In Kitakyushu, Japan, on October 19, the men’s competition started at the 50th FIG World Gymnastics Championships.
Olympic all-around champion Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) led in qualifying, beating Chinese Zhang Boheng with a total of six races 88,040 ahead of Zhang’s 87,897.
The two will no doubt be fighting for gold in the all-around in the final and seem to be the only two contenders for the title, having qualified more than three points ahead of third-place qualifier Adem Asil (TUR).
Hashimoto will also compete in four individual finals: floor, horse, parallel bars and high pole. This 20-year-old scored high on qualifying with 14,633, including a massive 6.5 in difficulty.
Zhang is ready to compete for world titles on his specialty still circles and parallel bars.
Carlos Yulo (PHI) showed an impressive qualifying performance as he beat the field on the floor (15,166) and on the parallel bars (15,566). The 21-year-old Yulo is trying to add to his two world medals. He is the reigning world champion and in 2018 won the bronze.
Weng Hao led the horse with a warhead and scored an exceptional 9.0 E-score for a total of 15,600. Americans Stephen Nedoroscik (15,366) and Alec Yoder (15,300) qualified second and third.
The suffering of the Irish horse star Rhyse McClenaghan in 2021 continued in Kitakyushu. After McClenaghan fell during the Olympic final with a warhead, he saw that his qualifying division in Kitakyush had been delayed by 90 minutes due to a positive COVID case in the previous section. The cleaning crews came out and thoroughly disinfected all the equipment and wiped it clean, which potentially contributed to the unfortunate fall of the Irish superstar on horseback.
Chinese Lan Xingyu will join teammate Zhang in the final of the rings. The best qualifier earned 15,266 in Zhang’s second place 14,866.
Ukrainian Nazar Chepurnyi and Korean Yang Hakseon led the standings with equal averages of 14,833 two points.
American Donnell Whittenburg was in the qualifying position after hitting a difficult jump by Ri Se Gwang and gaining 15,033, but stumbling in his double front jump (13,633) reduced his average to 14,333, placed him in 12th place and eliminated him from the fight.
Whittenburg’s teammate Yul Moldauer fell on horseback with a pole, but still qualified for the 13th all-around final. The Tokyo Olympian will also compete in the finals on parallel bars after gaining 14,866 and qualifying sixth.
American Brody Malone (14,366) and Japanese legend Uchimura Kohei (14,300) will join Hashimoto in the final with high bars.
You can view the results of the qualifying match here. Read our preview of the World Cup, including the schedule and how to watch it here.
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