Getty Images

Gymnastics worlds men’s all-around, event final qualifiers

Leave a comment

Here are the World Gymnastics Championships men’s finals qualifiers for the all-around (Thursday) and apparatus finals (Saturday and Sunday):

1. Manrique Larduet (CUB) — 86.699 (2015 World silver medalist)
2. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) — 86.297
3. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 85.839
4. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 85.697
5. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) — 85.431 (2016 Olympic silver medalist)
6. Lin Chaopan (CHN) — 84.515
7. Yul Moldauer (USA) — 84.331
8. Nile Wilson (GBR) — 83.832
9. Pablo Braegger (SUI) — 83.798
10. Ahmet Onder (TUR) — 82.798
11. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 82.598
12. Jossimar Calvo (COL) — 82.399
13. Ferhat Arican (TUR) — 82.298
14. Caio Souza (BRA) — 81.548
15. Artur Davtyan (ARM) — 81.364
16. Marios Georgiou (CYP) — 81.232
17. Philipp Herder (GER) — 79.831
18. Kevin Cerda (MEX) — 79.232
19. Eddy Yusof (SUI) — 79.064
20. Tomas Kuzmickas (LTU) — 78.997
21. Robert Tvorogal (LTU) — 78.964
22. Bae Garam (KOR) — 78.699
23. Zachary Clay (CAN) — 78.632
24. Joel Plata Rodriguez (ESP) — 77.432
Did Not Qualify: Kohei Uchimura (JPN — 2012, 2016 Olympic champion, injured)

WORLDS: Broadcast Schedule | ScoresWomen to Watch | Men to Watch

1. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 15.766 (2013, 2015 World champion)
2. Donnell Whittenburg (USA) — 15.033
3. Yul Moldauer (USA) — 14.7
4. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) — 14.666
5. Kim Hansol (KOR) — 14.666
6. Manrique Larduet (CUB) — 14.466
7. Bram Verhofstad (NED) — 14.433
8. Milad Karimi (KAZ) — 14.325
9. Tomas Gonzalez (CHI) — 14.266
Did Not Qualify: Max Whitlock (GBR — 2016 Olympic champion)

1. Epke Zonderland (NED) — 14.433 (2012 Olympic champion)
2. Pablo Braegger (SUI) — 14.433
3. Tin Srbic (CRO) — 14.366
4. Oliver Hegi (SUI) — 14.333
5. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 14.208
6. Bart Deurloo (NED) — 14.033
7. Randy Leru (CUB) — 14
8. Hidetaka Miyachi (JPN) — 13.966
Did Not Qualify: Kohei Uchimura (JPN — 2015 World champion, injured)

1. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) — 15.466 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Zou Jingyuan (CHN) — 15.233
3. Manrique Larduet (CUB) — 15.2
4. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 15.066 (2016 Olympic bronze medalist)
5. Lin Chaopan (CHN) — 15 (2013 co-World champion)
6. Ferhat Arican (TUR) — 14.933
7. Marcel Nguyen (GER) — 14.933 (2012 Olympic silver medalist)
8. Pablo Braegger (SUI) — 14.8

1. Max Whitlock (GBR) — 15.3 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Weng Hao (CHN) — 15.033
3. Alex Naddour (USA) — 14.966 (2016 Olympic bronze medalist)
4. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) — 14.866
5. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) — 14.733
6. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 14.666
7. Saso Bertoncelj (SLO) — 14.525
8. Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM) — 14.433 (2015 co-World bronze medalist)
Did Not Qualify: Filip Ude (CRO — 2008 Olympic silver medalist, 2014 World silver medalist)

1. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) — 15.4 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Denis Ablyazin (RUS) — 15.333 (2016 Olympic bronze medalist)
3. Ibrahim Colak (TUR) — 15.033
4. Samir Ait Said (FRA) — 14.966
5. Liu Yang (CHN) — 14.8 (2015 World bronze medalist)
6. Courtney Tulloch (GBR) — 14.766
7. Igor Radivilov (UKR) — 14.733
8. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) — 14.7 (2012 Olympic champion)

1. Yang Hak-Seon (KOR) — 15.283 (2012 Olympic champion)
2. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 14.949 (2016 Olympic bronze medalist)
3. Marian Dragulescu (ROU) — 14.866 (2001, 2005, 2006, 2009 World champion)
4. Keisuke Asato (JPN) — 14.716
5. Zachari Hrimeche (FRA) — 14.699
6. Igor Radivilov (UKR) — 14.67 (2012 Olympic bronze medalist)
7. Kim Hansol (KOR) — 14.649
8. Jorge Vega Lopez (GUA) — 14.616
Did Not Qualify: Donnell Whittenburg (USA — 2015 World bronze medalist)

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Nadia Comaneci returns to Montreal, linked by more than 1976 Olympics

Kaetlyn Osmond wins world title after Zagitova, Kostner crumble

Leave a comment

Kaetlyn Osmond moved from fourth after the short program to win Canada’s first women’s world title in 45 years after Olympic champion Alina Zagitova fell three times and short-program leader Carolina Kostner also struggled jumping.

Osmond, the Olympic bronze medalist, overcame a 7.54-point deficit to Kostner and won by 12.33 points over Japan’s Wakaba Higuchi, who was eighth after the short program. Another Japanese, Satoko Miyahara, took bronze.

“To be able to make the podium was my ultimate goal,” said Osmond, who landed seven triple jumps and scored 1.65 points shy of her personal-best free skate from PyeongChang. “I never thought being champion was possible.”

Osmond was a national champion at age 17 in 2013. She missed the 2014-15 season with a broken leg, then went from being ranked 24th in the world in 2015-16 to winning world silver in 2017.

Kostner, at 31 looking to become the oldest female world champion in history, ended up fourth, 1.2 points out of bronze in what may have been her final competition. She fell once, had a single Axel and no triple-triple combination. Kostner won a world title in 2012 and Olympic bronze in 2014.

Zagitova, a 15-year-old looking to cap an undefeated season as the youngest Olympic and world champion since Tara Lipinski, finished fifth. She was second after the short program, looking for her fifth come-from-behind win in eight international events this season.

WORLDS: Full Scores | Recaps | TV Schedule

Americans finished sixth (Bradie Tennell), 10th (Mirai Nagasu) and 12th (Mariah Bell) after the U.S. women at the Olympics were ninth (Tennell), 10th (Nagasu) and 11th (Karen Chen). No U.S. woman finished in the top six for the first time in Winter Games history.

Friday’s results mean the U.S. drops from three women to two for the 2019 Worlds because the top two finishes didn’t add up to 13 or fewer (sixth and seventh, for example). The last time the U.S. had fewer than the maximum three spots at an Olympics or worlds was 2013.

This is the first time since 2010 that the U.S. didn’t put a woman in the top five at the annual worlds.

That said, Tennell capped her rise the last two seasons — from ninth at the 2017 U.S. Championships and seventh at the 2017 World Championships to ninth in her Olympic debut and sixth in her senior world debut. And that U.S. title from January.

“I feel really good about that performance,” Tennell said, according to U.S. Figure Skating. “I went out there and I just wanted to enjoy myself and skate a clean program and I feel like I did that.”

None of the U.S. women fell, but judges docked them for under rotations (Nagasu had three; Tennell two) and negative grades of execution.

“I think we could all say that [the season] was a very difficult but rewarding journey, and I’m glad to have finished it the way that I did,” said Nagasu, a 24-year-old who said before worlds she hasn’t decided if she will continue competing.

Worlds lacked the 2016 and 2017 champion, Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva, who withdrew before the event with an ankle injury that plagued her this season before she took silver in PyeongChang.

Earlier Friday, French Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke the world record short dance score, one month after Papadakis’ wardrobe malfunction in the Olympic short dance. A full recap is here.

Worlds conclude Saturday with the free dance and men’s free skate.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Best figure skating moments from PyeongChang

French break world record, month after Olympic wardrobe malfunction

Leave a comment

Gabriella Papadakis‘ dress was secure. Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron‘s performance was extraordinary.

The French broke the world record short dance score at the world championships in Milan on Friday. Papadakis wore the same style costume that came slightly undone in the Olympic short dance and exposed her breast in South Korea.

“Back in Montreal [training after the Olympics], I just fixed a couple things in my dress, and I made sure it wouldn’t be able to break or to open in any way,” Papadakis said, before adding with a laugh, “and it didn’t.”

Papadakis and Cizeron tallied 83.73 points Friday, beating Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir‘s record from the Olympics by .06. The two-time world champs and Olympic silver medalists lead Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue by 3.31 going into Saturday’s free dance.

Two-time world medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates are fifth, 2.75 points out of medal position.

WORLDS: Full Scores | RecapsTV Schedule

The field lacks Olympic gold and bronze medalists Virtue and Moir and American siblings Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. Medalists often skip the post-Olympic world championships due to off-ice opportunities, exhaustion or retirement.

Papadakis and Cizeron entered the Olympics as, at worst, co-favorites with Virtue and Moir. Though Virtue and Moir won their three head-to-heads in 2016-17, Papadakis and Cizeron this season posted the four highest total scores under the eight-year-old system in their four international events leading into PyeongChang.

Disaster struck in the Olympic short dance, where Papadakis had that wardrobe malfunction. The couple still tallied 81.93 points, just .14 off their personal best. They outscored Virtue and Moir in the free dance, but the Canadians won overall by .79.

This week, Papadakis and Cizeron eye their third world title after back-to-back crowns in 2015 and 2016 as the youngest ice dance world champs in 40 years. A triple would match Virtue and Moir and give them one more world title than 2014 Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

“The season has been so demanding,” Cizeron said. “It feels really good to end a season on a note like this.”

The third U.S. couple, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, is in 15th place after Hawayek fell in their short dance. The 2014 World junior champions made the field due to the Shibutanis withdrawing.

Key Free Dance Start Times (Saturday ET)
Kaitlin Hawayek/Jean-Luc Baker (USA) — 11:27 a.m.
Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) — 12:56 p.m.
Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 1:04 p.m.
Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 1:12 p.m.
Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) — 1:20 p.m.
Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue (USA) — 1:28 p.m.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Will Aljona Savchenko retire after sixth world title?