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This is the man people have come to see. That is phenomenal. That was
unbelievable. A real mark of a man in control. He is the one they all
want to beat. That was incredible. Absolutely unbelievable! Fantastic
way to win a gold medal, everyone on their feet. For the fifth time,
world champion. The superstar gymnast the world will never forget.
Six in a row, my word, what a night it could be. Joining me to witness
this potential greatness is Great Britain's first and only world
champion, Beth Twaddle, and current British gymnast and world all-round
silver-medallist, Dan Keating 's, welcome. We have to start by talking
about Kohei Uchimura. The length of time this man has been at the top of
all-round gymnastics... That's impressive thing. He was amazing to
do a whole period in the last cycle where he won everything and now he's
going for another one, which is unbelievable, unheard of. To last in
the all-round for that long, I can't grasp how he's managed to do that
and stay at that level. That is the key for the competition this
evening, it's not specialising on one piece, it's being the all-round
gymnast. It's having the mental strength to do one piece, then there
is a break before the next one. It's how you control your nerves, steady
yourself, do you let yourself relax completely or comeback? Every
gymnast on that floor will do it in a different way. Somebody who knows
how to do it is you, Dan, in 2009, we can see from this table, you got
silver just behind Kohei Uchimura and since then, Richie Myler has
been at the top of his game. Max Whitlock as well. -- Uchimura. If
you can get a decent score across all six pieces of apparatus you are
in with a shout, if you can hit those routines over six pieces, you
will be up there. We'll be watching the top 24 gymnasts from a
qualification competition that happened at the start of the week.
We have two British gymnast Sear, Dan Purvis and Max Whitlock, who you
saw takings over last year. -- two British gymnasts here. If he can
score over 90 he'll be difficult to beat, including from Uchimura. David
McDaid caught up with Max Whitlock in the run-up to this World
Championships. At the beginning of the year, not
using an excuse, I had glandular fever. The first stage was the
toughest, I didn't know why I was struggling with my routines, it
didn't go to plan but I took the positives out of it, rested up and
it made me itching to get back in the gym. I feel good now, I feel all
right, the competitions I've done now I feel happy with my, my
personal best. In the London open. It gives me a lot of confidence.
Tell us about the personal best. My first competition back, wanted to do
a good job. I got 91.6 all-round. My target for this year is aiming
around the 91 mark. I've done some good routines. Hopefully I can prove
myself at this year's worlds as well. At the end of the day I'm
looking forward to the experience, going back to the same arena,
competing in Glasgow, it'll be amazing. It's some competition. The
all-round is so open, 10-15 gymnasts all up there, it's whoever does the
job on the day. Everyone is so close. Three races up for grabs. Who
will you have to better to get a medal? You've got that man,
Uchimura. Kohei Uchimura has been my idol for many years, he inspires and
motivates me. He is the best gymnast in the world, pretty much, he has
bagged his fifth world title in a row. This year he will go for his
sixth. He's brilliant, really. What a performance, Max Whitlock, silver
medal. You've got silver before, last year, can you be in and around
the podium? I hope so, I mean... I try to aim for that, try not to
think about it too much, all I think about is my job. Hopefully I've got
the potential to do it, if I get my target school, do clean routines,
hopefully results will come. SPEAKS FRENCH. Get my target score. It's
going to be a battle of who can keep their calm to night. Definitely, if
they can keep calm, stay on those six uses of apparatus, he will be in
with a shout of a medal. Let's look at some of the apparatus he did in
the team final. His best piece of apparatus is the pommel horse, he
will be nearly 16 Mark. This is his weakest event, he has managed to
update a little bit this year. Hopefully he can come out with a
decent score and keep the confidence going. This is the triple twist,
he's had this about a year now. The bars are one of his most consistent
pieces, he scores around 15, it'll set him up going into the high bar.
On the floor, as we've seen in the team final, his solid and has a huge
start. He will come out with a massive score, hopefully it'll
finish off the competition nicely. His qualification didn't go 100% to
plan, but he's ended up in a group where his order works really well.
He starts on pommel, the PC is renowned for, it could settle his
nerves. If he gets a great start you'll be feeling confident. He
could end on the floor, it's what they did in the team final, he knows
he can handle the pressure if he's got a score. He will have rings as
his second piece, so he still has plenty of strength. Looking back to
2009, have a look at you. This leads you on the floor, what do you
remember? This was in London. I remember being really nervous, this
was my first piece, I stepped out of bounds twice, but I got a huge score
on pommel horse, around 15.6, 15.7 and I made up for the qualification
mistake when I fell on my dismount. We have to talk about your
team-mate, Dan Purvis, as well, who has qualified for this all-round
competition in third. He won the bronze medal at the repeating
Championships. He is a rock of the British team and tonight he has a
real chance to make an individual mark at these World Championships.
David McDaid had a word with him. The World Championship is normally
pretty good, I've been outside the medal is a few times, but it's great
to go and get in the finals at the World Championships, feel confident
in my routines. He finished third in qualifying in the all-round, it must
give you great belief going into the final? It does, yeah, I've done
quite a lot of all-round events in my career, I've managed European
all-round medals, but never a world medal, it's always been an aim of
mine. Who knows if it's possible or not, but to qualify in third is
already a great achievement for myself and I want to hit my routines
as well as I can. We'll see what happens. I'd love to get in that
medal position. Max Whitlock is second in the world, incredible for
former. It would be amazing to go round with him. I want to enjoy
every minute. You are so reliable, it must be really difficult to
maintain consistency over six apparatus. It is, to be honest, I
have up and downs in training. A lot of times it doesn't go well. It's
the same with every athlete. Fortunately, I have been able to
pull it out. I'm not sure why that is. I'm so happy to be able to do
that. Dan has qualified. In that top eight of gymnast qualifying with the
third highest place, how will it affect his competition? Being with
the big guns, and Max Whitlock being in a different group? Dan has enough
experience not to worry about being in the same group as Max, he'll get
on with his job he's got his personal coach on the floor. Dan is
a gymnast to compete in his own world. To be honest I don't think it
would really affect him who he was going round with. Let's look at some
of the other contenders. Let's talk about the current European champion,
you even I have. -- Belly we'd seen him make small, characteristic
errors. We'll have to see how he starts tonight. Deng Shudi MIDI
Chinese gymnast, so close yesterday. He will try to go out there and pick
up a medal today to get them on the medal board for China. In the
all-round. He has massive start scores were one of the biggest in
the com petition. If he hits 646, he'll be up there. A gymnast from
Cuba who has created noise. It's his first major international, he crept
under the scene, nobody knew what he was capable of. He finished well up
the ranks in convocation. In the training gym everybody has been
muttering, who is this? Where's he come from? He's about 19, 20. We
know from previous conditions he's qualified for the test event for
Rio, it could be good timing for him at 19 years old. Definitely, nobody
has heard of him come he's come on the scene, hitting huge scores, if
he goes clean he'll be nearly 90, 91 mark. He's a name to look out for. A
final word on Uchimura, will he play it safe tonight Coady will we see
the flower we are used to seeing? Bearing in mind he pegged off the
high bar in the team final? He wouldn't be Uchimura if he didn't go
for it, he would be doubting himself if he played safe, he will go for
everything and try to get that sixth gold medal. What will we experience
tonight, Beth? I hope we see that historic moment, he's such an idol
for so many gymnast, even Max really looks up to Uchimura. To be on the
podium with him will be massive again. We will stop talking and get
straight down to the action. The competition has been going on for
quite a while, this is where the gymnast started. Group one, the top
eight qualifiers, started on the floor. Uchimura is there, Dan Purvis
in that group. The second group, Max Whitlock on pommel horse. 15.7 in
the team final, he'll be looking to get to 16. Third group on rings,
keep an eye on Nikolai Kuksenkov. We'll head over to the commentary
box. COMMENTATOR: Starting this men's
all-round final here at the World Championships, Deng Shudi from
China. One of the group of gymnast with
huge difficulty. We saw that 3.5 twists, immediately punched into a
straight somersault. Another super difficult for tourist, immediate
2.5. -- difficult full twist. So aware of how much twisting he's
doing. Legs out of the first tumble. Exactly the right time to punch the
floor for the second. This is beautiful work as well. He shows a
really good body lying in all his work. -- body-line. Very well
controlled, his legs locked together in the twist. Big, full twisting
double back. Shows his ability to do multiple rotations as well as
twist. Gets the two second hold. He just needs this big tumble. To start
him off really well. And he does, very good triple twist to finish.
That was a measure of control. A super start. There was the 1.3
twist, the one and three quarters somersault to roll out. 15.133, not
bad at all for starters. Danell Leyva, a very talented
all-round gymnast, what's he got in the locker? Ooh committee was a bit
short, a very big, ambitious tumble. A double straight with two twists.
His hands went down, that was a big deduction. Controls that second
tumble well. Double Arabian. Having little starters on most of the
landings, that is where the marks go. Little bit off the boil, I
think. He was impressive in team final. You've got to show complete
balance and mastery. The roll-out was good. Whip into...
Very good. 2.5 bunch front, good combinations. -- punch front. He
looks a little more settled now as he builds up to this final. It's
going to be big. Double straight, much better finish than start. He
recovered well. Unsettled, Danell Leyva, but he's got five more
apparatus. You can see it was very expensive. Danell Leyva, 13.733. A
little dent in his ambition. Now the person we've all been waiting to
see, Max Whitlock from Great Britain. He has a marvellous routine
in the locker, can he bring it out here? Good, solid start. Nice rhythm
in different combinations. -- in the front combinations. The second of
those nicely negotiated. Keep the rhythm, picks up beautifully.
Spindle, no problem. He will come back. Into the triple Russian. A
lovely combination. Dismount. He has to go through smoothly and he did. A
fabulous start for Max Whitlock. Super start. Well done, Max just
what everybody wanted. Simple rhythm in that dismount, clean handstand.
Max Whitlock, 16.1. The stuff of dreams, great start.
Daniel Purvis. On the floor. Double twist, double back, so beautifully
performed. A little stutter before the jump,
but it was well controlled tumbling. Really came out of that double front
with such conviction. Lovely building of difficulty here. So
important to have a difficult routine, but one that you can manage
to control as well. Dan has really good lines, good extension through
his work. Little bit of originality, stands up with his legs dead
straight. He really nails this for the team in qualification. It's such
a hard finish. Whip into double Arabian. He nails it again. What a
fantastic start for Dan Purvis. Oleg NIF, European champion, comes
to the floor. Very sharp, very quick. -- Verniaiev. Yes, nicely
done, 3.5 twists into full twist, smooth. He makes it look so easy.
Twisting combinations. They really build. But you have to hit them. And
his foot is out. Undercut... He's just had one error so far.
A light touch, linking to the corner.
More twists, slightly lower out of that. And a triple twist to wrap it
up. Tiny errors. He means business. 2.5 twists, but there you see his
foot is out. 14.975 for Verniaiev. Kohei Uchimura, the defending world
champion. This first apparatus is very important. What will he choose?
He's got so much in stock. Lovely start. 3.5 into one and a half, how
good is that? Full twist... I've lost count on the twist afterwards,
but very impressive. This is so clean. And so efficient.
A shrug of the shoulders. Under control, composure. Double double.
Look at that extension. That is the triple Russian.
Such consummate control. One and three quarters roll-out. Look at
this for composure. Gathering through the flip. Nice triple twist
to finish. Characteristic landing, just a little shuffle.
Lovely tumble, he has so much to choose from. Double twist, another
twisting skill backward. 15.733. What a start.
Max Whitlock on top of the pile-up moment. Kohei Uchimura behind him
and Donnell Whittenburg is in third. Not his strongest apparatus, you
really needs to be accurate in all the strength parts. A good start.
Making sure of the static positions. A safe start for Max Whitlock.
Double front. He has to nail that position first time, you can't
adjust it. He'll swing on, wait for it to come back, there it is. Double
back through the rings. He nails the dismount. There were little problems
in the hold parts. He'll be glad to get that one behind him.
14.516, his hard apparatus out of the way for Max Whitlock. So, Daniel
Purvis started with a good floor, what can he show us on,? -- show was
on pommel horse was to mark ease into the swing, got the rhythm
going. A nice combination here. Keeping the rhythm, this is good.
Tiny flicker of the legs apart. This is going well. Triple Russian, picks
up to travel. Tiny flutters of form, but safely
through, he'll be delighted with that. A good, solid first apparatus
for Dan Purvis. Travels back and forward along the horse. A difficult
one to do first. There is the dismount. Safely through.
Oleg Verniaiev of the Ukraine, he's had a really good year so far, he'd
love to crown it with this title. This is the apparatus that brings
him the biggest challenge, you must be consistent.
First handstand out of the way, nice legs separation, second handstand
short. There will be a deduction. He mustn't use strength. Rescuers the
swing. Triple Russian between the handles. Good swinging.
Quick through the Russian on one handle, it's good work now, but
flutters at the start. Into the handstand shaped... He lost
the rhythm. Come on! There will be no dismount and a big deduction.
Once again, the pommel horse is his nemesis. Travelling... OK in some
parts, but he did lose some rhythm. Here there will be no dismount
granted. That is a deduction. Verniaiev, a very costly 13.566.
Kohei Uchimura, a look of total concentration. Lovely and clean into
the handstand. Not fully extended circles. They are very, very
efficient, look at this. Beautiful rhythm with one hand. Very difficult
to create. Into the Russian. Travelling up and
travelling back. A stock combination these days. And he hops across the
horse. I love the way he does that, great stuff will stop Uchimura still
on song. Deng Shudi of China, all that time
ago we watched his floor routine. Took a long time to focus. Again,
lovely extended shape in the swing. Lovely giant travel across the
length of the horse. Bumped into it, that will be three tenths. And
hesitation. A couple of faults following each other and one for
that. Because there was a hesitation. Listen to that bump as
he makes sure of his hand position. Nicely through the travels. This
will be the transition into the dismount, he holds the handstand
shaped, good and efficient. Might shape, this was particularly
tidied away he finished the routine. Less flourish, good handstand. He
scores 14.4 for pommel horse. Nikolai Kuksenkov of Russia to the
vault. Good stride pattern. The ground off. 2.5 twists, very well
controlled. Really stylish, well taught gymnast.
Blocks off the top, wraps in, he really didn't need the floor well,
the four hit him and that is what caused the step. That's back
Daniel Levy, nightmare of a start for him, 23rd position. -- Daniel
in second place so far after two, Max Whitlock goes to vault. Max has
a hugely difficult vault, needs all the power and all the height. The
twists and a bit of a starter pack but he controlled it. -- bit of a
starter back. Right round on the twists.
He launches himself into the air, puts in defeat twists but just
doesn't quite hold shape for lending.
The judges are so keen on strength positions being held precisely and
prolonged. Those two wearer. Lovely control in the circled cross. Good
start for Daniel Purvis. Two doubles. Into the controlled. So
very good. Times the deal perfectly, lovely.
The wind-up. Double double and just a tiny shuffle, good solid rings
from damp Purvis -- Daniel Purvis. Have a look at this talented
Manrique Larduet. Had some problems on the vault in
qualifying but he is hugely powerful. What a vault that was.
Lodged in the air, 2.5 twists, fantastic vaulting.
Difficulty score of six. Really impressive stuff. that is a very
good score. Super vaulting. Uchimura comes to the rings, he has
looked absolute perfection so far. What a gymnast he is. Beautiful,
into the Maltese. Moves ahead to show control, circle
mastery so far. So difficult. Double pike. There is your cross.
Giant handstand. Here is the wind-up. Once again, the double
double and landed on his feet. Power bars, one of the most improved
apparatus in this Championships. -- parallel bars. That was lovely work.
Immediate somersault. Difficult turn, up into the
handstand. Lovely full turn on one arm while swimming and are
beautifully high straddled front somersault. Control in the handstand
and then dynamically into the next element. I think there was possibly
an error, I expect he intended on to go onto one rail but he has covered
well and up into the double front with a half turn, very difficult
this month. -- dismount. Really experienced rings worker.
Very powerful gymnast. Making absolutely sure he is in the
right position. Kick into the cross. Nicely into the
Maltese. Good strong combination to the gym. Upright into Maltese. You
can use the same moves as long as the way in various. -- varies. To
the cross. Beautifully done. Upright into the straddle. The first
position you hit. Little bit of adjustment in the giant. Lovely.
Double rotation through the rings. As is the enhanced and, sets up four
double, double straight, good dismount, good routine from Deng
Shudi. His swing is quite remarkable. It is
almost a different type of parallel bar work. Just easy swinging.
Good control on the one rail. Very difficult the handstand with the
hands parallel, lovely tight double tap at somersault. And look at the
height on the front somersault. No problem with seeing the landing.
Somersault with a half turn to turn yourself around. And another. That
time from the long swing. Comes up a big front and a half turn, really
good spatial awareness, that was a great routine.
The young Cuban, larger et in fourth place. Larduet.
Oleh Vernyayev, back in ninth at the moment.
Such a slight, light gymnast but hugely powerful as well. Big double
front with half-time, what a fantastic vault for such a slight
day. That was very, very good indeed.
Pumps up into the air, 2.5 somersaults, turns the last half so
he can see the landing. Scored out of six. He pulls the knees apart,
gets in really tight. That will be a bit of a deduction from the judges,
as will that step back. Not much else to take off. Turn eight
Uchimura, took an age to focus. We will see why in a few seconds.
Half-time, 2.5 twists, beautiful work. Super vault. He is quite
pleased with that. Look at this. Half turn. And hangs
it round. Well on his way. STUDIO: Uchimura is on form, seeing
all of the calmness that we predicted and this competition so
far as going textbook. There is his scorer. Bizarrely, it is exactly
what he golden qualification. Bath what he scored.
What a competition this lad is having, Whittenburg, he fell on the
vault but still out there in medal contention and he qualified in 30
First Place, he didn't expect to be in the final, he is having the
competition of his life,. COMMENTATOR: Was second going into
this round. Big wind-up. Caught late but he caught safely. Full turn over
the top. Little bit late. The judges will be sharp on this. But he's
going through. Squat fall. That might be expensive. OK. He is in
control of this apparatus. Just enough. Again, late. He will pay for
this. Here is the wind-up, he must stick it. Double double and he
needed that. There were errors in the routine. Clear deductions.
Larduet. Performing beautifully in these championships. As to hold his
concentration. Very good work. He looks really in
command. Smooth and swings the tap out up to the handstand, lovely half
turn. Double front half turn, fabulous work. Really, the questions
have been whether he can hold his concentration but he has done so
far. It is turning out to be a bit of a
surprise, look at that score. That is his weakest apparatus.
Matching what happened to him and qualification.
He is going over the top. Very nice. In the straight body. That was when
people turn. -- with the full turn. Nicely done.
Half-time but he must get it cleanly. Back on song in thrall. --
in control. Mostly through the full turn. Big
wind-up. Good dismount and he has a decent score. That is a good
routine. He was in fifth going into this piece of apparatus, going for
everything. He was brave. Couple of good
releases in the main group. Puts him up to third.
Larduet will be in the parallel bars final and with scores like that that
is no surprise. Moving up the field rapidly.
Belyavskiy intense at the moment. -- in 10th place. Little waiver, but
brought it under control. Tiny bit bent legs on the straddle
position. Lots of height and fight but you have to keep your likes
tight as well and little flicker of bent knees on the somersault there.
All tiny things that the judges deduct. That was better. Smoothly
lifted into handstand. Legs locked together nicely. Settles well.
Double front, half turn, quite a favoured dismount for many of the
gymnasts. His execution scorer will be very high, I'm sure. He got a
silver at the Europeans on parallel bars last year. Glad to see things
are going his way at this stage of the competition, he has not had much
fun on the previous pieces of apparatus. Very talented, very
clean. Nicely done, spends his way round,
triple twist, credit to him for that.
It is quite a high-scoring piece of apparatus. We can see the gymnasts
in the top group, a lot of them have fallen away but the others will
really build their score. They will do. They have a little more luck
with being consistent on the twisting vaults. He took the half
turn on and went in for the triple twist, there will be a deduction for
not being dead on the red line down the middle.
Great Britain's Daniel Purvis. Place.
As to nail this. Very good in the control area. Lovely 2.5. Just a
little pace forward, that was very good vaulting. That will do, he will
certainly take that on vault. He has had a good steady, solid
competition. Consistent all the way through. You can see the flip on, he
is technically very good. Straight arms. East twists in and by the time
he joins his feet, he is on food either side of the red line, very
good work. -- on -- one foot. On his way back up. As will be this
man. Belyavskiy. Him into ninth. Edging ever closer.
Pablo Bragger from Switzerland. Scores 15.133, interesting start.
Difficult to work with straight arms, the judges look for the over
grip. Nice and smooth. That is the full spin. Somersaults. Nicely done.
Solid handstand, and another one. This time with an extra turn. That
was a nice, smooth parallel bars. Everything you want to see from
parallel bars. We are seeing some very good
dismounts. What do you put that down to? It
used to be a weakness for the Brits, the Dutch, it is focused on a lot.
Talking of the Dutch. What is the inside track on him? He has some big
releases, if he gets this he will be through. He did.
One more big release to come. He has survived putting the full turn in.
Good work. Full turn. Full stops swinging well. Just keep your
rhythm, young man. He can nail this if he needs to. And he does. Almost.
Well done, Berks, you have one happy coach sat next to me. -- barked
barked Bart Deurloo. Shame about that adjustment, but
well done. No appeal? I'm happy with that!
Arthur Mariano from Brazil. What the competition is the Brazilians had in
qualifying. Bowled him. They were delighted and one of the
surprise teams. Very clean, good work, one of the reasons why. Good
rhythm. Straight legs. Smooth. Just a little bit on the way up to
handstand but covered very well. That was really nice. Peaked at the
top of the move. The move finished at its maximum. Another handstand
with lovely control and immediately double pike and that was one of the
best this -- dismounts we have seen. Absolutely. They are determined on
their home territory. They have the people to do it. They have lost a
couple of their key players, their best gymnast got injured in Glasgow
at the end of last year and they are still coming back strong. Lovely.
Good parallel bar work. I like this dismount so much because he finished
with his chest right up, he didn't finish once the seat landed, he
continued the rotation. Very good work. Once the feet landed. Parallel
bars was a challenge and everybody had to meet it. So much potential in
that apparatus. Whittenburg Currently in the silver medal
position spot. At the moment he has dropped down to
fifth. He put in an enquiry which would have been to do with the
difficulty of his routine but it has been rejected. It can only be to do
with the difficulty, of course. It is his weakest apparatus. You are
only allowed to make an enquiry against the difficulty score. You
cannot make an enquiry against the execution. And sometimes the judges
will have another look and decide they should have credited something
more. As it stands, Uchimura head of the
field. There is the Cuban gymnast, Larduet, mention them at the start
of the programme and he is in second, Kuksenkov in third. Max
Whitlock is still to go and is just chopping up the parallel bars. --
chalking. Uchimura remaining so focused. He got that team title that
he saw wanted and now it is time to focus on his individual effort. This
man will be thinking very similar thoughts.
15.783 behind Kohei Uchimura at this stage. What a competition Larduet is
having, two more pieces of apparatus to go. Kuksenkov was there or
thereabouts, could this be his year for the world all-round medal?
LAUGHTER Super. We're just waiting for a
score to come in at the moment. Because of that, Max is having to
wait, he's keeping calm, chalking up the parallel bars, making sure
everything is right. You don't want to wait too long. Absolutely,
there's always that extra bit you can put on the bars, that extra bit
of chalk. But there's only so much you can do to occupy this time,
difficult time to wait. You will notice that Max has a bag of his own
chalk which he brings from his own gym. He is very precise with
everything, Max. Everything has got its place. Mariano's score is about
to be posted. There it is, 14.8. Very good score for parallel bars.
It releases the parallel bars for Max Whitlock. There he is with his
fourth piece of apparatus in this men's all-round world final. Very
accurate, nice double, knees pressed together. Secure in the handstand,
set up the double to keep the swing. Smith.
Good, safe combination. Not adjusting his hands, first-time
accurate, this is good. Upright, a big salto, keeping that rhythm.
That's the thing about this routine. There you go. Good style, good form.
Just shaved the chalk on the top of that wood. Here he is with a nailed
dismount, that's a fantastic effort, he will be close to that score. Well
done, Max! He needs just over 15 to going to second. But he's doing a
job for Great Britain at the moment. He certainly is gone he is greeted
by his coach as he comes off the podium. He looks good, he looks
relaxed, that was as good a routine I've seen for a long time from Max.
Lovely rhythm all the way through, look at the style, the form, the kit
out, good rhythm, good control. Classic parallel bar work. You look
for smooth swing, held handstands and risky combinations. He produced
something very, very special. And this dismount, well... Find his way
around, look at the style on the legs there. Tucks his toes ready for
the landing and nails it. Over 15.783 would be a golden score as it
stands on the fourth piece. He's not going to be far away, you know. They
are having a nice day. Come on! Good old Scott, does a great job. Even
Dan Purvis is on his feet. Amazing. Because we were waiting for the
gymnast's score coming in, everybody watching he gets 15.1. I thought it
would be worth more than that, it was clean, it was difficult. He is
composed, isn't it? He has the high bar and the floor to go, if you were
watching the men's team final, goodness me, what a floor routine
Max did. After four pieces Kohei Uchimura leads ahead of Max
Whitlock. Manrique Larduet is currently in third position. Dan
Purvis in seven. Still, and Albert and Berg, still in amongst it. --
Donnell Whitten Berg. He's got to his first apparatus, the high bars.
What a series he had before that. Danell Leyva, he is still way down
the field in 22nd. Two more pieces to go in this men's all-round final.
Let's have a word with Dan Keating 's and better travel in the
commentary box. We've seen so many of the gymnast we talked about at
the start of the programme, the lead runners, they've fallen away, Beth?
They have, it shows how difficult gymnastics is nowadays, the
difference between perfection and errors is so small. Unfortunately
some of those top runners have fallen along the way maybe by going
for that difficulty that has not paid after night. We'll look at Dan
Purvis's vault now, talk us through this from your perspective. It's one
of his more solid pieces and he's been doing this vault for a long
time now, couldn't have asked for any more, got round to his feet,
only a small want him to step he'll be happy. Happy with seven? -- small
one tenth step. He's got parallel bars coming up, one of his strongest
apparatus. Hopefully he can get 15.4 to pull him up the rankings. A word
on the Cuban gymnast, Larduet. He's having the petition of his life.
Before we came here everybody was talking about him, weren't sure how
he would compete, he's proven a lot of doubters wrong and shown how good
a gymnast years. How impressed are you with Max Whitlock at the moment
from the psychological point of view? He had a tough piece because
he had to wait for so long, still boarded up, he has a great
relationship with his coach, Scott. He stayed out of the way of watching
other people. Max doesn't focus on what anyone else is doing, he only
concentrate on his job. Doing a fantastic job, each piece, he's
taking it piece by piece. Can't ask any more of him, he has to keep his
concentration for the last two pieces. At an interesting stage with
the all-round competition, with deep and ultimate peace to come to finish
on a high. We talked about Max Whitlock's floor, but how will he
feel going into the high bar routine? Nervous, you'll be nervous
before each piece of apparatus, but he's doing so well. He's more
excited now to finish the competition, he is doing so well.
With the floor coming last, he'll be pushing to get a good score to lead
him into the floor. What are the key points to look at in this high bar
routine? Key moments from Max to get through? Trying to hit handstands
out of each of his turns and when he does the dismount he will be trying
to stick it, basically, not giving any temps away. He is warming up,
eyes and relaxed. -- not giving away any temps.
You know what it feels like, Beth, to compete on the bars at this
level. The key to it is to stay as relaxed as possible. It is, stay
relaxed, remember what your coach tells you in training. After time
you will find when these gymnast put their arm up to the judge, your body
goes into autopilot, he'll have done that routine thousands of times.
Hopefully it will pay off. It looks as though... We can see the five
times world champion, looks as though he could be on the right road
to get the sixth title. He could be, but we saw what happened in the
team final, he was right on the last beat and had to go through clean,
you can never speak to see it gymnastics, it's the beauty of the
sport, it literally goes down to the last routine and whether you can
stay on your feet. He is looking as cool as he would want to at the
moment, Kohei Uchimura. With a 50 piece of apparatus, a reminder the
top group are on the parallel bars, the second group on the high bar,
the third on the floor and the fourth group on pommel horse.
So, Larduet will be the first gymnast to go. The Cuban gymnast.
Silver medal place at the moment. He came here to make his mark and a lot
of people are watching. If he can get a medal here, he'll get himself
a place at the Olympics. You have to go back to 1976, Roberto Richards,
the last Cuban to really make an impression on the world scene. Here
we have another. If he does that... It would be well worth it, he's an
exciting young talent, 19 years of age. He put in a score over 15 in
qualification, he's more than capable. We know he's got an
unbelievable floor routine. So, this is to stay on track for a
medal. Nice easy start, half turn over the
top. First release, half turn in the street Tkatchev. Very smooth.
Favouring the Tkatchev group for releases. All of them have been very
accurate. For turn. A very popular combination. He's looking smooth and
clean. He's got to complete that turn. The one arm swing is always so
effective, but you can only do it once. Through the cross, the full
turn. He set up the dismount. Superb, just a tiny Hop/ he really
has put in one competition so far. One apparatus to go. With a landing
like that and thoughts edge to the floor, this gymnast must be very
excited at the moment. Very excited, very excited coach as well. It won't
have escaped the notice of Kohei Uchimura that he is being chased
along here. Two years ago, Kohei Uchimura won gold on the bars at the
World Championships. He needs all his periods here. He'll call upon
it. Look at that shape on one rail, superb. The full turn forwards.
Again. Rock-solid in handstands. Half turn. He's hitting handstands
every time. Keeping the swing smooth from the release is very important.
Very good. Half turn, keeps his rhythm. Look at this, a multitude of
doubles. Suarez, that time, from giant. Different name, different
style. Look at how that handstand is set for the dismount. What a
cracker! Beautiful performance, superb. Five down, want to go for
Kohei Uchimura. Only one way to respond when did people snapping at
your heels are doing well. A much more difficult routine than he
normally performs comedy knows he's got a fight on his hands and it's
bringing out the best him. Is got such difficulty, such a repertoire,
he could select from it. To suit the occasion. Absolutely.
Whittenburg, the powerhouse takes to the floor. Six going into this
rotation. I love that first little hop into a
1.5 twist, immediate punch double front. And then the double straight
back with twist. Such difficult work. Immediate double pike. It's
really breathtaking. The difficulty of this work. Anything the judges
deduct will be the style, feat not fully stretched, the handstand just
a little bit edgy, but in terms of dynamics, it's fabulous. Here we go,
two and a half twist, front full, his feet lock onto the floor.
Very nice and speedy in the one and a half twist and the one and three
quarters. This has been fabulous. Big breath, it's something special,
what have we got here? Half in, half out, in the pike position. Really, a
great tumbling display. I simply cannot believe those landings, one
after another after another. He's not doing easy stuff. Oh no,
absolute mustard, that was, superhot routine. A chance to see Larduet
dismount. Talking of good landings. Superb, 15.333. Great work, really,
he's producing, isn't it? I tell you what, you know, Kohei Uchimura
scored 15.4 in qualification, is got 15.833, he just widens the gap,
giving him... He will need that little gap when it comes to the
floor routine. I think he'll need the gap he finishes on the high bar.
We saw him in edgy on the high by yesterday. Goodness me,
absolutely... What a thought to revisit that is, Chris. Nikolai
Kuksenkov takes to the floor. Great style, not immensely difficult, but
you need precision. Even snapping heels together once he's made the
landing. So far, finding an error on the second double pass. A nice kick
out. Good, simple link. Got to go around three times to get the D
value. Hold the handstand. He's in control
of his routine. Checking where he is, waiting for
the bell. A big Paul. The triple twist. Just a tiny adjustment. He
came from low down, he is building. 14.666 for Kuksenkov. He was fourth
going in, he stays there as it stands at the moment, one more piece
for him. And look at that, 15.266, it seems harsh. I thought so, I
thought it was immensely difficult and he was in control all the way.
Those landings... Yeah, little bit harshly dealt with.
Uchimura ahead of Larduet. Whittenburg third, Kuksenkov fourth.
Max Whitlock is still to go on the high bar. He's deep and ultimate
gymnast to go. -- he is deep and ultimate gymnast. -- the
penultimate. is attention will turn to the high
bar, no doubt he has been going through that move in the training
gym the past few days. I'm sure he will have. He looks very steely
determined, Uchimura. Sometimes the almost looks over casual, as though
it's a bit of a game. It doesn't look like a game tonight, I think
you would very much want to keep hold of this and the record.
Deng Shudi is in fifth at the moment, thereof thereabouts, it's
very, very close between third and seventh. China led the way in the
development of the parallel bars, they were on their own for a long
while, but now the gap has closed. A nice, clean double pike, another
one. Two doubles. He's only four moves in. Lovely control. Almost
lost it. It's the third like double. -- pike double.
Just to mix it up. Tip out with release.
This is nice work here. The Chinese reminding us they are pretty good on
this apparatus. That is double proof, great dismount. Well, Deng
Shudi scored over 15.5 in qualification, he's going to move up
the field. Years, we saw this in the team final, when China came to
parallel bars, they let up the table. SPEAKS FRENCH. Yes, we saw
this. It is really their piece. -- yes, we saw this.
Such a stylish, good gymnast, but we've already seen an error today.
He needs to be really precise here. That was lovely, the scope of
Tkatchev. Straddle with a turn, good swing out of it, he didn't falter at
all. A nice pirouettes. Needs to be on quickly. There we are, full turn
into the hop, over the bar. Those difficulties linked together give
you the bonuses. It's been cleaned so far. And this, the swing that he
does so beautifully. The only gymnast in this comp addition to be
doing it. Up, relatively quiet dismount, full twist in the double
straight. A good outing for him, a steady job. Nice to see him doing
clean work, he's always been capable and hasn't had the best of
competition is. Lovely, straight arms on all his swinging. And this
beautiful pike. You can see the shoulders in a dislocated grasp.
Very difficult. Lovely style, just one twist. When you think we've seen
the young Cuban gymnast at three twist into the dismount. It's the
classic Russian style, to do everything so beautifully and
perfectly. 14.466. It may not be the most difficult, but it was
impressive. 59.33. A huge score, he pops up into
third. -- 15 .933. It's getting very exciting.
He's got some good work, Deurloo. There's the double after the half
twist. If he nails these landings, it's a difficult routine. Will he do
a double twist out of this? He does. One and a half through to the
double. Nice double pike, solid landing.
Full twist. This has always been a problem, will he do three turns
consumer today he did. He is focused and it's looking good. Held the
handstand. He needs to kick this one out. Which he does nicely. One more
double to come. The Arabian approach. He needs to nail it. It's
a good one, just a slip to the side. That was a good Floor Exercise, I'm
delighted for him. Really nice work, very stylish performance, controlled
performance. I was very impressed. 15.2 for Bart Deurloo. Judges were
impressed, too. The biggest score of the day for him. Well, if ever,
there was a key routine in a gymnast's career, this would be it
for Max Whitlock. Good luck, son. Currently in silver medal position.
He needs 15.316 to maintain silver. And this start needs to be perfectly
performed. Oh dear! He went for the full stretch. You have to really go
for catching on straight arms. And he just was a little bit too far
away. You have to go for broke. Dear, dear me. You can see he knew
he wanted to be able to swing out of it. He got his hands over, but not
the part of the hand guards that hangs onto the bar. There are big
test for him now, he's got to control his disappointment and go
through cleanly. He starts in the forward swing, good, dislocation. He
doesn't link the two elements. He has settled a bit. Full pirouette.
The one and a half. Cleanly on with the hand. Good. Into handstand with
the half turn. The pirouette phase performed confidently. The hop with
the full turn. Dismount. Two very good twists, lovely landing. But
that was the element that let him down on day one as well. Max
Whitlock waves to the appreciative crowd. An awful lot of guts and
determination shown there. After his fall. Huge. And what an effort it's
been all the way around. Just one moment. Dan Purvis. He says, come
on, to himself. He's had his own private battles with this apparatus
and in recent years conquered it. Let's see if he can go through as
well as he can. Half turn in the under a semi of the peach.
Peach am a tiny adjustment needed. Tiny hand adjustments. Solid and
determined, this is. Come on. He's set it up nicely. And
he's landed beautifully. Such a consistent man under pressure. Very
impressive stuff. Well done, Dan. You could see the determination in
his face. Dan is in that milling, really, of the gymnasts between
fourth and seventh, it's very, very close. So stylish, such a good
technician. His arms exactly where they should be. He's a lovely lad,
he's a gentleman. 12.833 for Max. He's down in sixth. He probably
didn't get credited with the element. They have to decide whether
you get a momentary, he obviously didn't. -- get a momentary hang. The
Swiss another team who had a mightily impressive championship.
Winding up the full twisting double back somersault over the bar. The
stoop Tkatchev with a half turn. Into handstand. And another
Tkatchev. The one and a half terms. -- turns. He links the two difficult
elements. The forward grip just fulfils that requirement. The hop
full turn. He's built his difficulty, built his dismount, two
twists, just a little hop. Very efficient work. 15.2. Matching his
swinging elements on the parallel bars. Indeed, the Swiss have gone
for style over difficulty and it has paid off this Championships.
Tentative wait for Dan Purvis. 15.4. He's in fifth place. You can never
write that guy off, terrific. Well, Dan really seems to have made the
apparatus he had a problem on a couple of years ago his strength.
The rings and the parallel bars have so improved. That is where champions
come from, make your weakness for strength. Speaking of champions, the
current world and European and now takes to the parallel bars. Oleg
Verniaiev. Fabulous apparatus for him, he has been in the 16s
regularly this year on the Grand Prix circuit. Look at that start,
keen and crisp. Half term, tiny adjustment with the hands. Extended
on one rail. First adjustment he has needed with his hands. This is
lovely work, I tell you. Clean. And he's lost the shape. Such
a pity. Brings it back under control. Look at that. Well, lovely
routine. He's still going to get a good score. One little flicker.
He'll have another go because he's in the parallel bars final. I guess
he would say having already mucked things up, if I had to do a poor
routine, better today than in the final. This is the thing, at every
opportunity to feel the equipment. Especially something like parallel
bars, they have a lot of bounce now. Controlled it beautifully. On one of
the most simple elements, forward over grasp pirouette, he loses his
body shape. You never can tell. Just lacking concentration, do you think,
on something relatively easy? He thought he was home and dry. He was
quite near the end of the bars, he's perfected the length of the flight,
the way he can... In the half term, edging closer and closer. Anyway,
wasn't to be. I like this guy, I think he is going
to be one of the exciting new stars of gymnastics. Lots of energy on the
high bar. Good pirouette, got his hand on nice and early. Again, 1.5
turns. Straight into the two difficult
elements. Plenty of swing, no hesitation. Correcting himself as he
is working. Kicks it up high, two twist is, very explosive. He looks
like he is enjoying himself. That will keep him in the top ten. He was
ninth going into the rotation. Lovely to see, it is exuberant. Just
18 years old, the minimum you can be for this competition. He is
certainly enjoying being here. To make the top 20, you are only
allowed two gymnasts per country, so he is in good company with Uchimura.
Kept Tanaka out as well. That is something he can tell his
grandchildren. He is exciting and he is excited himself. Useful pair of
joint and exuberance. -- useful air of Joy and exuberance.
16 for the parallel bars. With a wobble. Looks like he will retain
his parallel bars world title. now we will have a chat with Beth
and an oil gymnasts are warming up for their final piece of apparatus.
Awful moment to go back to, the high bar routine. Bit too much
adrenaline, his kick was just a little bit too high, so pushed him
over the bar and he was an inch off of catching it and unfortunately he
missed it. Was going so well for him, the courage and determination
to get back up and keep going. He did well to get back up and finish
his routine because he would have been sold disappointed to have that
fall but the competition is not over yet, anything can happen, so
hopefully he can have a positive frame of mind and go to the floor
and have a good routine. He put in a great parallel bars routine with
Daniel Purvis. He would have seen him falling because he was waiting
for his turn, so it might have helped him and he has to do it for
Macs as well, he might think, steady routine and has got a high bar left
now. Uchimura with one piece to go. We
have seen Max fall on the high bar and Uchimura fell on the high bar in
the team final but watching him on parallel bars and he looks so cool.
He looks unstoppable and seen Max have that fall, she will have a sigh
of relief because Max was right on his tail and he knew he had to have
a clean high bar but now he knows that, he can afford a mistake and
will feel more relaxed. This is the classic kind of Olympic competition,
the Olympic rotation for you do finish on high bar and it really is
the blue band event and wraps up the competition in style. It is, he had
the problem in the team. Talking about the mixed rotation, Uchimura
looks so much more calm, for the team he was desperate to pick up the
gold medal because he never had it but he already has five world
all-round titles in his bag, so just seems much more chilled out and
hopefully he can finish this competition with a great high bar
and seal the title. The Cuban is definitely chasing him.
COMMENTATOR: We will now join Whittenburg on the pommel horse. Has
had a great competition. He is currently in fifth position. Good
luck on pommel horse. He is not the right shape for pommel
horse. He is going well. Little bit heavy.
My goodness, he does not want to part company with it. He has spiked
but he is going through. Forwards and backwards. He will get technical
deductions but he will not come off until he needs to. Good dismount,
well done. That is it, has competition is over, all six pieces
of apparatus and he certainly didn't let himself down. He didn't and he
did actually have a fall on the vault, so this is pretty impressive
scoring for tonight. That shape is not the classic pommel
horse ship, has to be extended from the shoulders, little bit piked.
They can deduct for every circle you are doing in that shape.
Nicely settles into the strength element. French gymnasts always very
stylish, good extension through the hips.
Not quite fully down, the shoulders didn't stop in the film straight
line. The swinging is lovely. It's to lock out in this handstand. Just
travelled through the handstand, has another go at it. Manages to block
it out, into the dismount. That was a shame. He just snatched at the
dismount. He was a little bit unsettled. And
then really didn't let himself use all of his swing.
The third group, the second group are over on the floor on the fourth
grade or on the rings. -- fourth group.
Deng Shudi just waiting for the judges as his team-mate went a
little bit earlier. Deng Shudi was in third. They have
been very quiet, the Chinese. They are still there and they are
working, working in the background. They have got big difficulties cause
Andy have struggled to cope with the difficulty in some of the
competitions but he seems much more settled today. He scored 14.7 in
qualification. Now then. It will not be incredibly
difficult, but it will be stylish. Mice have turn, keeps the swing. --
nice half turn. it is not spectacular but it is
precise. Watch the body shape change, here
comes the dismount. Double double. Just piked down. That is a solid
routine, that is a bid for a medal. He has been solid all the way round,
really. Starting to look quite experienced, able to handle himself.
Lovely, good basic swing. Adapted to the more difficult skill. That is
very nice. Over to the floor. Mariano just
chalking up. Brazil usually produce very good floor workers.
Let's see what Arthur Mariano can do. Very nice and swing and double
page to open with. Smooth and stylish in the roll-out.
Lovely control in the handstand. Just brushes the feet on the floor
as he sticks up to handstand again. Mace light work. Double twist front,
it looked from this angle that he was very low. But he got his feet
down well and followed it with another twisting series. And again.
He is very aware of his landings, hours spent practising. Big run.
Full twisting double back, very nice work. Didn't really give much away
as well. On target for home games in Rio. They have really got their act
together, the Brazilians, they gave us a warning a couple of World
Championships and all but this is developing strength upon strength.
The 1.5 into the 1.5. After maintain the height of the two tumbles. 2.5.
Front fool. So difficult to differentiate all
the different twists and they practised them so often.
Will it be good enough for bronze? Incredible work. Danell Leyva, the
crowd pleaser on high bar. Not having a great competition at all.
Can he find a magic touch? This is his favourite apparatus. Trademark
arms to the site, nicely done. He is at home here. Another big wind-up,
another big release. As he found the magic touch at last? Little bit late
there. Back into the swing. He lost the ship, what a shame. The big
release is fine. Swinging out of the pirouette combination and just lost
the tension in the body. He really has been off-colour all day. He is
such an exciting gymnast, such a gritty competitor and yet from the
first moment he just hasn't been At The Races. There is the turn, quite
difficult. Normally his body is one of his strengths. He lost that
they're on the way he came. He will carry on. He will continue the
fireworks before the big finish. I like his high bar. Lots of touch and
flavour. That's nice, back into it. There is the wind-up. Beautifully
done. That's the mentality need at the top level to come back from a
fall and still get the landing. What a dismount. The score is in. 15.
Great all-round competition. Max Whitlock for Great Britain on
the floor. How much has the fault affected him?
Not at all on the first 2.5 twists. Beautifully done.
The trademark coming up. Keeps the rhythm. Beautiful. What mental
strength. To produce this so far. After the fall from the high bar.
Twists his way through. Yet another immaculate pass. Come on. Nicely
through. 1.5 twists. Contact with the shoulders. Triple twist. Nailed.
That is the way to come back, that's why he is world class. What a finish
for Max Whitlock. The Hydro erupts for their favourite gymnast. He
showed his class there, never mind the disappointment.
Max needs an enormous score to go ahead of Deng Shudi. 16.55.
Daniel Purvis wraps up his six pieces of apparatus on the high bar.
Confident, swings well, catches well. Lovely one arm work. Super
dislocation into the hop over the bar. Keep it going. Another with a
half turn. Smooth. He has become a really stylish gymnast. Up.
Dismount. Two twists. He has given everything tonight. He has been
absolutely fantastic. What a show from Daniel Purvis. Mr consistency.
What an incredible performance from both of the British lads. Absolutely
fantastic. I'm so impressed with both of them.
Kazuma Kaya. Eighth highest qualifier. Nine is going into this
piece of apparatus. He finishes on floor.
Very precise on the landings. He has learnt the landing technique. Can he
twist as well as he can somersault. Not difficult. Very precise.
2.5 twists and filled twist, is nice work.
Just the double twist to set up the final. This surely is a gymnast to
watch in the future. Triple twist and is pretty impressive right now.
Seemed to hang in the air as he wrapped it in and continued to
twist. You see the rest of the team watching on. He is an exciting
gymnast. Totally focused at the start. Daniel Purvis is in third at
the moment. When I have, never write him off.
Eibar is one of his best pieces. He really is a fabulous gymnast. He
pressurises himself quite a lot. Have turn, lovely into the straddle.
He has got such rhythm, nothing looks like a struggle. That is mark
of his gymnastics, made a bit of an error. Didn't link the two moves.
Never loses form. Makes it all look easy. Very naturalist Eilish. --
stylish. He certainly fought back every inch
of the way. He has had a goal. I am surprised with how he has come back
from a week start. He will challenge for top place here. But was too
late, was the comeback too late. That's the question.
He thought he was worth a bit more. He loves the competition though.
Larduet needs a good score to go ahead of Deng Shudi. Look at that
start. Beautiful double front. Big tumbling have turn in the second of
the pike. Big stuff. Both somersaults high and the second
one was great. Gates his way to the corner.
Maximise the run-up. Beautiful style.
Talk about excitement, what a future this young man has got.
It is big, it has to be. He almost lost it. Kept it at the end. He did
well to contain all of that power. What an all-round debut this has
been for her at the World Championships.
He says, be that if you can, Uchimura. We have seen the emergence
of a big new start in gymnastics, wherever he finishes today, he has
made his mark on this Championships and the sport. Verniaiev is up in
the medals at the moment. Not enough to go ahead of Deng Shudi. From the
most inexperienced gymnast in the world to the most experienced. Going
for a sixth consecutive all-round title, never been done before, this
is Uchimura to make history. lovely precision in the half-time.
Love it. He had to struggle on and rescue it. Original, risky work.
It is all over, but do it with class. He does it with superb class.
Beautiful. Wonderful stuff. What a moment for that man. He is on top of
the world. The respect that is going around
this arena to witness this live. Something very special, we won't see
the like of him in many a year, I have never seen a gymnast better and
I have been in gymnastics a long, long time. Wonderful, six times
world champion. There are other performances to go but the need to
score 21 to get near it. Today he was pushed, he had to work better
than today than he has in previous occasions.
Larduet score, he has got himself a medal.
Not since Richards of the 70s Cuba have impressed us and he is
impressing as now. He is often the Olympics as well. Fantastic and so
he should be. Cool and calm until the scoreboard
reveals. Is he over 92. Icing on the cake. He
has been magnificent right the way round. The whole world will be
congratulating him soon. The run-up and the preparation might not have
been what he wanted, but has he done it on the night?
92.332. He is number one and let's count them. They are the titles, all
six of them and they are all yours. Fantastic stuff, what a performer.
He is absolutely unique and you can never use that word lightly. He is
unique. What a privilege to be here. There
he is, six times world champion and what a way to finish. Beautiful
dismount. And we will continue our discussion on our programme.
I hope you can join us for an afternoon with the apparatus best
service -- apparatus specialists, these finals in to get more
impressive. From all of us here in Glasgow, goodbye.
The knives are sharpened and the heat is on. It can only mean one thing.
Britain's best chefs are back in town.
Matt Baker presents coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships from Glasgow. Japan's Kohei Uchimura is attempting to win an incredible sixth men's all-around title in a row, a sequence that started in London in 2009 as Britain's Daniel Keatings won silver. Fellow Brit Max Whitlock won silver behind Uchimura in China in 2014 but his form in 2015 has been hampered after developing a mild form of glandular fever.
Beth Tweddle, Mitch Fenner and Christine Still provide expert analysis.