedly so!
After that amazing 7.4 display of excellence from Shirai, you have to feel a bit badly for Matthias Schwab of Austria, who goes up on floor after and promptly sits down his first two tumbling passes...
Nikolai Kuksenkov, high bar: The newly naturalized Russian has a nice Cassina. Layout Tkatchev. Tak full to Yama, caught a bit close. Full twisting double layout with a hop. Very typical high bar from him -- clean and strong, although you might not expect it like that because he's a bit taller.
Like his compatriot Tomas Gonzalez, Joel Alvarez of Chile has some skills on floor: Whip half to stuck front double pike is an excellent first pass. The rest of the routine is very well done too. He basically sticks his last pass, a 2.5 twist. The new Tomas? Perhaps!
Naoya Tsukahara, high bar: Clean set from the Aussie. Nothing spectacular but a hit routine with full twisting double layout dismount. How nice to see him back in competition.
Note: Am being amused reading the Twitter comments on Kenzo Shirai's floor routine, with people pouring out compliments in their own languages. The people running the 2013 Worlds Twitter call it "extraterrestrial." "FANTASTICHE!" raves GymPower. The FIG informs everyone that he's the youngest competitor here.
Kevin Lytwyn, high bar: Off after a complicated pirouette sequence went a bit awry. Too bad! Dismounts with just a layout -- odd. Is he injured? Or just didn't want to risk something going wrong?
Tay Wei An Terry, floor: Falls on his 2.5 twist dismount. Stays on the floor and seems to secure a piece of the floor in the middle of the mat, stomping on it to put it back in place. Hm.
Claudio Capelli, floor: The Swiss veteran who always looks good at the big meets. Randi side pass to start. Layout Thomas. Really pays attention to form and line, very nice. Front double full? to front layout half. 2.5 to Rudi. Russians. 1.5 to front tuck full. Seems he's not doing all-around here, just to focus on his best events. Triple full to end, and oh! A tad underrotated and puts his hands down. What a shame! The rest was terrific.
Daan Kenis, vault: Biggest round of applause of the day so far for his DTY, clean and well performed, just a small hop.
Stanislav Valiyev, vault: Sits down his handspring double front. Goes for a Tsuk double tuck second vault but misses that one too and lands on his hands and knees.
Tomislav Markovic, floor: Another floor specialist here...Front double full to Rudi, nice! 2.5 to front tuck full, well done. Randi side pass, excellent. Moving well so far. Tucked Thomas. Roundoff, 1.5 to stop, then hurdles again and does a roundoff, bhs, double full. Never understood that, but OK. Triple full to end. Not sure that'll get into floor finals, but it was a nice routine.
Over on parallel bars, Christopher Jurisch is celebrating a hit routine with his coach. Good double pike dismount was all I saw, but he's really happy.
Sam Mikulak, rings: Picks up a bit of swing early on, but strong swing skills and a very well landed double double tuck dismount. One more event, and Sam will probably lead the all-around after this subdivision. He's been having a terrific day.
Koji Yamamuro, high bar: Nice high Cassina! And even higher Kolman. Wowza. Tak full to also exceptionally high Yama. But then struggles to maintain handstand on an invert -- too bad! Up to then it was excellent. Double double layout with a hop forward.
Naoya Tsukahara, p-bars: Nice peach half mount! Whoops, bit of a concentration error after a simple front somie -- that's what like nine years not at a Worlds will do for you. Nice double back between the bars, however, and very good double pike dismount, just a small hop. This is an event that has potential for him still.
Hit pommel set from Nestor Abad of Spain just now. Nice work.
Arthur Mariano, pommel: Well, he got through it. It wasn't terribly pretty -- quite a few leg separations and the like, and a bit of slowness at times. So this isn't his event. That's forgiveable. But he survived. Bet he's glad it's over!
Arthur Mariano, floor: Double full in back out pike! WOW! Whip to Arabian double pike. Gets lost on takeoff for side pass and only does a front tuck full, but whatever. Nobody's done that first pass except David Belyavskiy of Russia, who introduced it at the 2010 Worlds. Ends with a full in, two steps back. Great potential from Brazil here!
Naoya Tsukahara, vault: Tsuk double full, stuck. Tsukahara is not the gymnast he once was, that's evident. The 1997 World bronze medalist and 1999 World silver medalist...well, it was awhile ago. OK. But it's still impressive that he can do things like that.
Anton Fokin, pommel horse: Falls halfway through. Looks like he got a bit tired.
Alen Dimic, vault: Rudi, falls to the side. Too bad.
Christian Baumann, high bar: At just 18, he's one of the youngest competitiors here, if not the very youngest. It goes wrong for this young Swiss after a hop 1.5 and he has to struggle up to handstand and then stop his routine. Some leg separations and such as well, but really not bad for his age. This will be great experience for him.
Robert Kriangkum, vault: Handspring double front.
Robert Tvorogal, floor: Running double front side pass to start. The rest of his lines are fairly easy for this level. Sits his front double full dismount.
Sam Mikulak, pommel: Hit set! It wasn't completely perfect (and by that I refer to one small leg separation on a Russian) but it was great in general, especially by the American standard of pommel horse these days. It's what sets Sam Mikulak apart as an all-arounder -- it's what got him to the Olympics and it's one of the many things that is setting him apart here. Bravo!
Abhiji Shinde, high bar: Tkatchev and double layout for the man from India. Not the greatest feet (Indian gymnast, point your toes and straighten your legs!) but capable work.
Meanwhile, Mauro Martinez of Argentina rolls out of his full twisting double tuck dismount on rings.
Christian Bataga, floor: Obviously a much stronger event for him than high bar. Second pass is 1.5 to front double full.
Artisom Bykou, high bar: Layout Tkatchev. Tkatchev. Stalder blind. Front stalder. Full twisting double layout that he fights to stick but ends up taking a small hop.
Nestor Abad of Spain had a wonderful floor exercise. Typical Spanish form on this event -- super clean lines and pointed toes. One highlight was an Airflare, that rare but exciting element that spices up flairs on floor. Nestor was really happy about this routine, too -- pumped his fist as he came off the floor.
Daan Kenis, rings: The homeboy had a so-so routine up there, but given how many Belgian fans are here and how they scream like they're at a One Direction concert every time he mounts the podium I'd say it was pretty good. He had a banana handstand and struggled for control a couple times. Double double tuck dismount, well landed.
Aleksandr Balandin, rings: The Russian alternate gets his chance here now that Nikolai Kuksenkov is not scheduled to do every event. Great double front pike to Maltese. Iron cross, done twice. Lovely lines from a rings specialist, too. Double layout, very straight, tiny hop.
Poon Chun Kit, floor: The gymnast from Hong Kong records two falls. Pity!
Nestor Abad, high bar: Layout Tkatchev half, not bad. Hop 1.5, clean. Good inverted work. Stalder. Strong full twisting double layout, stuck. Very nice.
Arthur Mariano, high bar: Lovely form, but struggles after his Tkatchev half (bends arms in handstand to get over) and later swings the wrong way on an inverted giant where he means to go forward and has to change his grip and swing backward. But also a big Jaeger layout with full twist! Double double layout, may have put his hands down as well, not totally certain. But he's a huge promise from Brazil. Cedric Willian and Lucas Rodriguez from the excellent Gymblog Brazil say that Mariano did the London Test Event as his first major competition and that he's a young promise on the national team. "Beautiful!" Cedric enthused. Agreed.
Kenzo Shirai, vault: So that's what a Yurchenko triple looks like! The Japanese twisting prodigy does the TTY very well, getting it all the way around and taking a controlled step back. His second vault was a Tsuk 2.5. Wonderful form in the air. After he comes down, he walks the line of coaches and gymnasts in his rotation, bowing and shaking hands with everyone.
Cristian Bataga, high bar: Tak half nowhere near handstand and several foot form breaks. High bar has never seemed to be the Romanian event. Funny how that's the same for the men and the women.
Vaselios Tsolakidis, p-bars: That looked like a blown routine from the 2011 World bronze medalist. Looked like he sat on the bars after a Tippelt and took a big step forward on his double pike as well. He's really disappointed -- returns to his seat and spreads his hands out in front of him, like, why did this just happen? No way that will make finals.
Daan Kenis, pommel: Takes a big toward the end and sits there on the podium in disbelief for several seconds. Come on, Daan! Nice dismount, however.
Oleksandr Saprun, floor: Crashes his last pass. Didn't see the rest of the routine, however.
Jaime Romero Moran, high bar: Yamawaki to Gienger, well done. But has to stop the routine after an inverted giant gone wrong.
Heikki Niva, floor: There's a Finnish contingent in here crying "Ni-va Heikki! Ni-va Heikki!" in unison as he performs. Fairly clean routine, good triple full with a small hop at the end.
Sam Mikulak, floor: Loooong wait for him on the podium, and as the last gymnast to go in this rotation, all eyes will be on him. 1.5 to double front, step but good. Front double full to Rudi, OOB but the line judge took awhile to raise his flag. He was on the line but it was close... 2.5 to front tuck full. Layout Thomas. Sam's form rivals Jake Dalton's here, really beautful. Triple full to end. Great routine!
Slavomir Michnak, floor: Sits down Arabian double front. Double tuck second pass.
Sam Mikulak, high bar: Cassina! Kolman. Go Sam! Hop 1.5. Tak half to Tkatchev half. Lovely Tak full to Yama. Stalder. Hop full. World class routine here. And STUCK double double layout! He gives a huge 10 to coach Kurt Golder on the podium. That was just great. Good for him!
Ricardo Martins of Portugal and his 70s-style gym socks make a decent impression on floor. He's not as bouncy as some of the others, but he gets through an Arabian double front, 2.5 to front tuck full and doesn't have a fall that I saw.
Michael Meier, vault: Yurchenko 2.5, some leg form but not bad. Step on the landing. The Swiss and their cowbells are in force here, as they usually are at Worlds -- you always know when a Swiss gymnast is competing. Second vault is a stuck Rudi. Again, some leg form, lands with feet apart. But stuck all the same. 14.7.
Kasper Rydberg, floor: 1.5 to front double full opener. Good Arabian double front. Sharp tumbling from this Dane. But not enough energy for his full twisting double tuck dismount and lands it on his hands and knees.
Nestor Abad, p-bars: Overbalances a handstand early on and crashes double pike dismount. Shame.
Kevin Lytwyn, rings: Hit routine with stuck dismount. Podium makes a big bang! when he lands.
Alen Dimic, pommels: Has some trouble getting up to handstand for the dismount. Otherwise clean.
Clean floor tumbling from Argentina's Juan Sebastian Melchiori on floor. Sharp. The South Americans are impressing this morning! I missed Arthur Mariano on p-bars just now (it got decent applause though), but can't wait to see what he does on floor after that vault.
Anton Fokin, high bar: Clean work -- if albeit a fairly simple routine -- from the Uzbek veteran. For such a short man, he gets a lot of distance on his full twisting double layout dismount.
Unlike at past World Championships (IIRC), the second four gymnasts in each group are being given a warmup period in the middle of the rotation, except on vault and maybe pommel horse.
Anthony O'Donnell, floor: Looks like he put about a toe OOB on his first pass, front layout to front double full. Arabian 1 3/4 roll out second pass. Sits handspring double front dismount and looks very disappointed. Chin up, Anthony.
Koji Yamamuro, rings: One of Japan's strongest (third all-around at the 2011 Worlds) has great positions and holds them well. Stuck full twisting double layout dismount as the crowd begins making a racket for homeboy Daan Kenis, who is preparing for floor and being shown on the big screen.
Daan Kenis, floor: Probably the most pressure this young man has ever felt in his whole life. The Belgians are going nuts for him as he waits on the podium. Here we go...Whip half to double front side pass to open and sits down. He was a bit tentative -- he'll learn to be more aggressive on that in the future. Double double tuck, well done. 1.5 to Rudi. Tucked Thomas. Russians. Nice form and style. 2.5 to front tuck half. Just the dismount...triple full with a step forward. Well, it's a step forward for the Belgians with this young guy. Shame about the fall, but he acquitted himself fairly well considering the pressure of being at home and all that. Lots and lots of promise there.
Kohei Kameyama, pommel: Hit routine. The Japanese in the crowd applaud heartily and wave flags. Kohei looks delighted as well, waving his arms in glee as he comes off the podium. 15.4 is big!
Nandor Szabo, floor: Triple full with step back to open for the Hungarian. 2.5 to punch front half. 13.3.
Andret Medvedev, vault: Stumbles forward on handspring double front and puts his hands down. Looks very disappointed. His second vault is a great Tsuk double pike. No wonder he looked so disappointed by the first one!
Robert Kriangkum, floor: Arabian double front, step forward. Double front. Low landing on 1.5 to front layout full.
Javier Cervantes, vault: Rudi, just OK. Second vault is Tsuk double full, out of the area.,
Slovakian veeran Samuel Piasecky looking great on high bar until form break on hop 1.5. Rest was very clean. No huge releases but a lot of good pirouetting and a decent full twisting double layout dismount.
Daan Kenis, high bar: The Belgians are excited for the home boy on this event! Comes off on tucked Kovacs. Otherwise quite clean. Full twisting double layout dismount, small hop. 12.766.
Naoya Tsukahara, floor: Youthful as ever at 35, Naoya Tsukahara gets through the majority of his floor routine well. Ends with a double full. Not a hard routine, but how nice to see him out there in competition again after such a long time!
Sam Mikulak, p-bars: A hit routine from the American, to the delight of American fans in the crowd. Sam looks really pleased. Strong start for him. 15.4.
Arthur Mariano, vault: Saw a brilliant Yurchenko 2.5 from him in warmups, just perfect. Does it again in the competition, just with a small hop. Really nice work.
Jon Gunnarson, floor: This Icelandic gymnast opens with a double full, closes with a front layout full.
Fall on high bar from Argentina's Juan Sebastian Melchiori, didn't see on what.
Poor Dang Nam from Vietnam splats both his handspring double front and second vault.
Cristian Batagam vault: Decent handspring front double full.
Uzbekistan's Anton Fokin gets the biggest round of applause of the morning so far for his parallel bars routine. I didn't see it, but it must have been good. And it was! 15.8, highest score so far.
Andreas Toba, floor: Double layout to begin. 1.5 to front layout to front tuck full. Triple full to end, overcooks it and the floor is so bouncy that he can't hold on and flies backwards onto his bottom. Whoops.
Callum Phillips, pommel: Not bad until he gets tired near the end of the routine and ends up sitting between the pommels.
Whatever Turkey's Ibrahim Colak did on rings, he's really, really happy with it, pumping his arms in jubilation as he gets down from the podium.
Anthony O'Donnell, high bar: Simpler routine: Yamawaki. Stalder. Double layout with hands down. Too bad!
ANTWERP, 9:32 a.m.: Even after 110 years of World Gymnastics Championships, some things haven't changed. (Of course, a lot of things have, like the level of skill) but at the beginning of it all, there's always been an opening ceremony. That's what's happening now in the arena. First there was the Belgian anthem, where the flags of the FIG, the country and the 2013 World Championships (yes, it has it's own flag.)
Then, a few speeches thanking the partners, wishing people good luck and good memories from this World Championships.
The arena is fairly empty this morning, though there are a few rambunctious schoolgroups occupying pockets of seats here and there. In this first session, we'll see Japan's Kenzo Shirai, newly naturalized Australian Naoya Tsukahara, Germany's Andreas Toba, Canada's Ken Ikeda and the U.S.'s Sam Mikulak.
9:40 p.m.: Eleftherios Kosmidis of Greece, the 2010 World floor champion, comes forward to take the athlete's oath.