2018 World Gymnastics Championships men’s finals qualifiers

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Full list of men’s qualifiers (with qualifying scores) for the world gymnastics championships team final (Monday), all-around final (Wednesday) and apparatus finals (Friday and Saturday) …

Team Qualifying
1. Russia — 258.402
2. China — 257.836
3. Japan — 253.312
4. United States — 250.362
5. Great Britain — 249.836
6. Brazil — 246.961
7. Netherlands — 245.663
8. Switzerland — 245.186

All-Around Qualifying
1. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) — 87.332 (2017 World champion)
2. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 87.098
3. Sam Mikulak (USA) — 86.598
4. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) — 84.572
5. Sun Wei (CHN) — 84.007
6. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 83.864 (2017 World bronze medalist)
7. James Hall (GBR) — 83.198
8. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) — 82.915
9. Caio Souza (BRA) — 82.331
10. Nestor Abad (ESP) — 81.507
11. Brinn Bevan (GBR) — 81.291
12. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) — 81.230
13. Ahmet Onder (TUR) — 80.999
14. Pablo Braegger (SUI) — 80.764
15. Lukas Dauser (GER) — 80.539
16. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) — 80.522 (2016 Olympic silver medalist)
17. Yul Moldauer (USA) — 80.365
18. Oliver Hegi (SUI) — 80.248
19. Andrei Muntaen (ROU) — 80.224
20. Park Min-Soo (KOR) — 79.965
21. Rene Cournoyer (CAN) — 79.698
22. Marcel Nguyen (GER) — 79.697 (2012 Olympic silver medalist)
23. Ferhat Arican (TUR) — 79.465
24. Marios Georgiou (CYP) — 79.332

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Floor Exercise Qualifying
1. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) — 14.833
2. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 14.833 (Three-time world champion)
3. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 14.800
4. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) — 14.766
5. Ahmet Onder (TUR) — 14.533
6. Yul Moldauer (USA) — 14.433 (2017 World bronze medalist)
7. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) — 14.400 (2017 World silver medalist)
8. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) — 14.333
8. Sam Mikulak (USA) — 14.333

High Bar Qualifying
1. Kohei Uchimura (JPN) — 14.6 (2015 World champion)
2. Sam Mikulak (USA) — 14.566
3. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) — 14.433
4. Epke Zonderland (NED) — 14.4 (2012 Olympic champion)
5. Tin Srbic (CRO) — 14.3 (2017 World champion)
6. Deng Shudi (CHN) — 14.3
7. Tang Chia-Hung (TPE) — 14.2
8. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) — 14.166

Parallel Bars Qualifying
1. Zou Jingyuan (CHN) — 15.8 (2017 World champion)
2. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) — 15.458 (2016 Olympic champion)
3. Lin Chaopan (CHN) — 15.266
4. Jossimar Calvo (COL) — 15.1
5. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) — 15.041
6. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 15.033 (2016 Olympic bronze medalist)
6. Sam Mikulak (USA) — 15.033
8. Lukas Dauser (GER) — 14.933

Pommel Horse Qualifying
1. Max Whitlock (GBR) — 14.966 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) — 14.633
3. Nariman Kurbanov (KAZ) — 14.466
4. Cyril Tommasone (FRA) — 14.241 (Two-time world medalist)
5. Sam Mikulak (USA) — 14.133
6. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 14.0
7. David Belyavskiy (RUS) — 14.0 (2017 World silver medalist)
8. Lee Chih-Kai (TPE) — 13.7

Still Rings Qualifying
1. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) — 15.266 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) — 15.033 (2012 Olympic champion)
3. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) — 14.866
4. Igor Radivilov (UKR) — 14.733
5. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM) — 14.666
6. Marco Lodadio (ITA) — 14.666
7. Nikita Simonov (AZE) — 14.633
7. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 14.633

Vault Qualifying
1. Ri Se Gwang (PRK) — 14.966 (2016 Olympic champion)
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) — 14.766
3. Artur Davtyan (ARM) — 14.750
4. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) — 14.683
5. Dominick Cunningham (GBR) — 14.616
6. Caio Souza (BRA) — 14.583
7. Kenzo Shirai (JPN) — 14.566 (2017 World champion)
8. Shek Wai Hung (HKG) — 14.533

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Chicago Marathon features Emily Sisson’s return, Conner Mantz’s debut, live on Peacock

Emily Sisson

At Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, Emily Sisson makes her return, nearly three years after Olympic Trials disappointment. Conner Mantz makes one of the most anticipated U.S. men’s debuts in 26.2-mile racing.

It is not the norm, but an American will be one of the spotlight runners in both the men’s and women’s elite races at a major marathon. Peacock airs live coverage at 8 a.m. ET.

Sisson, 30, starts her first mass marathon since dropping out of the Olympic Trials on Feb. 29, 2020, her legs “destroyed” on the hilly Atlanta course where she started as arguably the favorite. She ran the virtual New York City Marathon later in 2020, but that was solo (and not in New York City). Her 2:38:00 isn’t recorded in her official results on her World Athletics bio.

Since, Sisson won the Olympic Trials 10,000m on the track and was the top American in Tokyo in 10th place. She moved back to the roads, winning national titles at 15km and the half marathon and breaking the American record in the latter.

Sisson vaulted into the elite group of U.S. female marathoners in 2019, when she clocked the second-fastest debut marathon in American history, a 2:23:08 on a windy day in London, where the early pace was slow.

At the time, it was the 12th-best U.S. performance all-time. In the last two years, Keira D’Amato, 37, and Sara Hall, 39, combined to run seven faster marathons. At Chicago, a flat course that produced a world record three years ago, Sisson can answer them and perhaps get close to D’Amato’s American record 2:19:12.

“I’m hoping sub-2:20,” coach Ray Treacy said, according to LetsRun.com. “With the [super] shoes and the training behind her, I would think that’s [worth] at least three minutes.”

It is less likely that Sisson can challenge for the win on Sunday given the presence of Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, the 2019 World champion and defending champion in the Windy City. The 28-year-old mom is the fifth-fastest woman in history with a personal best of 2:17:08. And Ethiopian Ruti Aga, a podium finisher in Berlin, New York City and Tokyo with a best time of 2:18:34, though she has one marathon finish since the pandemic (a seventh place).

Like Sisson, Mantz has shown strong recent road racing form. The American men’s debut marathon record of 2:07:56 (Leonard Korir) is in play. If he can break that, Mantz will be among the five fastest U.S. marathoners in history.

Rarely has a U.S. male distance runner as accomplished as Mantz moved up to the marathon at such a young age (25). At BYU, he won NCAA cross-country titles in 2020 and 2021 and placed fifth in the Olympic Trials 10,000m, then turned pro and won the U.S. Half Marathon Championships last December.

“If everything goes as planned, I think sub-2:08 is realistic,” Mantz said in a Citius Mag video interview last month. “If everything goes perfect on the day, I think a sub-2:07, that’s a big stretch goal.”

The men’s field doesn’t have the singular star power of Chepngetich, but a large group of East Africans with personal bests around 2:05. The most notable: defending champion Seifu Tura of Ethiopia and 2021 Boston Marathon winner Benson Kipruto of Kenya.

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Alpine skiing to test new format for combined race

Alpine Skiing Combined

Alpine skiing officials will test a new format for the combined event, a race that is under review to remain on the Olympic program.

French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the International Ski Federation (FIS) will test a new team format for the combined, which has been an individual event on the Olympic program since 1988. L’Equipe reported that a nation can use a different skier for the downhill and slalom in the new setup, quoting FIS secretary general Michel Vion.

For example, the U.S. could use Breezy Johnson in the downhill run and sub her out for Mikaela Shiffrin in the slalom run, should the format be adopted into senior competition.

The format will be tested at the world junior championships in January in St. Anton, Austria, according to the report.

In response to the report, a FIS spokesperson said, “Regarding the new format of the combined is correct, and our directors are working on the rules so for the moment the only thing we can confirm is that there will be this new format for the Alpine combined that has been proposed by the athletes’ commission.”

Some version of the combined event has been provisionally included on the 2026 Olympic program, with a final IOC decision on its place coming by April.

This will be the third consecutive World Cup season with no combined events. Instead, FIS has included more parallel races in recent years. The individual combined remains on the biennial world championships program.

L’Equipe also reported that the mixed team parallel event, which is being dropped from the Olympics, will also be dropped from the biennial world championships after this season.

“There is nothing definitive about that yet, but it is a project in the making,” a FIS spokesperson said in commenting on the report.

Vion said the mixed team event, which debuted at the Olympics in 2018, was not a hit at the Beijing Games and did not draw a strong audience, according to L’Equipe.

The World Cup season starts in two weeks with the traditional opening giant slaloms in Soelden, Austria.

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