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Andrys Nin Reyes, vault: Dragulescu attempt, not twisted enough. That looks a tad dangerous, but he's OK. Second vault is Tsuk 2.5, lands out of the central area.
Ruslan Namazov, floor: Sits down double front last pass.
Tarik Soto Byfield, high bar: Yama. Gienger with some form.
Casimir Schmidt, pommel: Believe it was a hit routine.
Sam Oldham, floor: Whip half to Randi, bounces both feet OOB. 1.5 to front double full. Wonderful flairs sequence, which he's so good at. Sam is such a versatile gymnast, it's surprising to see him only doing floor here. 2.5 to front tuck full, lands in a deep squat but holds on. Thomas. Triple full to end, chest lands low again and he takes a sizeable hop forward.
John Orozco, high bar: Liukin. Layout Tkatchev half. Tak half to Tkatchev half. Tak full to Yama. Hop full. Full twisting double layout with a hop.
Because he's such an excellent vaulter, you forget how good Ri Sw Gwang can be on rings too. He's so strong, and his positions are super correct. But something goes wrong on his dismount and he crashes to the ground. He gets up and shakes himself off, looking at his left hand. Perhaps his grip broke?
Ryohei Kato, high bar: Nice Klman. Stalder to stalder 1.5. Tak full to Yama. Hop full. Excellent double double layout dismount.
David Belyavskiy, vault: Tsuk 2.5 with about four small hops at the end. Two were necessary, and the others not. Hm. No second vault from him today.
Hit routine on parallel bars from Axel Augis, who makes his front double tuck with a step forward and raises his arms in victory. He's an up and comer on this event -- very nice work!
Meanwhile, a fall on high bar from Norway's Marcus Conradi. Looks like he missed a Tkatchev of some sort.
David Belyavskiy, rings: Strong routine as usual from Belyavskiy, but I get the impression that he, like the rest of the Russian team, is a bit tired. Maybe it's all that heavy breathing in the middle of his exercises. Gorgeous full twisting double layout, though, stuck. Wonderful.
Javier Gomez, high bar: You could say that his handstands on this event were very correct. You could also say that he holds them a tad too long, and the routine was a bit slow as a result...
Hit floor routine for the young Casimir Schmidt of the Netherlands delights the crowd. 15.0 -- great score.
David Vecsernyes, floor: Full in tuck for the tall man from Hungary.
Kristian Thomas, high bar: Liukin, awesome! Very casual. Stalder 1.5. Tak half to layout Tkatchev. Hop 1.5. Tak full to Yama. Like almost all the British men, he's cautious on high bar, doesn't take a whole lot of risk, but that was quite clean. Full twisting double layout to great landing.
Diego Hypolito, vault: Tsuk 2.5, not bad. 14.816. Second vault: Roundoff, half on, front double full off. A teensy bit of leg form, but not bad.
Brandon Wynn, p-bars: Very clean work, looks great up there. Double tuck between the bars, Geinger with extra front flip, a very unusual skill, and terrific stuck double pike dismount. After leading rings following three of four rotations (he's now third, behind China and Brazil), he's having a great meet.
Jorge Vega Lopez, floor: Promising tumbler, but falls on his next to last pass (Arabian double front) and his last pass (triple full). My guess is he's not used to competing on a podium and finds he's being flung about hither and yon because it's bouncier.
Save of the subdivision: Javier Gomez of Spain on parallel bars, for being extremely patient with a slighltly English handstand and getting through it without even much of a deduction. Man, everyone's doing English handstands on p-bars all of a sudden! The Spanish are really applauding that routine.
David Belyavskiy, pommel: Hit routine for the 2012 Olympic finalist on this event. Bet he's relieved.
Isaac Botella, ESP: 14.8 for his first vault. He was making gestures like he was either really pleased or really annoyed after he landed it. Second vault is wonderful handspring front double full. I think he was pleased. He waves to the crowd, which is going crazy for him with enthusiasm usually reserved for the Belgians (or, on occasion, the Dutch).
Carlos Calvo, pommel: Hit routine, and clean, from the other young Colombian here.
Tarik Soto Byfield, vault: Sits Yurchenko 1.5.
Yang Liu, rings: Another young Chinese gymnast here...oh, and that is a very strong Maltese there. Double front between the rings to iron cross, among other things. He's a kind of budding Chen Yibing, and he does his full twisting double layout just like Chen.
Denmark's powerful Joao Fuglsig lands a handspring double front straightlegged and goes straight down. Ouch. That was one of those injuries where there is no question it's an ACL. Ouch ouch ouch. The medical staff helps him hop off the mat with minimal fuss. Yeeks. You hate seeing that.
Steven Legendre, vault: Dragulescu with two steps back. He's gotten better at that vault. Second vault is Tsuk double pike, and again doesn't come close to sticking (two steps back), but well done!
Ashely Watson, p-bars: Diamadov to English handstand. A tad awkward on front straddle somie. Dismount is well landed.
Arthur Zanetti, rings: Hit routine from the Olympic champion on this event from Brazil.
Prashanth Sellathurai, pommel: Amazing quick Russians between the pommels. Great Wu travel to Russians. Terrific routine.
Michael Makings, floor: Mounts with a full in tuck to good landing, but then bounds forward and actually ends up falling on his head on the rebound. Oops. That's podiums for you, I guess.
Danny Rodrigues, rings: Front double pike between the rings. His own unique "butterfly" element. Excellent work, and excellent toepoint for a strongman! Danny goes for his harder dismount -- a full-twisting double layout -- and sticks it. Good for him! He throws his arms up in jubilation. 15.566 that should get him into the finals easily -- van Gelder and his teammate Samir Ait Said received the same score.
Andrew Smith, floor: 3.5 twist to tucked front full! That was a 3.5, I think? It was gorgeous. Front double to front tuck half. Tucked Thomas. 2.5 to front layout, bounces up in the air. And STUCK triple full to end! WOW Andrew Smith! Gorgeous routine from the Irishman, really making a statement.
Beautiful exercise on high bar from Roman Kulesza, with Tkatchev half, layout Tkatchev, Kolman and wonderful stylish swing. Oh shoot! Hands down on his double double layout dismount. Shame.
Axel Augis, pommel: Moving very well, clean form. Hit routine! Bravo, Axel!
Kristian Thomas, vault: Making his comeback from a knee injury earlier this year at the French International...Yurchenko double pike, great! Small hop on landing. He injured himself on his second vault, which should be a handspring double front, coming up right here...that's what it is, lands and takes a big step forward. Finals? Maybe.
Zhang Hongtao, pomeml: The 2009 World pommel champ here, and you can see why. What a technician! Making really hard stuff look effortless. Swings easily up to his full twisting dismount. That should make finals.
Ruslan Namazov: Layout Cuervo, stuck.
Wajdi Bouallegue, floor: Double double tuck from Tunisia's 2012 Olympian. Whip to immediate full twisting double. 2.5 to Rudi. Tucked Thomas. Ends with a front double full and puts his hand down.
Javier Fuentes, rings: Pretty form from Spain's rings guy.
David Belyavskiy, floor: Tucked Thomas side pass to open. Deep breath before front double full to Rudi -- was expecting the double full in back out that we saw yesterday from Brazil's Mariano. Arabian double pike with a big step forward. Arabian double front half out side pass. 2.5 to front full. Good crisp triple full to end. He takes really deep breaths before each pass.
Velislav Valchev, high bar: One fall, didn't see on what.
Casimir Schmidt, p-bars: Diamadov. Stutz. Uprise to double front with a small hop forward. Nice routine (the Belgians are applauding heartily.)
Alexander Rodriguez, high bar: Falls on what might have been a
Luke Wiwatowski, floor: 1.5 to front double full, small hop but nice. Whip to Arabian double front side pass, stuck cold. Arabian double pike, tiny hop forward. Looking very sharp. Bit messy on 2.5 to punch front half, however, and rough landing but stays on his feet. Tucked Thomas. Not enough juice for his full in double tuck, however, and lands that on his hands and knees (and head). Ambitious routine from what is obviously a hardworking young Aussie, though.
Aliaksandr Tsarevich, high bar: Big fall from the Belarussian makes the crowd gasp.
Roman Kulesza, p-bars: Diamadov, giant, uprise, front straddle somie...Tippelt, inside Diamadov, double pike that looked a tad tucked down at the end, but good landing, just a tiny hop. Wonderful style on this event.
Ryohei Kato, rings: Unusual strength position to start. Double pike and double backs betwen the rings, followed by the same skills going forward. Stylish and very clean, and optimizing the bonus he can get for swing. Double double tuck dismount, small step forward.
Diego Hypolito, floor: 1.5 to Randi side pass. Arabian double front to front tuck full. Arabian double pike. For the man who has like three skills named after him that are Arabian variations with twists, this feels rather conservative. 1.5 to front double full. Layout Thomas. Triple full to end. Um, it was a nice routine, but Diego takes some form here and there, and had a few hops throughout on his landings. I'm not sure that will make finals, but it will be close.
Ryohei Kato, pommel: Arrrgh, didn't see it. Assuming it was fabulous.
Adickxon Trejo, floor: Hands down on double layout second pass for the Venezuelan. Ends with an Arabian double front.
Ambitious vaults but rough landings for Jorge Alfredo Vegas Lopez of Guatemala.
David Belyavskiy, high bar: Out for blood after two falls on high bar. Yama with extra half twist. Tkatchev half a btii rough. This is his worst event by far...Good Tak full to Yama. Tkatchev, why not? Stalder. Easy looking full twisting double layout with a hop.
Without a Belgian to cheer on in this rotation, the crowd adopts Casimir Schmidt of the Netherlands, who does them proud with a nearly stuck Tsuk 2.5 on vault (bit of leg form though).
Marek Lyszczarz, vault: The Pole goes for a Dragulescu, but has to put his hands down. Shame! He does well on this event on the World Cup circuit. Sits his second vault, too.
Tarik Soto Byfield, pommel: One fall.
Helge Vammen, pommel: Very nice work! Clean set. He and John Orozco are the last athletes to go in this rotation, so he did that routine with every eye in the arena trained on him.
Audrys Nin Reyes, high bar: Two falls, one on layout Tkatchev. Eh, he looks young. Beautiful double double layout though, stuck!
John Orozco, pommel: For a kid whose worst event was once pommel horse, John Orozco has come an incredibly long way. But he gets slower as he goes on through this very, very long routine, and eventually can't hold on and comes off. Looks disappointed, but he shouldn't be -- he's had a hard year, tearing his ACL on the post-Olympic tour and coming back from that and then being added to the World team rather unexpectedly. He's done well, and is in a good place for 2014.
Luke Wiwatowski, high bar: Seems fine after that fall from p-bars...Rybalko, Tak full to Yama. Kolman. Tucked Kovacs. Stalder hop 1.5. Hop full. Stalder. Double double layout with a small step back. Well done! Luke is waving to the crowd, who are applauding warmly.
Steven Legendre, floor: Big test for him. He's introduced as "Steven Legend-er." Front double full to double front, tiny hop. 2.5 twisting double tuck, small hop. Whip to Arabian double front side pass, again a hop. 1.5? to front full. Layout Thomas. Arabian double pike to end, but both feet (well, his toes) bounce OOB on landing. Hmmm. He needs 15.0 or better to get into the final, I believe...
Gabriel Gan Zi, high bar: Nice swing, easy double layout dismount.
Daniel Keatings, pommel: Beautiful, beautiful routine right up until he fell. Beautiful routine after too, with grogeous traveling pirouetting dismount. What a shame.
Pavel Bulauski, vault: Handspring double front, strong quads allow him to land it. Much better Tsuk double pike second vault.
Ryohei Kato, floor: Great routine full of twisting: 3.5 to front tuck half, 1.5 to Randi, 2.5 to Rudi and triple full to end. And that's just what I saw. He's terrific, but I do wish he'd do a double salto...
Over on p-bars, Luke Wiwatowski of Australia has a fall (didn't see on what) and lays on the podium between the bars stunned for a good 30 seconds. The emergency med staff go up to him up there, but looks like he's OK. Whew!
Isaac Botella, floor: Double layout. 1.5 to front double full. Great tumbling from this Spanish veteran.
Ri Se Gwang, vault: Handspring double front pike with half twist, stumbles forward and puts his hands down. And then -- then! -- the best full twisting Tsuk double back you've ever seen. WOW. Highlight of the day, right there.
David Belyavskiy, p-bars: Comes off on a Diamadov. Yes, this is not the Russians men's meet. Both hands down on his double front pike. Bad start.
Francisco Barretto, high bar: Hit routine. He looks pumped about it.
Sascha Palgen, floor: Arabian double pike from basically a hurdle, no run. Front layout to Rudi. 2.5 to front tuck full. He's a great story of perseverance -- he had a bad neck injury on a roll out skill several years ago, managed to recover and has come back to gymnastics. But there are no roll out skills in his routine now. Ends with a triple full, just a tad underrotated.
FTY on vault from Michael Makings of South Africa.
On floor, Costa Rica's Tarik Soto Byfield acquits himself well; impressive tumbling across the board and a double layout to close.
Joao Fuglsig, floor: One OOB and a lot of hops from this Dane, but a very powerful tumbler. I wonder if the moth over his head at the beginning of his routine was a distraction?
Hm, now Carlos Calvo of Colombia is off parallel bars on something too. He looks very disappointed. P-bars has been bucking people right and left so far today...
Young Audrys Nin Reyes, up next on p-bars, does hit his routine, and runs off with a satisfied expression. End of an eventful rotation.
ANTWERP, 9:29 a.m.: With three of four subdivisions of men's qualification complete here, a few truths have come to light:
1. Kohei Uchimura is still the king of men's gymnastics. (Not that there was much doubt, but...)
2. The Russians are having an off meet, with Nikolai Kuksenkov and Denis Ablyazin already out of the running for event finals. The Russians may be a bit tired after Europeans in Moscow and the Universiade in Kazan already this year. As it is, their all-around hopes rest with European Champion David Belyavskiy, who will compete in the upcoming session.
3. South America is coming on. Both Brazilian all-arounders, Sergio Sasaki and Arthur Mariano, looked fantastic in qualification. So did 2011 Pan Am Games champ Jossimar Calvo of Colombia, who is currently sitting 10th. The host continent for the 2016 Olympics is obviously pouring its efforts into gymnastics.
9:51 a.m.: The three "gymnasts" (in reality three guys in skintight bodysuits) featured in the 2013 Worlds logo are out on the floor right now doing a little crowdwarming comedy routine. I'm hoping there will be video, because they really are something. Not bad at gymnastics, either -- at least one is capable of a double full on floor. The schoolchildren in the audience are laughing loudly.