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Hello and welcome to the third day of finals from the world gymnastics
Championships here in Glasgow. Last night the men took to this arena for
the battle of world team champions. What a competition we witnessed.
Japan took gold for the first time in 37 years. Great Britain just four
tenths behind them, winning an historic silver medal, beating the
Chinese. Here's a reminder of the British team's sterling effort, blow
by blow. We say pretty much go for it. Not even thinking about the
medals. It was such an intense competition. The interest on the
more horse, it was my moment to do my job. -- on the more horse. We
were relentless as a team. It was a case of putting our arms up. We
delivered. It's just incredible. Under a lot of pressure, first world
championship. I think I was more nervous watching Macs than I was
doing my own job. I remember standing in the corner, put my arms
out. I thought, this is crazy. -- watching Max. There was constant
noise, a roar, which I enjoyed. Great Britain are the
silver-medallists. We can sit back and be proud of what we've achieved.
To have the competition we did, literally perfect. A group of very
good friends, it means a lot. It was a special moment, I'm so proud to be
part of it. What an upset it was for the Chinese team that has dominated
this final for the last ten years. The upset wasn't just because they
were beaten by five times runner-up Japan, but to be beaten by Great
Britain. It really puts things into perspective when you see it like
this. Joining me to reflect on last night's action I'm joined by three
times world champion at treble and current British gymnast and
silver-medallist Dan Keating is. Let's start with you, how surprised
where you and the rest of the British team that you got that medal
last night? -- Keatings. We were surprised to get silver, but we were
working towards bronze. Getting bronze at the Olympics in stills
believe in the British team. The next thing was to replicate it at
World Championships, our training and build-up has been going towards
fighting for the bronze medal, we didn't expect to get that silver.
Over the years you've been chasing countries like Russia and the USA,
now here we are battling alongside China and Japan. What does it mean
going ahead to the Olympic Games next year? It gives us a massive
confidence boost, over the last ten years we've been working to try and
catch the likes of Russia and USA. Now we've finally got there we
thought it might be another ten years before we start to catch China
and Japan, but the showing be put in yesterday, we beat China and weren't
that far behind Japan. In the index next year anything can happen. What
the men and women have achieved here over the last few days has got
everybody talking. If they have inspired you, all you have to do is
head to the BBC website, you can get loads of information, not just
gymnastics, all sorts of sport you can get involved in. Maybe there is
little trip down memory lane may help to get you inspired. -- maybe
this little trip. You are looking at one of the
greatest gymnasts ever. And that must have earned good
points. That's the sort of applause that she deserves.
She's got ten. And it looked that good. Ten she's got, it is quite
incredible. The title is hers. Svetlana, one of
the great Russian gymnasts. Phenomenal performance, she's this
World Championships. Beth, can you believe how much the sport has moved
on in a relatively short space of time? When you see those pictures.
It's really short, I was talking with Daniel yesterday, even the
first tuck back you think how young our sport is, even when the first
track back was done on the beam, they wanted to ban it, they thought
it was too dangerous for female gymnasts to do. Some of the thing
these female gymnasts are doing, even since I've retired, the floor
work especially has dramatically increased. Is it to do with the
equipment? The equipment helps, but the techniques, the support behind
the scenes, the expertise of the coaches coaching
these gymnasts. expertise of the coaches coaching
together is producing what we're expertise of the coaches coaching
gymnastics today. Even with foam pits, training aids, the
gymnastics today. Even with foam are taught, even though it looks
incredibly dangerous, the way these moves are taught, it reduces the
risk, moves are taught, it reduces the
have falls. When it's done under moves are taught, it reduces the
injury, you are likely to go for these big skills. Let's talk about
the women's all-around competition. And how it works. It's all about the
all-round gymnast. Four pieces of apparatus and the Scott Mills. Each
gymnast will have to do each of the four apparatus and the scores add
up, if they have a mistake on one piece, they can bring themselves
back into the competition if they fight for every point. In
back into the competition if they competition, Simone Biles is going
to lead the whole way round but the pressure is on her. It's hers to
lose. As we saw in B Team final, gold is taken, then it's a battle
for silver and bronze. -- as we saw in the team final. Time moves on,
people grow up, after 39 years, David McDaid has caught up with the
Queen of the perfect ten we saw in that last film. Nadia,
I was born in a pretty small town, I studied gymnastics when I was six
and a half. I started to do it because I had a lot of energy and my
mum found out about this place where I can do things that I couldn't do
at home, which is breaking the furniture, other things that
probably a lot of kids do today. We all thought it's going to be
temporarily. all thought it's going to be
that. Have you seen anyone more confident on a 4 inch beam? I was
asked by journalists, what do you think you are going to do? I said,
asked by journalists, what do you would like to win a medal in the
Olympics, if it's possible, gold. My expectations were not that good. Ten
she's got, it's quite incredible. I think that's the tent that changed
my life and the history of the sport. -- ten. Nobody expected
my life and the history of the They were not well prepared for that
school. She's got it again! Britton not prepared for the score.
Everybody is interested to see the Americans now, there is one
spectacular gymnast, Simone Biles, who can do amazing gymnastics. I
think gymnastics is... It has changed a lot and it is exciting to
watch it. I'm happy to see a lot of other countries that we didn't think
about at the time I was competing, they are striving to be a part of
the common you know, the best in the world. I think this is great for the
sport. We heard Nadia talking about Simone
Biles, as far as qualification is concerned, she is streets ahead of
the rest of the world. Let's talk about that placing for second and
third. And where we think it'll come from. You hope, don't you, for the
European all-round champion today. It's a perfect opportunity for
Steingruber to step up to the mark. She has looked so solid. She's
really improved with her gymnastics. She always had the skills, maybe the
consistency wasn't quite there. At this year's European Championships
she took the all-around title. She was unbelievable. I really hope she
can follow it through at these championships. She'll have a lot of
competition, the Chinese had a tough time in qualification. But she's
coming through. The current Olympic champion, who has taken a couple of
years out, but has taken the world by storm. This is her first
competition outside America since London 2012.
It's different from competing in your home country, not as much
pressure to be on the world scene. It's a talking point of the
competition to have the current Olympic champion and double world
champion going head-to-head. The gymnast that got silver in the last
World Championship had a shocking qualification, she only had one
score above the 13s, Iordache. She didn't have a great qualification,
didn't look happy, she started on the floor, downgraded her routine
because she was struggling with the first tumble. Interesting to see
whether she put it back into night. Vault was fine, but she fell on the
bar and beam. Romania have had a bad championship. The Chinese gymnast
faltered in altercation, but if she hits... She can be up in the medals.
Look at the team performance couple of days ago, she put in some amazing
scores. Chunsong Shang. Who would you put your money on? Can I say
what I'd like it to be? Definitely Simone Biles, then I want it to be
Steingruber. Then it'll be the Chinese or Gabby. Are you going to
say? I'm going to say China. America one and two, China in third
position. Let's catch up with the condition, it's been going on for a
little while, we'll give you an idea which gymnasts are starting where.
In the first rotation, you we go, the USA and Russia. They are
starting on Vault. We'll bring them to you now. On Uneven Bars, Japan
and Germany. And on the beam... Iordache on the beam. Jurca on the
floor. Top group there, the second group on Uneven Bars, then you've
got beam and the fourth group working on the floor. Mitch Fenner
and Christine still in the commentary box.
COMMENTATOR: The Olympic champion, Gabrielle Douglas, fixed the flaw in
this women's all-around final. Four pieces of apparatus, this is the
first. Starts pieces of apparatus, this is the
relatively straightforward Vault. Beautifully performed. Flips on,
lovely straight arms, wraps those two twists in. A good landing. The
score for Gabrielle Douglas is 15.3, exactly the same as she got in
qualifying. Ruby Harrold of Britain starts her bed in this women's
all-round, starting on the bars. Ruby Harrold.
Started for the team on this apparatus. Two nights ago. Very
nicely performed. This is very original, the half turned, feet
through. Into the handstand. Straight into the full pirouette.
Super handstand shapes, she lifts high, up to the high bar. Half a
turn. You comes the release... Front somersault, caught on beautifully
straight arms. She hops up, double turn, nicely performed. A great
opener from Ruby. Ruby Harrold is looking good. In her opening bid.
Looking good with her opening bid. Giulia Steingruber to the vault.
Beautifully done. She kicks it out beautifully. So clean and easy.
There is the front somersault, 1.5 twists. Looks so easy. She kept the
body virtually straight all the way through. A very difficult vault.
Slightly to one side. Great attack. Great propulsion from the top. 1.5
twists. Easy as you like. Hi and clean. Her best apparatus. You won't
be surprised to know that. Score for Ruby Harrold. 14.533. The score for
Giulia Steingruber, a very healthy looking 15.6. Simone Biles. Opens
her bid to defend her World Championship. You can't do it much
better than that. Just a pace forwards but it was so high and
long. She attacks this and just flies into the air. Absolutely down
the centre. You have to try and stay on that red line. Could vault.
Really beautifully central. 6.3 tariff. The score for Simone Biles,
an incredible 15.833. Seda Tutkhalian from Russia. A little bit
unsettled on landing. Round off, click onto the horse, double twist.
Not a great deal of height. She had to scuttle a little bit. The score
for Seda Tutkhalian, 14.866. Shang Chunsong Shang on what traditionally
has been a great piece of apparatus for the Chinese. Certainly, in the
team final, they nailed this piece. Watch this first.
team final, they nailed this piece. pike Tkatchev. Into the Gienger.
Really packing the difficulty in. pike Tkatchev. Into the Gienger.
The Chinese very good at these swinging pirouettes. Into the big
front somersault. A bit of a stumble on the turn but recovered well. A
super high double-twisting back somersault dismount. Kelly --
Elsabeth Black from Canada. A little skip from the start. Translates
beautifully. Very clean, very efficient. There is the somersault
and there is that full twist. Right, bang down the middle. Elsabeth Black
scored 15.0334 that fault. Chunsong Shang scored 15.1 bars. Second
all-around last year in the World Championship. Didn't have a happy
qualification. We'll be very keen to do best here. That's very good
indeed. Full twisting Tuck back to start with. Super. Straight back as
well. She has wonderful rhythm on the beam. Very clean in the double
spin. Iordache had a year of injury. Just back to competition fitness.
Two very nice leaps. The judges have a lot of marks to give. For
shortness of performance and good rhythm. This has much better rhythm
than a lot of the routines we have seen. Constant movement. Cider
somersault. So, just the dismount to go. The round-off. The backflip,
triple twist. My favourite dismount of all. Wonderful to see her back
confidently performing. Very confident indeed. Super work. That's
a skill that she needs to nail to give a good performance. Once that's
happened, she is quite confident. Her score, 14.766. For Great
Britain, Amy Tinkler. Very nice handstand start. Full pirouette.
That was excellent. She went straight into the very difficult
move. She made it very cleanly indeed. Good half term, a difficult
release coming. She just went a little bit wild stop the half turn
and struggle back. She almost got the hands over but if you don't get
them right over, you can't hang on. That was a shame. Up to the
handstand, really got is to go. A beautiful double-twisting back. What
a shame. There the Marco -- she just let it go in the end. But she got it
back together at the end. A beautiful double-twisting back.
Leading after the first piece of apparatus, Simone Biles going for
her third consecutive all-around title. Giulia Steingruber in second.
Gabrielle Douglas in third with Chunsong Shang in fourth. You can
see quite a few gymnasts from the same country. Two from each are
allowed in the top 24. If there was three it goes down to the next in
the 24. We had three, LE unfortunately missed out because the
other girls were echoed of her. To confirm, Amy Tinkler is in 21st.
Back to the commentary box and we are now live. COMMENTATOR: A
beautiful display. A superhigh Gienger. Just a touch a late on the
pirouette. A big split of the legs to learn. Not the classiest routine
but quite efficient. Certainly attacks the apparatus. Famed for her
vaulting but she is a good all-rounder. The European all-around
champion this year. The score for Lisa Verschueren from Belgian. Asuka
Teramoto on the vault for Japan. Oh yes. Handspring, straight front with
1.5 twists. Really nicely performed vault. She was sharp, wasn't she?
The approach run from this. Sharp off the top of a horse. Nice and
punchy in the twist. She is one of the more experienced gymnasts out
there. In this cauldron it is seeming that the experience is
counting for a lot. It is packed to the rafters, can't see a spare seat.
The atmosphere is tremendous. They can see the difficulty of the vault.
Standing by his Giulia Steingruber. That's a good score for her bars.
You can see the relief on her face. STUDIO: All eyes now on this young
lady, Simone Biles from the USA. This, believe it or not, her least
favourite piece of apparatus. The only apparatus she didn't finish top
on. But that was very efficient. A very good full pirouette into a huge
Tkachev. She hasn't got such a high start score but that was nice. Full
Tkachev followed by a high salt over. Straight into the full
twisting double back. She didn't give much away there. She may not
have enjoyed it but we did. Absolutely. Such power in her. The
landing spot on. Good handstand shape. If this is her least
favourite, goodness help the rest of the field. Look at this dismount.
One did beautifully. Speaking of the dismount, 13.366. If you would like
to join us for more chat, we can do later on the red button. Amy Tinkler
with her second piece. Amy with a little bit to do. After a mistake on
the bars. That was cleanly through. A very difficult lead. Now, an
interesting combination. That was a shame. She is Israeli a little
unsettled. So secure in the team competitions. -- she is really a
little unsettled. The team now a bit weary. That was good, the change
leading into the sea zone. She has settled herself down very
nicely indeed. She performs that very well indeed, confident Tuck
back. Hits her read them again now. Three cartwheels. She had to fight
there, but fight she did. All of the gymnasts have do have
sideways elements of dance, there we saw it from Amy. She has a very
impressive dismount. Let's hope she concentrates and makes this.
Superhigh triple twists. What a lot of class. With her dismount she's
been fantastic, even the bars, when she got up there. That was the gain
She's already 1.2 ahead of Giulia surprised. Simone Biles, 14.9.
Very good, efficient. She's Steingruber. Seda Tutkhalian.
Very good, efficient. She's right that time. The full
Very good, efficient. She's the catch. Keeping with. Keeping
control. Double front to land, very clean, tiny adjustment. She was
sixth going into this piece, so keep an eye on her. She didn't Vault
fantastically well. All of the younger gymnasts,
fantastically well. All of the mind, did it for the team. She
fantastically well. All of the a 1 of thing earlier, she said
whatever happens, I'm a 1 of thing earlier, she said
of all the gymnast a 1 of thing earlier, she said
have that mentality going into this competition. They are probably quite
They love the team to drained by now. This is one
They love the team to they, these gymnasts? This has
Just one twist. Very clean and really been about qualifying
Just one twist. Very clean and efficient. Seventh in the all-round
at the Commonwealth Games efficient. Seventh in the all-round
same. The tariff of the vault is one of the big things that separates the
gymnasts out. 14.233. It's a good score.
Lieke Wevers from She didn't compete for two years
after a really bad injury on her leg, she tore her ACL. She qualified
in fifth, a good all-round gymnast. Nice start.
Clean in the handstand. Here comes the transfer. This is good work,
it's flowing well. Got to make those handstands. Inverted swings nicely
done. Into the double front, just a little bit overcooked. Well done,
Lieke. She's done every thing she can just pay in the top five. What
an accolade to be in the top five in this company. She's very modest.
Working well. Yang for China. The Chinese champion.
When they have socks on you know there will be a lot of spins in the
routine. A big tumble to start, though. Super, really good landing.
Very dramatic interpretation. 1.5 twists, walking out into the treble.
So cleverly performed and choreographed.
Ooh! Two and a half punch fronts, she didn't take off at all, she was
leaning back as she met the floor. Strong leaps. The gymnasts are not
allowed to stand on two feet in the corner, they have to go straight
into the tumble. She's done that. Double pike, clearly landed. What a
shame she mistimed that middle tumble. A shame about the sits down,
really close, wasn't it? She was 11th going into this rotation, you
get a feeling they are trying to chase too much, not settled, when
you force it sometimes it doesn't happen in this sport.
-- LE black. This will be a key piece for
she qualified fourth, but had a mess. 13.733 she got on this piece.
She will know this is a very important rotation for her. Lovely
handstand position. Again. Nice Yeager.
Lost form a little bit. Back online now.
Nicely under control now. A lovely landing. What an improvement. Now
she is half way round. She is, she had two of her big pieces. Last year
at the Commonwealth Games she really didn't look fit and confident, but
since then, this year, she's won the Pan Am games and really looks a
different gymnast. Jurca for remaining up on Vault. They will
want to show their bitter gymnasts, they didn't have a good
qualification. That shows that she is. One of the youngest Romanian
gymnasts, she got silver at the Junior Europeans on this piece of
apparatus last year. Good, strong vaulting. They lost one of their
team members to an injury in the final training before the team
competition. They really were thrown.
Into force at the moment. -- fourth-place.
Wang Yan 13.5 for the floor routine, a lot lower than she would have
wanted. Black was in fifth. Just waiting for her school, a chance to
see some more of her routine in slow motion. -- waiting for her score.
Unusually, she uses one, then the other, to set this turn from the low
to the high bar. It's named after the first gymnast to perform it.
That's lovely hop into the front somersault. She packs the difficulty
in. Sometimes just a little bit loose around the legs, where she
will lose marks. The actual difficulty is very nice indeed. One
of the more unusual dismounts. The judges are taking their time with
this score. They are the machines had time to pack her hand guards
away. A great improvement on qualification, she stays fifth for
now. 15.433 needed from Douglas to match
Simone Biles's score at this stage. She's grown into a very elegant,
mature gymnast, lovely full pure wet. Down to that low bar. They have
to hit handstands. I love this combination, the half turn, her
hands in reverse grip. It has been clean. Half turn on the top bar,
winds into a super double straight Gienger, very elegant. Caen we said
maybe she's not competition fit, but she's driving here. She hadn't
competed outside the USA until 2012, the team competition. This is her
third competition in this arena. She's probably feeling a lot more
confident than she did on day one. She has grown with each performance.
She's not tall, but she's one of the longer gymnast now. The double
straight looks beautiful house like that. She is in the bar final,
qualifying with the sixth highest score in qualification.
Over to the beam. Murakami of Japan. 19 years old. She qualified in the
top ten. An unusual mound, gets her low on
the beam to start the routine, fulfils that requirement from the
judges. -- unusual mount. Two hits and a lovely high straight-backed
somersault, very businesslike. I was impressed with that, the
change leg immediately into the tuck back. Free cartwheel. Very
difficult, the double spin, she negotiates it well. That they might
not credit, the feet were only really at the bottom of the head.
But I like her rhythm. Elegant arms and movement. She has kept the
routine going well. Determined, focused. Double pike dismount, that
showed maturity, that was a classy performance. She is delighted with
it, so she should become a sharp and confident. -- so she should be,
sharp and confident. A great feeling in the Japanese team at the moment.
Gaby Douglas goes into second place. Ahead of Steingruber.
She was in fourth for China, Chunsong Shang. A very slight, but
very able gymnast. She held Chunsong Shang. A very slight, but
well. She fell here in qualification, this was the
well. She fell here in piece for her. Clare
well. She fell here in half turn. The Chinese have always
well. She fell here in been beautiful on beam, but erratic.
well. She fell here in It's the leaks that sets them apart,
isn't it? It is. -- leaps. It's the leaks that sets them apart,
was good. You have to show a variety of skills. Forward, backwards,
sideways. I liked the front somersault, they are very dynamic,
even though they are tiny, these gymnasts, they are very powerful.
And she performed that really well. The double spin is one of the most
difficult elements and gets a lot of marks. It's worth risking. Nice,
strong free walk over into the jump. She's going for her connections. And
the free cartwheel. So, this will be a serious challenge, if she can land
the dismount as well. Up, triple twist, she does! A serious
challenge, Matt. Absolutely. She spun like a top on that little
twist. She must have felt shaky going into this knowing that if she
could nail this, carry on around the rest of the rotations,
could nail this, carry on around the a chance of a medal. Absolutely, you
can see she was quite off. 14.7 put her in third. Simone Biles
leads. Well, Larissa Iordache is introduced to the crowd. She didn't
have a very happy time in qualification but her competition so
far has gone well. Super. Was that fought out? Beautiful landing.
Presents the routine, always, so beautifully. Look at those spins.
Very elegant presentation. More power. Makes the triple look so
easy. Great controller. No delay into this tumble. Double pike again.
A beautiful landing. The side semi-to wrap it all up. That was
lovely. She has a lot to prove here. In this third group, way down the
field. Not used to rotating with gymnasts she is competing with.
Romania have had a torrid time here. They have not qualified for the
Olympic Games. They have to go to the test event. She will feel that
they need this performance. She didn't do that in the qualification
competition. She is obviously going for broke now. She really is a class
performer. Second all-around last year. Ruby Harrold and beam for
Great Britain. She had the responsibility of starting the
competition for Great Britain in qualification. It was her solid
performance that set them on the road. Couple of tiny little wobbles
there. But it is going well. Punches a good strong front somersault. The
gymnasts is performing these routines so many times during the
day. That turn was good. Just a wobble. Backflip layout somersault.
She just didn't have enough power in that backflip to lift her into the
layout somersault. Disappointed with herself. Clean on the free
cartwheel. Held it well. Big dismount for Ruby. A bit heavy on
the landing. A shame. She just rushed into the dismount. It is the
same with Amy Tinkler. They have given their all and they are tired.
In the team competition they both worked outstandingly on the beam. To
help the team qualify. They didn't either of them do beam in the team
final way you do only choose three gymnasts. You can see the
disappointment in Ruby's face there. Two more pieces to go for the
British girls. 12.4334 Ruby Harrold. A chance to see Iordache on Friday.
She seems to be enjoying it there. She most certainly does. It is the
end of the routine so no wonder. She is up into fifth. I think we can
have a word with Beth Tweddle to get her reflections on the first
rotation. That top group, nobody is giving anything away. They are all
fighting. Those last little tents can mean the difference between a
middle -- a medal or not. Would you expect Simone Biles to be further
ahead? Not really. Beam is her worst piece. She has a mark ahead of every
other gymnast. She will pick up the difficulty and go-ahead of the
ranks. It is great to see the competition is so close. We talked
about Iordache in the studio. Along with Steingruber and Sung Chung.
It's all to fight for. I am pleased to see that Iordache has come out
fighting. She has upped the grade and put in the double double. She
looks really relaxed and businesslike tonight. I reckon the
Romain Iams will have been given to prove their point tonight. That is
why she has come out fighting. The beam is a great piece to start on.
We have seen her be successful on that piece and it got her off to a
great start for this competition. We know she can do a solid double
twist. It is just turn it is, bars, last. The four pieces of the
all-around, suddenly, we are here at the halfway stage with just two
pieces left. What happens with a gymnast psychologically at this
point, almost on the final straight. You have to forget how many pieces
you have done and take each piece at a time. You make mistakes if you
start to relax. The athletes are not thinking about the end of the
competition. We are talking about Shang. Is this a good piece to have
as the puddle ultimate peace for her? Some of it and some hated.
Literally, it is up to the individual. Thank you, Beth. We will
get back to you in the next rotation. Amy Tinkler for her third
piece. Plenty of chalk. It helps with the grip. Just to give you an
piece. Plenty of chalk. It helps idea, that top group is now on
clean. idea, that top group is now on
floor. The third group is on the vaults and the fourth group are on
uneven bars. How vaults and the fourth group are on
alight. This is a very big tumble. New this season. Real confidence.
Not content with one huge tumble. A double second. Really sure and
really strong. Gymnasts have double second. Really sure and
difficult tumbles. She does a 1.5, walks out
difficult tumbles. She does a 1.5, bag. Changing there. This is her
fifth. Needs to land perfectly and it does. Beautiful double pike she
didn't look tired then. Well done, Amy, indeed. She is a fabulous
gymnast on for stop Great Britain have an abundance
gymnast on for stop Great Britain are really confident on all stop
gravity and science on this piece of apparatus. -- she seems to defy
gravity and science. Incredible posture. Semi-half term. So much at
home. Quick layout into another layout. Absolutely rock solid. She
almost lost it but how quick was that reaction? Could be very
significant. She will regain her composure. Certainly thinking hard
now. She must focus. She looks a tiny bit unsettled. Not as confident
in that connection as you would have thought. Flick, flip, pulling in
back out. How important will that be? She is showing signs of jitters.
That incredible three in a row is preying on her mind. But how good
was that recovery? The layout was a bit low and I think she was a bit
casual going into that front somersault. You want good rhythm but
you need to harness and focus. She looked like she didn't focus enough.
But look at this dismount. It is something else. How would they
counter that with the adjustment? A four? I think they would. Simone
Biles is looking a little more concerned than usual. Amy Tinkler,
13.966. It has made a competition of it, anyway. Seda Tutkhalian, the
Russian gymnast. The youth Olympic champion. Good, confident, held the
landing well. Then two very nice jumps.
The leap with the half turn. Ooh! She didn't really take the round off
over the top Rob Vickerman that's such a difficult skill, straight
back with full twist, my goodness me, the beam is proving tricky for
these gymnasts tonight, quite a poor jump.
Moves smoothly and smartly with the dance. She held the landing well,
but she didn't really hit the splits position. So, the big dismount. The
big round off double pike. That was good, she fell in the team final on
the dismount which is why she took such a long pause. The full twist
never looked on. She was sixth going up to the beam, but I think she'll
drop away now, no doubt about it. You could see that, it really wasn't
directly over the beam, we've lost the shock of the beam, you can see
she was quite a little way off. Started out off-line. Inevitable,
really. Chunsong Shang waiting for the floor
judges to give her the all clear. If you have any questions, anything you
would like to ask the team, get in touch.
Although she's a tiny gymnast, this young lady is quite experienced. 19
years old. We've seen her in competitions fail a bit, you always
learn from failing. She looks much more focused and prepared today. The
floor and the Vault to go. Open ultimate piece. She is currently
third. Very difficult. Watch carefully,
this next tumble. So, 1.5 twist, she walks out into three twists,
immediate punch front. Really impressive.
The spin. Very clean. The quad spin, four rotations.
2.5 punch front with a half turn. Lovely leap there. Now we have yet
to see her do a double somersault. In two double pike, double tuck, she
has to include one of those in the routine, every other tumble has been
twisting. A big double pike, she lands well, this will be a difficult
a high-level start value. Saving the spin for last, my word, she had
power, she had energy and she had some very impressive, impressive
landings. So quick, so light. Very clever, because the triple twist, if
you want, wasn't very cleanly round, but because she immediately hunch
froms, it was nearly impossible for the judges to sit. Will they give
her it? I think so. This was 3.5 to start, not many female gymnasts do
that. Varies the 1.5, watch, she's doing a triple, when she lands, the
feet are just a little bit to one side, but because she punch fronts
so confidently, you wouldn't be able to see that.
On the vault, Iordache. A good double twist with skip back, clean,
efficient, she's very determined. She was fifth going into this piece
of apparatus: The halfway stage. Just one vault. Such determination
you can almost feel it. She wraps that in. Skipped back, but very
quick to adopt that landing position, confident and sure of it.
15.066 for Iordache. position, confident and sure of it.
this performance, than her qualifying round. Just waiting for
Seda Tutkhalian's score on the beam. Looking after her feet there.
Carlotta Ferlito on the vault. 14.266. In qualification. She's good
on beam, can she be powerful on the vault? Good enough, 1.5 twists.
Didn't really get up off the platform.
You can see she's very quickly off this platform, a little bit more
air. She lost leg form. Efficient enough.
Johnson's an, 14.533. -- Chunsong Shang. Consistent scoring, she'll
need a good vault if she wants a medal. Teramoto of Japan on the
bars. Very nice full wet into the Gienger salto. Her second big
release, the front somersault, the Yeager. She wheeled her legs a
little bit on that salto full pirouette, but smoothly into the
handstand. It has been cleaned. Can we have the big dismount? We can,
very nicely, for twisting, double back. Japan impressed me a lot in
the team and petitions, very businesslike, they knew their work.
The shoots down. Immediately to shoot up. You can see the feet
directly above the head, she hit the handstand. And the dismount, double
tuck, full twist. These gymnasts are so technically efficient. 14.366 for
Asuka Teramoto. Laura Jurca at the bars. She was
seventh going into this. Circle, clear circle. A little bit short on
the handstand. Nicely through that pirouette, into the Gienger. The
pack safely negotiated. Here comes the transfer.
So, she's got a decent rhythm to the routine. Short on handstand on
occasion, but the routine. Short on handstand on
good, she's a perky little routine. Short on handstand on
12.44 that even routine for Seda confident.
12.44 that even routine for Seda Tutkhalian. They are really
hammering the mistakes today. It is proving to be the beam. -- it's
proving to be the leveller, the beam. Lieke Wevers, from the
Netherlands. Use gold at the European games earlier this year on
this piece. A very interesting beam routine, quite different from many
of the gymnast will stop starts with a nice, clean leap, change leg into
season. Free cartwheel, immediate free cartwheel, that's her acrobatic
series, she had to make sure she didn't pause. A very nice free
walkover immediately to the sheet jump. She is going for those
combinations. This is what she is renowned for, the beautiful spins.
But she put the foot down early there. Super, super double spin.
Write up on the terms. Smoothly into the flip. -- write-up on her toes.
She has been smooth, but missing that first spin will be costly.
Lovely, straight gain salto. Great competition she's having. A family
affair for them, her twin sister on the team. Varies Dan Vincent,
they've had a great week. And it goes on. There is the standing,
Simone Biles hands-on ahead of Chunsong Shang. And Iordache in
bronze medal position at the moment. Still if you gymnasts to go, we
haven't seen Douglas yet. Look at that run. She needs it.
Nicely done, double twist. Slightly deep on landing. All the way round,
good, square hips and shoulders. Power in the run. Round off. There
you go. Little bit pike through flight, made sure of the double
twist. 14.875. That is 60 forgot it. You
could see it posted on the scoreboard at the end of the vault
runway. Waiting for Lieke Wevers's score on the beam. It's 14.2. She's
in the beam final, one of the best beam scores we've seen today.
Ellie Black was joint seventh with Laura Jurca going into this piece of
apparatus. And in qualification Elsabeth Black performed brilliantly
on the beam, she's got a very difficult routine with a very high
start value, if she hits it all, varies the double spin... The D
element given the same value as the free walkover. Lovely bike front
somersault, very emphatic on the landing.
Here we go, backflip, straight back somersault. Corrected herself well.
Another big combination coming up here.
Backflip, full twist... Ooh! We've seen her perform that so well in the
past. It's such a tricky element, this, so little margin for error.
Somersault with full twist. The two leaps.
A tough front somersault now. You can see she's very well trained, she
rehearses these moves very frequently. She will want to make
sure she finishes well. 2.5 twists, just a little pace back, but that
will be costly. What an obstacle this piece of apparatus is proving
to be. We know from qualification it was tricky for Douglas and Giulia
Steingruber. The Young it's claimed its fair share of victims tonight
that's for sure. -- it claimed its fair share of victims. Douglas will
be the next gymnast under the beam. Let's watch Seitz first from Germany
on the Uneven Bars. Good rhythm in the start. A nice
Tkatchev. A straddled Jager. Clean so far. A little bit loose leg it.
-- leg. Full term. A tiny bit late. Very efficient twisting dismount.
One of her better apparatus. Yes, it's her piece, really. She mucked
up in qualification so she is not in the bar final but she really has a
good repertoire. Varied flight from below to the hive. Used by so many
of the gymnasts. Lovely, crisp pirouette. Proving why she had entry
into the Olympic bars final. How it all changes with one move. That's
right. Elsabeth Black. 13.3 for the beam. So, Gabby Douglas needs more
than 14.8 to take the lead. She was in second place. She did fall on
this piece in qualification. Nice big front somersault. Pike. Smooth
in the layout. The two elements linked. The backflip and the
somersault. The full twisting tuck back, very secure. That was the move
that she fell on. It was indeed. She went off the side in the early
competition. Managed to hold those moves securely. Many of these
gymnasts doing to different elements. Well held. The leg held
high. But I don't think that will be credited. You have to have the foot
up to the height of the head. Smooth, free walkover. Just missed
that link. Goodness. Even the Olympic champion is a bit edgy
tonight. Here comes the dismount. She has really performed critically
tonight. She will stay within reach of Simone Biles. Will she have her
name on a medal? It makes for a great competition. Olympic champion
versus world champion. You couldn't ask for better. There is the full
twisting tuck back from standing. ask for better. There is the full
You have to be so fast to perform that on the beam. That gives you a
good view of how little margin for error there is. And there is the
dismount. Just jams the feet in. the difficulty score changed.
Basically, I'm not sure what the difficulty score changed.
of apparatus were talking about but she's up to 13th. I think it
of apparatus were talking about but beam. I think it must have been.
That is the only thing you can protest. The difficulty score. We
will talk more about that after Ruby Harrold on the floor. Very dramatic
routine. Superhigh double Arabian. Really gives the dance everything.
That was a good double-twisting straight front. Quite a tricky
tumble. 1.5, punch into fourth. She held it quite well. Very nicely.
Hitting the splits. Just the big tumble to go. Needs to finish with a
double. Super. Double tuck. Well done, Ruby. The crowd here in
double. Super. Double tuck. Well Glasgow or for Ruby Harrold. -- they
roar. Double Arabian, half turn into double front. The big dismount.
Double tuck. You have to finish with at least eight double somersault --
at the ball -- you need to finish with at least
a double somersault if you want the high difficulty. Giulia Steingruber
challenging for a medal here. Good start. She is away safely. Now not
so safe. She parts company. Difficult, seconds after falling to
regain your composure. But they are so vastly experienced. Pike front.
In no problem there. Secure on the side semi. She really has regained
her composure. She has got a really good dismount. As quirky as
anything. She certainly regained confidence. A little wobble there,
as I speak. Al yes. Full twist. Not for the faint hearted. You have to
push your hips through and get the distance. There speaks a man who
tried it. The dismount is named after her in the code of points. The
layout somersault was a way of the line. Her feet were way across the
beam as she landed. She's going to drop away from the medals. Let's
just have a word with Beth Tweddle, if we can. Beth, you were very keen
for Steingruber to do well. It's a disappointment. She was last up and
there was a long delay as they worked out Tutkhalian's beam score.
Most of them are struggling with the beam to night. There is a real fight
for third and fourth. Hardly anything in it. We are going to have
Iordache's bars and junk song is Chunsong Shang's flow. She had the
tougher draw going last on the bars. How surprised were you with Simone
Biles on the beam. She loved unsettled at the beginning but she
saved it well. The rest of the routine was a little shaky. She is
not as far ahead as she would like to be but she is a fighter. I still
don't have any worries but it is gymnastics and anything can happen
on the night. Gabby Douglas looked pretty cool, considering her
competition experience. A few wobble is here and there is an beam. The
challenge tonight was just to stay on beam. She will be a bit nervous
having fallen off in qualification but just to stay on was a great
achievement and she will be going forward with a lot of confidence.
Thank you very much. We will let you sit down and let the gymnasts finish
their warm up. Very soon we will be on the last piece of apparatus. The
top group will be an floor, the second on Bolt, the third on uneven
bars and the fourth on beam. Gabby Jupp -- Gabby Douglas is currently
in silver medal place. Chunsong Shang is currently in bronze medal
position. Steingruber has dropped away. Larissa Iordache on bars will
be keen to literally hang on. She will. She didn't have a good time in
qualification but she can work bars. However, Steingruber has an
outstanding floor. She could pull it back up a little bit. What will be
going through the mind of Larissa Iordache. She got the silver medal
last year. Group way down the field. Computing on the opposite side of
the arena to those she would normally work with. It would be a
wonderful story. The demise of the remaining gymnasts at this
competition has been sad to see. For Iordache to come out and solve age
something would be fantastic. Iordache to come out and solve age
salvage something. A great piece for Steingruber to finish on. Warm up is
over. Seda Tutkhalian will be the last to go on this piece of
apparatus. The final chance for gymnasts to place their bid. A
16-year-old in her first year of senior competition. The all-round
women's final. You would think after rather a long warm up period that
the judges would be ready. Interestingly, over the last two
days, the previous competitions. It has been the same panel of judges.
Today it is different. Clean. Very efficient.
She qualified with 14.533. On we go with the gymnast on the floor, Seda
Tutkhalian. We've she competed at the youth Olympics
last year with this piece. Is a good on. Beautifully done.
The power through the flick. A good rebound tumble.
Nicely joined. Split series. 1.5 twist into half twist. A jump to
tidy it all up at the end. There you go. Nice, clean efficient
Floor Exercise. And vital There you go. Nice, clean efficient
for all these young gymnasts coming in. She was 15th going into that
piece but it is invaluable, isn't it, the year before the Olympics was
to mark absolutely, it's amazing. First second and third at the youth
Olympics, Ellie Downie didn't the final, she's fallen, as has the
Brazilian gymnast. They have shown they are young.
Seitz. On the beam. Jumps straight out today.
Seitz. On the beam. Jumps straight to a split position. Quite a
difficult mount and well rewarded on the marks.
Smooth backwards somersault, held it well, her chest was down a little
bit. Side somersault is difficult because the beam is cited as they
land. -- can't be seen when they land. With the free walkover they
can leave their head back quite a long time and see the beam behind
them. Nice spin. The problem with this routine is that it is one move
after the other. And that will be quite deducted, quite heavily
deducted, by the judges. Little bit short on the split in both leaps.
However, the very good thing about this routine is she stayed on. And
not wobbled about. She'll be delighted, just needs the dismount
. They are falling like flies on the Very pleasing. -- straight
. They are falling like flies on the beam. It's a feather in her cap. She
stayed on. Finishes with 13.566. Third at the moment. A lots of
gymnasts, including this lady, Chunsong Shang. Third medal place at
the moment. Yurchenko. She Chunsong Shang. Third medal place at
twist, just a tiny adjustment. You are going to ask me how many twists,
aren't you, Matt? Whatever she gets here, Iordache will need, they were
virtually the same score going into this. She wants to play absolutely
safe. And that is playing safe, just the full twist. Not the highest
tariff. And a big step forward. It won't be a massive score. It's
13.866. Maybe she's played it a little bit to save. I certainly
think that Iordache could score that if she worked her very best on the
bar. However, great competition. Did she do that vault in qualifying?
Yes, she did. Iordache needs more than 13.958 on the bars to go ahead
of her and into that bronze medal position. A total of 55.765 for
Seitz. The rant live a. -- Oliveira from
Brazil. She strides out confidently, Yurchenko, this time with two
twists. Nice. She strolls away from it as though it's nothing. Nice and
high and flighty, that. Nicely done indeed. She really did stride out in
that run-up. Double twist, clean and easy. Very nice. Landed dead centre
then skipped to the side a little. But good vaulting. The judges
agreed. She is seventh at the moment.
Carlotta Ferlito from Italy. 13.233 she qualified with.
Smooth start. A little bit of poorer body shape. Smoothly back up to the
high bar. Nice half term. Changes shape. You could see it was going to
come from that. Swing turn, little bit of an empty element immediate
full pirouette. Into the double front, half in double front. A good
routine, very solid, but not of the really difficult variety. Well,
Iordache will be on the bars next. That battle for third.
Elsabeth Black from Canada. Commonwealth bronze-medallist on
this piece of apparatus. Very powerful gymnast with some very
original tumbling. Builds lots of difficulty. Watch
this, round of Philip, two and a half twist, walks into a double
tuck. Two hugely difficult tumbles in one run.
She leaps well. Cleanly around that full-term. Forward tumbling this
time, very nice, double twist forward, immediate punch front.
Really difficult tumbles now. Full twist. In two double pike. Another
big tumbling series. Very original, very good. Huge tumbles. That first
tumble, we both applauded it. Superb. Double tuck at the end of
that series. Even the running front full twist walk-out in two double
pike, they are very unusual. I don't know any other gymnast in the world
who does those tumbles. Carlotta Ferlito finishes with
55.740. It's her all around competition over
with and soon it'll be the case for Iordache. She needs more than 13.958
to steal bronze. From the Chinese gymnast. Nice pirouette.
Immediately... And the half term. Clearly through the Jager
somersault. Down to the low bar. She going for broke. You can see odd
flickers off her feet apart. That was lovely, the shap half. Lifts up
here. Thought pirouette. That's good. Just the dismount, full
twisting, double back, what a very good performance from Iordache,
we're thrilled. She didn't hold back. She will get a medal, I'm sure
of it. You know, Chunsong Shang played safe, Iordache went all-out,
the right decision. She really showed her metal there. Thoroughly
deserves it. If she does manage bronze. A superb performance. Black,
14.425. On the floor routine. In the third at the moment. Three major
gymnasts to come, here's one of them. Gabby Douglas. All-round
Olympic champion. Looking for a medal here in the women's all-round
world final. Dramatic start. Confident. Her leg kept high and the
spin was accurate. Here we go. Double Arabian, into the leap.
Absolutely under control. More power to come through the flip.
Again, just to show she's in charge. Setting up the spin. Double pike,
super. She's thoroughly Tiny, tiny uncertainty in the
landing. But so far so powerful. So convincing in the choreography. Here
comes the final tumble. Double tuck, tiny adjustment. Boy oh boy, that
was impressive. A joy to watch, what an all-round competition she has
had. She really has, she has convinced more and more as the
competition has gone along. That was very clean work. Every landing
controlled, it was a really good example of working within yourself.
Still waiting for Iordache's scored to come in. A lot of deliberation
about it. She's trying to look calm. It's in now, it is 14.8, it's huge.
She's gone into the lead at the moment. But still we are waiting
Douglas's score. Simone Biles has yet to go. It looks as though
Iordache has got herself a medal. Absolutely thrilled. There won't be
a gymnastics fan around the world that isn't pleased.
Well, Douglas now needs more than 14.374 to go ahead of your order --
to go ahead of Iordache. I think she'll get that, I'll stick my neck
out here. It was great, wasn't it? Lovely routine.
It's not quite such huge tumbling as many of the gymnasts we've seen.
It's good, but we've seen really massive tumbling from some of them.
The whole performance is clean. Her landings are accurate, aren't they?
That was nice. She's a subtle gymnast, she can leap, hit the split
easily. All the things that make her a
complete gymnast, really. That was an error. Little stutter to the
well. I think it will be close, looking at that. It's a
well. I think it will be close, weight. The school is in. It is
14.583. She has gone ahead of Iordache. With one gymnast to go in
this all-around final. Quite tight. Steingruber. Slightly off the pace
in six. But you say she is a powerhouse on this piece. She
in six. But you say she is a powerhouse. She can leap
outstandingly. Double straight with full twist. She sells the routine.
Second big tumble on its way. Double. No problem. Full twisting
double back in the third. Really performs well. Sells the routine.
She lives it. Absolute cracker of a routine. What could have been if it
wasn't for the beam. A few gymnasts are sharing that sentiment. Put that
one down to experience. She needs over 16 to medal. She won't go over
16 but it is a good floor routine. She naturally performs well. There
you see the lovely technique. The full twisting doubled great. --
double straight. Very expressive. She uses her face and her eyes and
connect with the audience. Not many gymnasts can connect with an
audience like that. How wonderful to see Iordache back to smiling and
enjoying gymnastics. Proving to the world what she is capable of.
Absolutely. I'm sure she will lead the Romanian team into the test
event and they will qualify. It has been a big moment for them in their
sport. 14.5 for Steingruber. Outside the medals in fourth. Simone Biles
going for a third consecutive all-around title. It's never been
done before. She needs 14.183 to do it. I have never seen a female
gymnast who can tumble like she can. Look at this. Double straight with
full twist. This tumble I love. The double straight. But she leaps right
out of the floor area. Lovely spin. Knows she needs to harness the power
now. Double-twisting double back. Good tumble. And her own style. Her
own dynamic style. Full twisting double back. So easy. And I love
that finish. Full of verve and full of energy. But she knows there was a
bit of a mistake. She did score 15.966 in qualification. She has a
bit of leeway. She needs 14.183. There won't be any problem I don't
think with that. Well, you've just seen I think, history. You have to
say. She is a thoroughly charming champion. Always full of smiles. It
was the jump out of it that went wrong. She landed the tumbling side
of the floor. That is the important bit. It will be deducted. .1 for
stepping both feet out. Wannabe .3. -- probably .3. But she had a lot in
reserve. Fabulous tumbling. So much in reserve. That leap out of the
area, surely won't be enough to rob her of gold. That tumbling was just
enormous. Look at this. So high and confidence. I agree. I think
everybody loves that finish. Oh yes. Isn't that nice. Look at that. It
was interesting that she has felt the pressure a bit tonight. First,
she didn't land her leap from the beam quite properly. That is enough.
There you are looking at the three times running world champion.
Superb. Those two are great friends and team-mates. Sharing the glory.
Gabrielle Douglas takes the silver medal. What a super competition.
Fantastic competition. You can see how much it meant to Simone Biles.
She seems happy-go-lucky but she is obviously steely determined inside.
And what a joy to see Iordache take a bronze medal and restore faith in
remaining gymnastics. -- Romanian gymnastics. That is a hugely
possible medal. Let's not forget Larissa. That is a superb
achievement. Behind gold and silver for the United States, rue mania can
take some joy. Simone Biles, three times world champion. A phenomenal
achievement. This does emphasise the power of the American women, first
and second. Very determined. Hugs all round. Smiles all round. Larissa
Iordache deserves every ounce of that medal. But the moment is all
about this young lady here. Simone Biles. It has never been done. Three
consecutive all-around world titles. You could see she had the pressure
on her tonight. She held it. Little errors here and there but she is
still three times world champion. Getting back to Iordache, you could
see how much it meant to her. She flew out of the arena to see her
coach and she had tears in her eyes. She has had a hard week. Not knowing
what will happen ahead of Rio. A tough week but she will be very
pleased with that. Looking down the field, we can see 22nd and 23rd,
Ruby Harrold and Amy Tinkler. It is worth the experience coming out
here. Amy said it herself, whatever happens, I am in the top 24 in the
world. It was a tough night for them both. A couple of balls. But it is
so hard to win that medal and bring yourself back up. -- a couple of
balls. -- falls. But it is in achievement and they will learn a
lot from this competition going into Rio. We are now going to hand to
David McDaid. Let's have a chat with him. I am with the world all-around
champion and the world silver medallist. Simone, your third in a
row. How do you feel? I don't even have words to describe it. I just
keep my own mind. How did you keep going with the crowd. A couple of
keep my own mind. How did you keep mistakes. A step out on the floor.
How did you cope? It was strange for me. On the floor. On the
How did you cope? It was strange for the red, I don't know this. I never
go out of bounds usually. A first time for everything.
go out of bounds usually. A first had a break. Your first competition
since London 2012. I am just happy to be back on the floor on the world
stage and I am very pleased with my performance. Time to get back in the
stage and I am very pleased with my marks. And that is heading towards
Rio. For sure. I have all the time in the world ahead. She is the
Olympic champ. I am only the world in the world ahead. She is the
champ. We are going to have to go head to head! Thanks very much for
entertaining as all week. That is hilarious. I'm not used to going out
of bounds. Can you believe she said that in the world final. The red,
what is that? In training she normally lands on the floor area.
We're going to keep talking. We are almost fair but we will keep going
for the dismount on the red button. You will be able to see the event
tomorrow. It has certainly been a competition of ladies first. We hope
you can join us for the men's, addition. Fingers crossed that Dan
Purvis and Matt Whitlock get a good nights sleep. Until then, good
Continued World Gymnastics Championships coverage from Glasgow, introduced by Matt Baker. The women's all-around final is set to be fiercely contested as American Simone Biles bids to win a record-breaking third straight world title.
Analysis comes from Beth Tweddle, Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.