On the first day of apparatus finals of the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships medals were awarded in five events. 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 qualification round of the men’s floor was topped by Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat whom executed a relatively difficult routine to finish with 15.033 points. By being the only eligible athlete to reach the finals Dolgopyat qualified to the Olympics. The final was won by Carlos Yulo of the Philippines whom performed the highest difficulty to finish with a score of 15.300 points. The silver and bronze medals were won by Dolgopyat (15.200) and China’s Xiao Ruoteng (14.933) respectively.
The women’s vault was a showdown between Jade Carey and Simone Biles of the United States. The qualification round saw Carey edge her teammate by 0.001 points by finishing with a score of 15.200 after averaging her two vaults. As the only eligible athlete, South Korea’s Yeo Seo-jeong qualified to the Olympics. Biles would however, get the better of Carey as she performed the two highest scoring vaults of the final to finish with an average of 15.399. Carey won the silver medal (14.883) while the bronze medal was won by Great Britain’s Elissa Downie (14.816).
Great Britain’s Max Whitlock had by far the highest level of difficulty during the qualification round of the men’s pommel horse, a 6.900. This was 0.4 points higher than the next highest difficulty score. This allowed him to finish first in the apparatus, where he scored 15.266 points. By being the only two eligible athletes to reach the final both Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland and France’s Cyril Tommasone qualified to the Olympics. Whitlock performed another difficult routine in the final and while it was not relatively the best executed performance it was enough for him to win gold with a score of 15.500, just edging out Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chih-kai whom had 15.433 points. The bronze medal was won by McClenaghan (15.400).
Belgium’s Nina Derwael performed the most difficult routine during the qualification round of the women’s uneven bars and was rewarded by having the best score of 15.141. No eligible athlete reached the final and thus the Olympic quotas were reallocated to the individual all-around results. A better execution score allowed Derwael to win the gold medal with a score of 15.233. The silver and bronze medals were won by Great Britain’s Rebecca Downie (15.000) and Sunisa Lee (14.800) of the United States respectively.
The men’s rings saw Turkey’s Ibrahim Colak top the qualification round where a combination of a high difficulty and great execution allowed him to finish with a score of 14.858. A top execution score during the final was the difference that allowed Colak to win the gold medal with a score of 14.933. This was 0.033 points ahead of Italy’s Marco Lodadio while France’s Samir Ait Said won the bronze medal with a score of 14.800. All three athletes qualified to the Olympics.
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. The World Championships continues tomorrow with medals being awarded in the other five apparatus finals.