Live coverage of the final day's action, introduced by Matt Baker. With analysis from Olympians Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith, and commentary from Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.
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Back in 1903, the very first World Championships were held here, in
Antwerp. It was the start of a legacy in a city that hosted the
1920 Olympic Games. This year, and work is officially the European
capital of sport. So, 110 years after those first championships,
this city welcomes back the world of gymnastics. It's been wonderful of
colour. The GB gymnasts have continued to light up the world. And
a little flourish at the end. You come to a world championship and you
almost expect to see a British gymnast on the podium. But about
that silver medal into perspective, he's managed to meet the highest
achievement of any British gymnast, including that of Louis Smith.
Wellcome. Max is 20 years old and he picked up the pommel horse back from
you. He did any routine, it's going picked up the pommel horse back from
to set up for the future if he can polish that and carry on pushing
forward. Another Siddle backfill the medal on the pommel horse. Let's
look at the finals coming up this afternoon. Kristian Thomas will be
here shortly, then there is the women's beam coming up just before
two o'clock. And set your alarm with 3:40pm for the high bar final, it is
set to be a corker. So, let's get excited the Kristian Thomas. Can he
become the first British gymnast ever to medal on this piece of
apparatus? My aim was to come here and try to make a final order two
finals. I came really close to making the two finals but came short
on the high bar. Obviously I'm excited to be in the bold final and
to get a chance to compete at this level. You have excelled in this
event in the last few years. Remind people about your Olympic vault? It
was new at the Olympics, so quite a big risk. I hadn't meant doing it
too long, really. Fortunately I just nailed the landing. I think that
gave the team the mentality to push forward with the other apparatus and
you carry the mentality through to the end. And a team bronze medal
you carry the mentality through to which obviously you apart. No wonder
you almost hit the roof when you landed. I was so excited. After the
pommel horse I had a laid-back approach. When he landed, it was
brilliant. Well, here years. And believable floor worker for some of
the others. Kristian Thomas is up third. Shirai took the floor
yesterday. He is probably the most impressive I've ever seen.
Now, our first competitor from Romania.
He has made two finals here today. A handspring double front used to be
so impressive. Marks a very hard to come by. High off the top and
rotated a little bit slowly. There is the deep landing. He harnesses
the power well, just lacking a bit of heel drive. It is a big vault,
the handspring double front somersault, first done over 20 years
ago. Big push, tight tuck, just not enough rotation. Very close.
The second vault has two beta friend. -- has to be different. You
can see he has nominated a vault with 5.6 there. That tells the
judges, the number 2.3 tells them what it is, and now yes to perform
it. Well landed, good, long vault. A good opening. It's pretty tricky
when you come in stone cold. 2.5 twists for Berbecar. A very good
conversion, slightly off centre, but those twists, no problem. That
landing pad is 16 feet long and you have to stay in it if you can. If
you look at the corridor you see it is narrowed by the horse and then
fans out by the end. Steady stuff from him.
The gymnasts working in the latter half of the draw can go back into
the training gym. Those gymnasts in the first three or four Mac will sit
and watch, soak up the atmosphere. -- three or four. Hypolito. We know
what he can do on the floor. He's got two silvers on the current World
Series. Look at that run. Very nice bolting indeed. It looked straight
down the middle to me. -- nice vaulting. Typical of him, he twists
so efficiently. He almost look like -- looked like he cut his stride. He
actually was quite far across and landed just inside the corridor. He
hopped across. So the judges had to be very quick to notice he didn't
land there. The judges were generous bad. --
there. He has upped the difficulty to 5.8.
A different vault. Very nicely done indeed. Many of these gymnasts opt
per twists rather than multiple somersaults. Well done. He started a
per twists rather than multiple bit in the early section of the run,
but a very efficient round off. A half turn on and 1.5 twist off. He
is doing a front somersault, you can see he was off-line just a little
bit. Sorry, double, of course. It has to be an even number. It was a
double twist, which makes it even more difficult. Very impressive. We
both said 1.5. And he is into the lead.
So, the union Jack proudly adorning Kristian Thomas. He qualified in for
with 14.933. Come on, Kristian Thomas. You can't be much more
precise than that. Write down the middle, superb landing. That's the
stuff of dreams from Kristian Thomas. Slap bang down the middle.
The conversion is so effective. That is a launching pad, not a platform.
He nailed the dismount. Watch this, watch the air between his hands and
the platform. Hold your line and get those shoulders up. Great bolting
from Kristian Thomas. -- vaulting. Good length as well because with
this you really have to go for height. Sometimes you can land quite
close to the platform. But he got height and length. Really textbook.
Now, he has two bogus. A huge score. -- he has to focus. He really has to
keep focused. This second vault is not so difficult. A number of very
difficult vault to land. You can see the focus. It is a faster run. He
makes the landing. Kristian Thomas, the focus. It is a faster run. He
what a star. He could not have performed those bolts better. --
those vaults. Just look at this second one, very important. The
handspring double up nice and high. All those hundreds of landing drills
in the gym. You are right, he's practised these landings. A tiny
little shuffle backwards. Well, it's all the practice that makes you able
to perform like this under pressure. That is quite astonishing. They are
delighted, and so they should be. Surely that has put him in the lead.
Comfortably so, 15.2334 Kristian Thomas. -- 15.233 for Kristian.
Oleg Verniaiev. He's got a fabulous first vault. He hasn't had the best
of competitions, he had a nightmare in the all-round qualifying, but he
can do this. Watch out for a cracker. There you go. A little bit
deep. But an immensely difficult choice. One of the few gymnasts who,
in qualifying, did two bolts with a six . -- two vaults with a six
tariff. He's not outside the corridor, but not on the middle
line, so there will be some deductions attached to direction as
well as that step forward. If you are going to double rotate from a
handspring, you've got to get the heel flap. The judges have
traditionally been hard on low landings. His second one needs to be
high in the 15s if he's going to give Kristian Thomas a problem.
He's gone for another difficult vault. Oleg Verniaiev.
Oh, he overpitched it in the end. Nothing has gone right for him. A
super vaulter normally but it is a final. Anything can happen. Anything
can happen and you really need to hold your focus. Adds all the
twists. A really difficult vault. Three twists, but it is only hatch a
twist more than the two-and-a-half but the gymnasts have to take a
different flight path, send it up rather than back. It makes it prone
to overrotation. A little bit untidy as he wraps in there. Disappointment
for Oleg Verniaiev. He succumbed to the pressure in the all-around as
well. He was going so well and collapsed a little bit. We've seen
that of him on several occasions really. His average is 14.449. He's
down in fourth, with 13.766 for that vault. And there at the moment
halfway through is the leader, Kristian Thomas. Ahead of Daniele
Hypolito, Marius Daniel Berbecar in third, and Oleg Verniaiev ouch it in
fourth place. Of Daniele Hypolito, Marius Daniel Berbecar in third, and
Oleg Verniaiev ouch it in fourth place. -- out of it in fourth place.
That's how you do that vault. He saw the floor beautifully early, was
able to meet it cleanly. Lots of gymnasts are doing it now,
and that's really good. Rolls the shoulders around. Huge power.
Converting very efficiently indeed. Head and shoulders round a little
bit to the side. But what a vault. ??FORCEDWHI These journalists are
vaulting nd a little bit to the side. But what a vault. These
journalists are vaulting so -- these gymnasts are vaulting so well off
this platform. They have had it a few years and they are rocketing off
it. It is a launch pad now, not a table. These guys are harnessing all
their power. Brilliant. That's a big score. 15.333 for Sergio Sasaki.
9.333 for execution. A shrug of the shoulders. .
locked together but a big hop forward off a 15, 6 start. Gave the
judges a little bit of leeway there Mitch. I think the judges are good
on vault. I would be surprised to see this get into the 15s. It was
good in the air but look at that, that's to the 15s. It was good in
the air but look at that, that's got that's to the 15s. It was good in
to be - he might just scrape in. Good in the air and that big, big
hop. He's out of line. A long pace. He may just get 15 points. We'll
see. A shame really because the actual vault landed in a good
position didn't it? He just didn't seem to be able to control the
landing on the first bite. It's going to be close. 14.866. That
judging is right on the bat. 16.009 is the average and Kristian Thomas
is still in the lead. Kenzo Shirai has twisted his way to
glory on floor and he's a bit of a twister on vault as well. No
surprise there. acceleration. He was offline a
little on landing but what a twister this guy is. Unbelievable. He just
makes it look so easy. We were talking about the triple twist being
difficult on the vault. Well, this is how it's done. You lock up and
you wrap in three tiles round. The initial landing was good and
straight, considering how many twists are wrapped in. He's just so
efficient. Once he starts twisting he wraps the arm in this so tight
and really whizzes round. In qualifying he lost 0.3 because he
was way out of the corridor. I think he jumped one foot out but the
initial impact was inside. A good opener then. A penalty. 0. 1. He was
out. 15.366 for the opener. Look at him standing there, a
samurai. His coach is pretty impassive. Very little communication
between the two. They know what's needed. Difficulty down five six.
A little bit deep but has it got the armoury with the five six
difficulty? What do you think Chris? Well, I would be surprised if it
overtakes Kristian Thomas, but this was a good vault but not an
exceptional vault. He holds his form in the air beautifully. He turned
on, so the half turn which makes it from the Sukahara family,
two-and-a-half twists. Nice and straight on the initial impact but
hopped to the side. But those legs locked together, nice and clean.
Arms out to standee the landing. One fabulous twisting expert. And he
holds his style. What's he done? He's gone into second. 15.133 the
Avram. That his style. What's he done? He's gone into second. 15.133
the Avram. That means that -- the average. That means that Kristian
Thomas has got at least a bronze medal.
Steven Legendre qualified in 8th so he was last to get into this time.
Look at the physique of this man. A really strong sprint down the
runway. Double front, a massive vault. Quite a deep landing. In fact
his head almost looked like it touched didn't it? Yes, but the
power just amazes me. It is like the top sprinters. They are hugely built
on the top. Look at this. Handspring, double front. Let's look
at his head. Wow, he was down low, Chris, well spotted. That's going to
be expensive. Yes, the judges can take up to five tenths for the chest
being low. I don't think it can be much lower than that without
touching the floor. But not to take away from the vault. Vault is
fantastic. But look how high he is. Delaying the twist. Rolling around
rather than kicking it out. That may have been the problem in terms of
spotting and rotating enough. Let's see what it has done. 15.266, with a
9.266 execution mark. But it's really tough to stay up there on
that second vault. But he does have another six difficulty. Kristian
Thomas still in the lead but this man is throwing everything to try
and knock him off his perch. A second massive vault. You can see
that same power. And the double pike off the Tsukahara. They are churning
these hugely difficult. You can see that same power. And the double pike
off the Tsukahara. They are churning these hugely difficult vaults out -
I don't say with ease but with such confidence, these gymnasts. Steven
Legendre held his nerve. A big first vault. Had to do something a little
better. Same difficulty but really spotted that one well. To get into a
double pike from the Tsukahara, the block, the shoulder drive, spotted
that one well. To get into a double pike from the Tsukahara, the block,
the shoulder drive, the leg kick - pike from the Tsukahara, the block,
it has to be very, very strong and look at that. I think that's a
pretty strong challenge, Mitch. I don't think there's any doubt. I
think that's just great vaulting. He deserves to be up there. And first
to congratulate him Kristian Thomas. They appreciate very much each
other's skill. Mark Williams the coach. And he's done it. 15.249, the
second vault. Sealed it. Steven Legendre takes the lead. Kristian
Thomas at this stage in second place, and Kenzo Shirai twisting in
third place. I tell you what, the next man, Yang Hak Seong from Korea.
What a pedigree. He's been world champion and Olympic champion. Talk
about twisting. Watch this. A triple twist from the Handspring. No
problem at all. Terrific, terrific vaulting. When we first s it, well,
it frightened us. Absolutely. You saw the massive start value, the
massive difficulty value this vault's given. You can can't those
three twists. They were so clean. It is out of 6.4, this vault. He holds
that shape beautifully. A lot of gymnasts pike and extend, but he
holds that straight line through the second flight. Lovely and straight.
Wraps, wraps, wraps, three twists, a long way around, and meets the
floor. With control. He's only halfway there. Two vaults, they've
both got to be spectacular. We've got a terrific battle at the top.
Legendre is ahead of Thomas. Yang has to produce something special
from the locker for the second vault. We know he can do that.
15.733. A 79.333 execution on a 6. 4 difficult. Unbelievable stuff.
He has to keep his focus. Someone told him he was facing the wrong
way. Getting mentally secure and ready. Huge power, and once again
relaying on his ability to triple twist. Mentally secure and ready.
relaying on his ability to triple Huge power, and once again relaying
on his ability to triple twist. -- relying. Another absolutely
wonderful vault. The triple twist from the Tsukahara entry. Phenomenal
vaulting. Lots of power on show today. Terrific final. And Kristian
Thomas is amongst it. What a wick competition and what a fantastic
result for Kristian Thomas. He qualified for vault in the Olympics,
didn't vault his best and he learnt from that and did what every he
Olympics, didn't vault his best and he learnt from that and did what
every coach says - learn from your mistakes and come back and put it
right. He did just that today. Three twists off the Tsukahara, off the
half turn on. Very efficient. He spins like a top. Knows exactly
where that landing pad is. He almost has his hands turned out. Look at
that score. He takes the gold medal on vault. Unbelievable vaulting from
him. Six twists on his way to gold. And you won't need me to tell you
who took the bronze, it is that young man, Kristian Thomas, who held
the lead till the final two bolts. -- vaults.
Well, we wondered if Kristian Thomas could become the first ever gymnast
from Britain ever to medal in this event. And he did it. Let's just see
how he did it. It was all about keeping that focus. It was
unbelievable. Tight in the air, legs together, and he legs the landing.
He leaves himself so much time to spot the flaw. Second time, he's
stood up and he punches the air. Those landings are top. He will be
pleased with that medal comedies had a tough year with injury, so the
fact is vaulting in a final and coming home with a bronze medal, he
will be over the moon. He is so calm and self-deprecating, but what he
must've been going through mentally between those two bolts, knowing
what was in store if you managed to nail the second one, says a lot.
Yes, realising you can actually get a medal if you deal with the
pressure. There was only 0.016 between him and the silver medal.
Legendre did very well, it was impressive. So it was unfortunate
that he came in front of Kristian Thomas, but what a final it has
been. We finalists have just come out, that is why you can hear the
cheering behind me. Let's have a look at the competitive is here for
the beamer. Vanessa Ferrari has done so well in these championships. Kyla
the beamer. Vanessa Ferrari has done Ross is the third highest qualifier.
I'm expecting good things. Romanians are renowned for the beamer. As a
piece of equipment, it is the width of a house brick. Once you are
off-line, there is no pulling it back.
Alea Mustafina starts us off. -- Aliya. Another very difficult
combination. We've seen her on occasion link all three of those,
but today she went for a bit of safety. Very nice change leg. Quite
a short routine, packed the difficulty in. Big focus for the
dismount. What a start. Indeed. She's always had the grace, the
elegance, the poisonous apparatus. -- the poise for this apparatus.
Very confident. A half-turn into an elegant walkover. And how vital is
that poise she has? right from the beginning. -- lovely
poise. But she is just a little bit slow and cautious.
I don't think she could have wished for a more promising start. She kept
turnover. -- she kept her nerve. Yes, she took the bronze overall.
Her qualification wasn't good but in the overall, she held her nerve.
It's a good score. The judges are not giving the 15s away. Carlotta
Ferlito. 18 years old. A young Italian gymnast, quite a beamer
specialist. Silver medallist at the European Championships this year.
You can see she was a bit off but full of confidence. She readjusted
her body. Very positive in her leaps. She lands the jump straight
into the top back. -- tuck back. Gymnasts have to doing backtrack to
join two jumps, and most of them choose fairly simple ones.
Another leap with their head going back. She is building her difficulty
with these difficult leaps. The dismount has to be one of the moves
that is counted. Another very secure routine. She has impressed in the
past, getting a silver two years ago. A very graceful performer.
Italian gymnasts, really, beam is their piece. The judges have to
decide did the walkover go immediately into the jump, or is
there a little pause? You can see how well she recovered. Fantastic
foot placement. The whole foot down to land. 2.5 twists, just a little
bit and tidy. -- untidy. When you know you've gone and done a
good job, you want everyone to appreciate it, especially the
judges. She did do a good job. Probably on the beam more than
anything else, the judges have to make a decision about whether this
move was immediately linked to that move, it is probably the piece of
apparatus where the value can vary the most depending on how the judges
saw it. That is what will be taking the time now. A little down on start
value, so they didn't count everything. An enquiry from
Mustafina. That must be on the difficulty score, it cannot be on
the execution score. Now, Vanessa Ferrari. Great to see her still
looking so good. I think Rory has looked better at these championships
than I've her in a long while. -- Ferrari. Beautifully held, that
starting lift. Second Italian gymnast in this final. Taking the
whole length of the beam. It's straight back somersault. Full of
confidence. Now, you see, they probably will feel there was a
little pause between those two. Very nicely to a winning position, the
head back. She has a very good rhythm, she keeps the whole thing
moving. A little smile as well, she is selling it. She will have a pause
before the big element, but generally the dance work is smooth.
Gymnasts have to count their eighth most difficult moves, five of them
acrobatics, three of them leaps and spins. Oh, a big step back, but she
stayed in it. 22 years old now. She's had great times in the sport
and I feel there are still some to come. Really blooming the Italian
team effort together. This is something she's been known for over
the years. But this, very confident. You can see how straight the feet
are, they land directly on the beam. Same on the dismount. That was the
big era, but how easily could she have sat down there? Very quick
reaction to push that led backwards to give stability. Mustafina has had
that enquiry rejected, so she has to live with the 14.9. They no doubt
will thought she should of had just a little bit higher on the
difficulty score, but when the judges look back, they can look back
in slow motion, and to be honest you are much less likely to be credited
when they have just made a decision with the naked eye. That is a
decision the coaches have to take. 14.3 from Vanessa. Into second
place. Difficulty down again on the 14.3 from Vanessa. Into second
qualifying school. -- score. Tiny little thing up next. The dual
carriageway beam to her! Didn't quite take the head back,
gave a little jerk. This is the difficulty that he had in the
all-around competition. Two back flips. A lovely straight somersault
into jumps. How super is that? In the all-around competition she fell
in that, even though she stayed on in qualifying. A bit of a wobble
there but she held on. Very powerful and dynamic. A double spin. That's
very difficult on the beam. She made it look easy.
The leap and the tuck back. 0.1 bonus for linking those. The same
thing for the free walkover into the jump. She's certainly going for her
bonuses. This will be a high-start scomplt now she needs to make the
finish. A double pike. Easy. She's deceptively powerful. Very nice
indeed. A lovely routine. She's had a good World Cup series. She won the
Tokyo beam final as part of the world events that take place all
over the world all through the year. She looked bubbling up for a good
one. She did, which was what was even more surprising when in the
all-around competition, having done even more surprising when in the
two very good pieces, she fell on this series. But it's a very
difficult series. You can see how wonderfully straight she holds the
body. Body. That back foot was off a little. She did well. That was, I
think if I was judging I don't think I would be crediting that. You are
meant to touch your foot on your head. We all know how severe you are
as a judge, Christine. Tiny little thing isn't she? She, is but very
powerful. She's got those sort of legs that don't quite go straight,
the backs of the knees are very tight. The long wait for the judges.
Very composed. 17 years old. It's her first World Championships. We
haven't seen much of her previously. She's been competing on the World
Cup circuit. 14.133, 6. 2 the difficulty. Execution 7.933. She
does have those legs that always look a little bit bent. Judges are
being pretty tight today. Aliya Mustafina still out in front.
Vanessa Ferrari and Carlotta Ferlito, the Italian in charge, in
second and third at the moment. Simone Biles all-around champion of
the world. A couple of medals to go with that. What a start. Full of
confidence. Double spin. Not the most elegant gymnast but one of the
most dynamic I've seen. Lovely precision. You see no hesitation
there. Deaf join -- deficit join. Ne of the most dynamic I've seen.
Lovely precision. You see no hesitation there. Deaf join --
deficit join. Cleverly -- definite join. Cleverly worked routines to
show her best. Back flip, a somersault, just a tiny fault but so
well rehearsed. She did well, there because the very
first leap was a little offline. She corrected it during the second leap.
She's, this is the first little hint of nerves we've seen from her. Just
a tiny wobble. She corrected so well but watch this. This is very
special. One flip, two flips, full twisting double back and a big step
forward. Until now she has looked absolutely unstoppable. We seen a
single falter. She didn't fall but it wasn't perfect either was it
Mitch? Simone Biles is human after all. That's how you feel. Very close
on that dois mount but this was just great wasn't it? You have to be so
strong to hold in a crouch position on one foot. She's a tough little
fighter though isn't she? She wasn't getting off that beam.
Super-straight legs in the layout. H little fighter though isn't she? She
wasn't getting off that beam. Super-straight legs in the layout.
The dismount - full twist. Watch the head. That will be quite a big
deduction. Power indeed. What's she got so far, gold, silver and a
bronze? I will have to check that out. She's working out what she
thinks her start value should. She's not happy with those judges. She's
had a gold all-around, and a silver on vault so far. And she pushed out
had a gold all-around, and a silver on bars? She was fourth on bars.
Simone Biles, 14.133, and give it to these judges. They are doing their
job. They are. They are holding firm. Mustafina still out in front.
The young lady for elegance and presence is Kyla Ross. We saw the
power of Biles Biles. Now we see the grace aenld gans of Ross. Aw the
power of Biles Biles. Now we see the grace aenld gans of Ross. -- grace
and elegance of Ross. Gymnasts have to include at least a
single spin. Floats those two leaps. Nice free walk over into the sheep
jump. Just about kept it moving. Another very powerful gymnast. She
floats all her acrobatic skills. Very precise on those links. Every
single time she performs a skill she does it exactly the same. That way
she can become totally consistent. See the arms come out of the front
somersault, straight into the jump. Well, it's been very good so far.
What about the dismount? Very good as well. She really is Ms Precision.
Light of touch. Elegant. In line. Kyle ra Ross is challenging.
Mustafina is still in front. I have to say, every day I've watched Kyla
Ross I've been more impressed with her. She's improved every day. She's
shown her maturity. She was part of the team in the Olympics. She didn't
work all-around. A you can see that experience can't you? Love will have
technique on the free walk over. And now the sheep jump. She definitely
touched other foot to her head there. No untoward arm movements.
She uses the arms absolutely the same. Sim metically most of the
time, which is the easiest way to use them on the bee. Possibly a bit
like Mustafina in that it is a use them on the bee. Possibly a bit
little bit slow and cautious. But really, very precise, good work. If
that's what you can produce, give me slow and cautious every time. That
was so lovely to watch. It will be close at the top. 14.9 is the score
was so lovely to watch. It will be if she wants to match Mustafina. I
think she went for most of her linkages. She gave it everything.
She didn't wobble after the front somer She didn't wobble after the
front somer assault. She -- somer salt. 14en 3733. She didn't wobble
after the front somer assault. She -- somer salt. 14en 3733. Second for
-- 14.3733. Second for Kyla Ross. An inquiry from Biles Biles. I thought
it was a little bit allow. Back flip, full twisting somersault.
Somersault. Somersault. She couldn't hold on to it. We've watched her
over the years and this is the second day in a row we've seen her
fall. Another difficult skill here, layout somersault. But if you see
the speed of work you will understand just a bit if she hits
this sort of speed and confidence, she missed a connection there as
well. It sets her apart. Getting a bit of rhythm back now.
This is my favourite bit of this routine. Round off, back flip,
triple twist. Clean as you like, but when you've fallen off your very
first skill, it counts for nothing. What a pitiful. She is great to
watch on beam but two fall in this two days, disappointment. Putting a
perspective on it I'm sure. She's worthy of a medal, but if you fall
off... That's the full twisting tuck-back. I've seen her perform and
complete that so many times and it looked quite good. She just didn't
quite have that same level of confidence. You know, working beam
well is all about confidence. When you're feeling good about yourself,
you lift your chest and correct yourself. When there's those doubts
in your mind, it just comes to haunt you. Actually, even that was
offline. We couldn't see frit the other angle. But from that angle she
did really well. Look at the disappointment.
When she was young I think she took it all in her stride. She didn't
have a great Olympic Games. She is still very young. This is her first
world championships. But I think she looks just a little too desperate
for it. It is very unusual to see tears. Well, she is still only 17
years old, so definitely not the end. She'll be back. I'm sure she
will put that right. She looks composed. She's accepted it. The
judges are taking their time. When it's a good routine, it's easy to
judge. She has had an enquiry accept it and
the mark has taken her now to third place. -- accepted. That is quite
unusual. An enquiry to her as well. The Americans are really looking for
justice. Anna Rodionova, no enquiry has been sat there because she has
not yet done it! This is her only final. Very nice, cautious spins.
Beautifully extended fleet. -- feet. Oh, that was a shame, that was very
difficult. Disappointment for her. It's difficult to see from this
angle, but I think when you don't see the beam in the forward line
words -- forward landings, it is difficult. A super split there in
the jump. All these elements are given a value and added together.
That is a nice spin with the leg held up. Not at all easy. One
element you have to include in your difficulty is the dismount. A lovely
double tuck. Absolute precision. Mustafina offering the advice of a
very experienced gymnast. Mustafina might have been unhappy with her
original score, but she might be feeling happier as the final has
gone on, because she is still out there in the front. Yes, her feet
were right of this side, when they? -- right off this side, weren't
they? She recovered well from that, though. Her first World
Championships, and they've had quite a bit of injury in the Russian camp.
Quite a few of their more experienced gymnast are not here. --
gymnasts. The silver medallist at the last World Championships has
been ill and isn't here so it's given some youngsters a bit of a
chance. There is still an enquiry being discussed from Kyla Ross. And
Anna scores 13.1. This enquiry is very significant. It has to come up
almost two tenths. And the enquiry has been accepted, she's gone up to
14.833. So Mustafina is still in that gold medal position. Kyla Ross
is in silver. Mustafina was disappointed, but it was good enough
to win gold. Kyla Ross in silver medal position. Not the highest
scoring final, but it wasn't because the work wasn't good. The judges
just were very vigilant today. Confirmation that. Look at Vanessa
Ferrari in fourth place. No wonder she didn't give Mustafina a hug.
A beam final is normally a lot more nerve wracking, but today the nerves
came from all those enquiries. Is that quite in usual's -- quite
unusual? It is, the top three girls all put in enquiries. Normally you
might get one or two. And Mustafina still like she was trying to work it
out herself, after her enquiry had not been accepted, shirt -- she
obviously was not happy. It's about the connection, isn't it? Yes, for
every skill you put together you get connection bonuses, and that is what
they will be questioning. First-time voter to be a world champion. She
will be really pleased with that. She is primarily known as a bar
worker. You could see her getting a bit worried when her enquiry wasn't
accepted but then she kept seeing people falling. If you've just
joined us, Kristian Thomas got a bronze medal in the men's vault
final. We will show you then now if you did miss it. He nailed it. I'm
so happy for him, he's such a nice guy. His second vault scared me a
little bit. Why do you say that? When your centre of mass is behind
you and you have such an impact landing, you can easily sit down on
the floor. Let's find out what he did think about it.
Kristian Thomas, finally, you have your medal. I'm over the moon. Three
weeks ago I didn't even know if I would be coming to the World
Championships. I'm so happy to come here and to get a medal. You missed
the European Championships and you've had a lot of injury worries.
You can't have imagined this was on the cards. No, I was battling to be
on the team three weeks ago. How pleased EU to still be a part of
what has been a superb view year is for British male gymnastics? -- few
years. Long may it continue. Someone has to be the first British melt
years. Long may it continue. Someone champion, it could be you.
Hopefully, thank you to all my supporters back home as well. Thank
you. He is marching out right now to receive that medal. Let's go down to
look at this memorable moment. This atmosphere is unbelievable. It
is absolutely electric. He is really the man of the moment.
At the Olympics, he's so performed for the team when they needed it.
When it came to the vault final for himself, he just let it run away
from him. He will really be delighted to have vindicated himself
with this medal today. Like he said, he's had a lot of injury this year.
Kristian Thomas. Kristian Thomas, a well-deserved bronze lured -- bronze
medal. A great, great performance. Legendre takes the number two podium
position, shakes his hand. And the vault world champion from Korea.
Really, six twists divided by two. A triple in each vault. He was
unbelievable. Our gold medallist, Hak Seon Yang. What a different
podium. No Japanese, no Chinese, no Russians. Yes, you are saying no
Japanese, no Chinese, no Russian. No, a really different podium. It
just shows you how the world of gymnastics has opened now. Look at
the union flag on the end there, adorning a very proud man, Kristian
Thomas. There he is, the pride of Wolverhampton. Kristian Thomas takes
a bronze medal at a world championship final. A first in this
event for Great Britain men or women.
Korea take the honours over the USA and Great Britain. Kristian Thomas
towering above the other two. Really, very and usual physique for
a gymnast. It shows how successful you can be. -- very unusual. A lot
of it is about having a great temperament, and that is something
he has. Jeering the European Championships
he was sat where you are talking to me because of the problems he was
having. -- During the championships. Well, with the stress you put your
body through, you will have injury. Yet another medal being handed out
to Simone Biles. She now has the full set, gold, silver and bronze.
Kyla Ross takes the silver. Another great day for the USA. These two
very, very friendly. And, representing Russia. She was doing
her sons about her score, is she wasn't sure it was fair, but it was
good enough to take a medal. Aliya Mustafina, the best in the world in
2013 on beam. Shakes hands with her two rivals, she reigns supreme.
She's had two bronze medals so far, all-around and on bars, so she will
be highly delighted with this gold. Gold to Russia's Aliya Mustafina.
Silver to Kyla Ross and bronze to Simone Biles. It wasn't without its
thrills and spills was it? No, it wasn't. For Kyla Ross I think this
is her third silver medal. She was silver in the all-around, silver on
bars. No, it was an eventful beam final.
Three brilliant gymnasts, all bringing something special to this
sport. Another one down and one women's
final to come, on floor. That will be exciting and she'll figure in
that as well, I'm sure. Well, if all of this has inspired you to get
involved in sport, you may be a good contender for the new BBC
initiative. After all, we were all three little gymnasts once, you
know. It just clicked with me, to be honest with you. It was something
that I loved and I didn't have to think about whether or not I wanted
to go. It wasn't like my parents were pushing me into it. It wasn't
like they were saying, come on tonight it is gymnastics time That
was my bedtime reading. I loved this book. I would would love child in
this country to have a go at gymnasts. Sport has given me so much
throughout my career, so many opportunities. So many chances of
making friends, travelling. I just remember always trying to learn
something new and do something different. I really pushed the
boundaries of what I could do as a kid. Learning things like the
handstand. The coach would tell us to do it against a wall and kids
would be falling, yet I could get straight up. I could see how gym
gave me a direction and a target in life. So yes, if you do want to get
inspired go to the website. Website. At sport you are perfect examples of
how it can change your life and give you a direction. There's so many
youngsters out there these days not sure what sport to try. Try
everything. I tried so many different sports before I found
gymnastics. It has given me so many opportunities. Got to travel the
world, meet new people. For me, sport is my life. That's a good
point, try everything. If it wasn't gymnastics for you, what would you
do, apart from dancing. I don't know. Di horse riding, swimming,
basketball, I tried everything. Probably baseball. I've got a good
through. A bit left field that one, baseball. Good. Thinking of standout
performances in these championships so far, putting you on the spot a
bit. For me hate to be Kenzo Shirai on FORCEDYELLOW For me hate to be
Kenzo Shirai on the floor -- it has to be Kenzo Shirai on the floor. 22
twists. Most people do maybe five or six and the standout performer is
seem own. She's come from nowhere and has been the performer of the
championships. She's got a bronze, silver and gold, and another final
still to come. Let's remind silver and gold, and another final
ourselves of some of her sparkling moves.
I love that little move at the end, that bounce. Superb. I don't think
anybody would say she isn't the standout performer here. Yet again
the crowd go mad behind us as yet nor gymnasts come out. Three finals
still to come. The men competing on the men's parallel bars:
Mitch knows Epke incredibly well. Mitch, there's nine gymnasts in this
final, normally there's ate, but Epke has tied with Uchimura. Would
you say he was fortunate to be in this final? We planned for a 15. 6
to make a final but he got a 15. 4. But his execution was so good. We
were very surprised. And Uchimura did exactly the same difficulty,
exactly the same execution score. They couldn't split them and that's
why they are nine in this final. But Epke has something special up his
sleeve. Uchimura will be announced to the crowd. Listen to this for a
roar. CHEERING And Zonderland?
CHEERING He's got a good following, no doubt about that. Double the
roar! The highest qualifier there. 34 years old now.
Brandon, you may have seen him in the rings yesterday. Another judge
inquiry. This lad was fourth highest
qualifier. Watch out on parallel bars. It was made for the Chinese
really. So Mitch, what is is in store
locker? It is a very difficult move. It is difficult enough to say let
alone do. It involves continuous swinging. He's got an out from that,
if it doesn't go right he will go to upper arms. It could make all the
difference if he hits it. But it's in. At this level,
judge, parent, mum, dad, grandchild - everybody this the audience,
including the training gym, want him to win. It is an amazing quality he
has. He's such an attractive human being. We can see two Chinese
gymnasts helping each other to chalk the bar being, but unbelievably
three Chinese gymnasts made the top the bar being, but unbelievably
eight. It goes to show how fantastic this nation is on this apparatus. It
is their bit of apparatus. They were the first to do double pike from
between the bars, first to kick out from a dismount. They've made it
their own. They can bring five but they would all make the final if
that was the rules. It looks like they've used the entire quantity of
chalk on these bars. We are sitting down for something pretty
spectacular Mitch. So first gymnast Lin Chaopan. He's only got 10
seconds to start his routine. Very nice, beautiful handstand from it.
Peach half turn or round somersault half turn. Locking out through the
shoulders. Look at, that drifts through the long swing. Fluid, tiny
pike in the swing to handstand. Straddle into uprise. Tiny
hesitation. That's lovely. Very nicely done. Very high, very clean.
Healey turn. This so far is hugely impressive, and so was that! Well,
what an opening routine in a final. There wasn't a flicker really was
there Mitch? Really superb. Tiny kink in one of the swings to
handstand but apart from that, a peach half turn, completely in the
swing. Another one, this time without. A tiny flicker of the legs
but you have to put a magnifying glass on this to find a fault. This
is lovely. Uprise into straddle. One-and-a-quarter. Some beautiful
work here. Look at that. Just amazing. Great concentration. The
gymnasts have warmed up in here a couple of hours ago. They then
walked straight in and worked with such confidence. Lin Chaopan. Lked
straight in and worked with such confidence. Lin Chaopan. He said --
straight in and worked with such we said they were great on this
apparatus and indeed they are. And there's the score. 15.666. A 6. 7
difficulty. Didn't quite creep into the 9s on eggscution. Wow! You have
to be pretty special to do that. You can see in the corner the stop sign.
As soon as it turns to green and the judges say go. They have 30 second
to start. You can see it counting down. He needs to get a move on
here. And a swig of a drink on the way. Marius Daniel Berbecar.
He lost the swing there. Now he has to think not on his feet but on his
hands. Another peach, into giant. Nice kickout. But he's lost a little
bit of the composure. That's nice. That's the bab sar, a tippout. Clean
into the swing. Another hesitation. Healey. The full turn forwards.
Double pike but a little scurry backwards, and look at his face.
Presumably the error in the middle cost him a little bit in difficulty.
He qualified with a 6.7, but that will be costly. A very enjoyable
routine, exciting lifts and moves along the parallel bars. This is
quite a new style of parallel bar work, isn't it? It is, and it is
about continuous swinging. Keeping the swing and finding that
handstand. A few problems for him. Look at that, dejection. You always
try and save to your gymnasts, don't allow your emotions to show in front
of the judges. He's literally told them it wasn't a very good routine,
and it's a shame to see. There was only a tiny error. Second at the
moment. A little bit down on difficulty.
And the world champion, the Olympic champion, Uchimura, comes to the
parallel bars. A characteristic shrug of the shoulders, and he's
away. His line, his kick out, he has to be very economic, because it is a
6.4 difficulty. He may lift it. Not easy. A double tuck, so an extra
skill in there. The difficulty might go up. He's really going for broke.
A double pike, a little windmill of the arms. Such a skilful gymnast,
always able to add a little bit more difficulty when he needs it. He
focuses during the competition, but he's becoming a show man. Very nice
technique. The judges are severe on those tiny adjustments of the hand.
But really, look at that. A double tuck.
This is very difficult, and a rise. Double pike to finish. A little bit
deep, but windmills his way to some control. Now, he told the judges,
that was great, reward me. Oh, and he goes in first, a massive
difficulty, 6.7. An extra three tenths four difficulty, that is
typical of the jigger up. Step it up tenths four difficulty, that is
under pressure. -- typical of Uchimura.
He's been training very hard. A good start. A slight pause between.
Very nicely done. Just keep your focus, young man. This is important.
A little hop back. That little shovel at the end may make the
difference. -- little shuffle. Well, having not seen him for a while, I
think that is improved. Lovely line. He's always had massive difficulty.
He lost the rhythm there but he has an exit. This is so impressive. He's
the only gymnast in this competition to catch it and not play it to
bronze. Normally, you could put your mortgage on him making theirs, and
he did indeed. -- making this. So great difficulty. There were a few
execution errors. Well, 6.4 difficulty in qualification. I
wonder where they're from! Well, the crowd love it. He would
certainly get the popular appeal boat. -- vote. A lot of Dutch
supporters here. We will see him later on the high bar as well. So
we've got to gymnasts tying the first at the moment. -- two
gymnasts. A big debate. I've never seen him nervous about a parallel
bar score before. I'm not sure you can break into the medals with that.
He did well but there were mistakes. It's an usual bound to be in this
position on parallel bars. The equal first is 15.666. We are still
waiting. 6.5 difficulty, so not so high. Third place at the moment.
There is the equal first place. Now, the most experienced gymnast in
the competition. He's a tall man. He's got elements here which are
amazing considering. That is amazing. This is amazing work. That
was overcooked. Oh, he's lost it. Oh, now he really is in trouble. It
just shows you. He was expected to medal at the very least. He finds
himself out of it. He posted a 6.8 difficulty in qualification, there
was only one or two higher at 6.9. Like you said, he was expected to be
the gymnast to beat. I feel so sorry for him. He is almost 6-foot tall.
And many started to lose his shape and it was just bass thinking, and
it wasn't fast enough. He thought, I might as well give up the ghost,
there is no medal here. Keep the tension all the way through the
body, up the shoulder line. He didn't do it. What a shame. He just
finishes with a lazy single somersault off the side. We call
that a toddle off! But the judges still have to judge. They have to
give it just as much concentration even though it was perhaps two
thirds of an exercise. You've got to feel for him. This is
what happens when gymnasts put too much pressure on themselves. It's a
fine line between really wanting to succeed and being too desperate,
making life difficult for yourself. They can talk about it all they
want, but the moment has gone and the disappointment must really
burned deep. -- burn deep. So, only 5.6 in difficulty, and of course he
had a fall as well. Fifth place. Now, from use Pakistan. Fokin
qualified second. -- from Uzbekistan. Oh, look at that. What's
happening out there? That is the second big name in a row. So much
out of control that he's on the deck. These gymnasts are
specialists, they've waited a long time for this moment in the
competition. I feel for Fokin. He's a wonderful stylist. Will he gather
his composure and make the best of a bad deal? Yes is pretty much the
answer. So he's got his swing back, got his composure back. Swinging for
pride. Those little shuffles across the Bard tell-tale signs -- across
the bar are tell-tale signs. Oh, and he's given up. What is happening out
there? Two huge names in parallel bars just lost their focus. Very
disappointing to see, really. He looked like he'd recovered well and
was going to continue. These guys qualified probably about five days
ago. So they've had a very long wait for these finals. Look, this is what
he's capable of. A lovely double into swing. And in qualifying, he
looked pretty much like a medallist. Of course, he's done it before, he a
medallist. He tried very hard. A straddle
one-and-a-quarter. Nicely done. Fabulous height on the front
somersault. Uprise, that should have been a double front, but not today,
Anton. It is crucial. When you've trained a
routine, you miss the first biggie. Look at that, a puff of the cheeks.
Very difficult to get on and push yourself through, but it did look
like he had overcome that early fall and was together to show us his
quality work. He could get 14. 8 or 14. 9 with the fall, he's that good.
Judges are having a busy time of it today. Fair play to them. He's
reliving it, you can tell. Let me get back on that podium. So, 12.466.
5.5 on difficulty and a rank 6. From the United States,
Wynn. We saw him perform superbly on the rings. What will he offer on the
parallel bars? The Americans traditionally are very
busy on this apparatus. Apparatus. They don't waste a lot of time. Oh,
that's terrific! An extra somersault from the Suarez. Well done Brandon
Wynn. Double to kickout. Kickout. A dip in the arms but it's about
execution now. That's a huge deduction. It's nerves. They all
have to step up their difficulty. He is struggling to keep control.
Recovers. There's the uprise. Free swing to handstand there, not the
most difficulty. He lost his composure here but he's very lucky
to sneak into the 15s. But he battled on. Just didn't give up did
he, in true American style. For me, Mitch, he never hits a straight line
in a handstand, does he? He hasn't got that same quality of line we've
seen from some of the others. Dips over the top, that's a Suarez with
an extra somersault. Brilliant stuff. You are right, Chris, the
Americans are very busy. This is five tenths and the hand adjustment.
But the Americans rely on being busy five tenths and the hand adjustment.
and joining one to the other. He was unsettled, scrabbling away. He'll be
lucky to get into the 15s. So went for difficulty. Adjusts pace on
landing. Squeezes tight. Tony bit bent knees. Just hasn't got that
crites.line. Ony bit bent knees. Just hasn't got that crites.line. --
that crisp line. They are reliving it but after that amazing Suarez
with extra somersault I really thought this guy would get amongst
it. Let's see how much damage was done. The coach hasn't jumped up and
down in delight, so I think he probably felt... 6. 6.3 difficulty,
14.266. You were right, Mitch. No 15 there.
That's lovely. Didn't really kick out but this is very efficient. A
double pike keeping the swing going. A peach half turn. Very nice. Making
sure of the lockout. Uprise. Straddle to upper arms. Very quick
adjustment of body shape to make the tippout. He is only now got to stick
this dismount. I think that will do it. I think that's a medal winner.
APPLAUSE A good, solid performance there. No sign of nerves. Another
gymnast who's had injury this season. Probably been unable to do
lots of jumping work, and so has worked on the parallel bars and
improved greatly. This was really good work. A lot of difficulty. Kept
the swing, kept his focus. That was a marvellously fast adjustment. His
feet were all over the place but he got all the shapes in sequence. The
uprise, this was efficient work. It deserve as medal. In sequence. The
uprise, this was efficient work. It deserve as medal. -- it deserves a
medal. Straddle one-and-a-quarter, clear enough from the bars. The
essential thing was to keep the swing going. A double pike with a
kickout. And he really held his focus. Deep, deep in the double
pike. Tiny shuffle. What's he done? Well, third. 15.533. Big difficulty
score there, 6. 8. We haven't had anyone creep in the 9s yet for
execution. Well done for John Orozco under pressure.
The final gymnast from China. Look at that. That with the kickout is
very unusual. Again the double somersault with kickout. He could
climb right to the top of the pile. Another peach. Giant double pike.
Keeping the swing. This is beautiful so far. So easy in the tippout. And
that, Suarez sometimes crabled round that. Dip will cost him 3 to 5 but
the swinging's been superb. Double front, that was lovely. Apart from
that little dip in the middle. That really was special work.
between the parallel bars. A lovely smile. Very nice work indeed.
Beautiful style, beautiful handstand shape. I like that, Mitch. That kick
out was amazing. I have never seen it done like that. They kicked out
again from the double pike. Really, lovely work. There is the tippout.
Safely into handstand. Look at the focus. That was lovely. The swing to
handstand. Well, he had 6. 9 difficulty score. The dismount, a
double front half turn. Great stuff. What do you reckon? Has he done
enough? China one and two but he's not going to win with that dip. . It
is China one and two surely. Ooh, look at that. Just 15. 15.5006789
down in fourth place. They did hammer him on ust 15.5006789 down in
fourth place. They did hammer him on execution -- just 15.500. He shares
that. With Kohei Uchimura. The all-around title and now he adds
this gold medal on parallel bars to it.
Epke Zonderland pushed into fourth place.
But certainly the crowd's favourite, Mitch.
Another gold medal for Kohei Uchimura, who made history at the
world championships. Became the first gymnast ever to win four
consecutive all-around title. What an interesting final that was. The
first half of it with they were dropping like flies. It is an
interesting point that the equipment will feel difficulty to what the
gymnasts are used to using in the training gym. Give us an idea how
you used to prepare? Every competition you will compete on a
difficulty make of equipment. Sometimes it will be bouncier.
Sometimes it won't feel the same. Back at home I used to get the
aspect rate us that you were going to use on that competition, so you
can practise on Understand the floor here is even
springier? All the girls are saying it is bouncier, maybe less impact on
the feet. That's why we've seen bigger tumbles. Are we going to
notice bigger on the floor? You don't have to have two somersaults.
And the gymnasts aren't allowed to stand for more than one second in
the corner. You used to say us taking a big breath before the last
tumble. That isn't allowed any more. You won the World Championships on
floor in 2009. You've competed in over half of these in the final
here. The gymnasts are set and ready.
Eight gymnasts in this final. Vanessa Ferrari will start us off.
22 years old. Qualified in fourth place.
Well, I think there's not a person in gymnastics who wouldn't love to
see Vanessa Ferrari medal here. But that big hop forwards after the
first tumble won't make it easy. Super height on the full twisting
double back. She sells a routine so well, she
lands Cyprus is today. Just like that. -- she lands so precisely.
Really good height on the leaps. They have to count towards your
difficulty just as much as the tumbles. So important to finish with
a big timbales and land securely. She does absolutely that. -- a big
tumble. The crowd are in the palm of her hand. She tied for third in the
Olympics and with the Olympic rules she tied but did not get the medal.
Such a powerful tumbler. Straight into the title back. She will get a
connection bonus for that. She gets such heights. That is a need jump
which is tending to be used in these championships. -- a knee jump. You
can see how pleased she is. Her coach is really happy with her. The
youngest supporter in the crowd. Always quite difficult to be the
first person out. Double pike, just the slight leg separations. The
judges will take the mat. Just the two footed Hop forward after the
first tumble which will probably be a 0.3 deduction I would've thought,
at very least. She's got fabulous choreography. It's a good score. The
judges have not been that generous. So we've had two very big tumbles,
two beautiful leaps. 1.5 into the full twist. Good tight, lovely
landing. That's what that was saying about
not standing still in the corner. A That's what that was saying about
very nice triple twist. Full of difficulty. A lovely smile, and I
love that music. So typical of her nation. She produced a performance
that was really inspiring. They are nation. She produced a performance
delighted with it. What do you think, Beth? I was really
impressed, I'd heard about her in the training halls. When she came
out to qualification, this first tumble, not many gymnasts actually
use this double straight because it is not very forgiving when you land
short. A really last minute hop. Like I was saying, you don't need to
put the two somersaults together, but it does give you the connection
bonuses. She covers that landing by going straight into the dance. A
great spend, the quadruple. Spotting every time with the head. It is so
difficult now the gymnasts are not allowed to stand in the corner and
take the break. They have to get in the corner and go for the last
tumble. She did that very well. Some of them do stand in the corner and
they get a deduction for it. And just a small hop at the end of it.
The crowd really got involved with that routine, so will just have to
see what the judges make of it. She's pleased, the crowd is pleased,
I'm sure her coaches pleased. -- coach is pleased. A bit of a
surprise, she is behind the NSF Ferrari. -- Vanessa Ferrari. I think
she was disappointed with that, but it was down to the difficulty. Now,
we are all looking forward to Simone Biles. She has a massive difficulty
level. A double straight with an extra
half-turn, she meets the floor perfectly.
Gymnasts have to do a forward element, but that walkover will
count as it. 2.5 twist, lovely straight front somersault out of it.
the end. She was so impressive. Beth, could you beat that? Not a
chance, I absolutely love her. She's got the power, but she also engages
the crowd. And she smiled the whole way through. You would not think
she's got the highest difficulty of anyone. You can just see the amount
of power she has. Into the double straight and she just, if you don't
look closely, she literally dips her shoulder slightly at the last minute
to get that half turning. She knows exactly where this landing is. There
is that smile. The leaps, this spin. Not many people can do this. She
does it well on beam and converts it to the floor as well. It is
difficulty after difficulty after difficulty. And to finish the whole
routine she does this. And I love this quirky ending. The biggest
smile to finish. I do like the ending as well. I think this is a
clever routine. She's not elegant surveyed the used clever bits like
that to make a statement. -- so they have used. It's not over yet, the
Romanian contingent will tell you that. Here is their heroine. She's
had misfortune on the beam twice. Can she make up for it in this floor
final? I do hope so. Also a fabulous tumbler. This is an action packed
routine. Comes back with a full-twisting double back. Lost her
way on the quadruple spin, just made it triple. Her dance work has really
matured in this last year. A lovely triple twist. She's becoming a
really stylish performer. Seeming boundless energy, dances out
of every landing. Head, hands, everything, is, telling the story.
And a lovely double pike to finish. You need some stamina to perform a
routine like that. That is more like the Iordache we expected. They are
delighted. But was it good enough, Beth? I don't think it will quite
take that top spot but she's definitely in contention for a
medal. You can see the standard of this final. All four of the first
gymnasts have done a double double. Two years ago, you would see maybe
one. I do think the floor is really nice and springy and is helping them
perform better tumbles. You can see the double double, she spotting at
perform better tumbles. You can see the whole time and sees the floor
clearly for that landing. -- she's spotting it. Into this triple
twist, again, she can see that landing every single time. She knows
she needs to nail this last tumble to have a chance. You can see that
smile like up her face. -- light up. Even know she's got this difficult
tumbling, she actually only had a 6.1 difficulty score in
qualification. To be four tenths beneath your main competitor, she
will be going for a second or third position. Waiting again nervously
for her score. She had a long wait for her beam score but she will be
more happy with this. More hopeful, I'm sure. You are right, Beth, it is
not going to challenge Simone Biles. That's Ferrari hanging on the second
there. Simone Biles in front of Vanessa Ferrari. What a delightful
surprise. Iordache is in third. But still four perform aspects to come.
The first is from Giulia Steingruber. She's a powerful
vaulter. What can we expect on the floor?
Very strong athletic gymnast. She's already done two huge tumbles. Just
a little pace on that double tuck. The last tumble, a big double pike,
just about in time with the music. Some fabulous tumbling. We know her
as a terrific vaulter and there's some very impressive tumbling in
that review teeb -- routine Beth. She is known very much for vault but
in the past year she's managed to pass that on to the floor. You can
see that in evidence in the last tumble. Not many gymnasts will be
able to do that. Especially under pressure. She found the floor too
bouncy for that landing. She makes it took so effortless. But because
she's only using four tumbles, she has four very big difficult tumbles
but she probably then has to count four leaps or quite a simple move as
well. She really has got to develop the routine to be competing at the
top level. Her difficulty would be slightly down. You can see the
landing. She's got four big tumbles but she does lose on little steps
here and there. That's where the judges are looking. When she does
the leaps they are huge. The gymnasts have to have their top
eight elements added. She's got four huge tumbles but then has to have
four other things counted as well. She has. Even on that last tumble
most gymnasts with the double pike would be looking for the complete
dead landing. She had a slight step. She seems quite happy with it.
14.333, she's in fifth place. Could it be that Vanessa Ferrari takes a
medal in this final? That would be unbelievable. Two to come.
Sandra Isbasa was Olympic champion on floor in 2008. 23 years of age.
Just here competing floor. Superb full twisting. Double pike
somersault. Here's a combination tumble, one-and-a-half two triple,
immediate jump. Beautiful, mature expressive work
and very difficult tumbling as well. Has she kept enough energy? Has she
got t stamina to make it two-and-a-half twists into the full
twisting front, and not quite. What a shame. What a shame.
APPLAUSE But look at her reaction. She knew she had to produce
something better. The crowd love her and she's accepting their flawed it.
Such a disappointment. It was until that point beautiful, Beth. It was.
I saw her in qualification doing that last tumble and she played it
safe for qualification. She knew for the final she had to put everything
out there. But it was such a shairnls because you can see from
the rest of the routine, the pulled in pike at the beginning, a really
clean landing. She's changed her of dance. She had had a mixture of
dramatic with soft balletic look. She's using her eyes to lure the
judges in. The round-off into the one-and-a-half. Into the round-off
flip, triple into. A jump slightly out of control, as you can see.
Judges will pick up on that, however much she tries to disguise it. Pull
in tuck. She nailed this landing. She was 100% sure where this was.
But when you dance to expressively it takes quite a lot out of you.
Like you said, Beth, she knew. You it takes quite a lot out of you.
can see the legs buckle on that last bit. Without that height you can't
fit the full twist. In but she took it graciously. She knew she had to
put that tumble in to compete for the title. She took a gambling.
Gambling. Doesn't always work. Gracious is the word. What a lovely
performance. Would it be a farewell performance? It will be sad, but it
is probably Christine isn't it? Well... 13.733. What might have
been? It could be a farewell performance. Let's hope not.
Hopefully not, but we'll see. Simone Biles. Ky Ross. She combines the
majestic qualities with power in tumbling.
That super high movement. Straight into the very high double pike. She
really did well to minimise that. Good high double tuck. Just a bit of
a hop. She's such a precise gymnast in the sort of way it almost seems
to hamper the visitorocity. She's been the one that impressed us so
much this week with the balance between the elegance and sheer
power. She really Haim pressed us Beth. She was the youngest member
last year in the Olympic team but she's really matured in the past 12
months. She's really impressed me. You can see the double Arabian, into
the jump. That gives you, takes away that landing that the judges are
likely to deduct on. She's been so precise with every landing at this
championship. She knows here routines back to front. Here's the
double pike. Just buckled slightly on the landing but she does
everything she can cocover it up. Ere's the double pike. Just buckled
slightly on the landing but she does everything she can cocover it up. --
to cover it up. Into the round-off flip, double tuck. Last tumble. Just
showing she. Into the round-off flip, double tuck. Last tumble. Just
showing she knows exactly - there's, she is so consistent. You could wake
her up at 3 o'clock in the morning and she could do a routine. Just
like they did with you Beth. You couldn't get me up at 3 o'clock now.
I just feel on floor somehow this loses just a little bit of
performance. It is sort of a learnt routine as opposed ton floor somehow
this loses just a little bit of performance. It is sort of a learnt
routine as opposed to a perform routine. Not that there's a
deduction for that. I like perhaps her other pieces better. 143733 the
difficulty like perhaps her other pieces better. 143733 the difficulty
score -- 14.333 the difficulty score. One performer remaining.
Elizabeth Black from Canada. Qualified with a 14. There's a bit
of disgruntled crowd reaction to that score for Kyla Ross. But Black
has to get herself together and close this apparatus final.
Keep your eyes open for this first tumble. Quite unique. Round-off
flip, two-and-a-half twist. Walk out into triple twist. That really is an
enormously difficult tumble. She was a member of the Canadian
team in the Olympics that did so well. A frontal twist, walk out into
double tuck. Working hard at her leaps.
That will be costly. A big step out. A final tumble. A really interesting
tumble. She made the most of her opportunity. The error at the end
will rob her of any chance of getting into the top four or even
the top three. What a shame for her, Elizabeth Black. The marks have been
very hard to come by in this final. They settle. I think since the new
code has come in since the loifrts everyone is testing it HITE They
settle. I think since the new code has come in since the loifrts
everyone is testing it out -- since the Olympics, everyone is testing
out. This tumble is so unique. : Not maybe as good as she performed in
qualification but such a unique tumble. She knows exactly where to
walk out. You really have to power that tumble to be able to get this
triple right back. In lots of leg form. The judges will take out for
that. Such a powerful tumble. The front pull into the round-off flick
double tuck. She's a unique tumbler. Not many gymnast would use these
combination as. Maybe she's trying to put the wow factor And it works
really. Unfortunately the big step. She'll lose for the big step, for
stepping out of the floor. She's young and it is a routine to work on
for the future. Everyone stops and watches her when we are in the
training halls because she has got that unique thing about her. Simone
waiting for confirmation but we all know she's world champion once
again. Between her in Kyla Ross, they've definitely performed to
their max. What more could you want from a World Championship? Eighth
place for her, Elsabeth Black. from a World Championship? Eighth
Graceful and elegant until the last tumble. I'm wondering, Beth, are you
feeling quite content about your decision, or do you wish you were
out there? I'm quite content sat up here watching. Those nerves when you
are out there competing, and the standard of this final, I think I
would have to do something to really up my game to be in that final.
Well, you called it earlier on, use aired Simone Biles would take the
gold. -- you said. Now, our attentions turn to the high bar
final. We are focusing on Zonderland. You are about to find
out he is a thoroughly top bloke. The final is always great. There is
always danger, but in most cases, it is a success. Those guys, they are
out there almost every time. They are able to do a very clean routine.
Especially Uchimura. It will be tough to beat those guys. I have a
lot of fun, I've known some of them for a long time. There is less of a
language barrier so it is easier to talk about competitions. Most of the
time, it is a lot of fun. I'm studying medicine and last year I
started my internship, so it's a bit harder to make the combination with
my gymnastics. In medicine, I probably won't take as many risks as
my gymnastics. In medicine, I I do now. Most of the patients react
positively. They like their time there. Most of the time they feel
like they know me and I think that's a positive thing. Unbelievable.
Remarkable, this guide. Let's have a look at those who will be swinging
in this final. Mikulak qualified fourth highest. Mitch, I wish you
all the best, my thoughts are with you. Let's pass it on to you guys.
What a final is installed. -- in store. Mikulak is leading off, he
looked so good in qualifying. Hold your breath, because they will risk
everything for about 40 seconds. Straight up into the strong powerful
swings, the full straight back somersault over the bar. Legs locked
together, beautiful style. Right into handstand, beautifully done.
Swings forwards beautifully, the full turn into the flight over the
bar, really swinging powerfully. Another hop full turn, changes his
swing, lifts up, beautiful landing. He will be thrilled and delighted
with that because he faltered in the all-around on the high bar. The
piece that ruined his prospects of a all-around on the high bar. The
medal all around, he gets back to the final and he hits it. Justifies
the promise he showed in qualifying. They are waiting per Zonderland in
the crowd, but this was a very good routine. Very very disciplined. He
keeps the swing going. Look at that, very strong and. He did so well
here. Thank you very much, Mikulak, you have started off a brilliant
final. He handled the disappointment of falling at the final hurdle so
well in the all-around comedy made a lot of friends. -- the all-around,
he made a lot of friends. He qualified in fourth place. He has
begun is, he has the armoury. -- he has the guns. 15.566. That will take
begun is, he has the armoury. -- he some beating. What an opener! Kohei
Uchimura, we know what he can do. You always get the feeling he's got
something extra special to add. He relies on style and flight.
Beautiful. That line is mesmerising. Look at
that half term. -- half-turn. Oh, he's undercooked that.
That was a superb performance, and many gymnasts would have faltered
and gone back the other way, but he did not. No, he is tough. He might
look unruffled but nobody is more determined than he is. He doesn't
turn up and that is going to do the job. A lovely style, so clean and,
he finished the twist before he catches. We often see the gymnast
still twisting a bit, but he is clean. Just so stylish and makes
everything look so effortless. When we see a slight stall and a tiny use
of strength, it seems like a major error. Beautiful work. There it is,
watch. He just hung on, used a little bit of strength. I like the
showmanship we are seeing from him now. He's so relaxed. When you are
the best in the world, you can enjoy finals. He's done his main job, this
is his leisure time. Some people feel the pressure, but he seems to
be able to just let it roll off him, doesn't he? The only time with
senior really under pressure was at the Olympics. -- we've seen him. He
takes first place, what a final we have here. Bretschneider. We know
very little about him except that he qualified for one of the most
difficult world finals. He swings very strongly, loads the bar
beautifully. Ben is the bar to give him extra power. -- bends the bar.
1.5 twists, a tiny bit sideways. Really swings powerfully. Up for
another dislocation with a half-turn. Full pirouette really
changes that swing. Super super double double. Where going to see
plenty of him in the future. -- we're going to see. We've seen three
routines, three heads. -- three hits. Very nice work. So difficult
to change that shape into a cake, but he did it well. This was very
good, technically. -- to change that shape into a kick. Look at that,
knees together, Kick It Out. Lovely work.
And the wind up, see how the shape changes to facilitate.
He worked very, very hard in the routine. 15.158, third place. It's
one heck of a final. Everything is in the 15s. Zonderland's brother
there, look at the likeness. There is his dad. They follow him
everywhere, and so they should. Epke, he is upping the difficulty
for this final by 0.6. 7.1 to qualify, 7.7 here.
And he survived it, just about. He's just got to keep his focus, because
when you are this difficult, you've got some spare. Come on, Epke. Stick
this, my son, and you are in business. Thank you very much, he
says. That was superb. This arena has gone crazy. I'm finding it tough
to stay in my seat. Congratulations from this arena. Delighted. What a
performance under pressure. It wasn't the cleanest, but it was the
most difficult. Celebrate, you orange people. When you pack in the
difficulty like that, you don't have to be on the bar is so very long,
because you are packing everything one after the other. That is an
added bonus, really. The longer your routine is, the more likely you are
to have reductions. -- deductions. He split it, and then produced
this. Very, very difficult. I really thought he was going to lose it.
Well, he fought very hard. He is a fantastic competitor, and not likely
to get up when there is any chance of keeping going. So there were
deductions, we saw the legs apart a little bit, but huge difficulty,
lovely dismount comedy opens the little bit, but huge difficulty,
arms out, comes to the floor, really well done.
You are hoping, Mitch, for a difficulty score of 7? 7. 7. Wow!
The most we've seen yet is 6. 9, so that's some - That's his long-term
girlfriend. Is he going to get it? 7. 7 he got. 16.000 the score. He's
laid down the gauntlet. He was going to take a bit of beating. Epke, I am
proud of you and so is the whole of the Netherlands. Brilliant. Look at
his girlfriend. And dad to the right of the picture. He's on his feet.
Epke Zonderland out there in front of the picture. He's on his feet.
ahead of Kohei Uchimura, and Samuel M hirks kulak in d out there in
front ahead of Kohei Uchimura, and M hirks kulak in d out there in
Samuel M hirks kulak in third position -- Mikulak in third
position. Going through the routine in his
mind before he starts. A good double twist, and the double
straight somersault but not quite the fireworks. Not the fireworks but
he's had a fabulous fabulous world championships. He is showing that
the Japanese have an eye not only to Rio but to Tokyo 2020. This little
guy will still be there. And the rumour is that Uchimura will too.
Lovely swipinging. Good technique. Is that Uchimura will too. Lovely
swipinging. Good technique. -- lovely swinging with. A fine
gymnast, number two in the world with plenty more to come, I'm sure.
A good view of the dowell in the hand guard, how it goes right over
the bar. Double, double. Tiny little
adjustment forward but the smile will come, because what a world
championships he's had. Wolfgang, the father of Fabian.
This young man's father is part of the national coaching team in Japan.
Very much a family thing. He has a very famous name. If you go back
into the annals of Japanese gymnastic history and that name's
been prominent. A bright future that young man has.
15.025. Fifth place. What a final. Epke is still there.
The current leader. The pride of the Netherlands.
Dot to make these changes within the tolerance. That was late. A straight
Jager from it. He really is walking along the bar with his hands. That's
going to cost him. And bawngd control there. It looks as if it is
out of control but it is part of it. Double, double but that was a
crunched landing. The pressure is on here. Not really the precision that
we saw on the parallel bars. Not quite so clean, not quite so tidy.
Two very big routines to come. There was an error here.
If the gymnasts are really good on the bar, they use the bounce to
catapult themselves up and over. Just a little wobble there. You can
see the bar bend down and up. They let go at the up stage so that it
lifts them and catapults them into the air for the dismount. He knows
for sure. Sure. He will need something of a miracle to get into
top three scores. What's he done? 14. 9. The judging has been spot on
here. Sixth place for him. Difficult but the execution was down. Epke's
head is down a little bit. He's thinking, because ambition is a dear
friend of his and the only man I think of the two finalists left that
friend of his and the only man I could knock Epke off his perch. This
is Fabian Hambuechen. He hopped to the side. Fabian is
shouting to the sky but it's going to be very close. I don't think he
did it, but Chris, I'm a bit biassed. It was full of excitement.
Fabulous how he releases that one sequence in the middle where he
finishes with the straight front somersault with full turn. Very
impressive inteed, but I think he missed one or two connections. And
that will probably be the difference in the start value. Here's the
somersault over the bar with a full twist. They make these look so easy.
You see the bar. Legs are beautifully tight. Like you said, he
took an extra swing there. He didn't catch and go straight into another
somersault, which is where the difficulty really builds. That was
impressive. Always strong on his landings. Just
a hop. He's right back on form at this championships. Third place
all-around. Great to see him working so well. He and Epke are great
friends. It's a genuine friendship. They've been together many years in
friends. It's a genuine friendship. many competitions. Just made a film
together. About their relationship. It is a very mutual admiration
society. CHEERING He's in second with 15.933.
That's evidence of their friendship. These two are inseperable. That's a
lovely moment. Epke ahead of Fabian. There is still one performance to
go. That is a lovely moment for two dear friends. Sharing their triumph.
This man can swing but he came to grief here the other night. He. I'm
hoping we have no replay of that. Very difficult for him in this at
fear. Seeing such wonderful high bar work, and he himself is a wonderful
high bar worker or he wouldn't be in this time.
It is all in here isn't it. He copse traits on the dismount.
Double, double. That was fantastic. Well done to come whack from a
clatter on the bar in the all-around competition. He is still limping a
bit now. That was lovely. A lovely way to finish the competition. What
a competition it has been. Absolutely sensational high bar
competition here. He really does work with great aplomb. Courageous.
The full twist in the Tkachev. Look at that. It is such a difficult
skill. First done in the late '80s. That man you have, by the time he
got the second hand on, that was 3. 5. Very expensive. You've got to
make your changes before you hit horizontal. Having said that, to
produce this dismount after clattering his feet across the bar a
couple of nights ago. Well done, young man. The coach is relieved. I
love this apparatus, he said. CHEERING 5.466. Confirmation that
Epke Zonderland has won this competition. Ham bouchen is in
second and Uchimura is in third. Mitch, huge congratulations. We all
know your involvement in the Dutch coaching team, but if you take your
commentator's hat off and put your coach's jacket on for a second, how
are you feeling? Magnificent. He is so worth this. He's been Olympic
champion, World Cup champion but he dearly wanted this. I'm so delighted
for him, his coach, sport in the Netherlands. We've worked hard. He's
a member of the team. Brilliant stuff from him. I don't think
anybody would object to that order. What a final it was. I'm joined by
Matt and Kristian Thomas. Max, we'll start but on pommel horse. This was
you yesterday. How are you feeling? It's been amazing. This is my first
world chps. It's been unbelievable. Coming here and going home with a
medal is amazing. This is your routine. There were a few moments
you got us on intelligence of our seempcts I was goes for the big one,
so seven points for difficulty. It was trying to get good experience on
this routine to hopefully help me in future to perfect pit. For me little
mistakes like that is OK. That bagged you a sill vephrmt Kristian
Thomas, bronze today,
Live coverage of the final day's action from the World Gymnastics Championships in Belgium, presented by Matt Baker.
Coverage includes five apparatus finals as the British team look to build on their breakthrough London 2012 performance which saw them win four medals. Two of those medallists, the recently-retired Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith, provide expert analysis, while commentary from Antwerp comes from Mitch Fenner and Christine Still. Competing today is Aliya Mustafina, who beat Tweddle to uneven bars gold - one of four London 2012 medals for the Russian - and will go in search of more global titles in Belgium.