Gymnastics: Final Day of World Championships Saw Medals Awarded in Five Apparatuses

The final day of the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships saw medals being awarded in five apparatuses. In terms of Olympic qualification, the three highest ranked eligible athletes in each apparatus will qualify to the games provided that they reached the final. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships was held in Stuttgart, Germany from October 4th to October 13th 2019.

The highest men’s vault score of the qualification round belonged to South Korea’s Yang Hak-seon whom scored a 15.300 on his first vault. A good second vault allowed him to remain in the lead with an averaged score of 14.933. As only three eligible athletes reached the finals the Olympic quotas were won by Hong Kong’s Shek Wai Hung, Vietnam’s Le Thanh Tung and Romania’s Marian Dragulescu. Two top vaults in the final allowed Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy to edge out his compatriot Artur Dalaloyan by 0.033 points to win gold with an average score of 14.966. The bronze medal was won by Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov whom scored closely behind with 14.749.

Having the highest difficulty score and tied highest execution score allowed Simone Biles of the United States to top the qualification round of the balance beam with a score of 14.800. No eligible athletes reached the final and thus the Olympic quotas were reallocated. Another difficult and highly executed routine allowed Biles to win gold with a score of 15.066. This was well ahead of China’s Liu Tingting whom won silver with a score of 14.433 while her compatriot Li Shijia won bronze (14.300 points).

The qualification round of the men’s parallel bars was won by Germany’s Lukas Dauser whom finished his routine with a score of 15.033, equalled to Ukraine’s Petro Pakhniuk, but Dauser had a better tiebreaking execution score of 8.733. As Turkey’s Ahmet Onder was the only eligible athlete to reach the finals, he also won an Olympic quota. The final was won by Great Britain’s Joe Fraser whose difficulty score allowed him to score 15.000 points, just edging out Onder whom finished with 14.983. The bronze medal was won by Japan’s Kazuma Kaya (14.966 points).

Despite suffering a 0.2 penalty, Simone Biles of the United States was still 0.633 points above her nearest competitor, compatriot Sunisa Lee during the qualification round of the women’s floor. Biles finished her routine with a score of 14.833 points. No eligible athletes reached the final and thus the Olympic quotas were reallocated. Biles would win her 19th gold and 25th overall medal at the World Championships by performing a floor routine with a difficulty score of 6.700, allowing her to score 15.133 points, one full point ahead of Lee while the bronze medal was won by Russia’s Angelina Melnikova (14.066 points).

Chinese Taipei’s Tang Chia-hung had the highest score during the qualification round of the men’s horizontal bar where he scored 14.933 points. As only two eligible athletes reached the finals, the Olympic quotas were awarded to Croatia’s Tin Srbic and Australia’s Tyson Bull. Brazil’s Artur Mariano performed his difficult routine well which allowed him to win gold with a score of 14.900. Srbic won silver while Dalaloyan won bronze with scores of 14.666 and 14.533 respectively.

Athletes whom qualified through the apparatus finals will be eligible to compete in other events. The next opportunity for unqualified athletes, including those from nations qualified to the team event will be through the World Cup series.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Artistic Individual Events
* Australia
* Croatia
* Hong Kong
* Romania
* Turkey
* Vietnam
* Three Quotas Reallocated to Individual All-Around

Women’s Artistic Individual Events
* Six Quotas Reallocated to Individual All-Around

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