Men's All-Around Final Gymnastics: World Championships


Men's All-Around Final

Matt Baker introduces highlights of the men's all-around final in the Belgian city of Antwerp, with Olympic medallists Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith providing expert analysis.


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Welcome to the Belgian city of Antwerp for the World Gymnastics

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Championships. 410 gymnasts have travelled here from 76 Nations to

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get their hands on just 12 titles often it is set to be a star-studded

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affair, with no less than seven of the Olympic champions from London

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2012 chalked up and ready to go. A glittering cast. After

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qualification, Great Britain are A glittering cast. After

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hopeful the nine finalists. Quite an achievement when you consider the

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team doesn't include two of Britain's greatest ever gymnasts.

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What does this Olympic final have in store for Beth Tweddle?

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A big setback but she saved it. Louis Smith gets the silver. Beth

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Tweddle takes the bronze. They may not be competing but I'm

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delighted to say they are part of our coverage. Hello to Britain's

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most decorated gymnast, Beth Tweddle, and world and Olympic

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champion, Lewis Smith. You announced your retirement on the anniversary

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of winning the bronze medal. Was that planned? It wasn't, it just

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took me that long to make that decision. It was 20 years of my

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life. You don't just decide one day that that is it. Everyone around me

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knew that that was me done. For me, I couldn't let go. Even now I'm

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still in the gym four times a week. The governing body of world

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gymnastics have given new role. I've been voted in as athlete

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representative for the women's. It is being the voice of the gymnast.

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It keeps my hand in a top-level gymnastics. Bedbug wrote the

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anniversary of your medal has passed and you didn't announce your

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retirement. What's happening? Still clinging on. I thought it would be

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nice to have a laid-back approach but I've come here, I've got itchy

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feet, I still feel I've got some fuel in the tank. Really? Even when

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I'm 30 I will still jump on the pommel horse. I could still get down

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there and mingle with them. Good. This competition is all about the

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individuals, there is no team competition this year. We are

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focusing on the men's all-round that happened yesterday. Then this

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focusing on the men's all-round that evening you can see live coverage of

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the women's all-round final, with Rebecca Tony and Ruby Harrold.

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As we said, nine finalists, very successful in qualification. Would

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you have expected more from the men's side? This World

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Championships, being an individual, the first year after 2012, it is the

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hardest World Championships. Every country is invited. It's the hardest

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to make a final. We've done well so far. We could have had Daniel

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Keatings on pommel and Kristian Thomas on a high bar. Have you

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spoken to down-macro since? He had a nightmare in qualification. He's the

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reigning European champion. He came into this competition wanting to

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make a world final. He had a very uncharacteristic mistake and was. He

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normally swings a bit faster. I think he felt comfortable. He

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started the routine and it was going really well. His shoulders got away

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from him there. All it takes is that split second and it can all change.

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How about on the women's side? We've lived up to the expectation. We were

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hoping for Rebecca and Ruby to be in the all-round. We always knew there

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was a chance of two bar finals but we would have definitely been happy

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with one. It is a remarkable achievement. Since the World

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Championships began, there is only five different gymnasts who have

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actually meddled. Two of them, you are sat here. To see this many

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British gymnasts in the final phase and the enormous amount for what is

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happening. The fact that we can take a

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back-seat and see the people making our finals. Daniel and Max could

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have made pommels, we've got two in the uneven bars. We've given the GB

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guys a chance at the worlds. Ollie Williams caught up with both down

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and Max just after qualification, to see how they were feeling ahead of

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the men's all-round final. I had a few silly mistakes and there

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but overall I was happy with the competition. It was good experience

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for me. In the end it was really good. Starting on my first piece, it

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was a bit of a disaster. I put my hands down on the dismount. The rest

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of my routine was a bit scruffy. But hands down on the dismount. The rest

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then it seemed to go smoothly. It worked out really well. There are

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very strong competitors out there, but I just want to go out there and

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be in the competition. Go out, stay chilled and enjoy it. The team was

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so hard to get in this year. Sam is a great all-rounder as well. I

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wanted to come here and justify my own spot. I was very happy with the

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way it turned out. Even with my high bar down, I can still finish in the

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top eight. It's a great confidence boost. If I do that, I will be up

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there. I just want to enjoy it and stay calm under pressure. There's a

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lot of strong competitors out there. Hopefully I can go out there and

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show that I am one of the top ones. There's only two years between them

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and age, but they are at very different stages in their career.

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Daniel has been through it all, he's had an enormous amount of

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experience. He can afford to sit back and look at this. For Max, this

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is his first goal. He's done fantastically well. To deal with

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that pressure, the expectation of -- the 2012. To stamp his claim as one

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of the best all-rounders we've got at the minute. He seems to be doing

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a good job. A quick word on the all-round gymnasts, because you have

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competed on all pieces and then started to specialise. It is a very

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different discipline. Totally different. When you are doing one

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piece you just have to psych yourself up for 30 seconds. But the

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all-round competition, it can be up to two and a half hours that you

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have to keep on top. If you make a small mistake you have to build

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yourself back up and get on with it. In your training you are doing more

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pieces, you've got to break it up more. It is. You can't spend all the

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hours on one piece. You have to make sure every apparatus is top-notch.

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hours on one piece. You have to make You do tend to find that every

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all-rounder will have specialist pieces, they

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t one piece that is always there at how it breaks is taken.

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t one piece that is always there three, the all-round titles

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could he go one better and become the most successful gymnast of all

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time? 20 years old, 20 years old, he qualified in fifth

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place. 20 years old, he qualified Did he

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put his fingers out? The line judge lifted his red flag. He's just been

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out did he put his fingers out? The line judge lifted his red flag. He's

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just The handstand moment, and he is

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through very nicely indeed. Well The handstand moment, and he is

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done, Max Whitlock. Great start for Max. He will be very happy with

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that. The Ukrainian had a torrid time. Nice combination. At the

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judges' meeting, they did insist that these strength parts are held

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for a good two seconds. He is not in tiptop condition. This is the man

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who got the bronze all round in the Europeans.

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Louis, there are signs that he is not completely at his best. Rings is

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one of those pieces where you are either feeling great on the day, or

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you end up a bit undercooked. It is a difficult piece to get right. Sam

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Mikulak is the USA's white hope. Did not make it in qualifying, but let's

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have a look here. Super opening. One and a half

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twists, immediate double front. Fabulous landing. He really looks

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focused, stylish. All fired second, and he is doing himself harm here.

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Good control on the handstand. And the pirouette.

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Rolls out smoothly. Now, he has not altered. Triple twist, the nearest

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top . He did not give much away. He is one of the few gymnasts to get

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into the 15 is on this apparatus in qualifying. There was no sign here

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of nerve. If anything, he stepped up again. He really did show how

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landings are supposed to be controlled. He didn't give much

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away. It was a great routine. Lovely controlled. He didn't give much

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smile from Sam Mikulak. They really have great hopes for him. Max

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Whitlock opens with a beautiful score.

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A real character. They have got great hopes for him. 21 years old.

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Qualified in second, and it is hot out there. Look at that start.

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Work champion, silver in the 2008 Olympics, gold in London, Kohei

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Uchimura takes to the floor. He makes it look so easy. A little

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hop back. You don't usually see that from Uchimura. So clean. He makes it

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look so easy. Everything is anticipated.

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One thing you will always hear the Japanese coaches shout translates as

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to point, and that is what it is. He points his toes. Triple twist, thank

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you very much indeed. Well, his opening piece was just a little bit

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rushed on the first two tumbles, but once he got those over, the rest was

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fabulous. He finished his moves once he got those over, the rest was

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right out of the top. Look at the time he gave himself between those

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tumbles, not a flicker. That tumble we saw was technically perfect.

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Great timing, punched into the one and a half twists. Beautiful work. A

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great tumble around vaulter who has never looked very at home on

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potholes, but if he can hold firm here and swing with style, as he is

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at the moment, then he will be a serious contender, not for the top

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spot, but in the mix. Oh, and just wrestled to the finish. He has

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always struggled with pommels. It is a difficult apparatus to get right.

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He has had a good, long career. But he will get heavy deductions on

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that. Set Ewing is the art of not keeping your hands together. With

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him, just keeping it clean is an achievement. You have got to stay on

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with style. Uchimura is on his way. Sergio Sasaki Junior is one of the

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talented Brazilians. These gymnasts give themselves so much time. You

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have to land the first tumble so precisely. Ooh, and he just was a

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little bit short on that double twisting double back. Super control.

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And again, you saw how he finished the two and a half with such ease.

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They are allowed on roll-out during the routine. A couple of little

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errors, but a good start. 21 years old, 10th in the London Olympics.

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Perfect timing. I felt he rushed the routine a little bit. He could have

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taken a few more seconds. But it is surprising to see the talent coming

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through in Brazil right now. This was one of David Belyavskiy's

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problems in qualifying. But that was a good start. The shoulders are

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high. But a game, just not in tiptop shape. -- again.

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Just the inverted cross is the problem so far. Leads to an

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inconsistent handstand. That is a better performance from

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him than qualifying. He is showing great control. I think

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for Daniel, just getting through the rich team, he will be happy --

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getting through the routine. If Max Whitlock has got a piece he

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is not spectacular on, it is this. He had problems in qualifying. The

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static positions have to be held. Needs all his focus and

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concentration. He looks relieved. It is always nice to finish a mount.

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When you are as small as Max and can't do all the strength holds, it

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is important that when you do the swing elements, they are nice. Great

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control. I think he will be happy with that. Ryohei Kato is one of the

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youngsters who trains in a relaxed way, but they are focused when it

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comes to competition. He has got such a good line. He is

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starting to tire a little bit. And he gets the dismount done. Swing

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very efficiently. Not the most extended routine. But it is about

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consistency. He started off so well, and then you could really see

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him start to tire. He is relieved. That is medal winning stuff, if he

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can keep it up. This is not easy stuff. It is very hard get yourself

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from one end of the pommel to the other. This was where he had

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problems in qualifying. How is it going? He is doing great. He is

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swinging well. Great routine. The Americans might say, he is cooking!

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Great to have pommels out of the way.

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I think we just heard him say, I'm glad we got that out of the way!

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However advanced the swinging gets an pommels, everyone is glad to get

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it behind them. It's such a stressful piece.

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Those three steps back will be costly. Not as costly as sitting

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down, however. He's like the cat with the cream.

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Uchimura, he's got a peculiar style, it is so laid back. This is a

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big routine for him. The pommel horse is one of those hit or miss

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pieces. Great form, great style. Again,

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travelling, great difficulty. No form breaks. Handstand dismount.

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There you go, job done. That is superb. Talking about his style,

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it's so measured, not hurried, not slow, it's such a balanced style.

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And he never seems to tire. Hambuechen, having survived as

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pommel horse routine, approaches Hambuechen, having survived as

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this, he's very, very strong. When we first saw him in the Athens

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Olympics, he was just a young teenager and this was a PC struggled

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with. But he's become stronger and stronger. Now he really enjoys the

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rings. A really straight position but his

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shoulders could be a fraction lower.

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Really nice work from Hambuechen. We heard Louis saying come wow! You can

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tell he's a professional. We talked about him competing in Athens, two

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Olympic cycles ago. He showed his professionalism on the rings. Great

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control. And he's such a lovely guy. His shoulders were way Haider, he

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will get a big deduction, three tenths at least, possibly five. But

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that is a cracking dismount. Is feels so good to stick a dismount at

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the end of a routine, I can't explain it.

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Likhovitskiy, 27 years old now. 16th, he was, in the Tokyo World

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Championships. Again, a little bit high in the

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inverted cross. He didn't hold it. It will be

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expensive. He settles nicely into straddle lever.

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Double pike. A little bit iffy there.

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20 years old. Being tested in the world arena in preparation for the

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next cycle. Oh, he lost a little bit of form

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there. And again on the spindle. Big deduction is there for bending of

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the legs. Really starting to look a bit scrappy.

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Oh! We could see it, he was struggling. At this level it can

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happen. When you see it hit is a surprise, but it can happen.

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And he finishes. We have to make sure you miss mount -- dismount.

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Verniaiev on vault. This is one he made earlier. It was very

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impressive. The situation after two, Uchimura is

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where he likes to be, in front of his team-mate, Kato.

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He is in second place coming into this, behind the great Uchimura.

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His team believe in developing strength, weight ratio, not the bulk

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you would expect to see. But he will strength, weight ratio, not the bulk

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be accurate and he will be strong. That his own move.

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Not for the faint-hearted! He settles well in the L position.

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A double backwards twice, double forward twice. That's a really good

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cross. Double double with a big pace back,

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but that will do him no harm at all. Hambuechen will begin the climb back

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now. A lovely lift. Not quite perfect. A

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hop for words, but very good and very flighty. Well done.

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Plenty of attack. Wraps in nice and tight but still energy left, fuel in

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the tank means an extra pace at the end. You've got to use it all up in

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flight. Just a tiny bit off-line. You can see he is just to the side

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of the white lines. The judges will You can see he is just to the side

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deduct a bit for that. Kato's score on rings, very good

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indeed. For a man who is not the strongest in the world. Mikulak, in

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third place he was. Louis, you've done a bit of rings in

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your time. Talk us through this. It's important to keep it level.

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That is a very difficult skill. I actually did that.

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Straight arms are very important. Tuck Yamawaki, into the straddle

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lever. A little bit wobbly in the

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handstand, he will get some deductions there. Big double double

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dismount, great landing. Consistency is unusual for Mikulak.

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It was impressive. Mikulak, they said if he could

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consistency is a real threat. He's a young talent, he's 20 years old.

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Sorry, I don't think he is 20 years old, but he shows great talent.

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Belyavskiy on parallel bars. Beautiful technician. I hope we can

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see him in a good light, because every young gymnast and every coach

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can learn so much from his style. He hasn't had the best of outings so

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far. These little rehearsals are very important at this stage.

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Yes, some of the gymnast at this stage, while they are waiting,

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visualise themselves performing. Is that something you did, Louis? It

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is. I tend to think about normal stuff like, what is my mum cooking?

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Try and get away from the environment of things. Then when it

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comes down to it you just get yourself in the zone. That was an

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comes down to it you just get inside there. Top pressure and you

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think of your mum! 51 kilos, Uchimura. It's about

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strength weight ratio. Many good ring workers are very, very broad,

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full of muscles. Uchimura is a very slight gymnast. But his timing is

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immaculate, as you can see. The lighter you are, the less bulky you

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need to be. Look at that shoulder line. Absolutely level with the

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hands. So measured, so controlled in all

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the swing phases. Doesn't give anything away. Kills the swing,

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lifts the head. Every muscle fires together for the next move. Such a

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lifts the head. Every muscle fires stylish gymnast, so full of control.

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Fabulous. He is amazing, and he is the scruffiest guide training in the

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gym you could wish to see. He looks like he comes in in pyjamas. His

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hair is like he has just woken up. But you don't have to be an expert

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gymnast to see he is world class level. He makes it look easy.

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The double double. The give him that little skip to the side. -- forgive

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him. Look at that string of 15s. That

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translates to a score of over 91. You need to time it right. That is

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nice. What a future this young man has

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got. 21 years old, part of the Brazilian surge. Well, they are

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building for Rio. And if they keep improving at this rate, they are

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going to be a force in men's gymnastics. I have really been

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impressed with the increasing difficulty of the dismount is often

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rings in these championships. An important piece here for Max.

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That was well controlled. Oleg Verney IAF, third all round at

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the European Championships. -- Oleg Verney IAF.

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This is nice work. Ooh, and he has asked the bars. That will be

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expensive. Verney IAF it won't him up a bit

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when he kicked the bars. He is going to be saw in the morning. He has got

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when he kicked the bars. He is going a very nice rhythm and style. He is

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one of those gymnasts that make everything look very easy. He goes

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from element to element. That was really good. Beautiful basic work,

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but that was the expensive and painful are. Ouch.

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And he fought to hold that landing. A rare 15, hard to come by in this

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competition. Well done. Brilliant stuff from Verniaiev.

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Sam Mikulak was in fourth place coming into this rotation. A little

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bit untidy in the legs, but no problemo with the landing order

:52:32.:52:40.

direction. As the coach says, right down the line! The great thing about

:52:40.:52:45.

the American gymnasts is that they're in choosy as grows through

:52:45.:52:49.

the competition. So they will be getting hyper and more excited as he

:52:50.:52:57.

goes on. He actually hopped back in the line. He did not land on it. He

:52:57.:53:01.

very cleverly hopped back to the line.

:53:01.:53:14.

Never make a prediction about high bar. It is a tough one to go

:53:14.:53:24.

through. Ooh, and there you go. As I speak, he finds himself with a very

:53:24.:53:29.

through. Ooh, and there you go. As I early dismount. Problems for David

:53:29.:53:33.

Belyavskiy. Kohei Uchimura, almost a point ahead

:53:33.:53:51.

after three. Here he is, with number four. He is so relaxed, so measured.

:53:51.:54:05.

Ooh, two and a half twists of the handspring. Beautiful flight,

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beautiful style, quite a deep landing by his standards. Yeah, he

:54:15.:54:26.

had to pike down quite a lot to get the landing. Huge push, but the arms

:54:26.:54:29.

want quite straight, so he wouldn't have got the heights he wanted. This

:54:29.:54:37.

is probably the piece of apparatus where his slight physique shows the

:54:37.:54:43.

most. The volt is the same height for everybody. If you are small, it

:54:43.:54:45.

is a long way up. He was not going to miss it. He is

:54:45.:55:30.

having a good competition. Another vault with a high tariff. Good

:55:30.:55:40.

style. And he could get even higher if you didn't bend his legs so

:55:40.:55:41.

early. He has great potential. Yes, he says. Good to see him

:55:41.:56:48.

getting back into the swing. That was aimed really neatly packed

:56:48.:56:52.

routine. One difficulty after the other. And as you said, you could

:56:52.:56:58.

see his confidence gaining once the tricky bits were over. Very

:56:58.:57:12.

controlled. Lovely height and lift off the parallel bars.

:57:12.:57:23.

Look at that string of scores for Uchimura.

:57:23.:58:08.

Quietly impressive. That was a great routine. Started very promising, and

:58:08.:58:17.

he will be happy with that. Very stylish gymnast, typical of all the

:58:17.:58:23.

Belarussian gymnasts from over the years. Beautiful technique.

:58:23.:58:37.

Ryohei Kato found himself pushed into third at the halfway stage, but

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he has lots still to offer. Very young man, very promising. That is

:58:44.:58:52.

one of the best double twists we have seen. 20 years old, a future

:58:52.:58:59.

mapped out as part of the Japanese have seen. 20 years old, a future

:59:00.:59:05.

super machine. It was a great landing. Didn't look for the floor,

:59:05.:59:09.

so his momentum did not carry him forward too much.

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Max has had a good, steady competition. Gone were the nerves

:00:04.:00:08.

that were fluttering around in qualifying.

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Swings to handstand. Here comes the brick does not big front. He is

:00:25.:00:36.

working smoothly. Oh, and he has broken again! The

:00:36.:02:05.

nightmare has revisited. He has lost focus completely. What can you do?

:02:05.:02:13.

Now, that is a prime example of a gymnast not thinking quickly on his

:02:13.:02:18.

feet, but rather giving up and hopping off. Like you said, he

:02:18.:02:23.

should have tried to think as quickly as possible and planned for

:02:23.:02:27.

something going wrong, and he hasn't. It was a simple mistake.

:02:27.:02:38.

Verniaiev is well off his game. Now let's see what he makes of this. He

:02:38.:02:48.

has remounted. Oh, and he has gone again! It is a shame. It is about

:02:48.:02:56.

conditioning, I think. Get through the routine. So, it can go wrong,

:02:56.:03:12.

even if you are one of the best in the world. Here is the wind-up. This

:03:12.:03:19.

-- he will be so relieved for his feet to hit mother Earth. That is

:03:19.:03:24.

really unfortunate, because he was in with a real chance. He was up

:03:24.:03:26.

there with the best. Hambuechen comes to his best

:03:26.:04:12.

apparatus. He's been European champion. Fabulous swing.

:04:12.:04:30.

Lovely, straight Tkatchev over. Into the front somersault with Fulton.

:04:30.:04:42.

-- full term. Legs locked together. Not a flicker.

:04:42.:04:53.

He has shown us all types of somersaults. Now away from the bar.

:04:53.:05:02.

Two twists, two straight somersaults. That was magic!

:05:02.:05:13.

He can still get up there into the top six, certainly. This was

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amazing. I was on the edge of my seat! Fantastic routine, full of

:05:21.:05:26.

energy, daring somersaults, releasing catchers. It was

:05:26.:05:27.

brilliant. I'm all excited now! He produces what he needed under

:05:27.:05:42.

pressure. He is so full of confidence on the high bar. It's

:05:42.:05:46.

such a daring routine but he never holds back, does he?

:05:46.:05:57.

You saw the legs straight before they made contact. Look at the

:05:57.:06:55.

rhythm in that. Suarez, nicely done. Just the first

:06:55.:07:06.

adjustment he's had in handstand. All the kick outs have been... What

:07:06.:07:08.

a combination! Just a little hop back. That was

:07:08.:07:19.

brilliant. I absolutely love watching him work. The skills that

:07:19.:07:25.

he does our top level stuff. He makes it look easy.

:07:25.:07:30.

And that really is the measure of a fantastic gymnast, when it looks so

:07:30.:07:39.

easy. The sport is called artistic. Look at that score!

:07:39.:07:52.

Likhovitskiy has impressed us with a quiet competition. What about his

:07:52.:07:58.

high bar, Chris? Great technician all round. That was lovely.

:07:58.:08:09.

Super straight arms in all his swinging.

:08:09.:08:22.

He makes the shape changes as he goes. Oh, that was close... Nicely

:08:22.:08:28.

done into the back swings. He is very supple, a beautifully

:08:28.:08:42.

prepared to gymnast. Full twisting double straight. That was very

:08:42.:08:48.

original, enjoyable work. It's nice to see a bit of old school

:08:48.:08:53.

gymnastics in there as well. A bit of variety which is what we like.

:08:53.:09:20.

Sergio Sasaki Junior for Brazil. We've been impressed with his

:09:20.:09:53.

power. That start impressed me, his swing.

:09:53.:10:07.

Funny preparation there but it worked.

:10:07.:10:33.

He is having a very promising round. A good dismount as well. 20

:10:33.:10:44.

years old. Brazil can be proud of him. A busy, little gymnast. He

:10:44.:10:47.

doesn't let time stand still. He him. A busy, little gymnast. He

:10:47.:10:51.

controls the apparatus. Definitely not one to give up. He

:10:51.:10:57.

fights his way through everything. Which is a feature every coachloads.

:10:57.:11:08.

-- which loathes. -- coach loathes. Christine, you will be impressed

:11:08.:11:32.

this. I hope I haven't put a curse Christine, you will be impressed

:11:32.:11:40.

on him, but his high bar in qualifying was super. Well, we've

:11:40.:11:46.

certainly been treated to some fantastic high bars so far.

:11:46.:12:10.

A little bit round the houses on the Perra wet. -- wet. Oh! I laid the

:12:10.:12:22.

commentator's curse upon him. You want to catch at full stretch,

:12:22.:12:43.

but he just went two centimetres too far. Good, exciting stuff. It's what

:12:43.:12:54.

a World Championships is all about. He has to carry on from where he

:12:54.:12:56.

fell. He needs an impressive dismount.

:12:56.:13:29.

That's going to hurt! That is something we don't want to see. Miss

:13:29.:13:33.

timed his release, brought it into close to the bar. He is going to

:13:33.:13:44.

have sore ribs. Max Whitlock. He won't feel like

:13:44.:14:07.

laughing quite yet. It's only because I've spent so much time with

:14:07.:14:13.

him. We all say we can see the little traits he can -- he does when

:14:13.:14:19.

he goes on. You should see him when he tries to lock his door, he checks

:14:19.:14:28.

it six times. OCD is good in gymnastics. If you are obsessed, you

:14:28.:14:29.

get perfection. This is nerve shattering, this. Come

:14:29.:15:10.

on, Max! He was in a top six position going into this rotation.

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Here we go. Max Whitlock, apparatus number five.

:15:27.:16:21.

Nail it, Max. That will do! Well done. Well done, Max. Great landing,

:16:21.:16:33.

great finish. Talk about being on the edge of my seat. That was a good

:16:33.:16:41.

routine. He will be happy with that. Big dismount.

:16:41.:17:15.

This gymnast has really impressed me during this competition. As with all

:17:15.:17:24.

the Japanese gymnasts, wonderfully prepared. So supple, associate

:17:24.:17:28.

wrong, every skill performed beautifully.

:17:28.:17:45.

All these moves are linked together, and that is how the difficulty

:17:45.:17:54.

builds. Not only is it so difficult, but the execution of it is so good.

:17:54.:18:00.

The judges have got hardly any area to take marks off. Look at that

:18:00.:18:12.

landing, not a flicker. The only thing that moved was the chalk dust.

:18:12.:18:15.

Unbelievable. The top gymnasts are making it look like a high bar

:18:15.:18:22.

routine. It was beautiful. The Japanese really have taken the lead

:18:22.:18:28.

on this. This is their apparatus, parallel bars.

:18:28.:18:40.

I think that is Oliver Hegi, having a bit of a nightmare. I think he

:18:40.:18:49.

snapped his high bar guard. You should always have a spare. And you

:18:49.:18:57.

have to re-mount in 30 seconds, so will he be given extra time? He has

:18:57.:19:03.

got five seconds to get back on. If he can't, that is the end of his

:19:03.:19:09.

routine. They won't let him get back on. They have told him, that's it. I

:19:09.:19:19.

think the head judge will check with the officials. The crowd are

:19:19.:19:26.

clapping to say, give him his chance. They have cut it. That is

:19:26.:19:36.

the end of it. That is not good. I am not happy with that.

:19:36.:19:49.

Sam Mikulak can swing this apparatus.

:19:49.:20:20.

That was so quick. He is loving every minute of this. These top

:20:20.:20:38.

three gymnasts are not writing a foot wrong. When it is a big

:20:38.:20:41.

competition, that is what it comes down to. Not a hesitation. Really

:20:41.:20:52.

dynamic work. Quite a different style to that of the Japanese

:20:52.:20:53.

gymnasts. Very fast. Super, super height on that

:20:53.:21:12.

dismount. And he is smiling before he hits the floor. His smiles are

:21:12.:21:16.

getting better with each apparatus as well!

:21:16.:21:38.

Dan Purvis for Great Britain. Go on, Dan.

:21:39.:22:22.

Another wonderful landing. He landed in a bucket of quick drying cement!

:22:22.:22:36.

What he lacked in difficulty on the high bar, that dismount was perfect.

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He will be happy with that. It is good at this stage to do yourself

:22:47.:22:48.

justice. What a dismount. As. -- wow. It is

:22:48.:22:59.

getting thrilling now. Sergio Sasaki Junior has really

:22:59.:23:47.

impressed me in this competition. Double double! What a competition I

:23:47.:24:50.

have had, he says, and we agree with you, young man. If you do a good

:24:50.:24:59.

routine, it is cool to jump off the side. You can't ask for any more

:24:59.:25:13.

than six clean routines. Two days in a row. Lost his legs just slightly

:25:13.:25:17.

on the full twisting somersault over the bar. Full of energy. Control to

:25:17.:25:26.

the end. What a cracking way to finish. Six pieces tucked away under

:25:26.:25:31.

his belt. He has come a cropper. 30 seconds to

:25:31.:25:56.

get back on. He is only going to take ten.

:25:56.:26:24.

This is his great piece of apparatus. Let's see what he makes

:26:24.:26:50.

of it. Look at that! Three and a half twists. He is so efficient on

:26:50.:27:00.

this twisting. He knows he needs maximum difficulty, but has to have

:27:00.:27:12.

control as well. This is some of his own unique work. Lovely flair.

:27:12.:27:22.

Brings a bit of virtuosity to the whole thing.

:27:22.:27:51.

Fantastic competition, Max. He has not put a foot wrong. This will do

:27:51.:28:08.

him no harm. Amazing routine. He is a great twister. He has got me on

:28:08.:28:13.

the edge of my seat. I am all nervous. How you guys do this year

:28:13.:28:15.

after year... ! That I know he will nervous. How you guys do this year

:28:15.:28:21.

be happy with that routine. Go on, Scott! The smile is there. What a

:28:22.:28:28.

way to finish. Max is expecting a score. And by

:28:28.:28:59.

Jove, he got it. One hand will do! He did very well

:28:59.:29:28.

to hang on. We have had ups and downs in this

:29:28.:29:49.

routine in this competition. But he is going on, undaunted.

:29:49.:30:05.

He will be glad to hit mother Earth, and he did with some style.

:30:05.:30:10.

He will be glad to hit mother Earth, A few problems on the apparatus.

:30:10.:30:17.

Both the gymnasts from China have had very mixed fortunes during the

:30:17.:30:22.

competition. Hanging on with one hand, that's when you know it comes

:30:22.:30:26.

down to determination. He wasn't coming off at all.

:30:26.:30:35.

Some lovely releases here. He just didn't get the second-hand right

:30:35.:30:41.

over the bar. He did the upright on one arm,

:30:41.:30:48.

that's incredible! I guess they have to credit the

:30:48.:31:24.

move, he hung on. Had he let go and fall of... He will get the move.

:31:24.:31:35.

There'll be a big deduction. Inc. -- for stopping.

:31:35.:32:04.

He did well to get that. Fourth at the moment, but some very big guns

:32:04.:32:10.

still to come. Traditionally, this is the home of

:32:10.:32:32.

the Japanese, the high bar. This really is for a medal. He has

:32:32.:32:57.

to He is going to go through. He is

:32:57.:33:07.

determined. Wind-up, double double and just a

:33:07.:33:41.

little skip forward. He has gone through.

:33:42.:33:48.

What an impressive young man, not a foot wrong tonight. Now you can see

:33:48.:33:55.

the smile. He has been all concentration all evening. Now he

:33:55.:34:01.

has finished, he's done his job. A little bit of an edgy performance

:34:01.:34:03.

here. A couple of bent arm patches. There's the wind-up, change of

:34:03.:34:29.

shape. Lovely technique. And a little skip forwards. Kato will

:34:29.:34:34.

definitely be in the running. Very big performances still to

:34:34.:34:54.

come. Significant medal winning or medal losing performances still in

:34:54.:34:58.

the locker. Three big names still to see. Whitlock has done a very nice

:34:58.:35:05.

89 point zero 31. That will take a little bit

:35:05.:35:13.

Kato, good competition for him. He's gone into the lead with that, head

:35:13.:35:52.

of Max Whitlock. But big performances to come. Here he is.

:35:52.:35:59.

Mikulak from the USA. This, in qualification, was his best

:35:59.:36:05.

apparatus. That was very close! Huge

:36:05.:36:18.

difficulty. The full twist in the tuck as well. Two of the most

:36:18.:36:20.

difficult moves already. Oh, he held that well. Lovely

:36:20.:36:33.

catch-up with the half turns, swings. Just a tiny bit of a loss of

:36:33.:36:40.

form. That was not very good. Oh, oh! This could be a major upset.

:36:40.:36:49.

Who would have thought that? He has shown every ounce of fight.

:36:49.:37:02.

The two twists and makes the finish, but that was not... The smile is

:37:02.:37:10.

still there. We really have now a but that was not... The smile is

:37:10.:37:17.

thriller of a finish. The game is six pieces, he hit five and missed

:37:17.:37:22.

number six. That's the way it goes, he says. That's a great attitude.

:37:22.:37:27.

That was not in the script. The medal surely has gone. Let's see

:37:27.:37:29.

what happens. Hambuechen. He's got some tools in the bag for

:37:30.:37:52.

this routine. Two and a half, punch one and a half. He's always been a

:37:52.:37:57.

great floor worker. One and a half twisting tuck roll-out. Very fast

:37:57.:38:00.

pace, always moving. Into the first spindle. Showing

:38:00.:38:19.

great flair work as well as tumbling skills.

:38:19.:38:25.

A little stutter on the wide on handstand, but he's up there.

:38:25.:38:39.

Pulling back out, land it and you can see he's happy. He's gone into

:38:39.:38:51.

second. Whitlock is hanging on in third. But look who is still to

:38:51.:38:53.

come. Mikulak just faulted on the last

:38:53.:39:03.

apparatus. It always comes down to this, him

:39:03.:39:29.

last on the high bar, everyone watching him. Nerves of steel. He

:39:29.:39:35.

will shut this out. Absolute silence in the crowd. He

:39:35.:40:15.

was the top gymnast in qualification. He shows how and why.

:40:15.:40:19.

Style and difficulty. Straight into the full twisting

:40:19.:40:29.

Kovac. Lovely straight arms on the catch.

:40:29.:40:47.

Full of variety, full of difficulty. One more move... The double double.

:40:47.:40:51.

A great landing. That is a champion's performance. An

:40:51.:40:59.

unprecedented four times he's done That is a champion's performance. An

:40:59.:41:06.

it. Unbelievable! I'm happy for him. I think he was 20

:41:07.:41:28.

after the first rotation. What a fantastic competition. Those top

:41:28.:41:32.

five gymnasts without an error. Really battling it out. I actually

:41:32.:41:41.

don't think I've seen a more competitive, really well contested

:41:41.:41:44.

World Championships for a long time. I'm with you on that one, Chris. And

:41:44.:41:50.

we've seen a few between us! That was an exercise in six apparatus...

:41:50.:41:59.

Mikulak is still smiling. What an experience he's had. These two guys

:41:59.:42:04.

at the top between them have two medals. Solid gold and shiny silver

:42:04.:42:13.

for Japan. Brilliant stuff! And what a competition Max Whitlock has had.

:42:13.:42:17.

Him and Daniel Purvis, great routines, all clean. Amazing.

:42:17.:42:25.

Absolutely fantastic. Really just pushed out of a medal at the last

:42:25.:42:30.

moment by this guy, Hambuechen. He has had the competition of his life.

:42:30.:42:35.

Uchimura, confirmation if you needed it. 15.500 and 33.

:42:35.:42:50.

Such a focused, pleasant young man. True, dedicated professional. Max

:42:50.:42:59.

Whitlock, hats off, just shave away from bronze medal. Hambuechen, what

:42:59.:43:06.

a cracker he is. Everyone seems to be smiling. What a competition it

:43:06.:43:08.

has been. This is a proof of test,

:43:08.:43:30.

determination, ambition and pure, raw talent. Hambuechen emerged from

:43:30.:43:39.

in the doldrums. And here he is, a popular bronze medallist. He takes

:43:39.:43:42.

the bronze. A sign of the future. Japan

:43:42.:44:00.

thermally stamp their mark on this World Championships. Kato takes the

:44:00.:44:12.

silver medal for Japan. Flashes of brilliance. Mixed with consistency.

:44:12.:44:29.

A roar of delight. Incredible. Four times, any has done this. Four

:44:29.:44:38.

times, he has shaken hands with the guys who finished behind him. He

:44:38.:44:45.

will climb the podium with a nice, broad smile. What a popular gold

:44:45.:44:58.

medallist. Kohei Uchimura is in the history books. He is the one they

:44:58.:45:01.

all have to beat. And until he retires, no one is going to do that.

:45:01.:45:03.

Brilliant. Fourth consecutive world championship.

:45:03.:45:13.

Max, what a final to be part of, and you have proved you can hold your

:45:13.:45:41.

own with the best. Thank you, that was an amazing competition. That

:45:41.:45:42.

first experience of a World was an amazing competition. That

:45:42.:45:44.

Championships was amazing. You looked like you had barely any

:45:44.:45:45.

Championships was amazing. You nerves out there for a debut. I just

:45:45.:46:08.

wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. The qualification felt a bit

:46:08.:46:12.

stressful. But I just wanted to go out there and enjoy my first worlds

:46:12.:46:13.

stressful. But I just wanted to go and have fun. And I have. Damn, how

:46:13.:46:16.

happy are you? Over the moon. It was a big aim of mine to try and get in

:46:16.:46:24.

the top eight again, ever since the Olympics last year. So it was a

:46:24.:46:30.

fantastic atmosphere. Max, a world for the world champion. I know you

:46:30.:46:33.

were struck the first time you met him. It is difficult not to be

:46:33.:46:36.

starstruck with what he has achieved tonight. Uchimura is unbelievable.

:46:36.:46:38.

He absolutely nailed his routine. It is a pleasure to compete against

:46:38.:46:40.

him. Damn, two British boys in the top eight alongside two Japanese

:46:40.:46:42.

boys. It shows how strong the British are. It is fantastic.

:46:42.:46:55.

Especially after the Olympics, it is always hard to pick yourself up, but

:46:55.:46:58.

that is fantastic. Max, how does this set you up for the pommel horse

:46:58.:47:02.

final on Saturday afternoon? I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, I

:47:02.:47:05.

can show a good pommel routine. Well done, both of you.

:47:05.:47:10.

What a remarkable performance, to have two British gymnasts in the top

:47:10.:47:13.

eight. There is a feeling of the joy of being here when Uchimura did what

:47:14.:47:19.

he did and made history. You said it in commentary, Louis. Everybody has

:47:19.:47:25.

had such a great time. And with Hambuechen coming back from where he

:47:25.:47:30.

did! To commentate on that competition was brilliant. Even

:47:30.:47:33.

people who made mistakes were smiling at the end. It was a

:47:33.:47:41.

feel-good competition. You have got to feel for Max to finish fourth,

:47:41.:47:44.

the worst place to be. But for his first goal, it was remarkable, the

:47:44.:47:51.

way he kept his composure. It is always the hardest place to finish,

:47:51.:47:55.

fourth place. But Max will be pleased. We can't ask more than for

:47:55.:48:01.

people to go out and do their best routines. Max did everything he

:48:01.:48:11.

could. It was brilliant. Where can he make up that territory? Uchimura

:48:11.:48:17.

is impossible to beat, but can he get an extra Mark? I think he can.

:48:17.:48:24.

Max is 20 years old. If he gets a bit beefier, he can do more on the

:48:24.:48:34.

rings and parallel bars. I was reading about Uchimura saying he

:48:34.:48:37.

wants to try and make it to Tokyo in 2020. You know what it is like

:48:37.:48:41.

competing in front of a home crowd, but he will be over 3010. Do you

:48:41.:48:55.

think he will still be going all around, or will he have to

:48:55.:48:58.

specialise in something? He has got being the best in the world behind

:48:58.:49:01.

him, so maybe they will let him stay in the team for that reason. We will

:49:01.:49:07.

see. So there is hope, better? There is. We all know what it is like to

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compete in front of a home crowd. But me and Louis were discussing

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this morning and debating whether he would even make it to 2016. But if

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he is not doing the all around, maybe he will do some specialist

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pieces. We will see. But he is the most amazing gymnast we have ever

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had in the history of gymnastics. Let's bring it back to our lads and

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look at the pommel horse. We start with Dan's routine.

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He has always had a bit of trouble with that manoeuvre. He tends to

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rush. He just catches himself of God, but he picks up nicely. He is

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so strong, and he has been there before. So it has stood him in good

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stead. Yes, he went through from start to finish. He did not fall.

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But he tends to fall back into his old ways when it comes to that one

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section. What are you feeling about Max's routine, as our resident more

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horse expert? Hello! He tried a 7.2 here. He has got every chance.

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He had a bit of a skewed spindle. He is in with a real chance. There is

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him, the Chinese guy, the Australian. It will be a very close

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final. I have got my leotard underneath here! I can rip my top

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off will stop let's talk about the Olympics, because you did get the

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same score as Christian body, but he beat you an execution. Let's have a

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quick look at his qualifications routine. This is where it all went

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wrong. I think he tried a new routine. He does not usually do

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this. Is that an easier option for him? I don't know. I think he had a

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bit of an error going into that. And then that spindle. And as we have

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seen, it just takes that one moment, and it can all go wrong. That is the

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interesting thing within this Olympic cycle, because some gymnasts

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try and hang on a bit longer to reap the benefits of the other gymnasts

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that may have retired. So has Christian Berki hung onto long, or

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is he still in his prime? I think he has still got a lot to offer. There

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are not many Hungarians challenging his place on the pommel horse. He

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can carry on going. Unfortunately, you are not in the pommel horse

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final, but let's have a list of the finals that are still to come.

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So, let's turn our attention is to the women's competition. Becky

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Downie has made it into the bars final. She has always been a strong

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contender. She has. The past couple of years have been difficult. She

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contender. She has. The past couple did not quite make London last year

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and snapped her Achilles a couple of years earlier, so it was nice to see

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her back to her usual self. The routine she died in qualification

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was the best we could have asked for. She had once more are on the

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lower bar. And qualifying in fourth, she will go in with an enormous

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amount of confidence. Speaking to her after qualification, she was so

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pleased. Her aim is to get her name back out there. She has been around

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for a while and has always been there or thereabouts and not quite

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made it. So she is pleased just to be in the final. She will go in, all

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guns blazing. She has nothing to lose. We have two British gymnasts

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in that final. Ruby has got the all-round final tonight. She is

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young, but she has so much mental strength. As soon as you put her in

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front of a crowd, she seems to love it. It was difficult for her growing

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up, she lost her mum to cancer. She has spoken openly about it over the

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last few weeks. But I think she has learnt to deal with it and her dad

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and sisters are out here, watching her. I hope she does well. Another

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gymnast competing tonight will be Rebecca Tunney. She was the youngest

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member of Team GB in the Olympics. She qualified 13th. She had an

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injury earlier in the year, so she has had to fight back to fitness,

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but she is back now. She is strong on the floor. And again, she loves

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it as soon as she is in front of the crowd. She came 13th at the

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Olympics. The qualification was not my best. I

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got through the bars, which was my main aim. I had the mistake on the

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beam, but I showed that I can still make it. I just want to go out in

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the final and hopefully hit all my routines and show what I can do.

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the final and hopefully hit all my Qualifying is the most stressful

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thing to do, so now I just want to enjoy it. I know I have done it

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once, so I can do it again. Does it help to have Ruby alongside you?

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Definitely. We are always cheering each other along anyway. To have her

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there will be great. When they are in the crowd, you can't hear them.

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But when they are closer, they get us through our routines. You can see

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coverage of the women's all-around competition tonight on BBC Three.

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What will the girls be doing, with just over four ousted go? They will

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be back at the hotel, getting ready. They will be chilling out and trying

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not to think about it. There is no Gabby Douglas in this all-around

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competition, so the Olympic champion is not here. What are your

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predictions, with a new kid on the block? Simone from America is

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unbelievable. She has got the most amazing routines, clean and tidy.

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She is a powerhouse. Her floor routine is insane. Everyone stopped

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to watch her as soon as she walks onto the floor. She is looking for

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medals. She has qualified for the final, so she will be hoping to get

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a medal on nearly all of them. At the thing with the Americans, you

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don't tend to see them for more than one cycle, whereas on the British

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team, we try to keep them longer. She is the one to beat at this

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competition tonight. It is hers to lose. The Uchimura of women's

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gymnastics, Louis. Just a word on the arena behind us. You can see

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that some gymnasts have come in and are warming up for various

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presentations. White, good or bad? The gymnasts down there probably

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can't notice it. I find white Craig Dawson disorientating -- I find

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white disorientating. It is spreading light around the arena. I

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think it is good. As long as you can do your job. Beth, give us a top

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three for tonight? I think the Americans will be hoping for the top

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two. Michaela qualified, but you are only allowed two per nation. We will

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find out in four hours' time. Hope you can join us. Bye for now.

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Matt Baker introduces highlights of the men's all-around final in the Belgian city of Antwerp, with Olympic medallists Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith providing expert analysis.

Japan's Kohei Uchimura starts as the clear favourite in the 24-man field, having won an unprecedented three consecutive all-around world titles and then an Olympic gold in 2012. Britain also has a medal chance in the six-apparatus event, with 2013's European all-around silver medallist Max Whitlock competing.


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