Matt Baker presents coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships from Glasgow. It's the first day of the apparatus finals, which include the men's floor and the men's pommel.
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Well, hello and welcome to the 4th day of finals here at the World
Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow. Today sees the individual apparatus
specialists take to the arena. We will see the men's floor pommels and
rings and the women will be performing on bars and vault.
Listen, we have some strong medal contention for Britain today with
six final placings in all. After the all-round competition
yesterday, both Max Whitlock and Dan Purvis are back here again in the
floor final. Ellie Downie has qualified for
vault. Max's second final will see him join
Louis Smith on the pommel horse. Louis was highest qualifier and has
his sights on another world medal. Ruby Harrold is back after her bars
routine helped Britain get that historic team bronze.
So there is a lot to look forward to and a lot to get excited about.
Joining me to talk us through the action this afternoon we have three
times world champion Beth Tweddle and world silver medallist Dan
Keatings. Welcome to you both. We are going to start with the floor.
All the gymnasts are coming out behind us at the moment. It's very
loud in here. We will talk about the floor. It's a
12 metre by 12 metre sprung floor. The gymnasts have 70 seconds to
squeeze in as much difficulty as possible. The special requirements
for the routine, Dan? A mix of four tumbles, backward tumbles, side and
dismount. You can connect both of them to increase difficulty. Max
Whitlock has come on to the stage. A roar in the Hydro Arena. Beth, he
has been very impressive on floor the last few competitions. He is
always in amongst the 15. 7 mark. He qualified down the ranks. Some will
look and think in the team final and the all round he scored around that
15. 7. He loves the crowd and performing under pressure. We it
last night. He was able to pick himself up after that
disappointment. It's really exciting what he could potentially do today.
He will be busy this afternoon. He is in two finals, the pommel horse
will be the next male final after this one, as well. It's important he
keeps his focus. I think actually by doing the floor first it will settle
him down a bit. He can use that crowd, get the atmosphere. He knows
what it's like performing out there. Then he can come out and it's
definitely going to be a challenge between him and Louis for that top
table. He is up against Kensal and then guy can't half twist.
22-and-a-half twists and when I did floor I only did ten in my routine.
That shows how difficult his routine is. If he goes through he is going
to be hard to beat. And also Larduet, the Cuban gymnast, he
scored yesterday. He has to contain all his energy. The power can
sometimes be his problem. Definitely. He will be feeling
really pumped after yesterday's performance. I think what's
important for him today is he can gain that automatic qualification
spot if he can get a medal here today for the Olympics next year.
Deng Shudi got bronze in the all-round competition. He is going
to be a strong contender, Beth. He is. This floor final is going to be
really tough. Every gymnast has a great start. I think Kenzo has that
lead with the start and the difficulty before the gymnasts even
present to the judge. We talked about the fact that not a lot is
known about this Cuban gymnast yet he has come here, 19 years old to
make his mark on the world. Three individual finals on top of the
silver he got in the all round. Yeah, definitely. I think the world
is in his hands at the moment. He can come here and win and have a
couple of medals and still has a bright future ahead of him. He is
still young and there's years left in the sport. We will hand over to
Mitch Fenner and Christine Still in the commentary box.
Manrique Larduet opens up today's proceedings. Stand by, this guy
really can tumble. Qualified in 7th.
15. 166. First tumble. Double tuck front.
Emphatically landed. That's lovely. Double straight. You
can see the half turn in. Double Arabian. But expensive those paces.
Twisting precisely. Double pike Arabian. Showing plenty
of power but a little hesitation will cost him a 10th or two.
Simple, light linking. Back to the tumble. Two-and-a-half twists, full
twist and look at the precision there.
More power. Beautifully done. Double tuck Arabian. The third. Boy,
that was really impressive work! STUDIO: What a way to get this floor
final under way. We will introduce you to this scorecard now and give
you an idea what you will see this afternoon and how gymnasts can build
their score. We will start here with the difficulty, Dan. The ten most
difficult moves for men. You have ten moves in the routine. You have
to try to get the most difficult you can, ranging from one 10th to seven
valued for each move. That move there on the screen, that was a
seven 10ths move, I think. You get extra marks for linking them, as
well. There was a few times during the routine where he went from a
twist moving into another twisting move and you can gain 0. 1 or two
for a connection bonus. The difficulty is separate to the
execution judges, Beth. We will move on to this section here that you
will see on the scorecard. It simply says execution. Yes, the execution
will start from a ten and for every step they take they'll take that
away from the ten. A small step can be 0. 1. A fall is a whole mark. A
big step can be 0. 3. They can start going into the penalty. The penalty
comes into play on vault and floor. Yeah, on vault if you step out of
the lines, on floor if you step off the white floor on to the red
carpet, or if you go over time. Hopefully that all makes sense and
you can see a total of 14. 8. All the scores are added together. The
conundrum is how difficult do you go before it starts interrupting on the
execution? Back to the action with Mitch and Christine. This is Hansol
Kim from Korea, the 4th highest qualifier.
Good concentration for this opening approach. Lovely three-and-a-half
twists into a front somersault with half turn. Three-and-a-half twists,
really got a big tariff, as has that. Double twisting. Double tuck.
So he has already built a lot of difficulty. Here we go. Full twist
into two-and-a-half twists. Very nice indeed. He hasn't given away
many execution faults yet. Oh! There is a big one. There is a big
deduction. If they think he sat right down it's one whole mark off
that execution score. If they feel he saved it, it could be 0. 8.
That's where the judges have a little tolerance. Nicely done into
the one three-quarter rollout, extended his legs before he rolled.
Really needs to be secure here. Just that little hop. That was well
recovered. But what a shame, in the middle of that routine a big
deduction. Possibly one whole mark. Yes, I think, he just saved actually
brushing the floor. But it was - it shows you how easies to make a
mistake like that. -- easy it is to make a mistake like that. He tried
to slow it down too much, Mitch. Looked so clean. It was a pity. Here
we go. Double twisting, double back. That was very nicely landed. There
wouldn't be much deduction there, maybe a 0. 1 for the chest down.
Let's have a look. It was the punch double twist. No, he saved it. Yeah.
He did save that. Lovely work all the same. Twists well, jumps well.
Look at this. Absolute cracker! Even that little
two-footed hop back will be deducted. When that execution score
comes up it will probably be, I would think, into the sevens, the
execution for that. But it's a difficult routine. Very difficult.
Anxious moments always, of course. STUDIO: The score is in.
An execution of 8. 133. They were impressed with all the rest. The
third gymnast in this men's floor final, this is Ray Zapata Santana
from Spain. A constant finalist at world and European level.
22 years old. Qualified with a difficulty of 6. 7. So, prepare for
a few fireworks! Nice spring in. One-and-a-half
twists into double pike. Nicely done. It's a short run. Explosive
quality in this man's work. Yeah! Very good stuff. What a start he has
had so far. Spring, full twist into double
twist. Hesitation into that link. Strange,
after such difficult work. Two-and-a-half into half and the
flourish into the air. That's a good wide handstand. Good
Japanese handstand. Fully credited. He has this characteristic... There
it is, you see it. There it is again.
So clean on the rollout. They're looking for smooth transitions, the
judges. There was some lovely work in
that.esque static. STUDIO: Well, this is the battle
with the difficulty and the execution. You do something that's a
little bit easier but you do it beautifully well. Third highest
qualifier, Chris. He hasn't given much away there at all. Just a
little bounce back on that first tumble. It was a tiny bit short.
That probably will be a 0. 3. The judges will think it wasn't high
enough. They can pile on deductions. Yeah, double deduction for that. The
paces and the lack of height. He really saved it well. It could have
been a lot more costly and that really was the big mistake of the
day. After that he completed this. Look, two twists and two somersaults
in the straight position. Enormously difficult. Plenty of time to look
for a landing, as well. Are they in full flight or does the floor
surprise them? There, that will be another deduction. A full twist,
immediate double twist. It takes a lot of Orientation. This the double
straight. Loads of height and rotation there. Well, a great
routine from him. He can't contain himself. Yes!
15.2, Santana goes into the lead at this stage. Five gymnasts to go. The
top eight from qualification. Great Britain's Dan Purvis, next to take
to the floor in the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow. The British champion,
two times European bronze medallist. I love that double twisting double
back, a tiny pace forwards. So efficient. Very good again. The
forward twisting elements linked. The double front. He is really
efficient on the forward double rotation. He seems to know just
where he is. And again. Completely solid.
Lovely, stylish work. The extension off the floor, arms wide, securely
held. That is his signature move, the roll
out on straight legs. No hands. Makes it all look so easy.
The flip without hands into the double Arabian, and he nails the
landing! He grew with that routine. A superb performance. The score to
beat, 15.2. I think he could do it. A slight weakness in the first two
landings, but he certainly went for it for the remaining tumbles. Very,
very impressive from Dan. Even more impressive, it was only just last
night he was performing in the all-around competition with just the
same precision. The double double. A double deduction there. He will lose
for that, but he is such a fighter, he was not making a big step or
putting a hand down. He can sense where he is, just let go of the legs
at the right moment to land on the floor. Super. Accurate. Very
precise. We have said so many times that Dan Purvis is the rock of the
British team. A wonderful all-round team performer. And yet here he is,
absolutely on his own merit. Impressive. It is, Mitch. Such a
hard tumble to finish with. You are unsighted. The national coach, along
with Jeff Brooks, he coaches Dan. It's going to be close. It is close!
15.1, Dan Purvis is in second at the moment.
Deng Shudi scored 15.3 in qualifications. He made a quiet
impression last night. A lovely start. His feet in a port of blue.
-- a pot of glue. Nice, strong chest shape in the
triple Russian. What has impressed me so far is the
control. Oh a little hop forward in the full
twisting double. A good Japanese handstand, well
held. If he sticks this landing, he really is challenging. What a shame.
A big jump forward. The only clear error, Chris. Yes. A tiny bit off
the full completion of the twist as well, but very clean work. He has
had a great championship, Deng Shudi. A championship that has built
over the course of being here. Verification really good, they
almost got it together for the team final but Great Britain beat them.
In the all-around, 18 medal, -- a medal,. So many of them go that
twisting route to build the difficulty. Nice and clean, Chris.
Yes, he is very nice and clean. I often think the team from China
struggle to travel to Europe and perform well. It has probably just
taken them a week or so to settle. Always technically good. You never
see a tiny 's gymnast that's not technically efficient. -- a Chinese
gymnast. Train from so young. If they are going to be a talent, they
are in the system early, where things are done utterly correctly.
Chest really down there, though. The judges can take half a mark for the
chest being so low. And the face. What a pity.
He is in the second. Behind Santana, who still leads the
competition. And Purves is in third at the moment. But for how long?
Kenzo Shirai takes to the floor. A silver in last year's World
Championships. The current world champion didn't make the final here.
The opening tumble had no problems attached. He knows where he is. I
love that as well. When we first saw him, it was always just multiple
twists, but that was multiple twists and multiple somersaults.
Lovely control. In fact, I think he has tidied up his work quite
considerably this year. Full twist into triple twist forwards. He just
has to spin. He has a little bit of virtuosity
there, as well. A bit of originality. He would dearly love to
land the last tumble. Four twists. As clean as you like! That was
fantastic work. Mr Twist does it again. Unbelievable stuff. He was
given a 7.6 difficulty in qualification. Well, I'm sure the
judges will not be deducting for difficulty there, so this is going
to be all on the execution. Can this man be beaten? I don't think so. The
rest of the field were hoping he would make a mistake, because he is
0.8 up on difficulty to anyone else. And he didn't oblige. He made sure
he was absolutely secure. 23 twists, they counted. The boys and girls in
the studio. Incredible. If you think that his difficulty is 7.2... If
they can't take anything off, that is 17.2, he could score. They will
take 0.1 for the sideways, but where do the other marks ago? Apart from
that, it was like hopping off a curb.
I guess maybe sometimes his legs are tiny bit crossed. But to the naked
eye, at normal speed, you really wouldn't notice that. He has had a
16.1 and 16.3 to five, while he has been here. -- 16 point 325.
When you start from 17, it means they still found a mark of
deductions. He increased it considerably from
one of occasion, the difficulty. How confident was that, to step up the
difficulty in the final, knowing what you had before would win?
Max Whitlock. Spins around very efficiently. Two and a half twists.
Three and a half. A skip sideways. He has got those flourishes. His
suits the air flare very well. Keeps the flow.
I love that rhythm. Absolute control.
Two and a half, one and a half from it. Very good work.
He makes the roll out look so easy. Almost ignoring the one and a half
twists. So clean. Triple twist. Just a foot back, but boy, he pull
something out of the locker there. Well done, Max Whitlock. A third
great routine from Max Whitlock in as many days. He must have gone home
last night a bit disappointed to have not been in the medals, but he
has absolutely shown his mettle, to show us a fantastic routine. He
needs over 15.2 to beat Santana. Has to be worth it, I think. Full twist,
two and a half twists, a skip to the side. Uses both arms to shift. Quite
a stylist. He is high through the air, Chris. He won the prize
yesterday for the most stylish gymnast in the competition. So he
has obviously impressed many. I absolutely love this. Pushes hard.
So difficult to time the air flare. Commonwealth gold medallist,
European champion two years ago. What are the judges going to award
him? I would be surprised if he was not
safely above 15.2. That puts him into silver medal
position at the moment, with one gymnast left to go. Great Britain
guaranteed a medal. Fabulous. He kept his cool and produced the
goods. He's got a medal. This will decide what colour.
And this lad can work the floor. Tomas Gonzalez. Just outside the
medals at the Olympics in London. That was a bit of an error right at
the beginning. A big step forwards. These gymnasts performed those
double somersault is so well. That one from a full twist in front
preceding it. Double twisting double back.
Another gymnast with wonderful style. Smooth lift to handstand.
Much better this time, the multiple twists.
And the very popular one and three-quarters which means you
finish by rolling out, rather than on your feet. The bell to say one
more tumble. Triple twist. He was still spinning when he hit the floor
and had to step to the side. A little error on the first and last
tunnel bells. The stuff in the middle was -- tumbles. The stuff in
the middle was great. Impressive this young man. That first tumble,
though, Matt, very expensive. There you go. That's at least five 10ths.
Because he struggled hard not to put his knee down really, didn't he?
Yeah. As you mentioned, Chris, they can judge backwards from that and
say he must have been low, take-off lack of height and the paces and the
deductions stack up. It's a shame because he is a great floor worker.
There weren't many other deductions to it.
Good control that time around. The judges can deduct for lack of height
even on these somersaults that are in combination. You see this, the
triple twist. He bounded to the side.
Well, he said, I did my best! He had a long wait, to be fair. 8th gymnast
up. Oh, yes. The score is in. 8th place for
Gonzalez but that confirms there is your floor world champion, Kenzo
Shirai. Silver last year, this year he is world champion.
And beside him for Great Britain, Max Whitlock. What an achievement
for him. He matches the great Neil Thomas on floor in the early 90s.
93. There is the bronze medallist, Santana. But what a story for Max
Whitlock. Such a great effort yesterday. Here
on floor he has got a silver. Time to refocus. Pommel horse is next for
him. He has a reasonable wait. The women take to their first apparatus.
He has to wait, Chris and he will recover, I think. He looks very
relaxed, which is great. There is the confirmation.
What a floor routine from Dan Purvis, Chris. Yes, he really hasn't
faulted at all. He has been so secure, so confident. Yeah, a real
pleasure to watch. Watching that very closely was Beth, world
champion in 2009 on floor, and Dan Keatings, as well. It went to plan
for Max. I don't think he would have had his sights on gold with -- with
Kenzo. Max went out, he did his job and he was going for that silver
place. You have to remember it's about his fourth day of competition,
to be able to produce another world-class floor routine after last
night's disappointment, as well. His class, his form, it's just, you
can't fault him at all. It just seems incredibly confident with this
routine, Dan. How often do you watch him perform this? Every day in
training. He is one of the best floor workers in the world.
Definitely in our country. Every day he is on the floor doing each,
three-and-a-half, it's unbelievable how easy he makes it look. It's
wonderful that flair work. It's nice with all these gymnasts putting
individual twists on to routines. That's his trademark, as well. I
have seen a couple try it, but not as good as our Max. There was a roar
in the crowd as Ellie Downie got introduced on to the floor here. We
have the vault final coming up. These days it's known as the
vaulting table, it's revolutionised the sport now you have this metre
square area to aim for. Yeah, it has. It changed back in 2000. It was
done for safety reasons. Both men's and women's vaults have increased.
On the women's side you are not going to make a final, or win a
medal unless you are doing the two-and-a-half twisting. We will
come to that move in a second. To start with, Dan, an idea of how this
final will work. Gymnasts get two vaults. Two vaults with two
different entries and they get averaged at the end. If you get 16.
2 and 16. 1 you will get an average of 16. 15. Very good maths there!
Let's look at those different entries and talk us through it. This
is Ellie, you can see the hands are facing backwards, doing a backwards
double twist. In comparison, you can enter the vault forward using the
hand spring entry and multiple twists off it. Don't get caught out
because some of the gymnasts will still use the round off entry but
will do a half turn and still use the hand spring off and that's
counted as a forward vault. OK. We have bills bills bills from the US
-- Simone Biles, the highest qualifier and Hong Un Jong. The
Korean was out of this world. Did about two three-and-a-halves and I
didn't see a step. It's going to be a battle. She has the highest
difficulty than Simone. It is going to be a close battle. Simone will be
next up on stage. We saw the Chinese champion. It's difficult for the
younger gymnasts to have two very difficult vaults at a young age.
Yeah, Ellie is going to have a lower difficulty. But she's got very good
form. The judges don't have much execution to take off her. It will
be interesting to see how she's marked against those that have the
two highest start values. A word on Dipa Karmakar from India, the first
to qualify. She did the Commonwealth Games last year and medaled there.
The first vault is impressive. It's a hand spring double vault. Not many
are attempting it. She did it very well in qualification and that is
the highest difficulty that you are going to see in this vault final.
Well, Simone Biles took silver at the last worlds behind Hong Un Jong,
separated by 0. 0.045. This is going to be an incredible battle. We see
them in the order they go in. Christine, where do you see this
final going? Probably to the Korean. Like Beth said, she looked
efficient. Steingruber is good as well and also Paseka. I think it's
going to be quite a fight. They'll all need to perform well to medal.
It's not going to be a case of get your feet down and the medal is
yours. Well, let's get down to the end of the vault runway. This is
Moreno Medina from Mexico. Has been on the vaulting scene for some years
now. Made many a world final. Last one back in 2011.
21 years old. So, just a reminder, two vaults. The
average is taken. She has two really quite difficult vaults, tariffed
over six difficulty. She's nominated the first with 6. 2
in difficulty. All eyes are on her, there is no other gymnastics on in
the arena. Talk about feeling you are in the spotlight! Not for the
faint-hearted. It's all or nothing on this piece of apparatus. It's
over in the blink of an eye. Vault number one then for Moreno
Medina. Really powerful. Going to approach it forwards. Very good
effort. She went for the hand spring straight front with one-and-a-half
twists. Good shape. But she had a heavy pike down on the landing. Very
impressive, though. Into the straight shape. Twist. A little bit
low. Skip forward. It will be expensive, but very adventurous. A
big push. Twist in the straight body. That big push you are talking
about there, that block, that's so important. Almost the front of the
table there. Front of the table is a little sprung. If you can hit the
right point it gives you a little bit of spring, as well. Of course
you need to be quite a big gymnast to commit that because then you have
to launch over the table and not land on it. Mitch, there is a couple
of different springboards down there, as well. They'll be different
springiness. Yes, it's all about the reaction, the more springs the
quicker the reaction. Some people like a slow reaction. The light
gymnasts will use one with less springs in. Some of the gymnasts
here are very slight and light. That's when the coaches will change
the board. There you can see the score for vault number one. A
difficulty of 6. 2. You may just be able to see over the corner of her
shoulder, at the side, you will see the scorecard of what the difficulty
is for the next vault. Maybe you won't from this angle.
But I can see it from here. I can tell you it's a six.
As Dan said, this has to be different. Can't go on forwards. She
turns. Double twist. That's the half turn on. Straight one-and-a-half
somersault off with two twists. Very difficult. It's why it's given the
tariff of six. But again the step to the side. The characteristic with
her is she attacks it, doesn't she? So aggressive in her approach and
thumps out those vaults. You can see it here. What an example
of it. Lovely power. Twist to the side. Step to the side.
That will be seen. That will be deducted. Yeah, it comes from the
feet over the top on the first move on the flight on. She was already a
little bit offline. But tremendous achievement to make the World
Championship vault final. Top eight gymnasts in the world on vault. For
many of the gymnasts that's a huge ambition and achievement. Actually
the feet weren't completely around the two twists, so the judges, if
they want, could not give it. So that's the score to beat.
The average of the two vaults. Ellie Downie now at the end of the
vault runway. Junior European champion last year.
Gave a great vault for the team and that's another beautiful vault. You
can see she's got bags of height and flight. Plenty of time really to add
in another half twist for Rio. We talked about early on the platform
and she did hit the right spot and absolutely rocketed up from that,
great stuff. She's a fabulous vaulter. You can see the height. She
almost had too much flight. Such a lovely conversion upwards. Slightly
to the side, but in the air so efficient. Here is the shot where
she makes contact. Bang! Yeah, very, very good technically, Ellie. As you
say, Chris, looking ahead to Rio, the team definitely qualify with
that historic bronze medal and to come to an arena like this and know
you can get that kind of height here must fill her with absolute
confidence. Yes, without any doubt, if you want a medal at the Olympics
you will need to do a two-and-a-half.
This one is a difficulty of 5. 6. She holds such beautiful form. Let's
hope she can today. A half turn on. She's forward. Straight somersault.
A half twist. Now we see gymnasts sometimes compromise pike and arch.
She absolutely holds that straight body.
Wonderful execution through the vault. You need to be really squared
to make contact with the platform. The half turn... She was very
square. Beautiful. The gymnasts with the bigger start put another twist
in that, but I'm sure you guys would agree, there is plenty of airtime to
put in another twist. And the shape is right, dead straight, very
efficient, twisting around that axis. Such lovely technique. Super
vaulting. So although a medal might be a long shot today, British
gymnastics feel very hopeful for the future for Ellie as a vaulter. And a
reminder that she is 16 years old. What a score, Ellie Downey into the
lead at the moment. Still plenty of gymnasts to go in the women'svault
world final. Gold at last year's worlds, gold at
the Olympics. Super efficient. There's the two and a half twists.
She just puts it up so high. Two and a half is easy for her. A
pasteboard, but if you look at the height involved in the air, that is
what sets her apart. -- a pace forward. Beautifully technically
down. Hands on quickly. They turned out as she hits it, so she can keep
the elbows straight and pop. And the leg form through the air...
Shoulders extended. Dutiful work. -- beautiful work. The transfer of
energy, it's a very complicated move. It is. And the straight arms
makes it even more efficient. She has given herself time, only in the
last phase of flight did she break form. A fabulous vault. The judges
agreed. This next vault, believe it or not,
is even harder. Talk about saving your best for last. My word. 6.4,
this one. The half turn on, and one and one
and a half twists. Really well performed. Fantastic defence of her
title. Fabulous stuff. She has laid down the gauntlet for Simone Biles.
Keeps up the difficulty, the style, and definitely keeps up the
challenge. In the warm-up, her coach stood on a chair to give her a bit
of lift off the top! She put the chair of the mat, a rickety chair,
and gave her a little bit on the top to give her the airtime. She didn't
need it there, did she? She wasn't really square on. In fact, not quite
as efficient, this bit, as Ellie Downey's. She wasn't quite fully
around, so will she be given the full forward? She well. The
deductions will be for directions. That is now the school to beat. Hong
goes into the lead. Ellie Downey, currently in second.
Steingruber, former European champion. The height off that was
phenomenal. Concise, job done. Precision. I love to see landings
like that. Hardly a bend in the legs. Shoulders up, bang, lovely.
Really good work. We have seen this gymnast row over the last couple of
years, and she is vaulting better here than we have seen her. --
grow. The judges are quite careful with
these deductions. They have the lines on the mat so it is clear if
they have deviated from the centre at all. A good opener, anyway.
Anything can happen on vault. Going into this, our eyes would have
potentially been on the bronze medal for her. A real challenge between
her and the next gymnast, Paseka, and Simone Biles still to come from
the USA. 15.5 is a great start for Steingruber. The next vault is
slightly easier. 5.8, posted up on the difficulty scoreboard behind
her. She has struggled a bit in the past on her second vault. She lifts
up... That was a shame. She lost herself on that. Did it hurt? I
think she landed on a bit of a straight knee. It did hurt. A brave
effort to walk away. It wasn't on, really. We have seen her in training
struggling a bit with the double twist, and she lost herself a bit.
One, and she just came out at the half. Yes, that looks not very
comfortable. She didn't really break out... She
went straight for that leg. She knew she had hurt her knee. Oh, dear. She
does also have a place in the floor final. So, let's just hope
everything is all right for Steingruber. She had time to get
around. That's Sharp. She had time to get around the two twists, she
just lost herself a little bit. The Swiss national coach looks on with
great concern. And with those forward landings, it is very
difficult to spot where the floor is, because you can't see it.
Especially as she wasn't intending to land forward, she was expecting
the land backwards. One of those cases, Chris, where she was an
cited. -- uncited. Downie is in second for Great
Britain, behind Hong Un-jong. Paseka was a medallist in the
Olympics. Her legs were everywhere, but the height and flight is good.
How sharp they have to be on that turn.
The half turn on, and one and a half twists off. It looked better from
this side. From the other side, you could see how the legs split as she
hit and then snapped together to create the twist, which will be
deducted. Very complicated, complex vault. Takes a lot of training, that
one. A good stab at it. The legs a little alive. -- a little awry. She
would have been competing neck and neck with Steingruber, so slightly
lost her focus having seen what happened to Steingruber. A big
tariff of 6.4, difficulty. A big score for vault number one. The next
one a smidgen easier, at 6.3. She needs over 14.56 to go into
third. Very good, two and a half twists. Her favourite vault.
She got a huge mark for the first one considering I thought she was a
little untidy. This was much tidier. The bronze medallist in London at
the Olympics on the vault, so one of the more experienced gymnasts here.
The current European vault champion. You can see from the overhead camera
that she uses the split leg again. On the side on view, the judges
can't see that is clearly. But the flight is very good and she was
clearly down the middle. So at the moment, Paseka leads Hong
Un-jong. Downie in third. The Chinese champion will be up next,
Wang Ya n. Simone Biles after her, and then the Indian gymnast Karmakar
will be the last to go. This gymnast got gold at the
European youth Olympics last year, just 16 years old. Little, but
powerful. The double twisting Tsukuhara. A tiny little gymnast,
she rocketed up. Very efficient, and how clean was the twisting shape? I
thought it was clean, straight or the way. A little pike, and write
down the middle, Mr Bing Crosby! The menus the turn on and don't keep the
feet over their head, so that is very nice vaulting indeed. -- the
men use. The chest was well down on landing,
so that will be deducted, but it is a big tariff, six difficulty. She is
using the technique of the men, where they really just quarter on,
and then one and a half twists out of it. Very efficient. She is after
a total of 14.9 to knock Ellie out of the medals. This next vault is
even harder. She is posting 6.2 on the difficulty scoreboard.
She is actually with good, strong, powerful legs as she runs. Made for
vault. Very aggressive. The feat in and out very fast, and it was the
straight with one and a half twists, just undercooked it. I love the way
she skips along the run, light, fast and powerful. What a shame about the
landing. She will have another final, the beam, tomorrow. For a
little gymnast, you have to get the feet up and over your head so
rapidly to do the straight front somersault with one and a half
twists. She knew she had to go for the difficulty. Was it a definite
touch? Yes, I think so. She seemed to hit one side of the Springboard
there. And they have coils, so you get a bit of a lopsided recoil from
the board if you don't hit the centre. Yes, she did, twice. The
deduction for lack of height and flight. So she will be hammered for
that, unfortunately. At three o'clock today, the men's pommel
final, two British men, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock. Wang, in fourth.
The British men will be thinking in their minds, what they are going to
do, the difficulty level. Stay with us for that. Simone Biles took
silver at last year's World Championships. She needs a total of
over 15.63. This vault is quite astounding. Have you seen anyone fly
higher and be tighter in the air? It was fantastic. Nonchalantly walks
off the mat at the end! She knows the job is only half done. Absolute
focus. It took my breath away. It's a rocket take-off, isn't it?
Unbelievable. Again, she hits in just the right position, and then
she almost seems to hover through the shoulders, the fingers. She
finds an extra bit of height after, and then wrapping it up. No twisting
off the top there. The form and style in-flight...
The all-around champion gets 15.9 for vault number one. Made history
with three consecutive titles in the women's all-around competition. The
medal tally is not over yet, I'm sure. She does do a slightly
simpler second vault, so it has to be perfect. The half turn, the
straight body, and it pretty well was perfect! She heard you! Great
stuff from her. One-and-a-half twists was clean. Did
I give an extra twist there? Was I too generous? I think just the half.
She does it so cleanly she fools you into thinking there is more twists.
Lovely shape. Clean execution. If we are being picky, she was slightly
offline! Go on, Matt, find a 10th somewhere. She her body shape in
flight just perfectly. A joy to watch and witness. So close at last
year's vault final. Oh! Third. Chris, you sit there with a raised
eyebrow. Well, the tariff was down. The tariff was lower. It was only a
5. 6. I guess that's what lost it for her. Talking of tariffs... Yes,
Dipa Karmakar with a seven difficulty.
And she has to squeeze this in. Oh! Just got her feet down. If you don't
get the feet down first it's a zero. I think she did. She did. The spin,
she was a little late getting in, I think. Didn't get the reaction from
the top of the table. But she span when she had so. -- when she had to.
Yes, cleanly feet first. I think deduction for a low landing and I
know it sounds ridiculous, but she tucked the legs a bit early, a bit
of a deduction for that. But a very ambitious vault. It's a sit down.
That's a sit that. That angle certainly made it look like it,
didn't it? Yeah. Hey has to lose a mark for that. I think so. She
scored 15. 1 in qualification with that vault. Similar thing happened.
You have to remember that this vault is being marked out of 17. Slightly
better than qualification. So her final vault and the final
vault of this women's world vault final. It's a six difficulty.
She went on forwards for the hand spring, so now she has to turn on.
Here we go. Oh! Double twist on. She stuttered to the side. A great
achievement for a gymnast from India to have made a world final, the
first time a female gymnast has achieved that. She will be a little
bit disappointed with the performance. Well, she will need 14.
899 to knock Ellie Downie out of 4th position.
That's going to be heavily deducted, isn't it? Legs apart on contact. No
landing, to the side. -- low landing to the side. She just managed to
keep her hands off the floor. But there was plenty of deductions for
the judges to get their teeth into. So the European champion looks
pretty comfortable. Until we see this final score it will not be
confirmed. Karamakar finishes in 5th place. There is the new world
champion on vault, Maria Paseka from Russia takes the title.
Well, a bit of a surprise really, wasn't it, Chris? Yes, it really
was. It was difficulty that made the difference. Hong Un Jong in most
people's minds was the favourite. She is good in the air, as well.
Simone Biles, what about that? Yes, I think she would be surprised. I am
sure she could up the difficulty of that second vault and maybe she will
feel she has to for the Olympics now which would be great. Maria Paseka
is the gold medallist then. Simone Biles has to be content with bronze.
Great job from Ellie Downie. For the moment she's battling -- for a
moment she was battling for bronze. To vault with such confidence is
great for the future. Yes indeed. I think just in a second we can talk
to Ellie about that. Ellie, 4th on the first individual
World Championships final. How happy are you with that? Over the moon. I
know what I had to do what I am doing in training, couldn't have
done them better so pleased. Mitch and Christine commented you looked
confident. Did you have any nerves? I wasn't too nervous, vaults are my
sprongest piece and I kind of know what I am didding. -- strongest. I
had to do the best I could. You are still young, there is still much
more time to improve? I am not disappointed at all. The first world
vault final and coming in 4th is amazing. I have some upgraedz for
next year so I know that when they're ready I could be pushing for
those medals. You are not finished yet. You still have the floor final.
How do you feel going into that? I have to do the best I can. I
qualified in 8th and I have to go out there and enjoy it. Well done,
thank you. Thank you. Well, Beth, very impressive vaulting
indeed from Ellie Downie. Really a similar tactic to Simone Biles, went
for the easier second vault and sometimes it can pay off. It can.
She has clean form and knows those vaults inside out. She knows exactly
how to land them and like she said she has upgrades at home that maybe
weren't ready for these championships so who knows what we
can see from this young star. Dan, as far as back in the training gym
is concerned what will be happening to perfect that extra little bit of
twist there ready for Rio? I think she will be working on getting a
little bit more height and consistency in training, maybe to
get extra twists or upping the second vault for more twists. You
will do it into a foam pit and when it's ready finally go over hard.
Having these all round gymnasts that can specialise in one particular
field, that really is the goal for British gymnastics as we know it so
you have the chance at individual all rounds and a chance at team and
Ellie is a perfect example of that. She is. That's what has helped
British gymnastics rise up through the ranks. We have so many strong
individualists but they're also strong on the all round. Every time
you are stepping out into this competition arena you are picking up
that experience and getting used to the crowds. This was I think her
fourth competition out. By tomorrow she will be a dab hand at this and
not phased by the at miss fear. Very shortly we will be able to see Louis
Smith and Max Whitlock in the pommel horse final. There is a slight
hiccup in his preparations for that because he has to come out and get a
medal for floor. He would rather be obviously in the gym, would he not,
and receive the medal at the end of the day? He would. Rather be back
there preparing for the pommel but he is one of the last gymnasts up so
he has time to mentally prepare after he gets the silver medal. He
will be happy to come out, get the medal in front of a home crowd and
look forward to the pommel final. We don't want to miss a thing on this
ceremony. We will hand over to Mitch and Christine in the commentary box
to talk us through Max getting that remarkable silver medal on floor.
Remarkable it was really. He has had a series of tests over the past days
and kept his stamina, kept his focus and produced a great floor.
This is a great start. He twists so efficiently. A stylish gymnast, as
well, Christine. He is. He hauls had that flair on the floor -- he has
always had that flair on the floor. He has worked extremely hard to pick
up the other apparatus to become the great all-rounder he is. I think
even though Max would have been disappointed yesterday to have made
a mistake and not have got the medal, I think he hasn't had a great
year. He suffered a little bit with ill-health and it's just not been an
easy year for him. So to come off the back of a year that hasn't been
perfect and actually come so close to the world champion I think it
will have given him a bit of a boost. Santana, joyfully, takes to
the medal podium. The complete showman, isn't he, Mitch?
Definitely. Played to the crowd and so he should. A great performance.
Representing Great Britain, Max Whitlock! Here he is, the young man,
he served himself and his country very well indeed in that final to
take a silver medal. Max Whitlock for Great Britain takes
the silver. The winner of the gold medal and 2015 men's floor world
champion, representing Japan, Kenzo Shirai. Was it ever really in doubt?
I don't think so. MrTwister and MrPopular. Very unassuming young man
with superb technique and a wonderful twisting repertoire. A
worthy world champion. Fantastic floor work from these three young
men and Kenzo Shirai comes out top with a gold medal well deserved.
The first of five gold medals to be presented today goes around the neck
of Kenzo Shirai. I remember him as a gymnast, presenting the medals.
Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of Japan.
Kenzo, arigato! A lovely smile, we have said before, he is a very
unassuming man. A third gold medal for Japan. They have been at the top
in the team, in the individual, now the first apparatus medal goes to
Japan. Really showing their dominance at this championships.
Gold to Kenzo Shirai. Silver for Max Whitlock. Santana takes the bronze.
And what a floor final it was. Max Whitlock will refocus for the
pommel, which will be up shortly. With two British gymnast in that
final, we have dimensioned Dan Purvis as well, who finished in
fifth. That is it for finals for him, but what a World Championships
is as bad. Definitely. He can walk away with his head held high, he has
not made a single mistake, he has been amazing individually and for
the team. What a World Championships it has been for him. To put in these
consistent 15 scores, that is so important of the world stage. It is
important not only for himself but for the British team. He really put
in the effort for the silver medal for the team. In the Rio games, they
are going to be looking for consistency and difficulty, and
Andorra ticks both of those boxes. Does he have quite a bit of fuel
left in the tank? Yes. He has been working for some upgrades on the
floor, they weren't quite ready, working really hard so he can push
into the medals. Talking of the rest of the British team, let's have a
look ahead to the finals on their way this afternoon.
Ruby Harrold will compete in the uneven bars finals. Bronze in the
Commonwealth Games, and an impressive team final routine. Max
Whitlock refocusing after the silver on floor, going for gold in the
pommel final. The biggest challenge will be Louis Smith. How difficult
will he go? How fit is he, after this remarkable comeback he has had?
Time will tell. It won't be long before the boys are out in the
arena. I think Louis is going to be feeling, well, he will be as relaxed
as he possibly can be under this kind of pleasure. Yes, since Louis
has made his comeback, he has seemed the most calm and chilled out he has
ever been, and his form has been fantastic. Dan mentioned he has had
ten competitions this year and his lowest score has been 15.3. That
gives them confidence. His advantage is he has not done as many
competitions as the rest, so he is fresh. So you could be joined? You
are the only world champion we have got. It was a title that changed
British gymnastics as we knew it. Just before this competition, we
delved into the archives and went back to that golden year of 2006.
What do you remember about this bit? Not a lot. You kind of go into
autopilot. A very big series. Two releases.
This is the one that came to grief last time. She went for broke! , on,
she must keep her concentration. More big skills to come. -- come on.
This was where we had a few problems last time. Full pirouette into the
dismount. SQL twisting double back, wow! Fantastic. -- full twisting
double back. Yes! The relief in your face as you start waving to the
crowd there... It was because everyone else around me was so
nervous. Very impressive still. Obviously you knew you had done your
best here. The weight must have been horrendous. That's the hardest part,
waiting for your score, because there is nothing you can do. Did you
think you had got it at this point? No. She has scored 16.2! Fantastic!
How about that? Britain's Beth Tweddle is in the lead! Did you
think there are could beat you? I knew if she did her normal routine,
she couldn't, but you never believe it until you see the scores. Were
you watching really closely? Yes! Everyone was. There's the score, she
is in third, so hey, we have a world champion!
It's the dream, to be world champion. There's nobody on the
planet better than you. When you hear that news, you have got the
flag... I don't know what I was going! I just ran around with it.
That is what you do when you are world champion! I cringe watching
this! Why? We have to applaud. The flag didn't leave me all night, I
took it on the podium. Amazing. There you are with the world gold
around your neck. How did that compared to the first medal you won
as a little gymnast? So much more special. I think because no one had
ever done it. Do I sing, do I not? I chose not to, I think. Absolutely
tremendous. Unbelievable. There you are, Beth, at 21! A
youngster! How did that moment change your life? Two other world
titles followed. I wouldn't say it changed my life. Between myself and
my coach, it changed the belief. A lot of people said we could win a
world title but until you get the medal around your neck, you don't
really believe it. For the whole of British gymnastics, the younger
generation coming through, they were thinking, it has always been Russia,
Romania, America, and now suddenly British gymnastics is able to pick
up a medal. So hopefully a lot of youngsters were inspired to follow
in my footsteps. You didn't just do it on one piece of apparatus. There
are only four in women still aspects, and to be world champion on
two of them... When I did it in London, it was a surprise. I wanted
to come away with a bar medal and I crashed out in qualification. I
remember thinking, why do I do gymnastics and put myself through
this disappointment? But I ended up in the floor vinyl, went up first
and my name stayed at the top of the board. -- floor final. It was the
best feeling, it almost meant more to me. Maria Paseka takes gold, Hong
Un-jong, a silver medal. And Simone Biles takes the bronze back to the
USA. She played it a little safe on the second vault to come third.
There is the new world champion. Ladies and gentlemen, the National
anthem of the Russian Federation. Maria Paseka vaults her way to the
world title. Glasgow, show your appreciation for our World
Championship medallists! No doubt you have been inspired by what you
are watching, and if you would like to get involved in sport in general,
have a look at our website. Lots of information on there on how you can
get involved. Every athlete has that certain person, maybe sees a certain
moment, that makes them feel like they can achieve greatness. And here
is Louis Smith's inspiration. My idol in gymnastics was a Romanian
gymnast. He was exceptional on the pommel horse. He scored a perfect
ten back in the day, I remember watching him. He has got a ten! The
first time since this has been introduced. Look at his face! I
idolised this guy, I wanted to be like him. I did the Glasgow Grand
Prix at 16 years old, competing against him. I'm a member doing this
competition and looking over and thinking, that's him. -- I remember
doing this competition. I couldn't believe it. I qualified for the
final with Krisztian Berki and Urzica. I remember standing on the
podium, and right then, it changed. It went from being a fan boy to
suddenly... I can't wait to beat you. I went from not believing I
could compete against them to suddenly, I really want to kick your
backside. It was so surreal. Someone I idolised, a role model on TV, to
suddenly I almost beat him at 16 years old. It was crazy. And Louis
has continued to beat some of the finest gymnasts in the world.
Exciting news, well, it isn't for Krisztian Berki, the Olympic
champion hasn't qualified for this final. So this could well be Louis
's chance, and Max's chance as well. Louis Smith had a moment in the team
final, he muscled through and stayed on, and that is the key on this
piece. Definitely. He went for a more difficult routine in the team
final. It was good for him to get that routine under his belt in this
arena so he was fully confident ahead of the final. Beth, it is
always that conundrum of difficulty versus execution, because we know
that Macs can do a very difficult routine as well. Usually in finals,
gymnasts will tend to raise their game. Louis is going in the middle
of the field so he will have to decide whether to go for the more
difficult routine. Personally, I think he will go for broke, he has
nothing to lose. Max is at the end so he can decide which routine to
put out there. The first gymnast coming out is the European silver
medallist, the, from Armenia. He is more than handy. Merdinyan. He has
been inconsistent in the past but he did a really nice routine in
qualification, so interesting to see what he can do here today. Vernyayev
will be next up. He did not have much fun in the all-around on the
pommel. But if he hits, he is going to be hard to beat. He is going to
be hard to beat, but having had the disappointment last night, he will
want to rectify it. He is one to watch. He has strength of
character, he has come back after disappointment and won world
titles, so he is a dark horse. And he posted a 7 difficulty in
qualification. He is handy on the pommel, if he can stay on, he will
come away with a big score. Some big guns in this, it's not going to be
an easy final to win. This is the US champion, Naddour. Max will have
watched all of these gymnasts burst, or maybe he will be training and not
paying any attention at all. That is your tactic. -- gymnasts first.
Scott will be keeping an eye on it for Max I think he will look at the
presentation and then be back in the gym taking his mind off what
everyone else is doing. What a competition the Japanese gymnasts
are having. He was alongside Uchimura, who won his sixth
consecutive title. This man definitely wants a medal hanging
around his neck at the end of today. Who knows what colour it will
be? He knows what it is like to medal at this level. Louis Smith,
looking calm. He looks really calm, looks like he is enjoying every
moment. Relaxed, and that is good to see. He has the gloves on, to keep
his hands warm, Beth. It is very important. Because he is in the
middle of the pack, he has to decide, does he go back to the
warm-up gym, does he stay out? By the look of the gloves, he has
chosen to stay in the arena and get the atmosphere. Another world and
Olympic finalist, Vid Hidvegi. He is quite used to this competition. He
went to college in Leeds. He competed alongside us as a guest in
the British Championships for a couple of years, so we know him very
well. Not the highest start value, but
what he does is very clean, so he can expect in the low 15s. Someone
to keep an eye on, Robert Seligman. He was fifth in last year's worlds,
fourth in the Euros. If the others crumble, he is consistent. There is
always that chance. That is what it is about in the final, if you can
put in a good routine and stay on the pommel, you are going to be in
with a chance. He is back. Is he ready? Has he had enough time to
calm down since both -- since the silver medal on floor? The most
almighty roar for Max Whitlock. It is great to be here. In everyday
life now, people are able to name these British gymnasts. Back in the
day, you would not even have known if a British gymnast was competing,
but nowadays people are following the team's progress and they are
able to tell you what they are up to. The preparation is over.
The stage is set. The question is will Beth be joined as the only
gymnast to have a world title? We are going to hand down to Mitch and
Christine in the commentary box. What a final in store, the men's
pommel horse. Mitch and Christine, over to you. Lots of British
interest, of course. This is the most precarious of the men's
apparatus. Harutyun Merdinyan from Armenia. Of course, no warm-up in
the arena. They warmed up a couple of hours ago. They have to come in
cold. He just had a little feel of the handles. And that's all. It's a
huge test. First up in a world pommels final.
Nice travelling scissor with half turn. Unusually simple start but he
is into a rhythm very quickly. Good circles on one handle. Triple
Russian. Three times around with a straight body. Likes his triple
Russians this young man. Up he goes. Nicely through to go first up. Clean
and efficient. Well done. Well, that looked to me quite a solid
challenge. Might not be the most difficult but it was not shoddy. The
difficulty score was 6. 7 in qualification so it's right up
there. He didn't give much away at all. Absolutely. The trick is to go
through on an apparatus like this, that's an advantage. Definite
feather in his cap to go through as first up. Now the others have to
watch it. A difficult job from the guy who qualified second. Got 15.
466 in qualification. I would have thought he would be towards that,
wouldn't you? His style was great. The transitions between the circles
and the single leg work and the flairs were all very good. Very
efficient indeed. He has to be around 15. 3. Is there a little bit
of a hesitation on the dismount? Just paused slightly. That can make
a difference. They like to see it swing all the way through, almost
accelerated to the end. I think that was a good routine and certainly as
first man up a great job. The pressure is on the others.
Absolutely. That's when it's great to be first, when it all goes well!
Oh, yes. What does the European silver medallist - what has he
achieved here? Posted a difficulty score of 6. 7. He has matched that
with difficulty. 15. 5. It's a big score. A great start. First up, a
big score. The others really have to be on song here. On that difficulty
theme, Oleg Verniaiev put up a seven difficulty in qualification. He can
swing pommel horse, I tell you that. Light, quick, accurate. Great in the
handstand. Nice little undercut to get into the second handstand.
A little hesitation there. You have to keep the swing. Triple Russian
between the handles, not a lot of room to do that skill.
Great on one handle. There is the rushen on one handle. Back in,
that's so difficult. -- Russian. Oh! You could see there, as he started
that treble, but well rescued. He has his form back. Into the
handstand. Lost the body shape, stayed on that end, but still built
a sufficient difficulty dismount. Yeah, what a recovery. Whether or
not he will get that seven value on the difficulty we will have to wait
and see, but execution a few 10th, Chris. He just looked like a
different gymnast to last night. We saw him in the all round last night
when he could easily have been up there fourth on the pommel horse, he
really looked so much more secure today. He has a lovely technique. I
was really supplied to see this happen. -- really surprised to see
this happen. Shoulders on the wrong side. He had to break form to keep
contact. A big pike to get back in. The judges won't miss these things.
But very much worth breaking form in order to stay on, Mitch. Oh, yes!
Three 10ths against one whole mark. No brainer. There quick thinking
because the body wasn't straight enough to travel and twist
efficiently. Did well. 15. 5 the score to beat. I think he will be
lucky to get that. I think so. His qualification score was 15. 15.
Well, we will see what the judges come up with. They've to be super
strict today and all be in line with their scores. Let's keep an eye on
that difficulty score, as well. And see if they've deducted on that. The
discussion will be whether the break of form was bad enough to take away
the value of the difficulty. That's the discussion. Well, they've stuck
with a seven. He gets 15. 266. Merdinyan still leads from Armenia.
Alexander Naddour from the USA approaches the pommel horse. Been
watching this guy all week training, in the same group as the Netherlands
team, and he really is a good pommel worker. The United States have
lacked those in the past. Lovely handstand. Good undercut into the
second handstand. Slight lack of rhythm there.
So much time on the one handle combinations, that's very unusual.
Spindle catches so many out, but not him, not today.
Oh! He did well to recover after that
slight break of form. But again you cannot afford to give anything away.
Really pacy routine. Like you say, Mitch, almost because he had such a
good pacy routine he could cover it up and move into the next thing.
Pretty impressive. He seemed to have so much time on one handle. The
whole routine flowed very well. When you make a giant treble to set up a
giant treble you have to keep form, get your shoulders over the right
side of the handles. The gymnasts can feel when they need to split,
feel when they need to get that extra little bit of swing, by fair
means or foul. Look at this on the one handle. So much time. Not a lot
of space there. He makes it. He is a good pommel worker.
A little brush of the legs there. A bend of the knees. They're all
little deductions from the judge's pen.
The discussion now... Did they see it, he is saying? Yes, they did is
the answer. 15. 2. Naddour in third as it stands at the moment.
Five gymnasts left to go in this world pommel horse final. Kazuma
Kaya is the next gymnast. Louis Smith is next after this.
What impresses me about him is the sheer joy of being here and
competing. Let's see if he can retain it over the next 40 seconds
or so. Treble, in scissor. Not spectacular lash. Keeps the swing
and rhythm. -- spectacular. Handstand. Nicely done.
He is making a combination now. The difficulty is there. He did that
treble without a break of form. And again. Slight pike on the end. He is
going well. This will be the break into the handstand sequence. Safely
through. He is up there. Look at him. He is celebrating again. He is
loving it. A mature performance for an 18-year-old. He's loved this
championships. You can see a real showman. Full of enthusiasm. Quite
different to the usual demeanour of the Japanese gymnasts. Yes, this was
relatively simple in the start and the pick up. Then he got into the
real business of the routine after this handstand. Did the very
difficult move. Some marks are lost when you pick up from this work into
the circles. He is not fully extended but it's a clean, efficient
swing. Makes the treble. A D dismount with a little flourish,
as well. He was in control. Well done, young man. When we say they
have to include the ten best elements, they have to include the
dismount in that, so it has to be of a high level. If you want to just
get off with something very simple, you start - the difficulty score
will be down. And you get a contact deduction. 15. 5. Kaya goes into
joint lead with Merdinyan, sharing gold at the moment. Well done, young
man. The stage is set, Matt. Well, here is the current European
champion. Third at the worlds back in 2011. Double Olympic medallist.
He looks calm. He looks ready. He is a man who can swing almost
slowly and deliberately. Look at that.
A good start. Slight delay on the pick up. Second
handstand is fine. Precision and time. The Russian was
great. So easy to lose with, but he
doesn't! -- to lose rhythm. Safely through the Wu.
The handstand sequence. A small delay, art makes sure of the
pirouette! A superb dismount, a great routine. He is in the
running, for sure. Well done! That was tremendous. He used all of his
experience there. What a performance for Great Britain's Louis Smith!
What is so impressive is the time he seems to have to do it. It was paced
beautifully, it was precise, it was rhythmical. That was great to watch.
That's the best performance I've seen him do. For me, he looks like a
true master of the apparatus now. The way he came down from the
handstand into the flares, the power he generated in the hips... The
accuracy on one handle. The transition here, that's beautiful.
You remember those flares, Matt, I'm sure. Not giving too many full marks
away. The arm flies up, that's the flourish they all want to achieve. I
have got so much time, Mr Judge, take something away from that if you
dare. Surely it has to be a medal? I reckon. Fantastic work, the ultimate
performer. It's a huge score! He is in the lead at the moment. The
look on his face... I told you I could do it! A terrific score and a
huge challenge for those to come. Three left to go, Max Whitlock is
one of them, but that is a very tough score to beat. This one will
be going right down to the wire. The Vid Hidvegi, 29 years old. He is
capable of more than 15.16, which he qualified, but quite a lumpy start.
You need to be smooth and clean. Lovely extension. To achieve that on
one handle is impressive. Quick through the Russian. Quick through
the spin. Triple Russian. The body has to be
kept straight. Up and back, Mr Magyar invented
those moves. A heavy delay, but he rescued it. A good routine from
Hidvegi. A little smile. He had a lot of pressure on him after having
watched Louis Smith's phenomenal performance. Many might have wilted
under the intensity of the crowd. But no, an experienced professional
gymnast. He did a good job. The swing was light once he got going,
he had a lumpy start. The judges have been quite heavy on this. The
spin takes a lot of practice, to extend from it. Some lovely touches.
That hesitation will cost him at least three tenths.
The arch in the handstand would do him huge credit. -- won' t.
He has been in the shadow of Krisztian Berki for so long, who
didn't even make this final. Louis Smith, the current leader, two left
to go. Merdinyan and Kaya share the silver
at the moment. Robert Seligman from Croatia is the third highest
qualifier. He is the only gymnast who stands between Great Britain
having a world champion, because Max Whitlock is the last gymnast to go
after him. A very elegant gymnast. Swings with
extension, but you need to attack it. And he lumped his way through
that, a deduction on the travel. The extension at the front of the swing,
and the spindle keeping the extension makes this routine very
special. Shape. He lost the style. To stay extended on the difficult
one-handed combinations is a risk. It did not pay off this time. Most
people, Matt, play it safe there and don't really go for the extended
shape. He's a great stylist, you know. Look
at that, love it. Super. Travel up, travel back, lovely shape. Triple
Russian. He complains it with the dismount. -- he completes it. I'm
fortunate. Like you said, one of the cleanest performances, in terms of
while he was circling. Beautiful style. A great distance between his
body and the handles, which is what you are looking for. He is a great
technician. I feel sorry that his technique wasn't rewarded on this
occasion. Throwing the hips forward, fully extended, travels forward and
backwards. Lovely style. The dismount is a Delta level, but he
needs to get the legs over the 30 degrees horizontal and I don't think
he does it. -- the dismount is a D. Maybe. Shame.
Will there be a bit of tussling from the judges, before the score is out?
Such an experienced gymnast, 29 years old. We have commentated on
him for many a year. Many. What does the pommel have in store
for Max Whitlock here? Louis Smith will be watching very, very closely.
Max put in a score of 16.1 in the all-around competition. Louis has a
score of 16.03. I can remember the days when the British team used to
approach the pommel horse with fear and trepidation. How that has
changed. Make your witnesses your strengths and you will be a
champion. -- your weaknesses. That confirms that Great Britain have a
world champion, but which gymnast will it go to? Max Whitlock whiz his
-- with his 20th routine of these championships. They could share
gold. Max Whitlock for Great Britain in this world pommel final. That
hesitation will cost him three. There won't be many more if he is on
song. Lovely pace and rhythm. He skipped through that. Lovely
pick-up. The spindle was quick and extended. This is good work. Travel
up, travel back, keep stretching, young man. No break of form,
straight into the triple Russian. He is up into the dismount series,
makes the pirouette! What a superb challenge. Just the tiny fault at
the start, but that is a challenge, and that is phenomenal. Well, it
really is a battle of the Britons. Who is it going to be? It's going to
be very, very close. It will certainly need all of those expert
judges to prise them apart, but what a fantastic team performance.
Unbelievable. It has to be 16 plus, just the error at the start. Look at
the camaraderie between those two. 16.03 is the score to beat. The
speed he went through was rages. The pick-up from the flares into the
extended circle sets him apart. -- was courageous.
Very unusual, very, very impressive. It's going to be so close... How
great to see them both work so well. No one capitulated. They fought to
the end. The score to beat for silver is 15.5. So you think it is
Britain one and two? Oh, yes. I would love to see a shared gold. Not
quite the aplomb at the end that Louis had. It's going to be close.
He already has a silver to his name today, he got a silver in the team
final as well. Is this his golden moment?
Max Whitlock is the pommel horse world champion! He beats Lewis Smith
into silver. What a story for this young man. Silver in the all-around,
silver on their macro and now he is a world champion on the pommel
horse. -- silver on floor. In the past the pommel was a problem for
Great Britain. Not now. A fantastic performance for both Brits. Louis
finishes with the silver, but Max Whitlock did not collapse under the
pressure and produced a fantastic routine. What a championship this
has been for our British gymnasts. Louis Smith, gracious in second. Max
Whitlock, victorious in gold. And you know what? He did a routine with
0.1 more difficulty and that is what won it for him, the courage to go
for that extra bit. Well spotted, Chris. He needed that difficulty.
The Armenian Merdinyan takes blonde. He was first up, he had a long
wait. -- takes bronze. A joint bronze with Kaya. What a special
moment for Team GB. You can almost see his body sagging with relief
there. Let the shoulders drop, deep breath, you have done a fabulous
job, old chap. And Louis did brilliantly as well. What a
performance. I don't think Max can believe it. He can hear the roar but
this will feel like a dream moment. Beth Tweddle knows what it feels
like to achieve this accolade. Beth, you are now joined by Max
Whitlock. There is confirmation that he is the world champion.
Beth, if we can just reflect on this. Max almost looks stunned. He
does. I don't think Max sometimes realises how much of an impression
he is having on these competitions and he knew what toad do. I don't
know whether he will have seen Louis score when he came out and it was a
huge score to beat. He scored 16. 1 yesterday. He did his routine and
you can see the relief. As soon as the cameras came to him his
shoulders like... Yeah, finally done it! Scott, as well, his coach, it
would have been hard for him last night and to come back - I texted
them both and said you will come back fighting tomorrow. They've done
it. Well, we are going to go straight down now and talk to Max.
David is with him. I am with the new world champion.
Max Whitlock, and the new silver medallist, Louis Smith. Max, world
champion. How does that sound? It's unbelievable. I never thought, you
know, if I ever dreamed of hitting that moment, I never thought I would
get emotional but I feel it now. It's unbelievable. To be alongside
Louis, you know, done an amazing job with massive 16. Over the moon.
Louis, the silver medal but a massive score and there was only
really one guy that could possibly beat you today, wasn't there? Yeah,
Max, the whole time I have been back I have been playing catch-up to Max.
He has proved himself this competition. Unbelievable. For GB,
you know, one and two on the pommel horse, having come from the floor,
as well. Max has done an unbelievable job. I am so happy.
Max, you have done 20 routines now this week. What has it taken out of
you? It's taken a lot out of me. My legs on floor were a bit Ely. Happy
to push three and the -- Ely and happy to wush through and the
support helped me get through. It's been a tough year for you. You have
been ill. This is the culmination of a tough year. Yeah, it has been a
tough year with glandular fever at the beginning of the year. This
makes up for everything. All of that stress, all of everything on the
build-up to this, I am absolutely over the moon. I can't believe it.
It's history, the first British man to win a gold medal. Yeah, I am
speechless to be honest. I can't believe it. It's amazing. For
yourself it's been a road back, as well, Louis. A break after London
2012. You have come - you are up there again, aren't you? The idea
was to prove I am consistent and prove I can be an asset for the
team. This is my last competition of the year. Every competition I have
been in I have done a clean routine. Every competition I have done first
and second place. I am happy, I have done my job. The main goal was
qualifying for Rio, done that. I am just so happy to be back and yeah,
it's just been crazy. You are both finished the competition now. Max,
if I could ask you to sum up for the week for GB, I know you are
speechless. It's been historic for everyone. Starting with the silver
medal as a team was unbelievable for us. Everyone's literally got such a
high off it, and everyone's gone through, with The Adrenalin and gout
out there and performed on the day, couldn't have asked for a better
championships. You said GB is one of the best nations in the world. We
are definitely the best gymnastics nation on pommel horse in the world.
What can we add to that? Unbelievable. Congratulations. Thank
you very much. Well, humbling to hear them talk.
They're so down to earth. Yet what they can achieve physically is
just... That word unbelievable is so overused, but in this case it's
justified. Unbelievable! And it was. What shined through there was two
guys, they're not foes, they're comrades there. They're sharing this
triumph. I am sure it will have been just as well the other way around,
Chris. I am sure Max would have been just as complimentary if Louis had
won gold. Yes, you know, they're team members. They fought together,
as they both said, the major reason for this championships was team
qualification. Once that was done then it changed. But really team
qualification was what it was all about. The focus as a team together
was the most important thing. They've held that bond through to
this. Ruby Harrold has -- has just been introduced to the crowd. What a
treat for all those people who bought a ticket today. Ruby is on
the uneven bars, which is the next final we are going to be treated to.
I don't know if Beth is around to talk to. As a world champion on
bars, Beth, you know what this event is all about. Talk us through what
we expect to see here and how the routines are going to work. With the
bars you lead a mixture of turning elements and release and catch
elements, most gymnasts are connecting a lot of release and
catch elements, that's how they'll build up their difficulty. There is
a variety of routines that you are going to see. It could be anyone's.
There is a lot out there with a similar start value, had a
disappointment in the team values. Obviously you have ruby from Great
Britain. Her third bar world finals so who knows what could happen
today? Russia have had a great individual finals so far.
Spiridonova highest qualifier. European champion. She is one to
look out for. However, we are going to start with Shang Chunsong from
China. Just outside the medals in the all round competition.
Very light, slight gymnast. But really dynamic. Look at that.
Beautiful clear circle. Back up to the high bar. You link the
difficulties together to get the bonus. Here a pirouette series. Two
lovely pirouettes into a sky high front somersault. Really builds the
difficulty. She was a tiny bit late on that half turn, but a very big
high and well landed full twisted double back. That was a solid
opening. I would expect her to be towards a 15 for that first routine.
Well, she got a 15. 233 in the team final and 15. 15.166 in the all
round. So clean, wasn't she? She was. The
Chinese gymnasts are very good at the pirouettes. That was lovely and
high. That's the flight from the low to the high bar, which is very hard
for her because she's a tiny little gymnast. Some of the taller gymnasts
make that easier. You can see lovely straight arms on the giant swing.
Knees glued together on the full twisting double tuck. I thought she
was going to nail it there. Just that little hop to bring it under
control. She smiles. She's had a good championships so far. She was
impressive in the all round competition. Wasn't one of the
gymnasts that had been talked about a lot for the overall title but in
the end it came down to that last apparatus and she was fighting for
the bronze medal. Technically that routine, the releases were high and
clean, the pirouettes were accurate. Everything about it was technically
super. Not very much wrong with it at all. A great job. Interestingly
in team qualification they struggled. Just dips below the 15.
So, that's the benchmark. Sophie Scheder.
5th in last year's World Championships. Renowned gymnast for
her uneven bar work. Lovely stoop in and out. And a stoop. They're very
difficult when they don't put the feet on. From The Stoop again. Here
we go, half turn from that stoop into the super high, front
somersault. If they time them right they can really fly and that is
really impressive. A little bit of a quiet half turn. Before the
dismount. Full twisting. Oh! What a shame. She buckled at the knees
there. It was a great first half that routine. Then the last half had
about three moves that were of no value before the dismount. Sort of
petered out. It was a clear buckle on the dismount. It's hard to
appreciate how much energy they burn in that routine. That was lovely.
Straight back down with the half turn. Those are the two devalue
elements, linked together will give her a bonus. Shoulders really down.
She keeps the chin in so that she can see the bar easily before she
gets there. Lovely form and extension through the ankles. She's
been particularly outstanding on bars. Surprise about the dismount,
Mitch. She didn't look as though it was going to be underrotating. No.
But that will be at least 0. 8, I think of deductions. Do they class
knee contact as a fall? They do. That was close. She just got away
with it. The target is still Shang Chunsong
from China. Next up Fan Yilin, just 15 at the moment. Even at 15, she's
the Chinese champion. Got a bronze at the Asian championships. A 6. 9
difficulty in the team final. Stoop to pirouette and similar
construction. That's what makes that difficult. Didn't have the upstart
or handstand between any of these moves. They've had about five
deelements in a row. Here we go again. One turn. Second turn. Third
with a hop. Kicks high. Lovely double straight.
She packed that routine. No wasted elements. Doesn't give the judges
very much to deduct. That was really powerful. There is much more to a
routine than just the dismount but it helps if you dismount with that
quality. Great. Just a reminder, 14. 9 the score to beat.
There is the first pirouette. Straight to the difficult deelement.
Straight to another and feet in for another one. It really is the way
you combine the work. That was four or five elements all in a row. Look
how early she sets up that pirouette. The battle with the guys
is to get that sort of efficiency. The coaches in this cycle have been
allowed to stand close but for me I think that's interfering with the
performance. I am surprised that the judges are allowing it. As
intrusively as that the coach stood there. However, it didn't detract
from a really good bar routine. There is the current leader eagerly
watching the scoreboard. Has the youngster beaten the more
experienced gymnast? She has! 15. 366. By a considerable margin.
Difficulty of 6. 9. Well, Viktoriia Komova from Russia
was the second highest qualifier. She was bars champion back in 2011.
She's been European champion, as well. Can she regain that title here
today? And Komova one of the great stars of the 2012 Olympics. We
haven't seen her on the international scene so recently but
that's a lovely stoop. Into this Shaposhnikova with half
turned. Straight Jager, she has such a lovely feel on this apparatus.
Tkachev, swinging well. I lovely half came dismount. We would love to
see her come back strong like this. -- a lovely half turn dismount. The
time she had in the air to transfer from one bar to the other,
accurate, blighted, beautifully performed. For me, that was the
routine so far. Whatever the score, it had lovely pace. I would agree.
And she is enormously popular among gymnastic bands. -- fans. She was a
fantastic junior for Russia, then had injury problems. Thrilled to see
her back working well. Look at the shape. So high. Something very
special about that performance. Everything taken to the extreme.
Amplitude to the extreme. Never a toe not pointed. Straight into that
dismount. That's what we mean about no empty elements. A lovely stoop
Tkachev. When you are swinging and catching that high, it is so
difficult to kill the swing, but she does that really well. It was her
team-mate Spiridonova who posted the highest score in qualification, and
that was 15.466. But that was just utterly beautiful. Beyond any
textbook. That was something special. It had that marvellous
ingredient, magical touch, super performance. That virtuosity you
can't teach, that they feel in them. Absolutely. The judges are taking
their time. Yilin looking on. The judges in their little booths. A
different position for the judges, in this championship, at apparatus
height. They have been sacked away from the floor. This will be to do
with tolerance, and the difference between the judges from the
different countries, this deliberation. It will be. You have
two judges doing the difficulty score. They are all experts, but if
you have a gymnast in the final, you cannot provide a judge. For
instance, it won't be possible for the British judge to judge this
final because Ruby Harrold is in it, the same for the Russian judge,
because Komova is in it. So you have a different group of judges who
don't often see these performers. So it's a different panel, a different
type of scoring. We quite often sees cause we don't necessarily expect in
finals. What sort of tolerance are we expecting between the head judge
and the others? I think the reference judge, the jury, not
actually sitting and judging... They have to be within 0.3. If a score
comes in that they don't agree with... It is all to do with
ensuring it is totally fair. The last thing Komova will want to do is
rush them. She will want to get every 10th she can. I mean, where do
you deduct from? Every time I see it, I'm amazed at the quality of
this work. She actually fell off the bars in
the previous competition. Well! Komova goes into the lead alongside
Yilin. A joint score at the top. Sharing gold at the moment.
Gabby Douglas is back after a long break. Lovely handstand as well. A
clean pirouette and a superhigh Tkachev and Pak salto. This is one
of my favourite bits, the Endo, the turns are a bit crisp and clean.
Although that section was a bit empty, for me. But what a super
dismount. Flying through the air. Well, she was the all-around Olympic
champion. She took silver in the all-around competition here a few
days ago. That is a bid for a medal. So stylish. I think you are right, a
huge bid for a medal. I actually think that she's going to be better
and better. This is her first competition back out of the USA.
Just a little bit untidy legs, the feet were apart on the Tkachev, the
toes turned art, but otherwise a very clean performance. The stoop
again. Doesn't get the feet in quite so deeply as some of the other
gymnasts. This is going to be tough, to pick the difference between these
gymnasts. It will be the difficulty score that counts. She just Bentley
arms a bit, and those are small reductions in the judges can take.
-- she just bent the arms. She scored 15.3 the team final. At the
moment the gold medal position is 15.366. It's going to be very, very
tight, isn't it? A lovely dismount, though.
She floats, doesn't she? Drifts towards the ground. Like I was
saying, this is her first competition back since 2012, out of
the USA, and I wasn't terribly impressed in the team qualification,
but each time I have seen her she has got crisper, looking like she is
enjoying being on the stage. Gabby Douglas goes into third spot.
Fan Yilin still leading the competition with Spiridonova. Kocian
the next to go. The US bars champion. Brought along
as a bit of a specialist. The stoop in and out with full turn. She
didn't link it, so she will be down on start value. Art nicely and back
down. And then she does link very well indeed. -- up nicely. The
pirouette and the big Jager. A tiny bit close, with bent arms.
The full twisting double back dismount. Another classy routine.
She did post a difficulty of 6.6, slightly higher than Gabby Douglas.
But a couple of tenths on her. If she had joined it immediately from
the pirouette into the stoop Shaposh, she would have got a
bonus, so I would not be surprised if it was down 0.1, but we will see.
It bears repeating, we have said it so often, but the repetition to get
to this level consistently... All of these gymnasts have posted really
good routines. The accuracy of the dismount. The repetition in the gym,
it it bears repeating how hard these gymnasts worked to produce this
quality. You can see, she was a little close there, that will be a
deduction from the judges as well. You are right, Mitch, they do these
routines day in, day out, they know the moves really well, they know how
to put it right if it's going wrong. She's gone into the lead as well!
15.366! Three of them sharing the gold at the moment. Have they got
enough gold medals! Room for a couple more. China, Russia and the
USA, all in top spot as it stands at the moment. And there is another
gymnast that could well join them, Spiridonova, who will be next.
Wonderful camaraderie between the countries here. Certainly is. This
is the current European champion. Daria Spiridonova. Can she got a
tiny bit better than 15.366? She did in qualification, so let's just see.
A super turn, that was clean. Immediately into the next element.
Immediately up again. Lovely clean work. The half turn. A big high
piked Jager. A tiny bit short on the swing turn but a very nice pirouette
into the full twisting double back. A tiny hop. This is going to be very
difficult! A whisker between them! Not another one! They are going to
have to widen the podium! For me, it had the edge, you know. The first
half, I definitely thought, had the edge. The second half, I thought she
made the swing turn a bit short. 6.7 difficulty in qualification, which
would be the top we have seen so far. There was a little stutter on
dismount as well. The transfer was superb. She did another with half
turn which was even more impressive. The transfer with half turn is
really quite difficult. The first half of this was almost faultless,
really. So confident. Her feet, straight onto the bar. Immediate for
the Shap half. I thought she might have been a bit... No, it was quite
good. Spot on, the accuracy. That might be the difference. Just the
hop. We will see. When I said she had the highest, in fact that is not
right. Fan Yilin has posted 6.9 already today. That is the biggest
score. Above all below 15.366? No! I don't believe it! Congratulations!
15.366! Four of them in top spot! Surely that has never happened
before? In all my years, 30 odd, I've never seen anything like that.
Incredible. And they are not going to split them, by the way. They are
giving four firsts. Oh, dear, oh, dear! I hope Max Whitlock goes up to
get his gold medal first, there might not be any left! Ruby Harrold
for Great Britain now. She could potentially get 15.366! She scored
15.466 in qualification. She has led the team so brilliantly. A full turn
in the Pak salto, and a half turn, shooting down into the handstand.
Really interesting work. A lovely full pirouette.
Beautifully done. Flighty. Neil the dismount. Double front, beautifully
performed! -- nail the dismount. This is going to be very close,
Chris. It will be tight but she hadn't got
quite such a big start value. It's good, but not quite as high. A
little bit loose-legged at times, but what an interesting routine.
Ambitious. Quite courageous really. And great to be a little bit
different. Seen these gymnasts, one of the reasons they can't split them
is because their routines are so similar. Yeah. An example of a loss
of form. But so much great work. A little bit of polish and she's
reraces, I think. -- And she's at the races, I think. Made all her
combinations. Didn't have to put in extra upstarts. She does that so
well, the hop. Right at the last move. Into handstand, as well. A
nice double. Look at that landing. How many times did she releers that?
Such a key -- -- rehearse that. A smile from ruby. Goes into 7th. --
Ruby. So four number jass in this women's uneven bars final share the
gold. No silver and no bronze. It's a golden affair. -- so four
gymnasts. There we are four sharing a gold medal. Never have I seen such
a thing. They had different little errors
each. Unless you are sitting there judging what one was really great
at, but like I said, the trouble is they do have similar routines by
this time in a cycle, the judging and bonuses share after each
Olympics so this is our final year with all these bonuses and judging
and so most of the coaches have caught up with what's going to score
best and have gone for, I am sure, exactly the same as the men. Look at
that result. Four sharing the top score. China, two from Russia and
the USA share the gold medal. Absolutely unbelievable. I have
never seen such a finish. What do you think, Chris? I think it's great
to see all the gymnasts together. There really is good camaraderie
amongst the gymnasts, they all train so hard. It's a sport where everyone
knows if you are at this level you have given your life to it. So, they
do very much appreciate each other. There we are. Four gold medals. Also
great to see that after the real powerhouses of China, Russia and
USA, Great Britain are the next in there. Ruby proving that we are one
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effort in, that's for sure. Let's reflect on that bars final! Mitch,
who has been around for a while, I am sure he won't mind me saying
that, has never experienced anything like that. Four up there on that top
spot. To be honest, I don't think anyone's experienced it. Basically
half of that bar final have got a world title. You saw all the
gymnasts, the first and third, everyone started giggling, by the
4th they were like seriously, is this happening? They looked like
they were having fun with it. How do you choose? David has and he has his
favourite. He is with Madison Kocian. Tell us about that, how do
you feel to be world champion? I think it's amazing right now. I am
so excited. I know I can do even better but I had a great time out
there today. To have four champions, you are a young girl, have you ever
seen four people on top of the podium? I don't think so. I think
this is a first. Maybe the judges can decide who are the better team.
We don't know much about you. Tell us where you are from and who you
train with. This isn't my first year, I was at World Championships
last year on the gold team, it's great to be back and an honour to
represent USA. I am from Dallas, so I train, I go to Wogan and she's
helped a lot throughout my career. I have always looked up to her and she
knows advice to give me and I text her before the competition and it
helped. This US A-Team is so strong. How well can they do in Rio next
year? -- USA. I think we can have two teams to do well next year. It's
almost a competition against each other just because USA is so strong.
Thank you very much. Congratulations. Thank you.
Of all the routines, Beth, I guess from my perspective, I thoroughly
enjoyed Komova's. It looked beautiful and effortless. People
will be wondering how with the different style of routine they can
score exactly the same. Yeah, it's all down to the difficulties and
they all had their own little errors in different sections so that's why
the judges were able to come out with the same scores. Some had steps
on the dismounts, some landed - maybe short on the handstands or
turns. For the judges they can only deduct what they're doing and
obviously the panel are taking that difficulty. They don't even really
know what the difficulty is going to be. You can do that with your eyes
closed, you should have been down there. Maybe ten years ago, not any
more! What a day it's been. We have seen history made by Max Whitlock as
the men's first ever world champion. You were looking across the women's
team thinking they've done it. Now, the British men have a world
champion too. What does it mean for this national sport? It means
everything. There's going to be young gymnasts across the country
thinking one day I want to be like him, I want to be a world champion.
Now we have a world champion on the men's side hopefully we can install
that belief among a load of British youngsters. We will look at Max's
routine now. As a pommel specialist yourself, talk us through the key
moments here. That was a little bit of a shaky start. I was wondering
how he was going to deal with the rest of the routine. He actually
upped his difficulty here by doing an extra Russian on the one handle.
And then here before he goes up into the hardest difficulty level on the
pommel horse, he has done it beautifully. That was perfect. From
here it's usually easy sailing. I have never seen him fail a routine
from this position. You knew at this stage he was more or less through?
Yeah, it was basically just how quick he could get into the
handstand on the dismount and it went up really quickly. That's the
key to try and make it look as if the swing is continuous. Yeah,
definitely. If there is any pauses within the momentum of the routine
that's when you give the judges something to deduct. It was lovely
to see that flourish at the end. Nice to see he has a British plaster
on there, as well. Yeah, I noticed that halfway through. Has he
actually got a plaster with a flag? Max keeps everything the same. I am
sure once he has used it once it stays with him. It's very hard to
put into perspective how difficult this move is on the one handle. As
you train it, it's the dream really to be able to travel the length of
the horse, to start at one end and walk along and that's how you build
it. Definitely, pommel horse takes a long time to come, I remember me and
Louis and Paul when we were younger, Paul would make us do 1,000 circles
three times a week. It would take hours. That's why we got good. On a
classic mushroom. I know what it feels like. I have been there. There
is Louis and those 1,000 circles that you are talking about, they've
paid off in spades. One and two, not just one and two, but one and two
over 16. 16 is a massive score. If you score that you expect to be
world champion. But Max getting another 16, that's incredible.
Hopefully they can both keep that going ready for Rio. The difference
between Great Britain and the rest of the field, Berki is not in this
final, but he blew it out in qualification. Definitely. You have
to make the final first, that's why the qualifications are so
nerve-wracking but once you are in the final, we have seen Berki wasn't
in there and the two British guys' title to lose. Max will be relieved
that the competition is over. We are talking about the fact - that was
his 20th routine. To be able to maintain his energy levels and with
the last routine become world champion. Yeah, it has been a tough
week for him. He had a shaky start with qualification. Then I think his
mood will have been picked up by that team silver medal and the rest
of his team-mates will have been there with him the whole time. Every
time he steps out on to this floor, if you have that crowd behind you,
he seems to thrive off it. The more he does a final, the better he gets.
He doesn't seem to like qualifications, so maybe we should
skip that for him. It's wonderful the way that the British gymnasts
are managing to achieve and also the impact it seems to have be having
for people watching this. And for them it's a new sport but people can
keep watching because tomorrow we have more interest. We
He has a high start value and is one of the cleanest competitors I have
ever seen on parallel bars so he doesn't lose much. He almost made
the all round competition. It was close. He scored the same as Max
Whitlock. Yeah, in qualification because he scored the same they went
back and took the top five pieces of apparatus and it meant that Max was
0. 133 ahead of Nile. He just missed out on that all round final. Well,
there is still gymnastics going on behind us. This is the men's rings
final and if you want to watch that you can do on our programme which is
The Dismount you can watch it through the red button or the BBC
website. What a day of finals it's been. It will continue tomorrow at
the same time on BBC Two. Listen, what a week it's been for British
gymnastics. Max Whitlock rounds things off so far making history as
the first men's British gymnast to become world champion.
That is a bronze medal for Great Britain! Unbelievable! Great Britain
are world team silver medallists. There you are looking at the world
champion. There is the titles. All six of them and they're all yours!
Max Whitlock silver on floor and now he is a world champion on pommel
horse. What a championship this has been!
Matt Baker presents coverage of the World Gymnastics Championships from Glasgow. It's the first day of the apparatus finals, which include the men's floor and the men's pommel - events in which Great Britain took gold at the European Championships earlier this year through Kristian Thomas and Louis Smith respectively.
Beth Tweddle, Mitch Fenner and Christine Still provide expert analysis.