Matt Baker introduces action from the World Gymnastics Championships at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan, including the fiercely-contested men's team final.
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Here comes Kelly Holmes, the crowd Great Britain get the Gold Medal!
Yes, Kelly Holmes for Britain. What a performance. You are brilliant.
Great Britain takes gold! What a great start for the us. They're
confidence is almost frightening. What a cracking vault. It was way
up in the rafters. That was terrific. Unbelievable. That was
real powerful jam Naas ticks. -- gymnastics. She is the best we have
ever seen. They have grabbed this competition by the scruff of the
neck. It's job done, isn't it? The US are the world champions. Welcome
to the second day of the world gymnastics championships. Yesterday
it was the women's final. Our British women made history and
their fifth place was the highest ever at a World Championships.
Today it is the turn of the men, but can the Japanese team keep
their heads, and have the British lost theirs? They didn't make the
top eight. But they did start well and according to rings, vault and
bar legal bars, qualifying for the Olympics was looking odds on. But
hang on as one gymnast said to the other, it was time for the high bar.
What did the high bar do do to you? To me, he was first up and he
missed one of his moves. So I mean that was a shock. And then Dan
I managed to go clean. But Chris and Sam didn't manage to pull off
the routines. They are big routines, it does happen. I sensed thing were
weiry. I said, come on guys, we have worked too hard. Let's not
give up until it's over. And you guys were on the floor and did the
best. It was quite... Good to see that no one had given up. It seems
that your problems don't lie with lack of moves or ability. So what
do you put the problem down to? Everyone's had a talk and no one's
sure, everyone was fit and ready. Maybe it is just that we qualified
fourth last year and maybe people expected too much. Did you think
that you expected too much? I think everyone thought we would go
through. You don't expect failure. But it can happen. I had to wait to
do mine. I spent the time getting everyone going and I had to get
into the zone and you know there was a few wobbles on the pommel
horse and I needed to get through mine, not just for me, but for the
team and I got the job done. did. And got the second highest
score. I'm happy, just because of the pressure I was feeling. I
landed and the relief... You know I gave Britain its fighting chance to
cling on to eighth place and gave myself a chance of qualifying for
the finals. You have this test after Christmas, you won't have a
relaxing Christmas? No everyone was looking forward to a rest and
putting on a bit of weight, Christmas pudding and that! But it
will be hard going. But we are looking at the top 12 teams in the
world that will make the Olympics, you're in tenth and the chances are
you will do well. We came tenth with the worst competition we could
have done. The fact that we can only build on this and get better.
We should qualify. I don't want to say we're, because anything can
happen but we have got the strongest team we have had and the
boys are good. So it is all about going to that testament in January,
sacrificing our Christmas puddings and you know proving that we can do
it and we do want to qualify for the Olympics. The eight teams here
have qualified for Olympics. We will see them in London. Joining me
as always is Mitch Fenner and Christine Stiller. We are prepared
to be entertained. Mitch who are you looking forward to see
something It has to be Japan. Back to the days of 60s and 70s when
they dominated. The atmosphere in qualification was amazing. They
were working as a team. It is going to be a hot final. And Japan I
think are going to take it. What about America?? The women that,
seemed to have the kark is the trick oofs bullet train ariefrg. --
characteristics of a bullet train arriving. You but sometimes they
have been short of finesse. This team are well trained and they
performed well in qualification. They beat off the challenge of the
Olympic champions, China, so it will be a hot contest. This
competition will be a real belter. This is thousand men's team final
will play out. Three gymnasts up and all scores count. They rotate
through six pieces of apparatus and Uchimura gets Japan's bid under way.
All round world champion. Here he goes. A half twist and a half turn.
A nice steady start. A little puff of the cheeks. Keeping it under
control. A nice double twist. Maybe a bit deep on the landing there.
Good steady start is what they need. A double pike with half turn from
the Arabian approach. A touch of class there. Two and a half twist.
He is, he seems to have more air time than anybody else. Incredible
young gymnast. Lovely extension on that simple roll even. One and a
half twist in one three. It sounds complicated and it is. And he made
it look so easy. Triple twist, he goes all the way around. A little
hop back, but a great start. finishes the twist, sees the floor,
rolls straight out. He turns so quickly. Look how he wroops that
double twist in. He sets the somersault up and he is as good on
the hands as he is in the air, twisting, snaps from the floor,
lifts high. Wraps in, feet locked together and this is a triple twist
where many of the gymnasts lose their leg form. He meets the floor
exactly. Marius Daniel Berbecar of Romania. Second of the Romanian
vaulters at 26. A dynamic approach and he just didn't make the correct
contact on the top. The block, his hands just slid along the top of
the table. And very good job that he realised it was going wrong and
didn't go in for the second somersault. 15.466 for Kohei
Uchimura. What a start for Japan. Yan Mingyong, the second Chinese
pommel horse routine. The first one scored 14. Classic extension at the
front of the swing. Lovely body at the back. And that is a Chinese
made move as well. On the handle, how long will he stay there? Very
quick and easy. Not too complicated. Step down. This is a triple Russian.
Building very nicely, not the most difficult, but this is good clean
pommel swinging. A treble backwards. And here comes the dismount
sequence, but that was bent arm and a bit laboured, the judges will be
sharp on that. Just happy to get through that, it wasn't their best
piece in qualification. It was their joint worst in qualification.
High fives all around. Well, they were very iffy in qualification,
the Chinese team. On most pieces of apparatus. And he has been brought
into steady the ship I think. 14.766 for the 26-year-old. Marius
Daniel Berbecar scores zero. If you continue land on your feet, feet
first, then it is a zero, whatever you do. Teng Teng O'-- Teng Haibin
looking for a big score. This wonderful style shows you why he
has scored so well. He caught his feet on the end there. Lifts well
and high. Above the pommel horse. After -- you have to travel, work
on the handle, do double leg work and single leg work. And he just
looks so confident here. Here is the single leg work. He breaks into
it. A beautiful lift through hips at the front of the swing. And must
have a difficult dismount. Pirouettes well. A very classy
performance. He was Olympic champion, back in Athens. So things
so far so good for Japan. Yamamuro hopes to keep things moving. He
actually beat Kohei Uchimura when he was 17, but that was the last
time. Now 22. Something to tell his grand children! One and a half
twists, nicely done. And this guy is a ring specialist, you would
never believe it. He is hopping along the floor beautifully. A
double Arabian. And all the preparation coming through. Oh two
and a half twist and just bounced it back a little. Two and a half
twist and almost as if, well let's just calm down. And he did that
beautifully. Rock solid. Hugely powerful. And a little look to the
side just to see if the audience are appreciating what they're
seeing. Here we go go. Relaxing of the shoulders. He is into the final
tumble, double tuck, landed slightly low. But fla is for a
third man up, they have been consistent. And so calm as well.
There is an air of calmness, confidence and beauty about it.
That is the thing about their approach, they have such a relaxed
approach. It belies what is going on. Like the swan. Yes, but he is
more dynamic than the others. He shows more character and really
gave this some power. A half turn in, double front, this is a double
Arabian and he kicked it out so well. 15.233 for Teng Haibin. That
puts China into second at the Russia second, China, Romania.
Brace yourself. Jonathan Horton P Still swinging his arms since first
thing this morning in the hotel lobby! This guy is the definition
of power. This is their first performance this final. One-and-a-
half twists. One and three-quarters rolls. Nicely done. Lots of power
in the flick. Two twists and two somersaults. Two-and-a-half twists.
Full twist. Just little tip forward, but kept his feet. Stuck to the
carpet. Oh a bit heavy on the roll the handstand. Make absolutely sure
there is no deduction there's. One- and-a-half twists, against nice
nailed, glued landing. Now it is telling. Accelerate through the
flick, full twisting double. Hop forward but that was a gritty
performance. Look at him. And a great all rounder Jonathan Horton.
Third last year, but such is the strength of their team that he
isn't going to make the top 24 because two of his team-mates beat
him and you are only allowed to in a final. But floor is a good piece
for him. See, by having two difficult somersaults in that one
run he lifts his difficulty all the we did see his bobble out, which
the judges will deduct for. This, the full twist. In the double back
position. Pulls the legs in tightly. As Mitch said, the chest was well
done on -- down on landing. Which will lose him a few marks, but he
was happy, as an opener. dismount is low and flat. But he
did it and he didn't let the team down. Philipp Boy for Germany. Keep
your eye on them throughout the competition because they could be
the dark horse. Hi will need a steady performance. He has done the
single leg work. Made contact a couple of times with the horse, but
he is really moving now. Little flair with the arm off to the side,
very difficult work. Really holding his form. Moving along the horse.
He has to keep the hands parallel as he works. Has to make this
dismount. Gosh, that will be quite a big de duckion, he used strength
rather than swing to get up into the handstand. You could see it all.
USA start with a 14.966. The first sixth so he will be seeing him in
the floor final again. He was eighth the last World Championships
on floor. Very nice opener. Extra Whip over. One-and-a-half twists in
straight roll out, beautifully done. And this is very impressive so far.
Two-and-a-half twists, I tell you, number two man up, he's certainly
keeping the momentum as far as the USA team are concerned. Every inch
of the floor, so important. Scuttling little run. Double twist
the corner to get his breath back. Pull hard. Double pike to finish, a
little skip forward. That was really good stuff. Look at that.
That sums it up. My word. It has auld always been a tricky piece for
the Germans.. Steven Legendre's score. 15.566. Jacob Dalton up now.
Steven Legendre just bagged the highest score on floor. Let us see
if they have kept the best to last. Unusual move there. Lovely height.
On the one and three-quarters to roll out. Fabulous control there. I
thought he hadn't got quite enough room for the second somersault but
he measured it to perfection. Has to hold this. Just little bobble
roll out again. Has to be a smooth roll out. Two-and-a-half, into full
twisting front. He's very precise flip. Lovely triple twist. Many of
the gymnasts using that as their final tumble and performing it so
well. This was the American's best piece of rap us the in
qualification. I think what they are doing is try to put as much gap
between them and the Japanese from the early stages. Let us have a
look at Igor Radivilov. I can see a seven difficulty so this will be a
tough vault. The double front with the half turn out. He left that
very late. How did he land that? Well he did and he got 16.166, the
highest vault score so far. Well done that man! Jacob Dalton, 15.5.
United States in behind the Ukraine at the moment. Right, so here we go.
The Ukraine, US, Japan currently this third, followed up by Russia,
Germany a bit down, one of their gymnasts fell off the pommel horse
and a bit of ground to make up there. Russia's an on the
Golotsutskov propelled his team ahead with a strong vault score.
But that paleed in comparison with Coria's Hak Seon Yang. On the
pommel horse the United States are used to struggling, but a series of
excellent performances capped off by Alexnader Naddour kept them in
the hunt for the world title. But Japan's medal hopes on home soil
looked in tattered after a torrid time for Kenya Kobayashi. Japan
dropped to fifth by the end of rotation with Russia leading the
way on 90.356, ahead of Coria and the US, with China unexpectedly
down in sixth. Russia continued to impress in rotation three, as 19 -
year-old David Belyavskiy scored highly. China last kick-started
their world title vault thanks to this attempt which earned 16.3. It
was a similar story for Japan on rings as Koji Yamamuro scored
highly. The US still in touch in sixth place on a tightly bunched
leaderboard but Russia hold the lead with 137.47 ahead of China and
core ya. By the end of rotation four the four strongest teams will
have completed the high scoring vault. Back to Mitch, Christine and
Myun Kim. -- Coria. Not the happiest of outings in qualifying.
Let us see if they can put it right. Oh, they have done it again. That
is exactly what the problem was. Such a difficult skill to time. You
have to bounce through the shoulders at the top of the bar and
he was a country mile away from it. He was commit my Lord to the
landing wasn't he than the actual bar. He spotted the floor about
half an hour ago! In that situation, you have got to bail out. You have
to save your neck and he did that well, but... That's good night
Vienna as far as Korean hopes are thaition but he will be down graded
on the next so they are making hay why while they can. -- while they
can. A little bit late. That is nicely out this time. It is
academic but he will want to land it, and he did it. Just a little
pace forward on the double, double. Such a shame. Could have been a big
difficulty score if he had nailed that one. So here we are, USA on
vault. Double front with half turn but were his feet right round? We
would knee a bit of a replay to see that, to see whether they will give
the half turn. He turned it very late indeed. Way off centre as well.
Big push, was late but look, he didn't really get the turn round.
He was way out of control at the end. You can see where the tenths
are going to go. He has not completed it. That will be a
deduction. Then he will get another 0.8 for travelling to the side.
Steven Legendre 16.166. He is all right. Two more vaulters to go. So,
13 point 566. He went for the big release. It didn't come off. Still
too more to go for Korea. Over to parallel bars. The European
champion. That lovely line in handstand, very efficient, double
back somersault. All but the feet came apart, and it just looks a
little bit hurried and it is hurried and really not settled at
all, the German team. It is not going their way. We have seen them
so composed and confident, but he didn't let the bars with work with
him. He snatched tat move. Had that first call on pommel horse and they
have been fighting it ever since. Yes. They were similar in
qualification but they have good style and difficult work, that even
though they were losing marks for falls, they were gaining in
difficulty, but that really won't be a good score at all. Jonathan
Horton P It is a big vault. He will stick it. Oh and he didn't. Bailed
it out. That is an awful four points landing and he is not happy
with that. He is normally so reliable. That will be, well, with
an all four point, it has to be a whole mark off. I would have
thought so. He lifted high, but just didn't really have the
rotation, did it. It stalled as he half turned. Went for the same
vault as his team-mate and Marian Dragulescu proving not to be the
friend of the American team. They feel this is better to land because
they see the floor. But you have to have the rotation. 15.266. It is
going to be costly. He doesn't need telling. He is now going to go and
boil his head. He is very upset. 13.366 for Germany, Marcel Nguyen.
solid first two tumble runs. Two and a half twists. Skipping across
the floor with great confidence. He just presses a button and out come
the legs. Beautiful rl -- control on the roll out. Form held. Change
enough that is a question for the judges to answer. Triple twist, hit
the ground a little bit deep. I like his work and his approach, he
is sharp and business-like. He is building a lot of experience.
think Ukraine are quietly going about their business and could
cause a bit of a surprise here. He is a very efficient gymnast, isn't
he? No gymics, just good, confident work. -- gimmicks. Stylish and
clean. A very light touch. That triple twist effortlessly performed.
14.633. So the United States, Ukraine, Korea and Germany. Here we
go with Japan on vault. Kohei Uchimura. This is the only final
that he didn't make. You see the runway there. Difficulty is 6.6. So
this vault will be marked out of 16.6. Points deducted for execution
from tenth. Those scores added together. You would never believe
looking at that face that he is at the end of a runway in the World
Championships. You would think he is in training. Kohei Uchimura
aiming for absolute perfection. Hones in on the target and he is
off. Carefully measured run. Carefully performed round off.
Lifts in the air, two and a half twists, absolute precision. What a
start. The world watched Jonny Wilkinson lining up with his
routine and I bet you will see other people doing that arm thing.
That arm thing was effective. He was dead centre. You can see the
approach, very square on the horse, a beautiful spin in the air, a tiny
bit off to one side. But just clicks around. Beautifully donen't
just what they need and he was cool at the end of the runway. Focused
during the vault. Look at this - snaps through twists and now he can
relax a bit. There you go. Makes you wonder how he didn't make the
vault final. I suspect he Close not to, because you have to do two
different vaults and I suspect he thought five finals were enough.
China, behind Russia. Zhang Chenglong the first one up. He
qualified third for the parallel bars final. Dangerous the make any
predictions, when the Chinese approach parallel bars. Because
they are the acknowledged masters of this apparatus. That is such a
solid, look at that, beautiful, a somersault with a full turnment and
the same move without a turn. Immensely difficult. Lost his legs
a bit. But I tell you what, this is what it's about. They're really
going well. Excellent technique. A double pike and he didn't move, but
he dropped his chest to bring it under control. That is great stuff.
Is it enough to go ahead of Russia? Time will tell. Two more to go.
Uech 16.2 for vault. You sense the team spirit carrying them through.
Warming up the shoulders. Ready for high bar. Sergey Khorokhordin next.
He is tall enough, but he doesn't need any help. That was a simple
half turn and a one arm giant and that was out a bit late. He winds
up, a big stoop. A lovely swing out of it and the full twist, the
somersault and full twist. Now swings in the forward grip, full
pirouette into the hop over the bar. He's really kept his swing going
well. The close element, the endo, just a bit snatched on that turn.
They have to show long swings, close swings, big dismounts that.
Was efficient work. Russia doing their best to stay ahead of China.
15.6. A big score. It is all to play for, boys. Keep up the good
work. It is not a fair contest, you know. Chinese parallel bars against
Russian high bar. It is a tall order to try and stave off the
challenge. But we will see. Next to face that challenge is Chen Yibing.
-- Teng Haibin he was second in the last World Championships. A lovely
clean line. A double pike and kicked it out. So very impressive
opener. A half turn and another one. This time without. Oh! That is a
problem, but he keeps the swing going. How, I don't know. Let's see
if he puts in another move to try and make up the damage with more
difficulty. But how he kept going, I don't know. Will he lose the
value of that move? Oh yeah, for sure. He may stick in another one
if he has the presence of mind. But the damage is still done. It will
still be deducted. He is lovely and clean. But he kicks out from the
double pike. Now he has made it interesting. No doubt Russia will
have seen that. Sergey Khorokhordin scores 14.8 for high bar. A good
score for him. Can they hang on in there? Yamamuro. Going for the big
vault. The tribl twist off the half turn, a big vault. A little
deduction on the step on landing, but he is impressed with himself.
Japan seem to be doing enough to stay ahead of the rest of the world.
Very, very clo kused, -- focused, determined, he didn't faulter. This
is a massive vault. Smacked the head in, keep the shoulders tight.
Make sure that twist goes all the way around. It is a long, long way.
Almost ran out of air, but kept twisting and took a pace to get
secure. A good, strong vault. for difficulty, 16.4 for Yamamuro.
So far, so very good. Teng Haibin 16.166. A costly clout on the
parallel bars. Emin Garibov for Russia. A nice line. That is nice
too. A full turn, into the combination that we all know by now
and he didn't lose the shape on the swing. This is not the most
difficult, but he is keeping the swing pure and clean. A bit late on
the one and a half turns. Another one and that was very late. It took
him out of line. Nicely out of the turn. Very impressive swing. A
double, double, a little pace forward. That is a promising
youngster. Well can Russia go ahead of the United States? 15.466 will
go a long way to help them. This is the last of the Chinese gymnasts on
the parallel bars. Zhe Feng. A lot of strength. Beautiful line. Toes
to fingers. Tightly tucked somersault. Knees locked together.
And again. Really shows the wonderful control at the top of the
swing. Just that tiny bit of a split on the legs. And the full
pirouette. High front somersault. Nicely done in the full turn.
Controlled in the turns. You can see the back is absolutely flat the
whole time. This routine is packed with difficulty. Just needs a good
dismount and it gets it. That really was a tremendous performance,
having seen your team mate fall. What more would you expect from the
current world parallel bars champion? The highest qualifier.
What out Russia. It is up in the air this one. It is great. This is
what the sport is all about. It is a nail-biert. He has some skill. --
biter. He has some skill. That is so difficult to go from upper arms
into a double tuck. Bristling with difficulty. Lovely technique. Again
with a half turn and a little flicker at the top. The double pike
was a little deep, but that was a good performance. Yes, he said.
needs upper 16 to take the lead. So close. Japan, Russia, United States.
Are are China going to sit among that lot? The judges are keeping us
waiting. They know it's tight and are watching every movement of the
score board. You can feel the tension in the arena. It would be
amazing if he breaks 16. It is a rare mark on parallel bars. But he
is a great worker on the bars. They call him Mr P Bars. He has got
15.666. Is not not enough. China into third. Japan leading Russia by
0n't be 07! -- by 0.07. It is tight last couple of pieces. Romania
bring up the rear. Teng will be the World Championship title. Can they
hold on to the bar. I will tell you a story, 2003 this man had a hit
high bar for China to hold on to the lead and he did. So let's just
see... Eight years on, whether he can do the same job. Good in the
cat chev. Rescues the swing. Lovely line. Rybalko. That is one-and-a-
half turns. A bit flutry with the feet. He is OK through the turn. So
the combination is going well. A bit ragged there. Nicely out on the
squat there. Hops round the top of the bar. If he nails this he has
done his job. He has done his job indeed. Now then, he has Olympic
champion and the World Champion to follow. Over the parallel bars.
first of two brothers. He is 21- year-old his older brother will
follow him. Something special in the making this gymnast. Beautiful
technique. Leisurely. Every handstand hit and held. Out on to
the one hand, the one bar. Almost touched his feet. What a lovely
turn. Everything looks so in control. So measured. The dismount
as well, that is the answer. That is the answer to the first Chinese
performance, absolutely es it. Well Well, the roof almost came off in
here then! David Belyavskiy. Looks nervous. Only 19. A lot of pressure
on this lad's shoulders. Just tenth in it. Russia, locking to hold on
to a medal but what colour? At this stage, nobody knows. But time will
tell. Looking. A tough piece to get a good score on but that is lofty,
lovely in the double. That will turn into the double salto. High
again. One-and-a-half twists, one and three-quarter, no problem with
it. Power through the flick. It looks so easy. Good clean in the
under control in the difficult C lift to handstand. He has his
nerves under control. Here we go again. Lofty, two-and-a-half twist,
but bounced forward, that could be got it round but quite a hop back,
so a bit expensive. Marks on floor are hard to combination. Teng
scored 15.1 for his high bar. Tanaka 15.333. So Japan performance
for performance are ahead. Tanaka and China being held for very long
time. The tension is mounting. Everybody is on the edge of their
seats here. Tanaka senior. Can he keep his composure and keep Japan
straight lined handstand. Just a tiny bit of a fidget there, but
very nice difficult work. You can hear the audience and team-mates
cheering every success. Double pike somersault. Oh, and he just had a
little bit of a fight on that turn. Played it too casually. Recovered
excellently into the Somme salt. Lovely half turn. Control on that
one handle. Smoothly past the bar, into handstand showing all that
control. Shoulders back, lift into the double pike somersault. Well it
really is a case of brothers in arms. As Japan's fate lies in the
hands of the Tanaka family. Well, what a nail biter this is and we
still have one apparatus to go. But he did falter. Lovely line, he
understands so well the technique in the end somersault. Keep the
chest in, strong with the arms. Tiny adjustment there, lovely
double pike, kicking out to make sure the swing into up rice and he
took his time on the pirouette and almost lost his body shape. Tidyed
it up at the end. Well, a little pop of the Chinooks, that will tell
you, "I'm glad that is out of the way." Not as high as it needs to be.
Second 19-year-old for Russia. important to stay under control. It
is not over yet. A weak start in the low to mid 14s and he is
skipping a bit out of his landings. Plenty of acceleration there.
Through the twists. He has got to get steady on his feet. Full twist
in the front somersault to roll out. Making it one and three-quarters.
Now, big test of his nerves. Did he hold it long enough. Very deep
landing. That is better. Two-and-a- half twists. Into the Somme salt.
You have to wonder, he cannot afford fi more paces and there
someone to the side there from the triple. -- somersault. It is tough
on floor to get a decent score you know. Tanaka senior scores 15.5.
Uchimura is third on this piece of apparatus in the World
Championships. He has been so consistent so far. Just keep
everything crossed for him. straddle to handstand, just kills
is swing enough to be able to make them turn. Double somersault,
catches on the up ever arms, and the dudge double pike somersault
from a different entry that time from the long swing. Makes that cut
look so easy, the straddle round the arms. Swings well out of all
the catches, and that is the Somme salt with a half turn, straight
into another huge straddle front somersault. Such an exciting high
bar routine. I hon industry think we are looking at the finest all
round gymnast there has ever been. He sun believable.. He is an all
round gymnast but he is a team man too. He is not thinking about his
own glory, he is thinking about the team and he has produced work which
has done smem so good. Russia 15.533 for their final floor
routine. It says first there but don't count that because Uchimura's
score hasn't come in. Olympic gold medallist. A lot on his shoulders.
Controversial winner he was in Beijing, with twisting his way, but
he has put some somersaults in and I know for a fact he can do a 7.5
difficulty with a high score but that was a bit loose. Oh and again
struggled a bit. He is keeping the swing and the connections. It is
top drawer. Another straight without the twist. A bit flat from
the handstand. Double, double and he landed it beautifully. A good
number three man. He has just followed a 16.2 for China. That is
a massive score on high bar. We are usually pleased if they get to a 15.
Let alone a 16. ZOU. China have scored nor ploughsly on high bar..
It is a 15.366 for Uchimura. -- enormously. We are on to the second
half of the rotation. America really the only threat, but
slightly off the pace. John Orozco. He is the first gymnast up on to
parallel bars. A lot of pressure on this young gymnast. Very good on
the support pieces. Oh, and he missed that hand. He recovered so
well. Snuck the hand on before anyone could worry, and the front
somersault with half turn, he also has a really good handstand line.
That was immensely high. And that was well lifted above the bars.
Smooth in his pirouetting. Lovely straight body all the time. No loss
of tension at all. Lovely height and no step on landing. He has
certainly opened well for USA. to be in the 15s that one. Lovely
work. Oleg Verniaiev for Ukraine, and that won't get the difficulty.
He had a pause on the way and again that won't get it either. Tried two
Ds and he won't get either of them. So, Ukraine fading a little. We
were talking them up a couple of pieces ago, but it is tough out
the way round on the triple Russian. Slapping the horse, just to make
sure what, his hand are wide apart on the placements. He will be
hammered by the E score judges there. 15.233 for John Orozco. Next
fifth in the challenge is Jonathan Horton. 15.28 needed from the USA
to get into the bronze medal position. Such a businesslike
gymnast. Get straight on with the Very smooth. Into a pirouette.
Lovely turns. He's really working the apparatus well. Holding his
style. Lifting into the dismount. They could do it. They could snatch
a bronze. That average of yours is within striking distance. Oh this
is good stuff! Ukraine 13.866. Big smiles. I think he enjoyed himself.
We are in for a treat, Fabian Hambuechen on high bar. Well even
though they're not in a shout for a medal, this will be entertaining.
Starts with the forward swing. A half turn. You see him wind it up
into the full twist. Caught a bit close and he had to bend his arms.
And links it into a one and a half pirouette and another front
somersault. Really packing the difficulty in. And of course it's
move after move without these swings that really adds the
difficulty up. The full pirouette into the hop over the bar. And
another hop and turn. Changes the shape, lifts into the dismount,
double twist, a lot of height. A classy routine. He was third in the
high bar in the last World Championships. Just outside the
medals at the Olympics, but yes, that is his piece. He is just happy
that he has entertained the crowd. Great spirit out there.
question everyone's asking is what has Horton scored? It is 15, it is
down on the average that is needed. Here is Danell Leyva. The king of
the swingers. We're used to him producing good high bar. Look at
that, full turn from the peach. Then a good somersault technique.
One and a half turns. That is very difficult. Then into a full. He is
swinging it as if he is on the high bar. A -- on the high bar - amazing.
He skips into a double pike on the skip back. A couple of loose areas
there. But the swing, it was if he was on high bar. He scored 15.36 in
qualification. 15.866. And well deserved. 15. 36, the same as what
he scored in qualification. The average will have to rise, but they
can do this. They can do this. So this is how things look. China lead,
Japan 0.6 behind them. But they have strength as well. They will do
counts at this stage. John Orozco, the first gymnast for the United
States to swing the high bar. He qualifyed with the fourth highest
score on this piece of apparatus. So should be feeling confident and
look at that full twisting move with the leg straight and together.
Very original work. Shoots out to that full pirouette. Smoothly into
the forward swing. There we go with the half turn and lovely height on
the stooped move. It is a skill he understands well. Good lift, full
twisting, double straight. He didn't stay on there for hours, so
he didn't give lots of marks away. That was a clever routine. I don't
know if he could have done much better, Mitch? Beautifully
performed, it will be way down on difficulty, but you know to do wit
that sort of style, he will get eight or nine. Has done a great job.
Look at this. Full twist. Mesmerising, that move. Yes it is
lovely to see it. And there, full twist in the double straight.
Travelled a bit. But he didn't make a mistake with the landing. Look at
the team. The team went higher than he did on his dusmoipbt then!
a find -- dismount then! What a find he is for the United States.
How well he has handled the pressure A very young Jim nast. Not
very experienced. Gone out first on a couple of the pieces for the
United States. 15.366. The same score as Leyva on parallel bars.
Jonathan Horton for the United States. America's penultimate
performance. It lies in the hands of the Olympic Silver Medallist
from 2008. Wh a performance that was. He is capable of bringing it
through again. A bit awry on the turn, but now he is into his
favourite zone, the release zone. Full twist. There is another one
coming up. That time without the twist. It is fantastic. Sit down
Matt! Oh slam -- oh! It was a bit wild, but he is bringing it
together, full turn into the combination. Now, this is real
nail-bight stuff. Setting up the dismount. Full twist and the double
straight. He went and played a bit safe on the dismount. What
captain's job. He has -- he is absolutely delighted with it.
a way to try 5gt your hands on a medal. That was something else. Oh
yes he said! He enjoy it as much as me. He lives his emotions. So and
many of the gymnasts don't let you see their emotions, but he does and
you feel it for him. Oh I love this! Like you say, Mitch, a
relatively easy dismount. He wasn't going to chance any mistakes.
Jonathan Horton 15.366. They're very consistent with their scoring,
they both scored exactly the same. Leyva, another entertainer on the
high bar. Surprisingly didn't qualify for the high bar routine.
It is the final he didn't make. has got a big swing. He is taurl
and swings with real style. Look at the height: -- tall. Now he has got
to be precise. Yes, he is, the arms are out to show how easy the move
it. Full turn as well. But that was costly, the bent arms. He swings
forward. A lovely turn. Into the stooped catch. This time more
cleanly caught. One and a half turns. He is packing all the
difficulty in. Lovely dislocation through the shoulders. And the full
turn. Really striving for difficulty. Look how he pops up
above the bar. Lovely double twist. Double straight. Fantastic way for
the United States to finish. Wow, that is the end of the competition
for America! And... A massive clap of the hands. What team job. You
just have sit and wait. That was unbelievable.Less such an elegant
gymnast, splays the arms to the side. Almost arrogant. But it was
beautiful to watch. The full twist a bit wild and he had to as we say,
graunch his way out of it. A double at the end and what a landing. Pin
point. While the Americans are swinging from the roof, a 15.533
high scores on the floor. But Feng Zhe can do it. He has got an
enormous amount of pressure on him at the moment. Good start, full
twist in the double straight. Just a pace back. A shrug of the
shoulders. Get on with the job. Double twist into full twist front
from the hand spring. Can't afford any obvious errors, those lilt skip
backs, they all add up. -- little skip backs. A half turn into the
one and three quarter roll. Chest in, looked to be clear of the floor.
A nice strong swing. Straight from the pom erl horse. Hesitation on
the way up. -- pommel horse. It has got to be two seconds from the
second you stop moving in the hand stand. So that could be quite hairy.
A little bobble in the one and three quarter roll. A few errors.
Nothing major as yet. Full twist in the double, a skip to the side, a
bit low on landing. All these things count. All important.
more Chinese then to go. And here we go. The competition is well on.
Japan on high bar. And guess what? It falls to the Tanaka brothers
again. Got to keep their composure. Kazuhito Tanaka the first of the
brothers to swing the bar. Lovely straight line. Hits the top of the
swing beautifully and that is a really straight move. A lovely
extension through the hips. He slows the swing down when he wants
to. Very suple, a lly pirouette and -- lovely pirouette and a different
style to some we have seen. Precise swing. The turns have to be right
in hand stand and he has gone for every one properly. Just needs that
special landing. He makes it. Wow! What a performance. The crowd are
on their feet. Absolutely extraordinary. You know, he's
always the first of the brothers up to the bar and he is always
generous with what he delivers. Feng Zhe 14.566. China need an
average of 14.496 to stay ahead of the United States. So the Chinese
stop it Matt! Well the tension in here between teams is unbelievable.
Zhang Chenglong, the 2 -- 22-year- old from China. A little skip into
his opening tumble. The one and a half into two and a half. Such
clean technique. A skip forward twists. Backwards that time with
the two-and-a-half into the front, with the full. One and three-
quarters. Very very stylish gymnast. This the moment he shows control.
Has to hold it. Whip, to the one and three-quarters really smoothly
out. Draws breath, knows this needs to be a really strong finish.
Triple twist. Very clean, right the way round. They are delighted with
that performance.'S Going right down to the wire. Oh. One more
triple twist. He can't contain himself. "That's the job I needed
to do." Well, it is difficult to give you an idea of what scores are
needed at this stage. Every tenth is vital. Fabian Hambuechen
mean? Well, work it out. We will let you know. I can tell you they
need an average of 14.99 to stay Tokyo. So he knows how to swing.
was ahead of Uchimura in the aup all round, and that is no small
feat until he had his accident. A full twist in the Kovac. Easy
through the one-and-a-half turns. Cleanly out, half turn. Oh. He's
off the bar. That is unbelievable. He is going to sit there and think
about it. And that could be it. Well, unpredictable, unexpected, if
you just wait too long, it takes you a shade past and you can't get
those round for a grip. What a look of the dejection, that says it all.
That is the picture of this year's World Championships. But straight
away, the whole arena were clapping him, they got right behind him, oh.
Well, can't believe it.. Now then, it had been known to get 14 pu he
really has to be faultless and he has to put in the required
difficulty.. He took a big jump forward. He will be decimated. He
won't believe that. He will be dejected. Had the biggest score in
Tokyo on that piece of apparatus. Incredible difficulty. He already
performed that with a full twist. That was the relatively simple move
for him. He knew as well. He could see it straight away. He composed
himself. He got back on. Xi'an. America. David Belyavskiy's job. It
is not a simple one. He didn't settle in the handstand. Huge
pressure on these young gymnasts. He is moving well. A little cross
of the legs there. Good work on the single handle. Swinging well. Just
tiny little execution error, just brushing aside, but that was good.
Into the handstand, a clean routine. fall that is a big score. He is so
clean everywhere else. It is just that error. He needs 14 .22 to stay
straight position, just a little skip back there. One-and-a-half
into the one and three-quarters. the utmost importance. The whip,
the one and three just a bit of a bounce along the floor then. You
often see him joking but he serious there. Lifts high, double twisting.
Double tuck. Just the tiniest pace, they know they have done their best.
It looks as if the Olympic champion has enabled China to retain their
title, as world team champions. Oh, he will have seen what happened to
Tanaka and Zou Kai. The pressure was on him, but he certainly came
one the goods. He is a phenomenal floor worker. Such height in the
double, double. His landsings are so solid. Terrific. It is amazing,
he is as good on the floor as the high bar. Everybody wants this
needs 16.768 to win. It's not going to happen. That would be a world
record score. They have to do about an eight difficulty. It is not
going to happen. But he can bet your life he will do his best.
Uchimura wraps up the world team final, all eyes are on him and he
has a massive job to do. Can he keep Japan in the medals. We think
gold is just out of reach. 6 Look at that. Exemplary. He really
understands the Kovac. It is a difficult skill but he makes it
look so easy. A tickle on the bar going in. There is the combination
thaition. Nicely done. In the yamawaki. And will he do the second
big release. He will. He is not holding back. Oh, wow. Now then, he
is human after all. He has shown he too can make mistakes. It is so
unexpected. This is the hope of the Japanese and we have seen two huge
error, look how long he waited to release. That was never going to
happen. He was a mile away. He didn't get the credit fauna. We no
the US have bronze. He needs 14.7 to stay ahead of America. That
means he has to put in a big another big skill. He will be
thinking about this, because he has a huge repertoire. The best he can
hope for is a 14.1, 14.2. He has done it again that. The one he
missed on so he has done it again and he has put in another full
twist so he has listened to us. Somehow, and is building the
difficulty. He knows he needs a 14.7. Het will put another one in.
Double. Double. And he has landed it on a six pence. He probably
doesn't know what that is but it is a fabulous landing. Has he done
enough? As he done enough to keep Japan in the medals? 14 into 7 --
14.7. What a job he did. Well, China retain their title. But what
colour is the medal of the Americans? Well, answers on a
postcard please. Well it is not always so easy working in front of
a home crowd. It really piles the pressure on, as these gymnasts
showed today. He just was a mile away from it. Uchimura 14 into 7.
He's done it. Can you believe it? He's kept Japan in the medals, they
have a silver. By one hundredth of a mark. Unbelievable. But there are
again, the world team champions, China. What a final this has been.
So China take gold. Japan settle for silver, after an extraordinary
high bar. And the US will be more than happy with bronze.
Confirmation of the men's team final. China again are world team
champions. Japan, they also had it, they almost had it in their grasp.
Silver was an incredible performance. United States take the
performance. United States take the bronze. That come petition had more
twists and turns than gymnastic routine. Where do we start Plenty
of thrill, plenty of spills but what a thriller. Japan came in as
favourite, China kept cool, and USA came one surprises. It was great
all the way through. Incredible that China managed to retain their
title because they did look a bit shady in qualification. Very clever
strategy, they brought a new man in for the finals. He didn't let them
down. Very clever planning and they kept cool right to the end. You
have to take your hats off to them. I mean America chasing Russia,over
taking them and holding on to the bronze medal. It was incredible
once again as we saw from the women again. Bronze medal for performance
but gold medal for grit. China, don't take it away, they beat Japan
on their home ground, when r when all the odds were against them.
Well done to them. entertainment is going to continue
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Matt Baker introduces action from the World Gymnastics Championships at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan. The men's team final will have been even more fiercely contested than normal as the countries that finish in the top eight will qualify automatically for the London Olympics. Great Britain's hopes will be spearheaded by Daniel Keatings, the All-Around silver medallist at the 2009 World Championships. He has slowly been making his way back from a bad knee injury and this event will be a big test ahead of London 2012.