Live Blog: Men’s All-Around Final | 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

By Heath Thorpe | October 5, 2023
Team USA's Asher Hong (left) and Fred Richard (right) react during the men's team final at the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
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ANTWERP, Belgium – The 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships continue with the men’s all-around final at the Sportpaleis, and we’ll have live, on-site coverage here.

The men’s all-around final starts at 7:30 p.m. CEST/1:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 5. Find out how to watch in your area via our World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 411 story. For more on what happened during men’s qualifying, read our recap here. Follow live scores here.

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Thu. Oct. 5 @ 10:11 p.m

Your MAG AA final results:

1. Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) 86.132

2. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 84.998

3. Fred Richards (USA) 84.332

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 10:11 p.m

Chiba Kenta (JPN) HB: Falls off on his Tkatchev. It started so well! Works through the rest. Hop full and sticks his dismount… it isn’t enough to sneak into the podium!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 10:05 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) HB: Stoop 1/2. Cassina. Good. Kolman. Tkatchev layout connected to straddle. Stoop full. Hop full. STICK the double double layout! There is your WORLD CHAMPION. The first to go back-to-back since Kohei Uchimura.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 10:02 p.m

Jake Jarman (GBR) falls off on his Cassina. Finishes the rest of his set well.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:54 p.m

Fred Richard (USA) HB: This is the deciding routine that could see him on the podium… Cassina to start. Great. Falls on the Kolman. NO! My heart. Tkatchev layout. Straddle connected to pike. Hop full to one arm giant. Stoop full – good! Stoop 1/2. Sticks the double double layout. 13.300. Currently in 2nd behind Kovtun with Chiba and Hashimoto to go.

Still hypes the crowd up. Such a good sport.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:50 p.m

Illia Kovtun (UKR): Hits his pommel set and scores a 14.300 to give him a total of 84.998. Will have to wait and see if that is enough for a medal.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:40 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) PB: Whippet. Healy. Felge 1/2. Felge. Giant. Straddle front. Bhavsar – gorgeous. Tippelt. Stutz. Double front 1/2… STUCK. Phenomenal work. 14.800!!!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:40 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) PB: Whippet. Healy. Felge 1/2. Felge. Giant. Straddle front. Bhavsar – gorgeous. Tippelt. Stutz. Double front 1/2… STUCK. Phenomenal work. 14.800!!!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:35 p.m
Jake Jarman (GBR) PB: A costly mistake with a dead swing after his whippet. Rest of the routine is good. 12.766. That takes him out of contention.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:29 p.m

Fred Richard (USA) PB: Front up Stutz. Giant Suarez. Straddle front. Giant into Bhavsar. Tippelt. Healy. Diam. Stutz. Great double front. FABULOUS set for him. A hit high bar could see him with a medal. 14.600!!!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:28 p.m

Krisztofer Meszaros (HUN) FX: 2.5 to punch double front, stuck and floaty, if possible. Sky-high tucked double-double. Randi with a small hop. Front double full to front lay. 1.5 to front full and a step. Stuck triple twist. 14.266. WOW! That’s a routine to rewatch!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:25 p.m

Illia Kovtun (UKR) FX: Front full to front double tuck, small hop but in bounds. Stuck Randi. 3.5 twist, lunging step forward. Stuck double full to the side. 2.5 to front layout. Triple full with a single step. 14.000.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:21 p.m

Chiba Kenta (JPN) PB: Whippet. Healy. Felge 1/2 – nice. Felge. Giant. Straddle front. Bhavsar. Tippelt. Stutz. Double front 1/2 is low but saves it with a hop. 14.666!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:11 p.m

Other routines of note:

  • Sun Wei (CHN) HB = 14.233
  • Illia Kovtun (UKR) HB = 14.066
  • Asher Hong (USA) PB = 14.466

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:05 p.m

Jake Jarman (GBR) VT: I AM SCREAMINGGG. HE STICKS A KAS 2.5?!!! That might be the best vault I have seen competed in MAG? A difficulty of 6.0 and scores a MONSTROUS 15.433!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:03 p.m

A big 14.066 on HB from Kovtun (UKR) following an 11.800 in qualifications!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 9:01 p.m

Fred Richard (USA) VT: STICKS his kas 1.5… I love it when MAG vault is not terrifying to watch. 14.566!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:58 p.m

Sun Wei (CHN) HB: Cassina. Stunning. Tkatchev layout to straddle to pike. Breathtakingly perfect. Healy. Inverted endo – unique! Stoop full (leg sep). Small hop on double double. That was beautiful. 14.233

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:57 p.m

Chiba Kenta (JPN) VT: Kas 1.5… under-rotates it and takes a huge step bwd and OOB. That will be almost as costly as a fall. Ouch. 13.666.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:55 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) VT: Kas double… it is STUCKKK! He is excited – as he should be! 15.000!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:50 p.m

Other routines of note:

  • Asher Hong (USA) VT: Ri Se Gwang is very low, ankle-cruncher and multiple steps forward. Stark difference from the excellent one he did during the team final. Think he didn’t touch the mat with his hands or legs though. 13.866 (he got a 15.100 in team final).
  • Sun Wei (CHN) PB = 14.400
  • Illia Kovtun (UKR) PB = massive 15.166

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:43 p.m

James Hall (GBR) SR: Finishing off the rotation here. Strength is very solid. Small wobble in handstand. Good double double to dismount. 13.566

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:43 p.m

Fred Richard (USA): Back up planche is low and piked. Maltese a bit short too. Yamawaki sequence is good. Planche much better. Giants are secure. Kicks out double double with small step. 13.500.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:41 p.m

Milad Karimi (KAZ) SR: Watched bits and pieces and it looked alright. 12.966 isn’t what he would’ve liked – I must have missed something.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:40 p.m

Chiba Kenta (JPN) SR: Back uprise to maltese. Cross is good. Back up to planche. Giant. Yamawaki sequence to honma cross – superb. Inverted cross is great. Double double dismount – small hop forward. 13.733 (?) – I expected much higher!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:33 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) SR: Maltese is great. Inverted cross is a bittt high for my liking. Nice yamawaki sequence to honma cross. Giants are textbook. Double double to finish – STUCK! He is definitely making up for his FX start. 14.000

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:31 p.m

Jake Jarman (GBR) SR: Good strength and swinging elements but struggles a with his handstand stability. 12.900.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:28 p.m

Other routines of note:

  • Sun Wei (CHN) VT: Kas double, but very short. Somehow lands on his feet and takes a large lunge forward. 14.166, still gave him an 8.566 execution.
  • Asher Hong (USA) SR: Very meticulous work from Hong on rings. A couple bobbly moments, but ended with an excellent laid-out double-double. 13.833.
  • Illia Kovtun (UKR) VT: Tidy Kas 1.5 with a hop. 14.333.
  • Luka van den Keybus (BEL) VT: Beautiful Yurchenko 2.5 with a small hop to the roar of the Belgian crowd.

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

Fred Richards (USA) PH: Scissor hstd is much better than TF but steps forward onto the leather. Triple russian in the middle. Flair spindles variations are nice. Flair spindle travel is gorgeous. Magyar to Sivado. Good dismount to finish.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:19 p.m

Milad Karimi (KAZ) PH: Scissor hstd. Flops are nice and extended. Sivado. Roth into russians. WILD Tong Fei into more russians? Lots of leg seperation. Makes it through the hstd dismount. 13.000.

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

Chiba Kenta (JPN) PH: Scissor to hstd. Busnari. Flops are good. Tong Fei into russians into Roth. Mayar to Sivado. Dismount is great! Coach Hiro punches the air. 14.800!!!!

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

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) PH: Flair spindle work. Scissor to hstd – smooth. Flop work is strong. Roth. Flaired magyar to sivado. Dismount to handstand is wonderful. BIG set. 14.366.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:09 p.m

Jake Jarman (GBR) PH: Scissor hstd. Good flop work. Russians in the middle. Some shape issues on more flops. Magyar into triple russians. Dismount is good! 13.433

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:05 p.m

James Hall (GBR) PH: Makes it through his routine with a few small form errors. Nice rebound from team final where he fell. 13.300.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 8:02 p.m

Other routines of note: 

  • Sun Wei (CHN) SR: Excellent routine with a tucked double-double to go 14.266.
  • Illia Kovtun (UKR) SR = 13.133
  • Asher Hong (USA) PH: Off during some Russian work on one end of the horse toward the end of the routine. 12.333.
  • Ahmet Onder (TUR) VT: HUGE Kas 1.5 and sticks it perfectly. 14.533. 
  • Casimir Schmidt (NED) VT: Great height on his Dragulescu, single step back. 14.300.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:58 p.m

Good start for Milad Karimi (KAZ) on FX with a 14.366. Very clean routine. I am so impressed by how much his consistency has improved recently. Kudos to him.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:54 p.m

Chiba Kenta (JPN) FX: Double pike. Front double twist punch layout. Full to randi – stuck. Good side pass. Nice press work. Back 2.5 punch half – lands with heel OOB. Good triple to finish. 13.966.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:50 p.m

Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) FX: Double double. Back 3.5. Full punch randi – hops forward. Stuck bwd double twist down the side. Good russian work. Wide arm press. Bwd 2.5 punch layout. Back triple to dismount – big steps forward and almost falls on dismount but saves it. 13.400 – yikes.

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

Jake Jarman (GBR) FX: Double double layout – OOB. Triple twisting double tuck. Double double – small hop. Triple twist down side. Hops fwd. Full punch randi. Something punch double twist fwd. Back 3.5 to dismount. A bit hoppy today but tidy work. 14.500!

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:46 p.m

Luke van den Keybus (BEL) loves playing to the crowd. Gestures them to be louder following a good rings set to start for him.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:43 p.m

James Hall (GBR) FX: Working through his first three passes with minimal landing deductions. Bwd 2.5 punch layout – gets caught by his own feet and takes a weird hop. Randi. Nice bwd triple twist to finish. Stomps down the floor line where he tripped before hopping off the podium.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:40 p.m

Fred Richard (USA) FX: Double 2.5. Double twist punch full – stuck. Air flairs get a crowd reaction. Double double – small hop. Back double twist – stuck. Bwd 2.5 punch layout. Small hop. Stuck double arabian 1/2. 14.633!!! That is a huge score.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 7:29 p.m.

Thu. Oct. 5 @ 6:55 p.m.

Welcome to the men’s all-around final! Competition gets started at 7:30 p.m. The group featuring the top 6 qualifiers includes Chiba Kenta (JPN), Hashimoto Daiki (JPN) – who replaced teammate Kaya Kazuma – Jake Jarman (GBR), James Hall (GBR), Fred Richard (USA) – and Milad Karimi (KAZ).

Athletes to watch in other rotating groups include Asher Hong (USA), Sun Wei (CHN), and Illia Kovtun (UKR).