In a tense final, China was able to edge out Russia to win gold in the men’s artistic team all-around at the 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The three medalists all qualified a team of four athletes to the Olympics along with those athletes being eligible to compete in the individual events. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are currently being held in Doha, Qatar from October 25th to November 3rd 2018.
The qualification round showed that China and Russia were clearly ahead of the rest of the world. Russia won the round by placing in the top two in all six apparatuses with a total of 258.402. China which struggles in the floor routine finished not too far behind with 257.836. Japan rounded off the top three with a score of 253.312.
The final saw China and Russia repeating their top performances. The first major difference maker came on the fifth apparatus for the two nations, the parallel bars where a poor performance by Russia gave up 1.774 points relative to what they scored in the qualification round. On the final apparatus, the horizontal bar it was China whom lost out on 2.233 points relative to their qualification round. However, Russia was unable to close the gap as China won the gold medal by a slim margin of 0.049 points; 256.634 and 256.585 respectively. Japan won the bronze medal and final Olympic quota with a score of 253.744.
Continuing tomorrow will be the final of the women’s artistic team all-around. The remaining men’s team quotas will be decided at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.