Historic World titles for Pauline Schaefer (GER) and Tin Srbic (CRO)


Historic World titles for Pauline Schaefer (GER) and Tin Srbic (CRO)

October 8, 2017

Competition report of day 2 of event finals at #mtl2017gym

While yesterday all winners successfully defended their 2015 world titles, on day 2 of event finals none of the defending Champions competed.


Japan’s Kenzo Shirai performed two great twisting vaults, including Yurchenko triple twist named after him to take his second World title here in Montreal. But it was a close call: Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov put up a tough fight, sticking his Dragulescu vault and vaulting a high Tsukahara double pike.Then the score flashed: 14.899 compared to Shirai’s 14.900. Just 0.001, the tiniest margin possible, bumped Radivilov into second place. The last perfomer, Kim Hansol of Korea, vaulted onto the medal podium beating Romanian star Marian Dragulescu, who finished in the unfortunate fourth place.

1.      Kenzo Shirai (JPN) 14.900

2.      Igor Radivilov (UKR) 14.899

3.      Kim Hansol (KOR) 14.766

4.      Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 14.716

5.      Jorge Vega Lopez (GUA) 14.704

6.      Keisuke Asato (JPN) 14.349

7.      Zachari Hrimeche (FRA) 14.083

8.      Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 13.966



The execution scores on beam have been a much discussed topic. In fact, in qualifications only one gymnast has been able to score more than 8 points, Germany’s Pauline Schaefer. Her lines are truly exquisite and today she showed again what she is capable of. Two years ago in Glasgow she won the bronze medal. In 2017 her performance was rewarded with the gold! She becomes the first German female World Champion since the reunification and is delighted: “I don’t have any words for it. I’m so happy it worked out today. And I’m also happy that Tabea [Alt] won the bronze medal. Two Germans on the podium for beam, that is unique.” American Morgan Hurd, Germany’s Tabea Alt and Canada’s Ellie Black tied for the highest difficulty. Black took herself out of contention when she fell but the other two gymnasts battled for the silver. Hurd had the better execution of the two as Alt had some hesitations: silver for Hurd, and bronze for Alt!

1.      Pauline Schaefer (GER) 13.533

2.      Morgan Hurd (USA) 13.400

3.      Tabea Alt (GER) 13.300

4.      Mai Murakami (JPN) 13.066

5.      Elena Eremina (RUS) 12.966

6.      Asuka Teramoto (JPN) 12.966

7.      Liu Tingting (CHN) 12.766

8.      Ellie Black (CAN) 12.400


Parallel bars

The first gymnast to perform, China’s Zou Jingyuan, set the standard extremely high, scoring an impressive 15.900 for a difficult and well-executed routine. Vice-World and Olympic Champion Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) gave it his best shot with an improved execution score and came within a tenth of Zou but it wasn’t enough to reclaim the World title he won in 2014. All other finalists had routines with difficulty between 6.2 and 6.4 so execution made the difference. Russia’s David Belyavskiy, last year’s European Champion, showed another beautiful routine, claiming the bronze medal, a tenth ahead of Cuba’s Manrique Larduet.

1.      Zou Jingyuan (CHN) 15.900

2.      Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 15.833

3.      David Belyavskiy (RUS) 15.266

4.      Manrique Larduet (CUB) 15.166

5.      Lin Chaopan (CHN) 15.133

6.      Pablo Braegger (SUI) 14.733

7.      Marcel Nguyen (GER) 14.700

8.      Ferhat Arican (TUR) 14.100



A wide variety of difficulty scores were presented by the 8 finalists on women’s floor. Japan’s Mai Murakami performed the most difficult routine, highlighting her powerfully tumbling and dynamic style. The most artistic floor routine by far was owned by Canada’s Brooklyn Moors. Her balletic movements and original Podkopayeva tumble gave the audience goose bumps. She did get rewarded with the Longines Prize of Elegance. A worthy winner of that prize. Unfortunately her difficulty is not yet high enough to challenge for the medals. Murakami held off American talent Jade Carey, to win her first World title. Bronze went to Great Britain’s Claudia Fragapane who worked hard to control her landings and entertained the crowd with a fun choreography, clearly benefitting from her participation in ‘Dancing with the Stars’. An unfortunate end of the women’s competition as the last gymnast, Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari, got injured on her second tumbling run.

1.      Mai Murakami (JPN) 14.233

2.      Jade Carey (USA) 14.200

3.      Claudia Fragapane (GBR) 13.933

4.      Thais Santos (BRA) 13.666

5.      Brooklyn Moors (CAN) 13.650

6.      Lara Mori (ITA) 13.266

7.      Ellie Black (CAN) 12.900

8.      Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) 9.933


High bar

In a final marked by mistakes, the only gymnast to get through his routine unharmed was Tin Srbic. After qualifying with the third score, the young Croatian handled the pressure well, calmly executed a great routine and sticking the dismount, to become his country’s first World Champion! “I still don’t know what happened. It’s an amazing feeling right now. I hope it will be even better tomorrow after a sleep, when I realise what I did”, Srbic told the press after the competition. 2012 Olympic Champion and 2013 and 2014 World Champion Epke Zonderland missed his left hand after the Cassina – Kovacs combination but miraculously managed to continue his routine and claim the silver medal. Joining them on the podium is his teammate Bart Deurloo. Another historic moment as this is the first time two Dutch gymnasts share the podium at a World Championships.

1.      Tin Srbic (CRO) 14.433

2.      Epke Zonderland (NED) 14.233

3.      Bart Deurloo (NED) 14.200

4.      Pablo Braegger (SUI) 13.733

5.      Hidetaka Miyachi (JPN) 13.733

6.      David Belyavskiy (RUS) 13.533

7.      Randy Leru (CUB) 13.100

8.      Oliver Hegi (SUI) 12.733


And this concludes these Artistic Gymnastics World Championships! The next edition will be held in Doha (QAT) from 25 October to 3 November 2018.