07. October 2019  
Stuttgart, GER  

49th MEN's WORLDS of Artistic Gymnastics - Qualification

According to the qualification rounds of the women, now the men will also be in the significant Olympic qualification starting Sunday + Monday (6-7 October).
Since the last Worlds (2018, Doha) so far only the medal trio China, Russia, Japan for the Olympic Games 2020 is fixed:
The other 9 of the total eligible countries are now being rehearsed in Stuttgart. As with the women, this is also about 8 team final places, the entry of the 24 best all-around-fighters in the individual final and each of 8 finalists on the individual apparatus.
* Team Russia leads after day 1, but also after day 2, followed by China and Japan. Also Ukraine, Great Britain, Switzerland, USA and China Taipeh are qualified for the teamfinal on Wednesday ...
* Because the team of the Netherlands fell back to 19th place, Team Germany scored with only half a pointin fromt of Italy in the last moment the Olympic qualification on 12th place ...

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* SUNDAY, October 06
MEN's Qualification - DAY 1  * Subdivisions 1 - 4

Russian men romp to early lead at Stuttgart Worlds
* fig-report --: European champion Nikita Nagornyy and world champion Artur Dalaloyan led the Russian Federation to first place as men's qualification began Sunday at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Germany. Teams in Stuttgart consist of up to five gymnasts, with up to four competing each event in qualification and the top three scores counting toward the team total. At stake are spots in team, All-around and event finals, as well as coveted Olympic berths for team and individuals.
* Russians rule day one
With the top team totals on all six apparatus, the Russians easily held on to first place at the halfway point of the qualification at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Hall with a team total of 259.928, more than 9 points ahead of their closest challengers. Nagornyy hit six routines to post 87.333 to lead the All-around standings. He earned his best score, 14.900, on both Floor Exercise (where he tumbled a sky-high triple back) and on Vault (Dragulescu). Dalaloyan (86.531) trailed his teammate but earned the team's highest score, 15.133, on Vault with a stuck Blanik (piked handspring double front). Dalaloyan is the leader on Vault over Le Thanh Tung (VIE) and Nagornyy and is currently third on both Floor Exercise and Horizontal Bar.
Two-time Olympian Denis Abliazin, absent from the team in 2018, returned to the lineup in Stuttgart and contributed to Russia's top score on Still Rings, 14.600 (currently sixth).

* Chinese Taipei shock Stuttgart
Just 17th at the 2018 Worlds, the team from Chinese Taipei posted 250.093, second only to Russia on day one, putting them on the cusp of qualifying a full team to next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo (JPN). 2016 Olympian Lee Chih Kai is third in the All-around (84.481) and he and Shiao Yu-Jan are second and third, respectively, in the Pommel Horse standings. Tang Chia-Hung, sitting in sixth All-around, leads Horizontal Bar qualification with 14.933.

* Germany falls to fifth
Teams from Brazil and Spain shared the spotlight with the host Germans in the fourth and final subdivision of the day. Germany was forced to count a fall on Parallel Bars, but Lukas Dauser thrilled the packed arena with his 15.033, currently the highest score on the event. With the audience cheering their every move, the Germans regained momentum until their final event, Vault, when several poor landings dropped them to fifth. Andreas Toba was the top individual, currently in fifth All-around.
Brazil also lost valuable points on Horizontal Bar in the first rotation with multiple falls, but Arthur Mariano saved the team total with a beautiful routine that included a Winkler (full-twisting layout Jaeger) and stuck layout double-double dismount for 14.600, second behind Tang. The team trailed Spain and Germany until Caio Souza's 14.633 on Parallel Bars in the final rotation pushed them into third, keeping their Tokyo hopes alive.

Spain, 11th in 2018, is also still in the hunt for Tokyo after finishing fourth with an inspired performance throughout the night. Nicolau Mir is currently fourth on Floor Exercise.

* FIG VIDEO Summary - Qualification DAY 1 ...:

* Youtube (00654)
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* R E S U L T S, TEAMS, DAY  1:
1. RUS - 259,928;  2. TPE - 250,093;  3. BRA - 247,236;  4. ESP - 246,727;
5. GER - 246,508;   6. ITA - 245,996;   7. FRA - 245,127;   8. TUR - 244,652;
   >> Intermediate Results after sub 4 of 8

        >> Intermediate results all-around

* SCHEDULE: Sunday, Oct. 06:   STARTLIST Sub 1- 4
10:00-13:00        Men's Sub 1 - (ITA-TPE-KAZ-Mix21-Mix19-Mix2)
13:00-16:00        Men's Sub 2 - (NOR-Mix9-Mix7-HUN-Mix12-FRA)

16:30-19:30        Men's Sub 3 - (RUS2-BLR-Mix6-TUR-Mix4-Mix20)
19:30-22:30       Men's Sub 4 - (Mix1-Mix13-Mix10-ESP-GER-BRA)

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