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Gymnastics worlds women’s all-around, event finals qualifiers

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

ALL-AROUND
1. Mai Murakami (JPN) — 55.933
2. Ragan Smith (USA) — 55.932
3. Ellie Black (CAN) — 55.766
4. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) — 55.299
5. Elena Eremina (RUS) — 54.999
6. Morgan Hurd (USA) — 54.832
7. Diana Varinska (UKR) — 53.915
8. Nina Derwael (BEL) — 53.598
9. Aiko Sugihara (JPN) — 53.265
10. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) — 53.132
11. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) — 53.132
12. Tabea Alt (GER) — 53.032
13. Amy Tinkler (GBR) — 52.831
14. Ana Perez (ESP) — 52.732
15. Brooklyn Moors (CAN) — 52.631
16. Wang Yan (CHN) — 52.432
17. Thais Santos (BRA) — 52.332
18. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) — 52
19. Lara Mori (ITA) — 51.957
20. Georgia Godwin (AUS) — 51.874
21. Rune Hermans (BEL) — 51.866
22. Filipa Martins (POR) — 51.565
23. Marine Boyer (FRA) — 51.399
24. Alice Kinsella (GBR) — 51.365
Did Not Qualify: Larisa Iordache (ROU — 2014 World silver medalist, 2015 World bronze medalist, injured)

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BALANCE BEAM
1. Tabea Alt (GER) — 13.533
2. Morgan Hurd (USA) — 13.5
3. Pauline Schaefer (GER) — 13.433
4. Ellie Black (CAN) — 13.433
5. Asuka Teramoto (JPN) — 13.333
6. Elena Eremina (RUS) — 13.233
7. Liu Tingting (CHN) — 13.233
8. Mai Murakami (JPN) — 13.2
Did Not Qualify: Sanne Wevers (NED — 2016 Olympic champion)

FLOOR EXERCISE
1. Ragan Smith (USA) — 14.433
2. Mai Murakami (JPN) — 14.2
3. Jade Carey (USA) — 14.1
4. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) — 13.933
5. Brooklyn Moors (CAN) — 13.866
6. Thais Santos (BRA) — 13.733
7. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) — 13.6
8. Lara Mori (ITA) — 13.5

UNEVEN BARS
1. Elena Eremina (RUS) — 15.1
2. Anastasia Iliankova (RUS) — 15.066
3. Fan Yilin (CHN) — 15.1
4. Nina Derwael (BEL) — 14.966
5. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) — 14.7
6. Ashton Locklear (USA) — 14.566
7. Luo Huan (CHN) — 14.566
7. Diana Varinska (UKR) — 14.566

VAULT
1. Maria Paseka (RUS) — 14.933
2. Jade Carey (USA) — 14.849
3. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) — 14.75
4. Shallon Olsen (CAN) — 14.649
5. Wang Yan (CHN) — 14.55
6. Sae Miyakawa (JPN) — 14.516
7. Ellie Black (CAN) — 14.483
8. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) — 14.349

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Olympic ski cross champion suffers serious knee injury

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Canadian Marielle Thompson, the reigning Olympic and World Cup ski cross champion, ruptured an ACL and MCL in a training crash in Switzerland.

Alpine Canada did not say when the accident happened or what Thompson’s chances are of returning to defend her Olympic title in PyeongChang.

Thompson flew from Switzerland to Vancouver for an MRI that confirmed the injury.

“I’ll be making a plan with my team moving forward and when the time is right getting back on the ski cross course stronger than ever,” Thompson said in a press release.

Thompson, 25, tore a meniscus in January 2015 and returned to competition 11 months later. She won seven of the 13 World Cup races last season.

Other Olympic medal contenders include Swede Sandra Näslund and Swiss Fanny Smith.

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Nathan Chen leads Yuzuru Hanyu at Grand Prix opener (video)

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U.S. champion Nathan Chen hopes to become comfortable in this spot this season — ahead of reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu in the standings.

The 18-year-old Chen landed two quadruple jumps in his short program at the opening Grand Prix event in Moscow, taking a 5.69-point lead over Hanyu going into Saturday’s free skate.

Two-time world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva of Russia topped the women’s short program with 80.75 points (one tenth off her world record).

Full Rostelecom Cup results are here.

Chen’s tally — 100.54 points — is the second-highest short of his flourishing international career. It would have been higher if not for two of his three jumping passes receiving negative grades of execution for wonky landings.

The Japanese megastar Hanyu fell on his final jump, a triple toe loop, on Friday. No matter, Winnie the Pooh bears rained down on the ice from the adoring crowd, many of whom traveled from Japan.

Hanyu scored 94.85 points, one month after breaking his world record short program score with 112.72 points in a small event in Canada.

“Today I made some mistakes in my short program, but overall it didn’t feel bad,” Hanyu said, according to the International Skating Union.

Hanyu, though he is the current PyeongChang favorite, has never won his season-opening Grand Prix event in seven tries.

Chen has now outscored Hanyu, who is four years older, in four of their last eight head-to-head skates.

Hanyu was better in the two biggest programs at last season’s world championships. Chen placed sixth at worlds in April, perhaps gassed at the end of his first senior season while competing on duct-taped skates.

In the women’s standings, Medvedeva topped Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy by 6.13 points.

American Mirai Nagasu landed a triple Axel that was called under rotated and fell on her other two jumping passes. She ended up ninth, two spots behind U.S. bronze medalist Mariah Bell.

In the short dance, two-time world medalists and U.S. champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani tallied 77.30 points.

The siblings lead by .97 over Russians Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviyev going into the free dance.

Russians are one-two in pairs. World bronze medalists Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov lead Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov by 5.49.

All of the free skates are Saturday, live on Olympic Channel. A full schedule is here.

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Rostelecom Cup
Men’s Short
1. Nathan Chen (USA) — 100.54
2. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) — 94.85
3. Dmitriy Aliyev (RUS) — 88.77
11. Grant Hochstein (USA) — 67.56

Women’s Short
1. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 80.75
2. Carolina Kostner (ITA) — 74.64
3. Wakaba Higuchi (JPN) — 69.60
7. Mariah Bell (USA) — 63.85
9. Mirai Nagasu (USA) — 56.15

Short Dance
1. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) — 77.30
2. Yekaterina Bobrova/Dmitry Soloviyev (RUS) — 76.33
3. Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) — 71.32
7. Rachel Parsons/Michael Parsons (USA) — 59.41

Pairs Short
1. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 76.88
2. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov (RUS) — 71.39
3. Valentina Marchei/Ondřej Hotárek (ITA) — 68.48
7. Marissa Castelli/Mervin Tran (USA) — 54.37