will be on the medal rostrum?
The tension in the
Topsporthal Vlanderen mount early Wednesday afternoon as
the first set of medals is about to be decided.
top star Ivan Ivankov qualified in first place with a
fantastic show, less than a point ahead of the USA who
are followed by Korea and Romania. Ukraine is struggling
with injuries and surely has only an outside chance of a
medal. France and Russia round out the field.
are six gymnasts per team, three per apparatus and all
1: Romania leads
is on vault, Ukraine on floor. Rares Orzata
(ROM) starts with a slightly imperfect Tsukahara
with 2 ½ twists. Ioan Suciu follows him with
the second vault but performs it a little better.
Marian Dragulescu finishes with a great
handspring-double front 1/2
for a 28,650 for Romania..
Ruslam Mezentsev has a nervous beginning. He
sits down his double front. Andrei Lipski seems
a lot more solid, Alexander Beresh puts in a
fantastic routine with a double front and a
Ukraine scores 26,762.
starts very strongly on rings.
demonstartes even more perfection in his
strength elements. Kim Dong Hwa twists his arm
on an iron cross and is unable to finish his
routine. This is already the end for
Nemov (RUS) >>
French team opens with a solid
routine from Yohan Mounard on pommels. Sebastien
Tayac has a small break on his dismount in an
otherwise clean routine. Francois Ruffier is
very clean and solid and brings his team to a
total of 28,211.
Bhavsar is next for the USA on pommels .Brett
McClure gets through his routine well as well.
Paul Hamm has bad technique in his routine. The
USA totals 26,924.
rings, the Chinese demonstrate their
strength. Small breaks keep the team at
enters the competition on floor. Alexander
Kruzhylov gets them off to a good start. Dzenis
Savenkov and Dmitri Kasperovich also compete
Krylov is the first gymnast for Russia on vault.
He nails his double twisting Yurchenko. Alexei
Nemov has some problems landing the vault named
Alexei Bondarenko sticks his Yurchenko double
Dan (ROM) starts off confidently on
bars. Marian Dragulescu has small problems.
Urzica surprisingly shows some weakness on
bars and falls on his dismount. Only 25,162
also starts off the second rotation well for
Ukraine on pommels. Ruslan Mezenstev falls.
Beresh saves it for Ukraine with a great
routine. 27,712 points for Ukraine.
cannot win ground on vault despite good vaults.
Maree has a few wobbles on rings and puts
his hands down on his dismount. Francois Ruffier seems
confident. Sebastien Tayac keeps his team in the medal
hunt with a good routine.
don’t faulter on vault going for security in their
double twisting Tsukaharas. (28,212)
Raj Bhavsar has trouble keeping the rings still. Hamm
follows with two Guzoghys and an overall better
routine. Towsend is perfect and pulls hsi team to a
total of 28,062.
The Belarussians stay
calm on pommels. Ivankov & Co earn an incredible
total of 28,075.
on bars – bad luck. Bondarenko, however, is in good
form whereas Nemov has a few wobbles here and there.....
Romanian gymnast up on high bar,
Razwan Selariu crashes for a 7,325 which will
cost the team dearly . Urzica shows a super
Winkler and Orzata a Kovacs to bring the team
to a total of 26,262.
also has a poor start for Ukraine on rings
with only 8,15. Sergei Vyaltsev and Roman
Zozulia cannotn compensate despite good
gives France some security with a nailed
double twisting Yurchenko. Still, Yann
Chucherat lands his handspring-double front
very low. Florent Maree is no better. Still,
27,637 points for France.
shows weaknesses on bars. No wonder,
considering they have to do without injured
The Chinese on their strongest apparatus, bars.
Deng Weiwei starts nervously. Feng Jing is
flawless and Zhang Shangwu in a leagus of his
own. Incredible 28,125 points.
(USA) vaults a full-twisting Cuervo.
McCain’s Kasamatsu with twist is better and
Paul Hamm’s double twisting Tsukahara is a
joy to watch: 28,175.
Bondarenko (RUS) >>
(RUS) starts spectacularly on high bar with a
full-twisting Kovacs. But then he gets stuck.
Bondarenko shows a few releases, then gets
stuck and finally falls off on a turn into
ellgrip. A black day for the Russians.Nemov is
totally spectacular until his dismount which
he can hardly stand up. 26,286 point mean
Russia is out of the medal race.
on rings begin well with Kasperovich, then get
better with Valynchuk and the great Ivankov.
by Reinhard Linder / Nora Schuler
Web editors: Eckhard Herholz / Sonja
Photos by Don Johnson