Live Blog: Event Finals | 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

By Heath Thorpe | October 8, 2023
Pauline Schaefer-Betz (GER) and Jake Jarman (GBR) at the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
© Amy Sanderson

ANTWERP, Belgium – The 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships conclude with event finals at the Sportpaleis, and we’ll have live, on-site coverage here.

Event finals will take place over two days – Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 – and start at 2 p.m. CEST/8 a.m. EDT both days. Find out how to watch in your area via our World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 411 story. For more on what happened during women’s qualifying, read our recap here. For more on what happened during men’s qualifying, read our recap here. Follow live scores here.

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Sun. Oct. 8 @ 6:02 p.m.

MAG High Bar podium:

  1. Hashimoto Daiki (JPN)
  2. Tin Srbic (CRO)
  3. Su Weide (CHN)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 6:00 p.m.

Su Weide (CHN) HB: Stoop 1/1 RIGHT to handstand. Stoop 1/2. Liukin is breathaking. Tkatchev layout too. Kolman. Czech giant sequence – always a crowd favourite. Double double layout to finish! Small hop. That will be a medal.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:56 p.m.

Chiba Kenta (JPN) HB: Super close on the Kolman and has to kip out. Noooo. Stoop 1/1. Yamawaki. Stoop 1/2. Hop full. Double double layout.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:51 p.m.

Felix Dolci (CAN) HB: Zou Li Min. Stoop 1/1. Stoop 1/2. Cassina – tucks it in the air and falls off. Kovacs. Tkatchev layout. Falls off again – this time on the tkatchev straddle. Double double layout.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:49 p.m.

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) HB: Stoop 1/2 connected to Liukin!! Cassina. Kolman. Tkatchev straddle to pike. Stoop 1/1. Hop full. Double double… STUCKKK. No one is beating that. He scores a monstrous 15.233!!!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:42 p.m.

Paul Juda (USA) HB: Yama. Kovacs. Tkatchev layout. Tkatchev straddle connected to pike. Stoop. Stoop 1/2… double layout 1/1 to finish! Such clean work. 14.100 – great score for him!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:36 p.m.

Tin Srbic (CRO) HB: Healy to start. Stoop 1/2 connected into piatti layout! Piatti straddle connected to layout tkatchev. Kolman. Stoop 1/1 – it is good. Double layout 1/1… STUCK. Tin is going to Paris 2024! What a great routine. 14.500 and into 1st!!!

Inquiry was submitted and is successful. His score is bumped by 0.2 to a massive 14.700!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:34 p.m.

Milad Karimi (KAZ) HB: Zou Li Min. Cassina – close but makes it work. Kovacs… is close and SOMEHOW connects it to a Kolman… HOW!!! Stoop 1/2. Tkatchev straddle to pike. Stoop. STUCK double double layout. Wow. What a fight. 14.433!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:32 p.m.

Arthur Mariano (BRA) HB: Stoop 1/2 connected to a LIUKIN! Stoop 1/1. Does a Winkler! Wow he is going all out. Yamawaki. Tkatchev layout… he is off. Repeats and connects to straddle. Hop full. Double layout full is clean. 13.533.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:29 p.m.

High bar final time! Reminder – whoever finishes higher in the rankings between Arthur Mariano (BRA) and Tin Srbic (CRO) will punch a ticket to Paris 2024.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:22 p.m.

High bar final up next! Start list…

  1. Arthur Mariano (BRA)
  2. Milad Karimi (KAZ)
  3. Tin Srbic (CRO)
  4. Paul Juda (USA)
  5. Hashimoto Daiki (JPN)
  6. Felix Dolci (CAN)
  7. Chiba Kenta (JPN)
  8. Su Weide (CHN)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:20 p.m.

The WAG Floor Exercise podium at #ARTWorlds2023:

  1. Simone Biles (USA)
  2. Rebeca Andrade (BRA)
  3. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) – Flavia’s FIRST individual world medal!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:16 p.m.

Sabrina Maneca-Voinea (ROU) FX: Full-twisting double layout, small step. Tucked double-double, stuck! Triple turn. Basically stuck full-twisting double back. Punch front through to double back, and SOMEHOW she keeps it in bounds, small hop. 13.766 – finishes 4th!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:12 p.m.

Zhou Yaqin (CHN) FX: STUCK double back. Double Y-turn. Triple full to punch front. 2.5 to front pike. 13.300.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:08 p.m.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA) FX: Front full through to full-twisting double back, small hop. Laid-out full-twisting double, stuck and stunning. Double Y-turn. Double layout, rebound forward and kicks her leg up. Double back, small rebound and an arm swing. 14.500 and into 2nd!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 5:04 p.m.

Alice Kinsella (GBR) FX: 1.5 through to stuck triple twist. 2.5 to front full, big step to the side. Double wolf turn. Double pike, small hop back. 12.666.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:56 p.m.

Simone Biles (USA) FX: Full-twisting double layout – HUGE, and a hop because it’s so huge, but clean nonetheless. Punch front full through to tucked double-double. Double wolf turn. Biles I and a big hop one foot OOB. Leaps are fine this time. Keeps the double layout in bounds with a small hop. 14.633 matches her qualifying score and into first!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:52 p.m.

Naomi Visser (NED) FX: Whip to triple to punch front – triple might have been. out of bounds. Double L-turn to double turn. 2.5 to front layout, stuck. Double back, bit under-rotated and a small hop forward. 13.300.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:48 p.m.

Flavia Saraiva (BRA) FX: Whip to full-twisting double back, small hop. BIG double layout, basically stuck. 1.5 to front full, little controlled step back. Double pike, small hop to the side. Crowd loved that one! 13.866. Inquiry was submitted, and the score was changed to a 13.966!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:44 p.m.

Shilese Jones (USA) FX: Tucked double-double, small stutter step back. Double L-turn to turn and kind of comes out of it. Punch front full through to double back, small hop on the landing but no issues today – stunning. Tucked full-twisting double back, small hop. Just a beautiful routine from Shi! 13.666.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:39 p.m.

Women’s floor exercise up next! Start list…

  1. Shilese Jones (USA)
  2. Flavia Saraiva (BRA)
  3. Naomi Visser (NED)
  4. Simone Biles (USA)
  5. Alice Kinsella (GBR)
  6. Rebeca Andrade (BRA)
  7. Zhou Yaqin (CHN)
  8. Sabrina Maneca-Voinea (ROU)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:34 p.m.

Parallel bars medalists!

  1. Lukas Dauser (GER)
  2. Shi Cong (CHN)
  3. Sugimoto Kaito (JPN)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:30 p.m.

Sugimoto Kaito (JPN) PB: Whippet. Healy. Front up Stutz. Felge 1/2. Felge. Giant. Straddle front. Bhavsar. Tippelt. Double front 1/2… stuck! Beautiful set!! 15.000 and he gets the bronze medal!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:26 p.m.

Lukas Dauser (GER) PB: Felge 1/2. Felge. Front up Makuts is beautiful. Front up Stutz. Best Makuts in the world. Healy. Diam. Stutz. Double front 1/2 – I think he is finally going to have his world title! I couldn’t be happier for him! 15.400 and well into 1st!!!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:24 p.m.

Matteo Levantesi (ITA) PB: Giant makuts – stunning. Felge one bar, healy. Handstand wobble. Giant diam to Bhavsar is nice. Good support work to Suarez from upper arm. Big step fwd on double pike.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:20 p.m.

Asher Hong (USA) PB: Whippet. Felge – bent arms. Bhavsar is nice. Giant to Tippelt. Makuts. Healy. Diam. Stutz. Double front 1/2 – chest is low but he sticks it! 14.466.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:12 p.m.

Yul Moldauer (USA) PB: Felge, felge 1/2. Diam. Giant diam. Giant makuts. Wow. Makuts and swings too hard. Rolls over and has to take a fall. Works the Suarez variations nicely. Stuck double front 1/2. 13.133.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:10 p.m.

Shi Cong (CHN) PB: After not competing in team finals, he is back. Front uprise diam into makuts is great. Felge 1/2. Felge. Straddle front. Bhavsar is beautiful. Tippelt. Healy. STUCK double pike to finish. Wow. 15.066!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:07 p.m.

Illia Kovtun (UKR) PB: Felge work throughout and took some steps on the opening one. Misses the one-bar Healy connection. Rest of support work is great and a stuck double front dismount. 14.633.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:04 p.m.

Kaya Kazuma (JPN) PB: Withdrew from the all-around final to let eventual champion Hashimoto Daiki, his teammate, compete. So maybe some good fortune will come his way today… Solids to start. Excellent line, beautiful toe point. Stuck double front half! 14.733 is lower than his qualifying 14.800 – they’ll probably be stricter in this final as well.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 4:02 p.m.

Men’s parallel bars final up next! Start is…

  1. Kaya Kazuma (JPN)
  2. Illia Kovtun (UKR)
  3. Shi Cong (CHN)
  4. Yul Moldauer (USA)
  5. Asher Hong (USA)
  6. Matteo Levantesi (ITA)
  7. Lukas Dauser (GER)
  8. Sugimoto Kaito (JPN)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:36 p.m.

Your balance beam medalists!

  1. Simone Biles
  2. Zhou Yaqin (CHN)
  3. Rebeca Andrade (BRA)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:32 p.m.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA) BB: Switch mount. Switch leap to switch 1/2. Small check. LOSO is good. Front aerial, ring leap, flic. Gorgeous. Switch ring. Side aerial. Good full pirouette. Leaps are nice. Double pike… GREAT! Tiny step. Iconic. 14.300 and bronze for her!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:27 p.m.

Shilese Jones (USA) BB: Switch mount to switch 1/2. Standing arabian is great. Leaps are nice. Two foot layout is good – lifts leg up on landing. Side aerial. Full pirouette. Double pike… lands short and falls. Ugh! 12.933.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:21 p.m.

Sanne Wevers (NED) BB: Back flic mount connected to wolf jump 1/1. Breaks connection into one hand flic. Double L turn is beautiful. Side aerial to back flic is great. Front aerial, split leap. back handspring 1/1. Wow. L turn to full to double pirouette. Jumps are good. Gainer 1/1 to finish… WOW! 14.100 and into 3rd.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:16 p.m.

Zhou Yaqin (CHN) BB: Candle mount. Handspring step out to front tuck. Leaps. Textbook. Switch ring. Side somi to jump full turn variations – beautiful. Front aerial, ring, Korbut. GORGEOUS triple twist to finish with a small step bwd. That was so stunning I could cry. Beam doesn’t get much better than that. 14.700 and into 2nd.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:08 p.m.

Simone Biles (USA) BB: Switch mount to switch half to back pike. Great. Triple wolf. Front aerial to leaps. LOSO LOSO. She’s on today. Side aerial. Full in dismount… tiny hop! GOATTT. Won’t be surprised if that gets her another gold – will have to wait and see. 14.800!!!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 3:03 p.m.

Zhang Qingying (CHN) BB: Switch mount to switch 1/2 to Korbut. RO layout – stunning. Switch ring… foot slips and she falls onto the beam. Johnson through to yurchenko loop – I think that will be counted as a fall. Gorgeous leap series. Double pike to finish is nice. 13.100.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:59 p.m.

Pauline Schaefer-Betz (GER) BB: Switch mount. LOSO. Switch ring – foot slips and she falls onto the beam. Double pirouette into full. Side somi 1/2 – never not impressive. Front aerial to leaps are nice. A butterfly keeps flying around the beam. Gainer layout to finish.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:55 p.m.

Ashikawa Urara (JPN) BB: Flic mount. Side aerial LOSO. Stunning. Switch leap to ring – gorgeous. Switch ring. Living for these positions. Side somi. This is a wonderful set. Double pirouette. Back triple twist… WOW! Where are the judges going to find the deductions?! That is why she is the 2021 world champion on this event! 14.066!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:46 p.m.

MAG VT medalists!

1. Jake Jarman (GBR)

2. Khoi Young (USA)

3. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR)

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:43 p.m.

Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) VT: Dragulsecu for his first vault. Deep landing but sticks it! 14.833.

Kas double… it is great in the air. Chest down on landing and takes a big sideways and OOB. It is going to be close… 14.700

14.766 average secures him the bronze medal!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:38 p.m.

Igor Radivilov (UKR) VT: Dragulescu… it is very good. Just the hop on the landing. 14.900.

Tsuk double pike for his second vault. Good in the air. Biggg step backwards. 14.600.

14.750 and into 3rd behind Khoi.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:33 p.m.

Artur Davtyan (ARM) VT: Time to sit back and enjoy this masterclass. Ugh nooo. Dragulescu – looks like he doesn’t get any distance. Lands short and runs under the table and off the podium. Jarman and Young look in shock on the big screen. 13.966. Heartbreaking.

Handspring 2.5. Sticks it. That is more like it. Unfortunately he won’t retain his world title here. 15.133!

14.549 and into 4th.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:28 p.m.

Harry Hepworth (GBR) VT: Pretty great Dragulescu to begin. Just the hop to the side – foot OOB. 14.533.

Handspring 2.5… opens a bit early for the floor. Looks like a bit of a shock and takes quite a few steps to the side. Both feet OOB. 14.333.

14.433 average. Into 4th place.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:22 p.m.

Jake Jarman (GBR) VT: Basically walks into a 6.0 vault. Very very good kas 2.5. Just the hop. 15.400!!!

Dragulescu… big step backwards but that will go into 1st place! 14.700

15.050 average! WOW

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:15 p.m.

Kevin Penev (BUL) VT: Kas 1.5 – it’s good! Nice amplitude and just the hop on landing. 14.166.

Yurchenko 2.5! Very good. Hops forward and OOB. 14.200 for a 14.183 average

And with that, Kevin Penev has secured his ticket to Paris 2024! Congratulations!

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:12 p.m.

Paul Juda (USA) VT: YDP. Good block – bit of an open pike in the air. Comes in low and takes a big step forward and OOB. 14.600.

Kas 1.5… it is good. Nice and tidy in the air and hops forward. 14.500

14.550 average for him

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 2:08 p.m.

Khoi Young (USA) VT: Handspring 2.5. STUCK! That was phenomenal vaulting. 15.033 – deserved.

Yurchenko half on double twist off for his second vault. STUCK AGAIN? Another medal coming his way? What a worlds debut! 14.666

14.849 AVERAGE! Based on qualification scores, that would be good enough for 2nd place.

Sun. Oct. 8 @ 12:39 p.m.

Welcome to the final day of worlds! Today we have: men’s vault, balance beam, parallel bars, women’s floor, and high bar closing it out.

Things will get started her at 2 p.m. CEST/8 a.m. EDT.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 7:08 p.m.

See you back here tomorrow for balance beam, women’s floor, men’s vault, parallel bars, and high bar!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:49 p.m.

Your MAG SR medalists!

  1. Liu Yang (CHN)
  2. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE)
  3. You Hao (CHN)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:47 p.m.

Nikita Siminov (AZE) SR: First thing I notice is his great toe point… really finishes the strength positions. That was a great routine capped off with a stuck double layout full. 14.666.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:45 p.m.

Liu Yang (CHN) SR: Inverted crosses are unreal. Best honma to cross here. Malteses are textbook. Looks too easy. They are playing a violin version of Hallelujah – fitting. STICKS the double double and encourages the crowd to get loud. 15.233 and into 1st place!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:39 p.m.

Vinzenz Hoeck (AUT) SR: I would love to see this guy medal. Such a hard worker. Pull to planche is good. Honma cross. Maltese. Jonasson to Yamawaki to back up maltese (a bit low). Back up planche. STICKS the double layout full!!! He is happy.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:36 p.m.

Vahagn Davtyan (ARM) SR: I think it impossible to do justice to how hard these rings routines are in the final. It is just…? Good strength positions throughout. Small fight on the giant before the dismount but sticks the double layout full! 14.700 and into 3rd.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:30 p.m.

Artur Avetisyan (ARM) SR: Azarian to maltese is nice. Strength positions great throughout. Back up cross. Good position. Shakes a little on the back up straight planche. Double layout full to finish… small hop! 14.433.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:27 p.m.

Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) SR: Ridiculous maltese work to start. Not human. Jonasson to honma cross. Back up maltese. Handstands are good. Back up straight planche. Cross is great. STICKS the double double dismount! Lord of the rings! 15.066!!! That is going to be tough to beat.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:24 p.m.

You Hao (CHN) SR: Impressive cross pull ups to start. Back up maltese is nice. Layout Guczoghy (the ‘O’Niell’) is stunning – you never see that anymore. Yamawaki combo to honma cross is good. Works through the rest of the strength well. Double double layout to finish – very low but saves it well with just a hop. 14.833!!!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:22 p.m.

Harry Hepworth (GBR) SR: Solid strength positions throughout. Swinging elements are nice and handstands secure. Big step forward on his double double dismount. What a great experience for him to be in this final today at his first world championships! 14.100.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:07 p.m.

Your WAG UB medalists!

  1. Qiu Qiyuan (CHN)
  2. Kalyia Nemour(ALG)
  3. Shilese Jones (USA)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:05 p.m.

Simone Biles (USA) UB: Weiler 1/2, shap, giant full into tkatchev pike to Pak. Shap 1/2. Toe full (big leg separation followed by a great save) to double tuck full. Won’t be enough for a medal but great effort nonetheless!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 5:01 p.m.

Sanna Veerman (NED) UB: Jaegar to start. Stalder piked tkatchev to pak. Shap into Bhardwaj. Shap 1/2. Toe full to double tuck full. Small step – great set! 14.200 and into 5th

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:57 p.m.

Qiu Qiyuan (CHN) UB: Healy work into breathtaking jaegar layout. Inbar full connected to stalder tkatchev pike. Pak. Shap 1/2. Double tuck full… it is WONDERFUL! 15.100 and into 1st place ahead of Nemour!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:55 p.m.

Naomi Visser (NED) UB: Ricna 1/2 (doubt it’ll receive credit) to Ezhova. Shap. Pak. Shap 1/2. Full pirroutte to double tuck full. 14.166.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:50 p.m.

Lorette Charpy (FRA) UB: Toe full to shap 1/2. Falls off on the 1.5 pirouette attempt. Brb sobbing. Soldiers on. Toe 1/2 to jaegar pike. Shang to Pak. Khorkina. Double layout to finish. Waves to the crowd – icon. 12.933.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:45 p.m.

Ellie Black (CAN) UB: Maloney to clear hip straddled Tkatchev. Clear hip piked Tkatchev half to Ezhova. Van Leeuwen. 1/1. Moors.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:39 p.m.

Huang Zhuofan (CHN) UB: Inbar 1/1 to inbar Shap to stalder 1/1 – almost went sideways but saved it – to Pak salto. Van Leeuwen. Inbar 1/2, literally on top of the bar. Pirouette. Piked Jaeger. Full-twisting double back, college salute out of it. 14.766 puts her third behind Jones after the tie break.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:39 p.m.

Kaylia Nemour (ALG) UB: Inbar laid-out Tkatchev (Nemour), caught. Pak to Maloney to Stalder 1/1 to stalder Tkatchev half to stalder Shap. Inbar 1/1 to double layout. She has been so consistent this worlds. It’s going to be a massive score, and IT IS – 15.033 puts her into first!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:36 p.m.

Shilese Jones (USA) UB: Stalder 1/1 to stalder Shap to straddled Tkatchev. Toe 1/1 to stalder piked Tkatchev to Pak salto. Van Leeuwen. Toe 1/2. STUCK double front.

Handstands are beautiful, specifically the toe 1/1. Some of the best in the world. 14.766.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:28 p.m.

Women’s uneven bars final up next!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:23 p.m.

Rhys McClenaghan (IRL) PH: Reigning world champion. Last one up. HUGE scissor to handstand. Flop work. Triple Russian in the middle. Magyar to Sivado. Wu into Russians. Outstanding handstand dismount. Just beautiful. He’s done all he can… and it’s enough! Back-to-back world champion with a 15.100!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:20 p.m.

Harutyan Merdinyan (ARM) PH: Scissor in. Sohn. Flop work, great extension in his hips. Triple Russian in the middle. Magyar to Sivado. Triple Russian on the end. Handstand dismount. Excellent work and some fist pumps! 14.600.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:18 p.m.

Ahmad Abu Al Soud (JOR) PH: Mikulak scissor to start. Vammen. Magyar. Sivado. Flop work. BIG form break on the Sohn. More flops. Handstand dismount is good. Refreshing construction. 14.633 and into 2nd behind Young.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:15 p.m.

Chiba Kenta (JPN) PH: Scissor handstand. Stepped in the middle with his hand on his Sohn attempt, so won’t get credit. Busnari. Flop work. Tong Fei. Roth. Magyar. Sivado. Dismount is good. 14.200.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:10 p.m.

Nils Dunkel (GER) PH: Made it through but had quite a few struggles with rhythm. 13.766, into 3rd.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:06 p.m.

Khoi Young (USA) PH: Qualified second behind Whitlock with a massive 15.066. He’s not even technically a pommel horse specialist, per say, but he brings a 6.6 D-score to the table and could absolutely win a medal or even win. Scissor handstand, good. Busnari is clean into beautiful flair work. Flair side travel. Flop work, very good. Wu. Magyar. Sivado. Roth. Clean dismount.

14.966 – EASILY into the lead and could literally be world champion. That’s higher than what reigning champion Rhys McClenaghan got in qualifying still.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 4:03 p.m.

Max Whitlock (GBR) PH: Olympic champion up next. This is only his second competition back since Tokyo. He qualified first by 0.200 with a 15.266 ahead of Khoi Young (USA). Did a 6.8 D-score in quals. His flop work is incredible, watching his hands move so quickly. Excellent Busnari, but something goes wrong shortly after and he’s off. Think the swing was just not there during his Russian on the end of the horse. Dismounts beautifully. Still a. 14.300.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:58 p.m.

Lee Chih Kai (TPE) PH: Qualified 5th with a 14.800. Has a noticeable form break in his Busnari. Lovely flairs, so calm and calculated… until he places his right hand too far and slips and falls. He also seemed to stumble through his dismount. He bows his head – super disappointed. The top 9 was separated by 0.666 in qualifying – everyone is capable of the podium. 13.500.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:52 p.m.

Pommel horse up next! Here’s the start list:

  • Lee Chih Kai (TPE)
  • Max Whitlock (GBR)
  • Khoi Young (USA)
  • Nils Dunkel (GER)
  • Chiba Kenta (JPN)
  • Ahmad Abu Al Soud (JOR)
  • Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM)
  • Rhys McClenaghan (IRL)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:36 p.m.

WAG VT medalists:

1. Rebeca Andrade (BRA)

2. Simone Biles (USA)

3. Yeo Seojeong (KOR)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:33 p.m.

Rebeca Andrade (BRA) VT: Cheng to begin. Phenomenal. Almost sticks it but rushes to finish and takes a few small steps. 15.000!!

DTY for her second vault. It is great. 14.500

14.750 average. Rebeca Andrade is your World Champion on vault!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:27 p.m.

Yeo Seojeong (KOR) VT: 5.8 is on the board… But goes just for the handspring rudi. Smart. This is textbook vaulting. Perfect all the way from the block, to the form to the extension upon landing. Hold a clinic for vaulting please! A huge 14.600!!

Yurchenko double twist… STUNNING. It is so beautiful I could cry! 14.200.

14.416 average and into 2nd place she goes. Yeo is guaranteed a medal!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:22 p.m.

Ellie Black (CAN) VT: Handspring full twist. It is pretty good… not as extended as it has been this week but she competed literally last night so I am sure she is exhausted. Good landing. 14.000.

Tsukahara 1.5. It is GREAT! Tiny hop. 13.866

13.933 average and into 3rd place with Yeo and Andrade to go.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:17 p.m.

Alexa Moreno (MEX) VT: Handspring rudi… it is massive! Hops back and shuffles a little on the landing but what a super first vault. 14.300!!

Tsukahara double twist for her second vault. Another huge vault. Great height. Big hop on the landing. 14.033

14.166 average and into the silver medal position!!

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:12 p.m.

Miyata Shoko (JPN) VT: DTY… good amplitude and sticks it! Good for her after the Worlds she has had so far. She is one of my favourite gymnasts here. 14.066!

Lopez for her second vault. It is good! Extended in the air. Some form issues but it is another stick (or close) for her. What a great showing!!! 13.733 gives her an average of 13.899 and into 2nd she goes.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:06 p.m.

Maria Csenge Backsay (HUN) VT: Yurchenko 1.5 for her first vault. Locks her left knee a bit and steps forwards. She is alright though! Was great in the air. 13.400.

Tsukahara full twist for her second vault. Overall it’s good! 13.133 gives her a 13.266 average.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 3:00 p.m.

Leanne Wong (USA) VT: Opens with a stunning DTY. Good height and just the tiniest hops on the landing. 14.100!! Great score

Lopez for her second vault. It is nice in the air – steps back and one foot OOB. They downgraded it to a pike here in finals again. 12.833.

13.466 average and into 2nd currently.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:55 p.m.

Coline Devillard (FRA) VT: Handspring rudi… good block but puts her hands down. 13.200 for her. DTY is up on the board based on SV… but she just does the FTY. 13.166 and a 13.183 average.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:50 p.m.

Simone Biles (USA) VT: Opens with a YDP (now known as the Biles II on vault). Wayyy too much height and rotation – falls onto her back. Still scores a 14.433 (with the 0.5 ND). Just Simone things.

Cheng for her second vault. Very good. Just the small hop back! She will likely still be on the podium despite the fall. 14.666 for the Cheng gives her an average of 14.549.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:45 p.m.

The athletes on WAG VT have begun their warmups! Off we go. Simone casually over-rotated a YDP.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:39 p.m.

Your MAG FX medalists are:

  1. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR)
  2. Minami Kazuki (JPN)
  3. Milad Karimi (KAZ)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:36 p.m.

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) FX: Triple-double – bounces OOB. Double double is nice. Front full punch 2.5. Small hop. Back double twist down the side. Triple russian. Wide arm press. Back 2.5 punch layout -steps. Sticks the back triple twist to finish. 14.233 and into 7th.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:33 p.m.

Harry Hepworth (GBR) FX: Harry Hepworth (GBR) FX: Triple-double to open. Front full punch double pike. Steps OOB. Double twist punch double front. Great. Back 2.5 punch layout – stuck. Double double – steps bwd OOB. Back triple to finish. Tiny hop. 14.333 and into 6th.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:29 p.m.

Milad Karimi (KAZ) FX: Front 2.5 down side. Small hop. Front full punch double pike. Back 2.5 punch double front – stuck! Double double – small hop. Back double twist. Front double twist punch tuck 1/2 – stuck. Back triple twist to finish… STICKS IT! That is going to contend for gold. Never mind… 14.600 and into 3rd. Will see if that holds onto a medal.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:24 p.m.

Fred Richards (USA) FX: Double 2.5 – big step back. Front double twist punch full – stuck. Air flairs are always a crowd favourite. Double double – another big step. Back double twist – stuck. Back 2.5 punch layout – stuck? Full in to finish and lands super short – falls. Ugh. 13.200.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:20 p.m.

Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) FX: Double double layout. Small hop. Front full punch double pike. It’s nice. Back 2.5 punch double front. Hop fwd. Front double twist punch layout. Small hop. Double double tuck – another small hop. Triple russian is good. Loses balance… standing in the corner? Fair. Double arabian 1/2 dismount. 14.866 and into 1st.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:16 p.m.

Felix Dolci (CAN) FX: Front full punch double pike. Stuck. Double double – hop back. Front layout punch 2.5. Press work is nice. Double front. Very nice. Back 2.5 punch tuck 1/2. Stuck. Triple twist… tiny hop! Fabulous routine. 14.400 and into 3rd.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:11 p.m.

Carlos Yulo (PHI) FX: Back 2.5 punch double pike. Shuffles. Textbook double layout full. Stuck. Double twist punch a front layout that dreams are made of. Triple twist down the side. Japanese press. Front full punch 2.5. Small hop. Back 3.5 – hops forward. Good set! 14.500.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 2:06 p.m.

Minami Kazuki (JPN) FX: Double 2.5 punch front full. Stuck. Absurd. Triple twisting double tuck. Small hop. Front triple twist. Casual… good press work. Back 1.5 punch fwd 2.5. Hops. Back 2.5 punch double twist – stuck. Very nice triple twist! What a start to this final! 14.666 (6.5 D – up 0.3 from quals!)

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 1:55 p.m.

A few important news items before the meet gets going:

  • Jessica Gadirova has withdrawn from all her event finals, British Gymnastics announced Saturday morning.
    • “Jess felt some pain after her final training on vault in the warm up hall before yesterdays all-around competition. Immediately the precautionary decision was made for her not to compete and she was attended to by the British Gymnastics medical team. As a further precaution – and with her longer term aspirations in mind – she and the team have made the difficult but sensible decision for her to withdraw from her remaining finals as she is further assessed.”
    • Gadirova added, “I feel so gutted that I won’t be able to compete for the rest of these championships – representing my country means the world to me. It breaks my heart that I can’t perform again in front of the amazing crowd having had such a brilliant time here in Antwerp. I know though that my long term gymnastics has to come first and this is the right decision. I’II be cheering on the rest of the team this weekend and look forward to starting my recovery and continuing my journey towards Paris. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has reached out to me and sent so many nice messages, it really means a lot.”
    • Leanne Wong (USA) will replace her on vault.
    • Sanne Wevers (NED) is next on beam.
    • Alice Kinsella (GBR) is next on floor.
  • Even though Leanne Wong was technically the next up in vault final (because she was two-per-countried originally, but finished ahead of Csenge Bacskay), FIG announced that Bacskay was coming in for Joscelyn Roberson, who officially withdrew earlier today, on vault. Then they announced Leanne Wong was added to the final as well. No matter the nine athletes now competing, Csenge Bacskay (HUN) is the only eligible athlete for the nominative Olympic quota spot in the vault final, so she will [likely] get the berth by default. We are working to confirm, as her teammate, Zoja Szekely, was slated to receive a nominative spot on uneven bars, which would mean one would miss out on an Olympic berth since the country can only have three and already has two before event finals. Potentially because of a mistake on the FIG’s part.

Sat. Oct. 7 @ 1:13 p.m.

Welcome to event finals! Day 1 gets started at 2 p.m. local time. Today’s finals are men’s floor, women’s vault, pommel horse, uneven bars, and still rings, in that order.

There will be award ceremonies after the first two events and then after the final two