Dalaloyan, Derwael and Petrounias golden in Doha

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Dalaloyan, Derwael and Petrounias golden in Doha

November 2, 2018

Competition report of day 1 of event finals at #DohaGym2018

On the first day of event finals at the 48th World Championships in Doha (QAT), a huge crowd showed up to support their favourite gymnasts. It seemed that the majority of Doha’s 4000 Greek population made the effort to see their star Eleftherios Petrounias at work, and the Belgian fans were out in numbers as well. With 5 finals scheduled this afternoon, the fans got more than their money’s worth ….


King Artur continues to rule

As there were two gymnasts who qualified in eighth place with exactly the same difficulty and execution score, nine gymnasts battled for the medals on floor. Defending World Champion Japan’s Kenzo Shirai set the standard early on in the floor final, performing the most difficult routine (6.8) for a total of 14.866. The Philippines Carlos Edriel Yulo came closest, with 14.600, earning the first ever medal for his country, and he is only 18 years old! Last up, freshly crowned all-around World Champion Artur Dalaloyan showed off excellent execution to squeeze past Shirai and add another gold to his growing collection. Teammate Nikity Nagornyy lost his chance for a medal when he landed this triple twist dismount short, after impressing the audience with his triple back and precise tumbling passes. Last year’s silver medallist Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) dropped to fifth today while Turkey’s Ahmet Onder finished ninth.


1. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.900

2. Kenzo Shirai (RUS) 14.866

3. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) 14.600

4. Yul Moldauer (USA) 14.566

5. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) 14.566

6. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.500

7. Sam Mikulak (USA) 14.233

8. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) 14.100

9. Ahmet Onder (TUR) 13.833


Biles without the Biles

American superstar Simone Biles went in search for her first World title on vault. She didn’t do her namesake vault, the Biles, as she fell on this skill in yesterday’s all-around final. Instead, she vaulted a Cheng and an Amanar to secure the gold. Her thirteenth World title, surpassing the record of Vitaly Scherbo who competed twenty years ago. Such a legend! And Biles was not the only legend in this final, 43-year-old Oksana Chusovitina suffered a low landing on her first vault to bump her off the podium behind Canada’s Shallon Olson and Mexico’s Alexa Moreno who won Mexico’s first ever World medal.


1. Simone Biles (USA) 15.366

2. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.516

3. Alexa Moreno (MEX) 14.508

4. Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) 14.300

5. Seojeong Yeo (KOR) 14.233

6. Jinru Liu (CHN) 14.150

7. Ellie Black (CAN) 14.116

8. Rye Yong Pyon (PRK) 13.616


Tie break ends Whitlock’s pommel winning streak

Great Britain’s Max Whitlock looked to avenge his defeat at this year’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships by Ireland’s Rhys Mcclenaghan who didn’t advance to the final. The defending World Champion and reigning Olympic Champion performed last and had to beat Xiao Ruoteng’s excellent score of 15.166. His routine was more difficult, the execution a bit less, resulting in the same score as Xiao but the tie was broken based on a better execution score. Gold for Xiao, silver for Max. Chih Kai Lee from Chinese Taipei joined them on the podium.


1. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) 15.166

2. Max Whitlock (GBR) 15.166

3. Chih Kai Lee (TPE) 14.966

4. Sam Mikulak (USA) 14.333

5. Nariman Kurbanov (KAZ) 13.400

6. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 12.533

7. David Belyaskiy (RUS) 11.833

8. Cyril Tommasone (FRA) 11.500


Derwael continues to write history for Belgium

Belgium’s Nina Derwael qualified in first place and earned the highest score in yesterday’s all-around final as well so the two-times European Champion came into the final as the favourite, and possibly the only gymnast that could prevent Simone Biles from sweeping the gold medals at these World Championships. Showing the highest difficulty, 3 tenths higher than Biles, Seitz and Adlerteg, Derwael swung beautifully through her routine, combining most of her skills. When she stuck her dismount, a smile appeared on the 18-year-old’s face and she knew she had done what she had to do. Biles has improved so much on bars under the guidance of French coach Laurent Landi but she couldn’t match Derwael though, settling for silver one tenth ahead of Germany’s Eli Seitz who was delighted to finally step onto the podium after a string of 4th and 5th place finishes. Double Olympic Champion Aliya Mustafina showed a clean routine but she lacked the difficulty to challenge for the medals.


1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 15.200

2. Simone Biles (USA) 14.700

3. Eli Seitz (GER) 14.600

4. Huan Luo (CHN) 14.500

5. Aliya Mustafina (RUS) 14.433

6. Morgan Hurd (USA) 14.433

7. Becky Downie (GBR) 13.333

8. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE) 13.166


The Lord of Rings is unstoppable

Even a severe shoulder injury couldn’t stop European, World and Olympic Champion Eleftherios Petrounias from continuing his winning streak. Having won every major title on rings since 2015, the Greek star initially announced he wouldn’t compete but then pushed his much-needed to surgery to Monday and promised his surgeon that he would return to his cabinet with the gold medal. Petrounias wasn’t sure about the win though, even after posting a huge 15.366 as the first gymnast up. “The Italian guy is young and really strong. And Zanetti is Zanetti … you just never know in gymnastics.” But it was more than enough, Zanetti secured the silver medal ahead of Italian talent Marco Lodadio.


1. Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) 15.366

2. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) 15.100

3. Marco Lodadio (ITA) 14.900

4. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) 14.766

5. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.733

6. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM) 14.733

7. Nikita Simonov (AZE) 14.266

8. Igor Radivilov (UKR) 14.133


Find the complete results on the FIG website: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=13335

The World Championships conclude tomorrow with the second day of apparatus finals!