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We are the right way up now. Hello and welcome back to coverage of the
World Gymnastics Championships. From Glasgow. This has already been the
most successful gymnastics competition at whirled for Great
Britain to date, with five medals in all. And they are not finished yet.
-- at world level. Here is what is coming up.
Simone Biles goes for gold again, aiming for a total of five medals at
these World Championships. She will be joined on the floor by British
hopeful and Commonwealth champion Claudia Fragapane and Ellie Downie
who has already impressed so far. All around champ Uchimura is back in
the high bars. Who will hang on for gold? We will be reflecting on the
history makers, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock, finding out from Max what
it feels like to wake up as a world champion. The gymnasts for the vault
are making their way into the arena. Joining me to talk us through the
five finals we are going to say, three-time world champion Beth
Tweddle and world all-around silver medallist Dan Keatings. Welcome to
you both. It is all kicking off behind us, the prop eight from
qualification last week. Every so often in a sport, you get a virtuoso
who seems to change the direction of the sport and makes all the other
competitors realise what is humanly possible. With the vault, that
certain someone is Dragulescu. This is him at the 2004 Athens Olympics
with a double front and a half turn. If you are going to have a vault to
your name, you better do it properly. He absolutely nailed it.
Incredibly, after retiring twice, Dragulescu is back at the World
Championships, now 34 years old. This was his qualification vault. It
is amazing to see him back and performing the vaults he did in 2004
at such a top quality level. It is awesome to see someone that age
doing gymnastics at such a high level. To be fair, it is not really
an old man's event, the vault, with all of the power down the runway. It
is not, but he has worked really hard to come back and he has helped
the Romanian team to get up there. We are not sure if he is going to
raise his game from qualification for the final, interesting to see.
Third-highest qualifier, he is in with a shout. This is Kenzo Shirai,
who took gold in the four final yesterday. He will be using all of
that twisting ability. -- in the floor final. His first vault is a
triple twist, it is one of the most perfect vaults I have ever seen so
you could see nearly a perfect score. The way he can wrap in the
twist and spot the landing, because that is going to be the key in this
event. It is, he will transfer it from the floor to the vault, and he
has the perfect landing, which is what the judges will be looking for
as a last impression. He will really want a medal, he has been outside
the medals last year and the year before. He knows what it feels like
to have a gold medal in the gym bag, he got back on the floor. We will
join our commentators Mitch Fenner and Charlotte Still, for Kenzo
Shirai, who qualified in sixth, who has his sights on a medal.
COMMENTATOR: We know what Shirai can do on the floor, he is marvellous in
the air and he has plenty of time, the way he vaults. Superb technique.
Cutting himself off from the real world, Donnell Whittenburg.
Shirai, composing himself. Starts with a six value.
Always lovely technique and always fabulous aerial awareness.
The first man to Quad twist on the floor in competition. Here he is,
Kenzo Shirai. On vault. Qualified in sixth. A measured
approach. Three twists but he didn't quite make it around. He did not.
I'm not even sure they would give that. It was two at best. The
tolerance is a quarter of a turn, so they might give it, but they may
mark it severely. That's quite a surprise, because he usually rockets
around. When he lands, his shoulders were facing the wrong way, his feet
are, I think they might not give it. I don't think he made the three
quarters. That's half, I think. You will be able to see, because the
tariff for three twists is six, and if the judges decide he has not done
three twists, they will just down the tariff, so when the D score
comes up, it would be lower. Very unusual to see that happen. His
aerial awareness normally is super. 5.6. As predicted, they have reduced
it. 14.5. Sony needs absolute precision. He
has posted 5.6 for this one. Makes sure of the twists that time. Two
twists from the half turn on, not so difficult, only two twists, but at
least it was clean. He made good some of the damage, but he will be
disappointed. I know it is a cliche, but he will be disappointed
with his first vault. He has pulled it back nicely here, though. Makes
the twist, clean, a tiny walk back. That time a genuine vault. He was
quite lucky not to hurt himself on that landing, not this landing, the
first one, because he was completely sideways. Hang on a minute, that is
a half turn on, two twists... That is 5.2, not 5.6, he needs the extra
half turn for 5.6. Let's see what happens. You never know. Let's keep
our eyes on the difficulty score. Yes, you can see, downgraded to
5.2. Disappointment for him. Trying to play safe on the second
5.2. Disappointment for him. Trying no avail. That's a shame for Kenzo
Shirai. The master of aerial awareness. This man has had a busy
World Championships. He has competed every day of the men's finals.
Donnell Whittenburg. His presence has certainly been felt here. He
really can vault, a powerful man. He has had a good competition. The
double with half turn. Mr Dragulescu himself is here to see it. So many
have tried to get close to Dragulescu, that was a good
attempt, superb vault. It certainly was. Like you say, he has competed
every day. His legs are still firing. Two and a half somersaults
with the half turn out, sporting the landing really well. Down the
middle. Probably a deduction for a lot chest on landing. Some of the
very best, you will see them stand upright as they land. But to be fair
to him, he is not the lightest gymnast, but to get the block and
the push to give himself the room to rotate, it is a long way around. He
is a big old boy, he handles the air very well, and he was a bit flat
coming off as well, so he did well to get the rotations in.
14.52, the score to beat. The average from the two vaults. Going
for a very difficult vault. 6.4 posted on the difficulty scoreboard.
The turn on, full twist! Back out in the second, that was magnificent.
That was a smasher. Terrific, full twisting double, an amazing vault.
That was a smasher. Terrific, full Well, he deserves to be on the
podium. Absolutely. To get in a full twist in the first location and then
to twist in the first location and then
chest, but that was a phenomenal vault. So little time
chest, but that was a phenomenal superb. Really
chest, but that was a phenomenal top, the first twist, fixes the
head, twists really well and pulls the legs over.
head, twists really well and pulls seeing this move on the floor. The
double back with full twist, but when you come off the hands, it is
two and a half somersaults when you come off the hands, it is
unbelievable. He came eighth in the all-around, fifth in the ring is
final, is this is time to get a medal? 15.35. Whittenburg goes into
the lead with six gymnasts to go in the men's vault final. A
the lead with six gymnasts to go in of apparatus, Denis Abliazin,
Olympic silver medallist, two-time European champion. He has put up a
6.4, matching the difficulty of Whittenburg.
So sharp and powerful, that will be classed as a fault, I think he
touched with his hands. The same vault. He really went up and didn't
rotate quite so well, did he? Loads of height. The full twist, grabs the
legs early, just haven't got enough rotation off the top. He split the
twist, he did half in the first and half in the second. No, it was a
full, but it didn't pay off. An incredibly difficult vault. He
really rocketed in the air. Obviously you need lots of height,
but you need to snap and create the rotation. The most important thing
is to go around two and a half times to your feet. He blocked and set the
twist a little bit quickly, didn't he? How these guys understand the
platform and get the best out of it to get that propulsion... 14.3 for
the first vault. The second one will be slightly easier, 6.2.
You can see Dragulescu just underneath the difficulty
scoreboard, he is the next gymnast up. Quite an unbelievable level of
difficulty, this vaulting final. He does the round off this time and
that was super work. The round off and the flip on. Half turn and two
and a half twists off, you need to be so accurate. Let's see how square
he was. He certainly had good body form. He did.
The level of difficulty. Very clean. Very good. We saw the girls
yesterday putting one-and-a-half twists and that's two-and-a-half.
You really have to get some airtime in there to be able to wrap the
two-and-a-half twists in. It will be interesting to see if Marian
Dragulescu, the vaulter we were talking about earlier, goes for that
extra half twist he did in qualification. The fans are in. 34
years old, he's back. He came back, went away again and came back. He
loves this sport. The current leader Donnell Whittenburg, a score of
15.35. After that first vault. Hoping for a second placing. That's
where he is, 14.85. A good score for that second vault. 15.4. The highest
score is 15.6 so far for that second vault that he did. Four-times world
champion and three times European champion. The master, Marian
Dragulescu, takes to the end of the runway. Has he still got it? Let's
find out. I think he has. Just a pace back.
That's the Dragulescu. He invented it. Masterful he is. He needed extra
height, clean twist. He invented it and he can still do it. Beautifully
done. A huge vault. Look, I like the way that Dragulescu kicks it out.
Some of them just roll the shoulder but he really commits. The two
somersaults. As he comes in for that last half, kicks out. Just the pace.
Very impressive. A great example of harnessing power. Good, strong
vault. He's at the races, that's for sure. That's a six difficulty. Will
he up it for the second vault? 15.3. Looking for consistency here. He
needs a total score of over 15.35. To try and regain that world title.
6.2 difficulty. What a story this would be.
In the beginning we saw the double twist. He's nominated the
two-and-a-half. Let's see the round-off, the height, easily done!
Fantastic. He was saving that one up just for you, Matt. He's back and
it's as if nothing has changed! Unbelievable. Stepped up the
difficulty. Saw Abliazin doing a cracking investigation of the same
vault and thought, that doesn't put me off, I'll do the same, maybe a
little bit better. He's delighted. It would be wonderful to see him go
up into the lead. Look at this. Half turn, nice and accurate. Good
height. Good line, and just that pace back from the two-and-a-half
twists. Lovely stuff. Let's see how square he really is here, Chris.
Really good. And he had so much height it almost overrotated. It
wasn't a question of squeezing that last half in. Fantastic. So
Whittenburg has 15.35. Will he go ahead of him? Oh he has done! He's
got 15.4! Yes! Can he stay there? Can he get a fifth world title on
this piece of apparatus? 5,999 people here who hope he does. Look
at that. Well, Whittenburg still in medal contention, but I do want to
tell you that the highest qualifier is still yet to come. Oleg Verniaiev
got a bronze at last year's European championships. A slight frame but it
belies the power he can harness. Another Dragulescu! He almost stuck
that. That was just a tiny adjustment. Boy oh boy what a final!
They are having a Dragulescu-off! He really stuck his feet down there.
Like, OK guys, you can do it, I can do one better. A Dragulescu fest
even. He's really a light, slight guy, but he plonked those feet down,
I'm not moving. Pick the bonus out of that. Power, chest in to get the
rotation guaranteed, and I really hope he would stick that, but a tiny
adjustment at the end. Superb vaulting. Huge vaulting. Through the
chest as well as the heels. Just look at that. He is the roll it
round category but very effective technique for him. What's he got?
15.466 execution of 9.466. That's certainly the highest execution
score we've seen, so he needs every tenth of execution here, because his
difficulty is down just a smidgen at six. Looks very focused indeed. Half
turn. And the triple twist. The Tsukahara with triple twist. That's
fabulous vaulting. A big start, a giant step forward, which indicates
to the judges he was a little bit low in height. But lovely vaulting
just the same. Great to see such versatility from all these gymnasts.
The big double somersaulting vault and then the great twisting vault.
Consummate all round ability. Look at that triple. The twist, he can
rotate about any axis. A virtuoso on the vault. Well, he's virtuoso
anywhere. Will he stay in the 15s? He should do. Dragulescu has a total
score of 15.4. He's in the medals at the moment. 15.283 his total. 15.1
score of 15.4. He's in the medals at for that second vault. There's a
step forward I think. So Marian Dragulescu hangs on in there at the
moment. But Se Gwang Ri from People's Republic of
moment. But Se Gwang Ri from highest qualifier. He's also a
member of the 30s Club. Experienced and very, very powerful. Is he going
to upset the party for Dragulescu? In qualifying he did two
to upset the party for Dragulescu? a 6.4 difficulty. He's got the
ammunition. Look at that... Oh, superb, a Dragulescu
ammunition. Look at that... Oh, some vault. A tiny adjustment on
landing. That's got to be the highest mark so far I think.
landing. That's got to be the cracking vault. So the Dragulescus
we've seen previous have all been tucked, but look at the
we've seen previous have all been leg. We lost it a little bit in the
end. He could no doubt feel he was just running a little bit out of
air, but the first two somersaults are beautifully straight-legged.
Going into the half turn he loses a little bit of leg tension, but
magnificent vaulting. Such power off the top of the platform. Conversion
was so powerful. 15.6. Very, very impressive. It is
one thing to have one difficult vault that you can do, but to have
two of the same value of 6.4... He's very special. Se Gwang Ri with vault
number two. Two gymnasts after him. Already posted a massive score for
the first vault. Full of focus, half bomb, full twist, back out. Oh, he
held op to that, just. Two steps. Two steps might be the difference
between gold and silver. He invented the vault. He has power left. A
little bit overcooked. Had to scuttle sharply to bring it under
control. Smacks into the value, pulls in, perhaps a little too hard.
Really wonderful. He has done bags of rotation but he just wasn't
confident to stamp it out. He was still waiting to see, is the floor
there? How costly is this landing? 8 10ths I think. Absolutely. Between 5
and 8, I think. So that's out of your execution score, so we would
expect his E score to be down a little.
APPLAUSE. He's gone into the lead with a score of 15.45. Marian
Dragulescu drops in to second, just 0. .05 behind him. Donnell
Whittenburg hangs on in there in that third spot for now. He gives
you impression he's loving to be back. Can't read it from here, can
we Matt? Just directing you towards a bit of social media. Igor
Radivilov of Ukraine. He knows what it is like to medal at the high
level. He got bronze at the Olympics. Silver last year. Three
times European silver medallist. Yet another cracking vault. In the
Dragulescu Club. And just a tiny adjustment again on landing. It's a
super vault. Years ago we used to dream of putting a half twist in a
double, but these guys are pumping them out, Chris. It is very
impressive. Legs are a bit wide apart. The judges will take off a
little bit for that. Landed, you can see his head and face were down a
bit, so you would expect his execution score to be a teeny bit
lower. I know it sounds like we are being picky but you have to find
some way of choosing between them as to which is better. We had four
golds yesterday on the women's uneven bars because they couldn't
separate. But here there is room for judges to deliberate and separate. A
little bit low. 15.2 for his first vault. That score for that third
spot at the moment is 15.35. Donnell Whittenburg. That's the value of his
second vault, 6. Really going to concentrate on the execution here.
He needs to lose less than 0.7, 0.6 in deductions on this vault. He
knows he needs to be very nearly perfect. 20 metres they have to get
the power... Double pike. It was very good but it had a pace. It is
just marvellous, that's the word, the level of vaulting is just
marvellous. Double rotations with and without twists. Courageous and
very difficult. Every one of these vaulters... A huge vault, really
well landed. Has to pull hard, get the pike in, hold on to it. He was
very low on landing but held the shape through the rotations. This is
a good vault. Top Bang. Not a lot of rotation left
there. He used up every degree. Always amazed at how they can... How
strong their ankles are to walk away from landings like that. So well
conditioned in the ankle. A gymnast that has been around for a
long time now, hasn't he? He has been part of the Ukrainian team. A
great all-rounder a few years back. Very good indeed.
The current leader, Se-gwang. Marian Dragulescu, in Silver spot at the
moment. Whittenburg in third. But this gymnast is the current world
champion. Hansel Kim. He did qualify in fourth, but don't
let that put you off. Oh, that was a wipe-out! Such a
pity. His nose was first to make contact.
Se-gwang's coach is confident that's enough. He is indeed. If the
judges consider that the feet did not get down before the hands, it's
a zero. I think they might just say feet first, but it will certainly be
a hallmark off, and a lot of deductions for not completing the
vault. -- a whole mark off. A lot of energy came out of the vault. It was
close. 14 scored, so Hansol Kim is out of
the running for a medal. And it's all or nothing when you
vault at this level. It must be very difficult for him to come out and do
this, although he wants to show the world what he can do, as far as a
medal is concerned... Clapping all around this arena. Everybody is
willing him to his feet, not to hurt himself.
Another very difficult six tariff. Much better that time. Much better.
Twisted his way to... Maybe a triple. The half turn on that time.
The snap and three twists off. The knee went down. Five to ate. --
eight. How many times do you do these with gymnasts back in the gym?
You do a lot of repetition twisting off the top of the horse. And you
work in the pits with crash mats on top. So you work at realistic level,
but on a service that will go down as you land, if you have not made it
quite the way around. Ri Se-gwang is the world champion.
Marian filming himself, filming his
to this level of competition. We are well championships and he has got a
silver. Four times world champion, he retired, he came back, he retired
again, and now here he is at 34 years old. He went around to every
single delegation, every gymnast he could find, and shook their hands.
Everybody said the same thing... Good to see you back. And I'm
delighted to see Dunnell Whitten Berg being commended for his
efforts. -- Donnell Whittenburg. He has worked so hard and got himself a
bronze. Confirmation that Se-gwang is the New World vault champion.
Beth, let's have a word with you about that return to form. What form
it was with Marian Dragulescu. We wondered if he could still achieve
at this level. I mean, it wondered if he could still achieve
not a day has gone by since he was competing last time. The first vault
was insane. Me and Dan thought he was going to land it, but that is
down to experience, he hasn't been competing. Dan said he has not been
in competition for about two months. He has been in training, and
to bring out the extra half twist... You can see in his face how
delighted he is. He is in good physical shape and he can now build
the numbers before Rio next year. Dan, your impression of the second
vault? We did not see it earlier on with the extra half twist. To be
honest, it looked easier than the vault he did in qualification. A bit
of adrenaline, he was pumped. The first vault was amazing, his
Dragulescu. If there are many and team don't qualify in the test
event, Marian Dragulescu, because he has a medal here in the individual
apparatus final, he will be in Brazil. Yes, he has already secured
his own spot. Any medallist from these championships, if you are not
part of a team who has qualified, they have qualified themselves, so
his ticket is saved but he would love his team-mates alongside him.
We are moving from the vault to the beam, a piece of apparatus that has
not really changed at all over the years. We might be looking at some
wonderful old footage, if we can show it. Talk us through the fact
that the equipment has stayed as it is, but the moves have changed
somewhat. They have upgraded the difficulty. The first back
somersault was done on the beam in 1972. They wanted to ban it, they
said it was far too dangerous. They fought against it and the
somersaults the gymnasts are now doing, the likes of Simone Biles...
At the beginning of her routine, she does a somersault with a half turn
on the beam, and a spin in the clutch position. Lots of unique
skills now going on, on the beam. -- the Crouch position. The dismount
into the full twisting double back. Very few gymnasts do that. When you
look at the difference between Nadia Comaneci and Steingruber, this
wonderful dismount. The style of the routines we are going to be seeing
today, what do the judges need to see? What can the viewers look out
for? The gymnasts need a mixture, a forwards element, a front
somersault, and a backwards element. And they need a big dismount. The
sideways elements are very difficult to land because you only have ten
centimetres to place your feet on to. They need a mixture of spins and
leaps. The beam is usually about who can stay on in the final. Let's talk
through some of the contenders. Komova has to be one of the
favourites. Along with Simone Biles, who will be wanting to upgrade the
bronze she picked up in the vault. Komova picked up one of the four
gold medals on the bars yesterday, and Ellie Downie is so dynamic. We
usually find anything does happen because so many mistakes can happen.
This is the thing. In the all-around competition, the beam was the
problem. Simone Biles just managed to Klingon. It proved to be a vital
piece for her in the all-around. -- to cling on. It did. She knew that
she was going off and she managed to save it. She will want a flawless
routine today. Do you think she will go through and get gold? I think she
can. The difficulty is very high on her routine, and the dismount is
spot on. And she has the floor final to come later on. The last gymnast
in the beam, Tutkhalian, is the fifth highest qualifier. She has
really impressed, just 16 years old. A very young gymnast but she has had
a lot of experience. She went to the youth Olympics last year and she has
made quite a few finals there, great for her to get that exposure and
that experience a head of Rio next year. We will let you enjoy this
beam final and we will talk to you in a little while.
A good position in seventh for Simone Biles. It is. She is not so
elegant. Wevers from the Netherlands will show the exact opposite type of
work. Both Dutch girls are very elegant. We will have to see what
the judges favoured today. A great achievement for the Netherlands,
Mitch, to have two gymnasts in this competition. The first is
Thorsdottir, the eighth highest qualifier. The women'sworld beam
final. The gymnasts have to use a coded mount, but that does not have
to be included in the difficulty. Nicely done. Very confident on the
leap into the free cartwheel and the Olga Korbut flip. A tiny bit
off-line. Though, I was about to say very
nicely done... The half turn onto the hands. First performed by
Onodi, the great Hungarian gymnast. Very difficult to correct if your
body weight is not over the beam. Those are the leaps that get you a
lot of marks. The head has to go right back and you have to lose
sight of the beam. If the judges think that you have and you have
touched your head, they will give you lots of bonus marks. Two spins,
linked together. And a third spin linked to a leap.
These combinations will add up to increase the score.
One error, the rest very clean and elegant. Two and a half twists but a
couple of paces back. She will be a little bit disappointed, but she is
not really a gymnast with huge experience of finals. The work on
choreography and grace and style is paying off. Patrick, responsible for
that area of work in the Netherlands, he has done a great
job. Her lines were lovely. Beautiful lines, beautiful
splitMac. That is her acrobatic series, the free cartwheel into the
Olga Korbut flip, Lou was the first person to perform back. The half
turn into the handstand. -- who was. The second leg was completely out of
line. Gymnasts have to finish with a D dismount, two and a half twists is
a D. So she will have got the full composition marks for finishing with
a D. But you can see she was underrotating and had to take a
couple of paces back, which will be costly for her. If you can limit it
to one pace, you can limit the deduction to 0.3. As soon as you
take the second, it is at least 0.5. You can always spot the Dutch
supporters in the crowd. Even in the air she manages that grace. She
does. You can see on the free walk she almost manages to see the foot
land while the head is still back. Lovely touches.
Well, she's 17 years old. Still plenty of time left. 12.733 for
Thorsdottir. The fans from the Netherlands have a lot to look
forward to, as here is her compatriot. The second highest
qualifier, Sanne Wevers, the Dutch champion. Takes to the beam.
Very nice, plight, easy mount, gets the routine under way. Double spin
with the leg held up. Very, very difficult and very well rewarded.
Free cartwheel, that's her only acrobatic series, and she performed
it well. The free walkover. She held on to that. Had to take a step
backwards. Sideways dance which has to be included these days. Just the
single spin. Oh, and she missed the link two the backspin there. Just
the single spin. Oh, and she missed the link two the backspin there. --
missed the link two the backspin there. Straight into the split leap.
Again those connections get the bonus points. Very nice. Changed leg
leap into full turning flip. It is well balanced, this routine. Spins,
leaps, acrobatics. The dismount, the straight Gaynor
has to be dead in line with the beam and have the body held straight all
the way around. She got through it. and have the body held straight all
She may and have the body held straight all
of difficulty in order to stay on, which really is the key.
of difficulty in order to stay on, there, her father, and a proud dad
he is too. She's always been great on the beam and she transfers that
elegance from floor to beam beautifully. And that's the very,
elegance from floor to beam very difficult spin. Leg held up at
horizontal, round twice. Not many gymnasts in the world can do that on
the beam. Most struggle with it on the floor. But these are the two
free cart wheels. The judging system requires you if you want your full
difficulty to link to acrobatic elements.
difficulty to link to acrobatic needs to be directly in line with
the beam, if it is off to one side it gets downgraded. Has to hold the
body shape. Very nicely done. it gets downgraded. Has to hold the
had a 5.9 difficulty to start in qualification. You said she missed
one connection, so can we expect it to be down a bit from 5.9? Yes, I
don't see her routine every day. A lot of gymnasts record everything
they do. Will she be writing in the connection, or not? So the two Dutch
gymnasts have finished. Just two gymnasts per country allowed in an
individual apparatus final. It's a talking point that's always
interesting, we all wonder if more should be allowed in. 14.233 is now
the score to beat. Difficulty just down a little to 5.6, so most of the
connections she got. The next gymnast got gold at the Youth
Olympics last year. She did have a bit of an ordeal in the all-around
competition on this piece. But she's certainly capable of mid to high
14s. This is Yan Wang for China. And we are likely to see very big
acrobatic skills here. Keep your eyes open for this first one. Front
somersault with half turn... Oh, and we've seen her do that quite
successfully, but she headtated. Once your feet land you have to lift
the chest with conviction. Oh, and she's a little bit rattled now. That
changed leg to ring, settles for the sheep jump. Now she has another big
acrobatic skill here. And pride will mean she wants to hold on to it. And
she does! The round-off straight-backed somersault. One of
the most difficult forward elements and backwards and here's another
front somersault. Sky high. Free walkover, immediate jump. He's
getting more rhythm now. She was very tentative to start with. The
two jumps successfully joined. Just the big dismount left. Here we go...
Three beautiful twists, easily round. What a shame she failed on
that first element. The thing was she went for it, she didn't hold
back, because she knew if she could nail this she would be in with a
shout for a medal. It is always going be with a piece like this,
surely they are right on the edge of what is humanly possible now
Christine? They are, and you have to do huge repetitions to be confident
enough to handle the pressure once you come out here. And also if for a
little gymnast like this, she's 15 years of age, she'll have had a
little look and thought, I could do this. And that's always the danger,
to think ahead whether you could achieve or not. She did very well
with that, because the foot was only half on wasn't it. But she is a very
dynamic little gymnast. We've seen here in the vault final as well. I'm
sure she'll learn from this experience and we'll see her firing
on all cylinders in Rio. She could well have a very successful Olympic
debut. Sanne Wevers the current leader. 14.233. Con soldiering
Thorsdottir. Con soldiering Thorsdottir. -- consoling
Thorsdottir. We understand Wevers's coach has put in an inquiry on to
her score. You can only put an inquiry in on the difficulty score,
so here it is. This could be to do with this connection. She was
looking at her book. She couldn't quite understand why the scores
didn't match. She obviously put down all that she felt she had achieved
and was working out to see what start score she expected. So in this
case they will literally look back on the video? That's right. They
will look back on the video and if they think they have been too
generous they'll take it down. We've heard of that before. And how long
do they get to put in that inquiry is this they can't wait until the
end of the final and go, hang on a minute... No, before the score for
the next gymnast in, so they have to put it in quickly before the finish.
Before the finish of the next gymnast. So there you can see her
going through all of her moves. You can see they are all letters, moves
that are graded in a bunch from A to G? An A is worth 0.1, a B 0.2 and so
on. If you link two Ds that will give you a bonus. They have accepted
the inquiry. . The D score has changed. And it is now 14.333. An
extra tenth given. From a 5.6 to 5.7 on the D score. A vital 10th no
doubt. Yan scores 13.633. The difficulty score there, 6.4,
considerably higher. Viktoriia Komova from Russia the next gymnast
up. Gold yesterday on bars. One of the four. Incredible that, wasn't
it, half of the final got golds. They are waiting for the judges to
settle themselves after that inquiry. She was 8th in the Olympics
in London. 8th in the World Championships back in 2011. But
looking at these scores, she's capable of 14.533. The score to beat
at the moment, Sanne Wevers, with 14.333, that new, corrected score
after that inquiry. They've not got a green light yet. It is 30 seconds
after that they have. She has such grace and style. She was beautiful
on bars yesterday. She's one of the celebrated gymnasts around the
world, part of the Russian team, in the Olympics 2012 she took the
silver medal all-around. Beautiful technician. A little bit like a
ballet dancer. But she lost that connection already. If you go three
walkover, that's how you build that difficulty. A nice back flip and lay
out somersault. You can see she's stylish and elegant. This is a big
skill for her. She needs to be determined to hold it. Oh, and she
did. She didn't give in. That was good to see. Lovely splits on the
leap. Beautiful catch spin, has to catch hold of the leg and pull it to
splits. Strong front somersault. She's fighting hard but she's not
quite going for her landing shapes. That was slightly better. Good side
somersault. Smooth and rhythmical. Got the difficult dismount to do.
She's grown really quite a lot, quite a tall gymnast now. Has to
squeeze the double back in and she did. It was a bit of a fight but it
was great to see. Fighting for another medal here at these World
Championships. Second, the Russians still to go in this final. Beautiful
lines. Absolutely taken to the max mum there. Bang centre on that
connection. That's so impressive, the standing Arabian. Struggled a
little bit but pulled it under control. The hips back in line. She
really showed all her natural ability to balance and
determination. We've seen her quite often just plonk off when it hasn't
gone right, so it's really good to see. Very focused and very elegant.
It is just lovely to watch. She needed this and she delivered.
Wrapped it up nicely. 14.333 is the target. There were a lot of wobbles
and big step-back there, but it is really good to see Komova back and
fighting for medals. I'm sure by the time Rio comes round she'll be back
to the strength of performance we saw in London. 13.933. The coach
doesn't look happy. This is Pauline Schaeffer for Germany. 18 years old.
Quite an unusual mount, straddling back to the box splits position. A
very clean gymnast. She did
positions. Backflip layout, oh... I was about you can see the arms
straight into the landing position, but she just had a little bit too
much speed there. Good free walk over.
I think the judges will consider those two linked and give her the
bonus. Unusual little bit of dance. A very strong bubbles spend. --
double spin. The gymnasts have to include at least three spins or
leaps, it cannot all be acrobatic. The double spins is worth a lot of
marks. A big circle of the arms but she
held it under control. There we see the straight gainer, a
favoured dismount. Not many landing penalties from it. It is really good
fun, that dismount, isn't it? It's much harder than it looks, you have
to push the hips forward, because most back somersaults travel
backwards and if you did that, you would land back on the beam. It
seems to be the story of this final, just fight to stay on. What a start
that is. Very well disciplined in her
approach. Backflip layout. We could see she was well in line there, if
she had just employed a bit of body tension, she would not have had the
wobble. Easier said than done when you are out on that stage. The free
walk over, and the double spin is excellent. You can see how the
gymnast loses sight... Easy to be disoriented.
On the dismount, pushes the hips forward.
She will have Komova's score of 13.933 in her sights.
Three gymnasts to go, Ellie Black, Simone Biles and Tutkhalian as well.
Interesting to see how important that Wevers enquiry will be as we
come to the end of this competition, because we expect Ellie Black and
Simone Biles to go up there. And Tutkhalian could knock Wevers out of
the medals. The last three gymnasts have a lot of difficulty. She will
be looking at that 13.933... Taking their time, again to do with the
tolerance and the difference between different judges from different
countries. Yes, the judges doing the difficulty score have to absolutely
agree. Then the judges doing the execution... Not a lot of difference
are allowed. They have to come up with very nearly the same score. And
the same score as the jury as well. It is all in an effort to keep
consistency. And in a final that is as tentative as beam is... For the
gymnasts coming up, you have to try and time your warm-up to absolute
perfection. It's quite unfortunate that the gymnast up next when this
sort of thing happens. But it's something from a young age they get
fairly used to. When you compete, you have to be ready for all
eventualities, really and truthfully, at gymnastic
competitions. Ellie Black wowed us at the
Commonwealth Games on beam. She has one of the highest difficulty value
routines. I wonder what they will be
deliberating? Will it be to do with the huge wobble and whether the
difficulty of the move... ? They wouldn't lose the difficulty of the
move, it is more likely to be on the leaps to see whether the head went
right back. The truth to jump, if your head goes right back and you do
it properly, they will credit it with a D. -- the two footed jump. If
you don't get the full extension, you can get nothing for it, which
can change the start value by 0.4. And all eventualities in between.
Sometimes it depends a little bit on where the judges are sitting and the
angle they see the moves from. The judge they were showing is the judge
from Ireland. Of course, you are only allowed to judge in this final
if you haven't got a gymnast in it, so there will not be a German judge
or a Dutch judge on the floor. She has gone into second at the
moment. The beam final can now continue. It
will be the gymnast use for warming up a moment ago, Canada's Ellie
Black. 20 years old. Come on world
champion. Canadian champion. And she can't half packed in the difficulty.
She did a 6.4 difficulty in qualification, the highest of all
the gymnasts in this final. Starts lowdown to the beam. All gymnasts
are required to show elements low as well as high. Double spin negotiated
well. Always looks a little tentative on the first element.
Super high pike front somersault. Backflip, straight somersault,
landing on two feet. A little wobble but she managed to control the
middle of her body. This, the super difficult
combination. Make or break of this routine. Backflip and somersault
with full twist! She's so nearly made it! She would be so
disappointed with herself. Two difficult leaps, the changed
leg, and the changed leg half. Plants the feet securely on the end
and on the landing. Two and a half twists, she will be so disappointed
with herself. You spend hours in the gym to push the difficulty and to
win medals on this stage, but at the end of the day, that is what can do
you in. The same equation you have said so many times, Matt, difficulty
versus accuracy. Versus elegance. The gymnasts fight so hard for this
opportunity, hundreds of gymnasts here at this Championships, only
eight make the final. Such an achievement to make the final, and
you so want to give your best when you are there.
The full twist there. She really wasn't very far off. She seemed to
be square, we saw the left shoulder popped up a bit which may have taken
her off, but she seemed to be accurate there. Very often it seems
to be, as much as anything, your expectation as to whether you put
your feet down and stand up and correct it, whereas she just paused,
didn't she? down... Have I made it? No, I
haven't. She was square and then you saw the shoulder popped up. Such a
shame. Cracking gymnast. Very good gymnast, had a great all-around
competition. Legs just a little bit loose in the
two and a half twist, the judges will have a few tenths off for that.
She will lock that one away to experience.
Wevers is still in the lead and is guaranteed a medal. Two gymnasts
left to go. See you in Rio. Great for Dutch gymnastics.
The highest qualifier, can she get herself another gold medal here?
Goal with the team, gold in the all-around.
And we saw a very uncharacteristic mistake in the individual final. At
that is such a fantastic spin. And it counts as a full spin. The fact
she did two and a half did not matter.
Front somersault with half turn, she just makes it look as easy as a
The acrobatic series, layout, second the
The acrobatic series, layout, second layout, shoulders up, not a waver.
Strong in the front somersault, immediately into the jump.
You can see how, by moving swiftly, she exudes confidence. Lovely series
of three elements there. Nothing tentative about this
routine. There might have been a wobble but she didn't let it be
That anything more than a little
That routine, the full twisting double
That back at the end. Really a class
apart. It was as solid as a rock. back at the end. Really a class
She has the same difficulty value as the last gymnast going in
She has the same difficulty value as final, so it's going to be
She has the same difficulty value as to execution. If she can get it, it
will be her ninth world title. Even when she made that tiny mistake, she
whipped her leg back into the right position. Failing is not on her
agenda. So impressive. The centre of her body is so strong,
her core is so strong. That, off a little step jump... You have seen
other gymnasts do that skill but they have run the length of the beam
to get the power for it. The arms lifted immediately to the
correct position. Beam is about discipline, and even with that
wobble, she kept the arms fixed and knew where she wanted to be.
If you watch her do the beam routine in training, every time, the arms
are in the same place, there is any improvisation. Consummate.
Absolutely. The beam is not sprung. She is jumping off a block of wood
there. We were saying earlier on, you think of the greats, Nadia
Comaneci... Her name has to be up there now as one of the finest. I
would consider her very similar to Nadia Comaneci, actually. Yes. The
athleticism. At times, she can look graceful as well. A strange mix, but
the result is just mesmerising. With her coach, Amy, who has coached her
since she was very little. And the team USA leader for the last 15
years. Wevers will be delighted. So will everyone in the Netherlands.
The school to beat is 14.333. She knows it is good. But how good? I
think we might crack into the 15s with this score. Do you? I think so.
I think she will be disappointed if not. She had a difficulty score of
6.3 in qualification, so that is a maximum 16.3. And the Golden score
at the moment is 15.358! She has upped her difficulty from
qualification by 0.1, which is going to make it very, very difficult for
the last gymnast in this final. The arena calms as Seda Tutkhalian
of Russia takes to the beam, just 16 years old. Can she remain composed
and get herself a medal in this world final? And the answer is no. I
would say those first three gymnasts will remain now. She's got a lot of
difficulty still to perform. Change leg, half turn. And this very
difficult, full twist... Oh, and the hard full twist, she does absolutely
wonderfully. It's a little bit like the nerves have gone now. She's got
nothing to worry about, just perform, with her usual technique.
Lovely height on the change leg leap. More interesting dance. She's
strong and supple, a powerful gymnast. She had a little up and
down championships but a first year senior and a gymnast I'm sure by the
time we get to Rio will be wowing us. The big dismount, double pike.
Apart from that obvious error, she didn't let it completely throw her.
She kept her focus and produced a solid challenge, but it is surely
not going to get her into the medals? That could squeeze into the
third spot. That would be marvellous, because she deserves is
it, it was a wonderful routine. We'll see. Maybe that's ambitious.
But her difficult skills she performed well. It was this very
first straight-backed somersault, it is right at the beginning of the
routine and she didn't do it with very much conviction, did she,
Mitch? No, it was almost as if she gave up on it. Such power
afterwards. Such focus to get on and do this with such skill after the
disappointment. She dismounted very confidently. Let's see. Had a bit of
a mixed championship, the Russian team. Team. I'm sure level be lots
of work to make sure they go to Rio really solid. There's been lots of
promise shown but uncharacteristic mistakes as well. Look at the effort
there. Squeezing round the double pike. She deserves a medal from the
way she fought back from that early error. She had a 6.3 difficulty
tariff in qualification. If she's up with that... You never know. They'll
be wondering now, well, they are celebrating already. Tutkhalian
didn't Lieke there was much chance of it being different. Good to see
three gymnasts who stayed on the beam and fought well. Unusual not to
see a Chinese, a Romanian or a Russian on that podium. Absolutely,
China have been very successful on the beam. You can see how tall
Komova is now. In 2012 she was quite a little gymnast. I think she's had
to work very hard to get the work back. 13.5 and 6th place. The judges
are true to their conviction of being quite severe.
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Claudia Fragapane and Ellie Downie And we'll wrap up proceedings with a
Blue Riband event, so stand by for high bar. Yesterday as Max Whitlock
and Louis Smith came out into this arena the stage was set for a first
for Great Britain. Let's remind you what happened in the world final of
the pommel horse. The stage is set. Mere is the current European
champion. Double Olympic medallist, he looks calm, he looks ready. A
great start. Now come on! What a performance for Great Britain's
Louis Smith! A great routine. He is in the running for sure. Sure. Max
Whitlock, this world pommel final. He skipped through that. This is
good work. Keep stretching, young man. What a super, super challenge.
That's phenomenal. It really is a final of the Britons here. Who is it
going to be? It's going to be very, very close. Max Whitlock is the
pommel horse Worrall champion. He beats Louis Smith into silver. What
a story for this young man. 7.5 billion people on the planet and
I'm winner on the pommel horse. It's been historic. Couldn't have asked
for a better World Championship. The medals are here and so are the boys.
Let's welcome Max Whitlock, world champion, and Louis Smith,
wonderful, wonderful display. You said you were speechless there, Max.
Has it sunk in yet? Mow did it feel this morning when you woke up?
Has it sunk in yet? Mow did it feel feel tired this morning, to be
honest. It's been a long week, but it still feels crazy. Hasn't sunk in
at all. The whole week has been crazy for all of us at Team GB.
You've done 20 routines and then you win the world title on your 20th.
How has that manifested itself within you as you went through the
competition. Even emotionally to get to Rio, there's so much happening
here. I've said it a few times, you have to take the pressure off
yourself as much as possible. You have to go in, know what you've done
in training and know that's enough and do your job. We all had to go
for it. Hopefully perform clean routines. Even if you look at the
team final, the everyone made a clean routine, we couldn't have
asked for more. Louis Smith, you were up first in that fifth spot.
Let's look through this routine. It was going incredibly well. Talk us
through. Right now I'm thinking, I need to overcome the noise of the
crowd and just focus. All the hard work we've done in the gym, it all
comes down to this moment. Did you know how difficult you were going to
go? Yes, this is all progression for Rio. I wanted to prove to selectors,
the world, the GB guys I've got what it takes in the bag to challenge for
a Roy io spot. For a Rio spot. This is the bit that went a bit funky in
the team final... The power with the hips to generate the speed to keep
it going. I thought, stay focused and it is pretty much plain sailing,
but don't mess up the dismount. You were thinking that from this point
onstbhards Yes. And the power you generated on the dismount. A little
flourish at the end. And that's just, I've done my job. You did, and
to score over 16 is a huge achievement. Max, where were you
when that was happening? I was still warming up. For me, when go out and
compete I don't like to see many scores around me, as I don't think
that can help an athlete to compete straight after. Me and Scott walked
through the tunnel, going to the pommel horse. Scott said, what do
you want to do then? I didn't know what Louis Smith's score was. We
decided the difficulty and went for it. And you upped it by 1 10th. Yes.
We are going to play your routine now. Talk us through this. You
looked calm going into it. Yes, to be honest I felt a bit more calmer
after coming off of the floor. For me the floor final was my first time
being in the floor final of the World Championships, so coming into
pommel I had already bagged a medal. Pause it when you see that extra
tenth It was at the beginning, the one-handle work. I under it by doing
an extra Russian in the one handle. So when you've got that extra
difficulty out of the way, were you starting to get more excited, or
more calm? More tense probably. It was like once you've done all the
hard bit, with you've got to finish the routine off. It is very
difficult, but that feeling there was unbelievable. And did you know,
did you know, Louis. What was happening between you there
psychologically as you were waiting for the score? I knew Max had done a
great routine. I thought, if it is no a draw he'll beat me by just a
little bit. It was well deserved, so I was praying for a draw. Don't get
me wrong, I would have loved a gold medal, but hindsight is a wonderful
thing. Just to have gotten through the routine, Is away relieved. I bet
you were. To have two gymnasts, and you said this Louis, on top of the
world here. We are talking over 16. It is incredibly difficult to main
that and achieve that. You must be feeling great, the pair of you going
ahead to Brazil? Yeah, definitely. Not even just that, the I think the
whole team, girls and boys, it has been making history throughout the
whole week. That can make us go into next year, Europeans and into Rio,
with so much confidence. Really relax into it and get a feel for it
as quick as possible, so we are looking forward to it. There's
another world champion being crowned at the moment. This is Ri Se Gwang.
We'll be pausing for the national anthem for him shortly. Initially
coming into here the aim was to get to Rio. When do you start refocusing
for your own individual finals and the thought of getting that team
medal? It is always a secondary target. You are always thinking team
first, but you have individual goals you want to accomplish along the
way. When we had done with the team event and we realised the finals,
you can start to do your own preparation and get the team finals
out of the way and focus. We'll hold that thought as we pause for the
national anthem of Korea. Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of
the democratic People's Republic of Korea.
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World champion on vault, ahead of Marian Dragulescu in silver medal.
Whittenburg takes the bronze. What a comeback from Marian Dragulescu. We
have talked about it, 34 years old, lads. It's lovely to see him back,
don't you think? Brilliant. First and second have a combined age of
64! I was talking to him in the training gym, he said his body feels
good and his mind feels great. He doesn't stop taking selfies, so he
knows it is one of his last comebacks! One of his last
comebacks, that is a great line! Might as well, why not? It was
hilarious seeing him with his selfie stick. Let's reflect on your floor
performance, Max. Huge congratulations. Ken so she right is
always going to be tough to beat. Was it all about the silver? --
Kenzo July is always going to be tough to beat. I focus on my routine
and I don't think about medals. -- Shirai. My first world
championships, I just tried to go as clean as possible. You look
incredibly comfortable on the floor. That helped me in the final, I
posted two 15.7s beforehand which gave me so much confidence. I knew I
just had to do the same again. And then see after that. How different
did the floor area field to other ones you have worked on? Everything
is slightly different. -- feel to other ones. Gymnasts have to adapt
to different arenas and different equipment. It's always going to be
different. You have to adapt as quick as possible. That is what we
train for. That is why we train in different environments. Different
types of pressure. The Bear Grylls of gymnastics! One thing you can't
train for is the noise in this place. As you walk up, the
difference between the screaming and then the silence, that must be very,
very difficult to compose yourself. It is. It's a challenge, it is
tough. One of the disadvantage of having a home crowd is having a home
crowd, it is through the roof, it is electric. I had to take a moment
before the pommel horse routine to tell everyone to calm down a bit. It
really was crazy. So many firsts at this World Championships, it has
been a joy to witness. We will show you the highlights of the team
final, the best ever placing for a British team in a World
Championships. Let's just go for it. We knew the potential was there, we
just tried not to think about it, anything like that. Such an intense
competition. I was definitely in the zone, my moment. The whole thing
from the start to the end, we were relentless as a team. It was a case
of putting up the arm and hitting the routine. To deliver in front of
a home crowd is incredible. I lot of pressure, the first world
championship, the vault was big. I was more nervous watching Max than
my own job. Start of the routine, thinking, this is crazy! The crowd,
it is like a constant noise, which is unreal. Great Britain are world
team silver medallists! Sit back and be proud of what we have achieved.
To have the competition we did, it was literally perfect. It means a
lot. It was was literally perfect. It means a
proud to be a part of it. Do you know, so
proud to be a part of it. Do you it? That seems like ages ago. When
you watch it now, how do you feel? Relieved. We have all been working
for this for so long. We have been progressing as a squad. We have
funnelled the team together here and we have done a job. It's a testament
to how hard not just we are working but people behind the scenes who
don't get the credit. This is the thing, Dan, it is such a challenge
to get into this team. It is, there were only six places available. It
will be even harder next year when there are only five. 15 gymnasts
pushing everyone hard to get in the team. That makes us stronger as a
nation. Thinking of Lilleshall, the National sports Centre, you are
there and it is not just you, the women have done it as well. They
made history on the very first day of the finals. This is how they got
on. # Good times. As soon as we walked
out, we waved and the roar from the crowd was amazing behind us. We have
been training for months and months and months, we fight for absolutely
everything. I was nervous going into the bars, it didn't go to plan. We
just went, don't worry about it, never say never. It put me in a
better mindset for the beam, because I knew I had to focus more. Becky
has been keeping as calm. Whatever happens, happens. -- keeping us
calm. None of us could hear ourselves think. That was the best
vault I have ever completed. It was pretty special. When we got ahead of
Russia after my score, I couldn't believe it. When the score came in,
I was completely shocked. Kept looking at the scoreboard, it was
incredible. That is a bronze medal for Great Britain! It's absolutely
fantastic that we have been able to walk away with a team bronze medal.
Made history. A massive roar has just gone up because Beth Tweddle
has gone down to present the women'sbeam medals. But let's
reflect on what the women did. You must have been aware of what they
were doing. Looking back through the history of British gymnasts, for a
long time the women were up there, the men took over, and then the
women... Did you feel under enormous pressure to keep the consistency
going, Max? Yes, there was that pressure. It did inspire us, in a
way, to compete the way we did the next day. Their team is so young, so
to do what they did with not a lot of experience was pretty amazing. To
make the finals they made, the girls and boys for Great Britain, it is in
a very good place. Absolutely. The juniors coming through, how well
they have been able to cope in a situation like this. It says an
enormous amount looking forward, because it does not feel like this
is a flash in the pan for Great Britain. Definitely not. We have
been training for this for a long time, starting about a decade ago.
Beth Tweddle. Numerous World Championship medals. It has been a
long time coming. Great Britain are here to stay for a long time in the
gymnastics world. There are always these nations and individual
gymnasts that the rest of the world seem to be chasing, and this is a
fine example right here. Simone Biles comes out to receive her ninth
world title. Goodness me. She still has the floor to come today.
Imagine, ten by the end of today. Simone Biles takes the gold, 3 of
the four individual apparatus finals. Incredible. Wevers takes the
silver medal, but this moment is all about her. Beth stepping forward as
well. Wevers takes the silver medal back
to the Netherlands, the Dutch champion. Third for Pauline Schafer.
You could see how emotional she was. She is off to Rio as well. This
gymnast... It's hard to compete against a gymnast who believes in
the ethos of fun. She goes out there and just has a great time, enjoying
herself. How do you put pressure on a gymnast like that, Dan? That is
what is so amazing about her. She is like the Uchimura of women's gymnast
ticks, she seems to be winning everything but she is having fun at
the same time, which is so good to see. We will hold it there.
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Simone Biles takes her ninth title. The chance of a 10th still to come
in the women'sfloor final where she will be joined by Ellie Downie and
Claudia Fragapane. That is still to come very shortly, as is the men's P
bar final. Exciting times again for Great Britain. Nile Wilson is the
first British gymnast ever to qualify for the P bars final. You
are specialist, Daniel. Your P B is over 16. Definitely. It is only his
second world championship. To make the P bar final, he has such a
bright future ahead of him. As far as the P bar routines are
concerned, let's talk the viewers through the perfect routine and what
is difficult. A great routine, you have a mixture of under bar elements
and above bar elements. A lot of dismounts, double front with a half
turn to increase the difficulty. Keep pushing it right to the finish
and put in the extra half turn, when the landing is going to be key.
Definitely. That is going to be one of the main focuses, the landings,
because so many of the starts course will be so similar. Whoever nails
the landing will be in with a shout. Nile Wilson and your score is
matched in qualification, there is always going to be an argument about
how many gymnasts should be allowed per country in the top 24, it was
tough luck for Nile in the all-round qualification. It can be harsh
sometimes. When a gymnast deserves to be in, it is tough when they are
not. But Nile is very young and talented, so he has a lot of chances
ahead of him and he will go on to do great things. In this P bar final,
he has done so many solid routines in training and hopefully he can
pull it off today. Will it be difficult? It has been a while since
he has been in here for the team final, he has heard everything... He
is fired up, isn't he, Dan? He can't wait to get out there. Definitely.
He is going to be excited to be out there competing. He curbs so well
under pressure, he loves the atmosphere and it makes him perform
so much better. -- he curbs. We will keep everything crossed for him. We
have watched you go around with a chalk bag, Max. We have got you a
little present. A brand-new chalk bag! World Champion 2015 on it.
Who knows whether or not that chalk is good for you, but try it out. It
might be magical stuff. We are going to continue and talk about the
gymnasts behind us. These are the P bar finalists. We've got some
interesting pictures we are going to look at, because Shudi Deng is very
interesting, Dan? Definitely, he scored a 16 in the team final, which
should be unthere in the medals. It will be really exciting to watch
him. His compatriot is coming out, Hao You. He was fourth at the World
Gymnastics Championships in 2013. He's a gymnast capable of scoring in
the 16s, Verniaiev. Hinge he's hit 16 twice already. He is so
consistent on this apparatus. Danell Leyva is a master on the high bar, a
master on the P bars as well. Plenty of fireworks there. I love Leyva's P
bar routine. It is basically a high bar routine on P bars. 8 elements
under the war. On P bars. 8 elements -- under the bar. He's had a sticky
condition, just a bit off. He had a few mistakes in the all-around
final, but he qualified in great position for the high bar and P
bars. If he puts in a good performance he could come away with
medals. And this is Verniaiev. The current world champion, current
European champion as well. He's been double European champion. He's such
a light gymnast. Looking at the different body types, he's got the
perfect frame for this. I think so. He seems light. He's quite small and
he's very powerful. He's one of the only gymnasts as well. He competes
in every competition during the year, doing the all-around. It is a
unbelievable year, doing the all-around. It is a
that. And Max, a word from you on this man, Manrique Larduet. What a
world debut he's had. I didn't know of him before I come into these
World Championships. I heard the boys talking about this guy from
Cuba. He's amazing. He has come from nowhere and backed a medal in the
all-around. You certainly know about him now! Certainly. You should see
the tattoo on his arm, it says, the return of Cuban gymnastics.
the tattoo on his arm, it says, the CHEERING. Talking of the return of
gymnasts, here comes Nile Wilson. Listen to that roar! He looks ready.
What's it like, Max, for you to be watching these finals instead of
being in them? Really nice. I feel really chilled. It is crazy but I
can't wait to watch this final. It is going to be very close indeed.
The penultimate gymnast on to the stage, it is wonderful the way they
all come out. This is Shudi Deng, the seventh highest qualifier. 24
years old. But he'll be hungry for a P bars medal. He was
years old. But he'll be hungry for a year's world's. Got fourth in the
floor final. You know what it is like to compete against this guy,
Max. This guy picked up an all-around medal. He's in a good
place. I think Chinese gymnasts always pull them out of the
place. I think Chinese gymnasts They were always amazing, talented
gymnasts, so he'll be putting in a good score today.
gymnasts, so he'll be putting in a congratulations to the team for
beating the Chinese in the team final. I bet but didn't see that
coming did you? No, not at all. final. I bet but didn't see that
we go with the last gymnast from the eight. Qualified last week, this is
Yusuke Tanaka. He's one of the most stylist gymnasts to watch. Really
nice P bars. This one is going to go right down to the wire, so we'll let
the gymnasts unzip their track suits and we'll hand over to Mitch Fenner
and Christine Still in the commentary box. This one is set to
be a good one. The men's final in the parallel bars. For me one of the
most exciting pieces of apparatus these days. The parallel bars. They
swing beautifully and they've transformed the contest. The man for
my money is Oleg Verniaiev. What a final, a great event. It's stylish,
risky and it really has developed. . It has. It is one of my more
favoured pieces now and you see them, the lights go up and on they
perform. No warm-up today. Oleg Stepko. He is capable of some
beautiful work. This will be a Homber. Very smoothly. Just lost
form a little. Snatched the Healey. And that's the somersault. Little
adjustments, which add up. Two consecutive supermarkets, which add
-- two consecutive somer assaults. -- two consecutive somer assaults.
-- somersault. Needs lots of flight for the tip out and delivers. There
had been tiny adjustments, but you can see the skill of this man. A
very efficient routine, with a very efficient landing and dismount. Very
first start. First person up often sets the scene for the rest of the
gymnasts, even though it is not a team. But when you get the first
gymnast in a final being first and clean, it will often mean the rest
work well as well. It is a super event. That's a difficult move, from
the upper arms. Catch from straight arms and keep the swing. The chest
has to go in to allow for a smooth swing. Difficult. This is the
straddle. Front semi to catch. Everything was precise on the big
moves but on the tiny moves he had a couple of falters. There's one there
just in the handstand at the end of the tip-out. He's got such beautiful
extension though. Toes always pointed. Not quite. Yes, the
extension all the convey through. Just a little flicker on landing,
Stepko. Did the foot just slide behind? Yes, but he doesn't care.
And neither does he. He's happy. Stepko delivering first up in this
final. First up is always hard. He's not let himself, his coach or his
country down. For so long these guys dominated the apparatus, China.
Interestingly, You... Stepko's score is 15.966. That's going be very
tough to beat. This gymnast, Hao, he couldn't compete last year so this
is a real chance for him this year. 23 years old. And he managed to get
a 15.3933 in the team final on this piece of apparatus -- 15.393. It is
a very different atmosphere in these individual apparatus finals. With
the all-around there's stuff going on, lots of people to look at and
you don't feel in the spotlight. But this, all eyes are on the individual
gymnast. So second gymnast up, You Hao. He did score 15.933 in the team
qualification. The score to beat is 15.966. Look for double somersaults.
You can see protection on his arms. First double. Beautifully
negotiated. Oh, fantastic. The extra rotation in the Suarez. That sets
this routine apart. Half turn in the peach. Again it is clean. Legs
locked together in the double pike. And not one small adjustment.
There's a clean, the tip-out, without catch. Superb. A small
hesitation there. I think he just avoided contacting the apparatus.
Another biggie. Double front. Half turn, he nailed it. It was that 7
8ths of a turn? I'm not sure. Such a routine from him. The judges will
have to look at this incredibly closely, as they'll be scrutinising
every tenth. There may have been a slight drop, and the dismount
they'll look at as well. They tend to land this double front half turn
deeply, and I guess that must be a bit of a deduction. Look at, that
it's beautiful. How he keeps the rhythm of the swing. With Really
nice, strong work. This is beautiful work. Watch this. There's the Suarez
but he hangs a little bit, the extra rotation and the cuts from it.
That's great control. Very original work. This is the swinging work we
are talking about, where it is becoming really more like high bar.
That's a real challenge from the tip-out. Cut-back after tip-out to
give that extra shave of rotation. This is super this routine. It is
one of the most painful pieces of operate us to master as well,
because you are constantly clattering yourself, whether it's
your feet, your upper arms, especially the upper arm work. That
dismount, we are seeing it again. Very nice, clean dismount, but the
feet are just a little... I think they'll give it but with a
deduction. If it is three quarters, does it go all the way around? It's
an enormous 16. .216. That is most certainly the score to beat. 7.3
difficulty. Stepko down into second. Six gymnasts still to go in this
World Gymnastics Championships of the parallel bars. Just talking
about the comparison between high bar and P bars, this lad, Danell
Leyva, certainly knows how to swing both of those apparatus. He's a
former world champion on this piece in 2011. He got silver last year. He
isn't tall. He looks tall, gives the impression with his swinging that he
has long levers, but he is not a tall gymnast. There's a full turn in
the peach. Lovely work. To one rail, but did he hold it for one clean
second? I don't think so. The extra turn. He has almost a lazy approach
to his swing. Stood to handstand. Big double front, well landed. Super
work. He needs 16.216. Is he going to be knocking on the door of a
medal? Such a clean dismount. That landing is completely blind and he
really nailed it. Didn't give a lot away. A couple of flutters early on
but what a level of performance. There's the Giant. Makes the
handstand. There you go, the Suarez. Very nicely done. There's the coach.
The father, of course, and totally involved in his son's efforts.
Straight arms until the very last minute. Impresses the lockout to
make the full turn. Such a hard move minute. Impresses the lockout to
to time. Clean swing ing with. He was the man who made the transition
from strength and static to flowing high bar-style P bars. And look at
that dismount. He deserves a good score. Will it be quite difficult
enough? And so does he. There he is hopping around. When Leyva retires
they'll make a good partnership in sports acro. I think all coaches do
live the routine but not all quite as dem on vatively than this.
Not easy to spot those. Qualification difficulty was 6.9. We
have already seen a 7.3, so he will need to have upped
have already seen a 7.3, so he will the hunt. Will he struggle to get
into the 16s? I think it will be the high 15s. It was 6.9 in
qualification. Certainly the standard of the first
three routines has been mind-boggling. Any medal in this
final is just the most remarkable achievement. Pushing what is
possible. Hydro Arena is in third at the
moment. A lot of good gymnasts to come. -- Hydro -- Danell Leyva is in
third at the moment. The Ukrainian gymnast Oleh
Vernyayev, looking to retain his world title on this piece. His
16.133, in qualifying, was with a mistake.
Half turn. No extra adjustment in the handstand grasp.
Healy out, super so far, not a sign of a deduction.
So far, I can't find anything wrong with this.
The big dismount, a hop forward. Apart from that, the judges would
have been hard pushed to find much wrong with that. Mr Vernyayev, you
are spectacular on this apparatus. Did he miss a link in the middle,
though? I thought he was going to go out and come down and then go back
up again, who knows? You can only deduct... You cannot assume, you can
only deduct on what you see, it was not a clear mistake. Would it have
affected his difficulty? It might well have done. He posted 7.1 in
qualification, 7.2 in the all-around. Absolutely spot on up
until that point. Precise. He was hitting handstands
so beautifully, you wonder if he almost went a little bit too
straight in order to get the momentum to go out. Anyway, as you
say, you can only deduct for what he did. It's only the start value in
question now, the D score. A little bit of quick thinking. Might I be
right in thinking he definitely needs a medal to win an Olympic
place? Yeah. He is given 7.1. He is happy with
second. Two scores in the 16s. Hao, the leader. Ahead of and Stepko. --
Vernyayev and Stepko. I seem to remember another final with two 16s
in it. The pommel horse. All of the best ones do!
Here he is, his third final. The last great Cuban gymnast, Roberto
Richards in 1976... He is not doing a bad job.
Swinging very clean, getting the handstand.
Flowing handstand -based movements is what the judges are looking for,
and look at that dismount! And you see him click his heels together at
the end? What a talent this young lad is, 19 years old, he is an
all-around gymnast and yet here he is, he could specialise in three of
them. And what a dismount. We said if they land the double front half
outs a bit low... Nothing wrong with that. The height he generated in the
middle of the routine as well. That was nice too.
It is hard to get your arms straight early and keep them straight. A
little bend there. That's a tough start.
This is the height you were talking about, Matt. Look at that, superb.
He was 30 centimetres vomit in new money, a foot in old money, above
the bars to clear it. -- 30 centimetres in old money. He really
does look a very exciting prospect, doesn't he? He certainly does. I
guess he must also be in the same situation, he got a medal in the
all-around but not in the apparatus yet, and it is the first three in
each apparatus that qualify in their own right. Nothing low about that
gymnast in the dismount. Superb. Fourth. 15.733. 6.9 difficulty, what
what a score for parallel bars in any case. All other scores have been
above fantastic stuff. The next gymnast, competing for Great
Britain, Nile Wilson, Junior European champion last year on this
piece of apparatus. That's nice. A tiny end at the top
of the handstand. -- bend. A little waver on the one rail. The
technique is great. Lovely in the giant, great in the double. Smooth
swing. Keep it going. Nice. The rid of the uprise
connected with the height of the somersault. -- the rhythm.
A little break of rhythm but this is technically very good. Tiny little
adjustments there, double pike, a little step back but that was a real
fine effort in his first final in the P bars for Great Britain. And he
lands as the first British gymnast ever to make a final in parallel
bars at a World Championships. Well done. Tremendous effort. He has all
of the heart in the world. But a lot of good technique as well.
Technically, a great gymnast with a great future. A nice handstand
shape. Lovely handstand shape. A well extended gymnast, beautiful
handstand, flat back, the extended. -- feet extended. Knees locked
together, really doesn't give many marks away. His difficulty score
won't be massive, it it won't be in the sevens. Look at the effort on
his face. But his execution should be good. Yes. Crossed his toes for
good luck there! A great effort in a first world final, and in such
company. These really are huge performances. 15.233! Good job! He
worked very hard at the handstand adjustments. Severely dealt with.
We are in for another treat now. Just needs more difficulty.
We are in for another treat now. Whenever the Chinese approach the
parallel bars. You can be sure of something hugely impressive. His
compatriot leads the field with 16.216. 16.066, Silver. 15.966, that
would knock Stepko out of the medals. Double pike.
Half turn. And a double. All from different connections.
This is another Healy to uninterrupted swing. Just
adjusted at the end! Healy to uninterrupted swing. Just
stuff. Well, this, I think, is now going to come down to difficulty.
Talking about the execution, how hard did he go? That is the
question. 7.1, he posted in the qualification, the team final and
the all-around. The dismount looked like it was stark, and then as an
afterthought he had a hop. The work on the apparatus was superb. Superb
and sublime, because he was in control. A virtuoso performer. A lot
and sublime, because he was in of double pikes, all from different
start positions. That was terrific. Swinging into handstand shape.
Flowing to and from the handstand is what the judges are looking for.
Lovely. Look at the line.
nailed, didn't we, Chris? He is Look at the line.
then! The coach celebrating, and his compatriot as well. He didn't quite
make 16. 15.966. So close. Well actually, he is joint third with
Stepko. At the moment they are sharing the bronze medal. What a
final. China, one and three at the moment.
Vernyayev in silver medal position for Ukraine. Stepko shares bronze at
the moment. However, use a Kate Tanaka, great to watch. -- however,
use UK Tanaka, great to watch. You can't write him off. That is the
best version of that skill. High and clean.
So much time, full extension. Chest downwards. One rail. Quite a few
have had to adjust for that. Half turn swing to handstand, out on
one rail, there is no connection. -- the connection. Very nicely done.
Double pike. Thank you very much! What a superb landing. That was
really special, that routine, wasn't it? Beginning to end. Well, where is
he going to fit in among the top spots? Surely he has got to be
sharing bronze, or even better? His difficulty in qualification was only
6.6, so he is going to have to have upped it quite a bit to penetrate.
Absolutely. I could not count the D score and commentate at the same
time, but I don't think it was much above 6.6. This is the best version
of this skill. Absolutely straight arms on the catch. The way the flow
continued up to the handstand, smooth as you like.
It was lovely work. This is the sort of dismount that you dream about.
15.966 to share bronze. A tall order I think if the difficulty level
hasn't moved from 6.6, but what a cracking dismount. Oh, his
difficulty is down at 6.6. 15.6 is the final score. Tanaka in seventh.
So Hao You is the new world champion. Fourth back in 2003.
Silver medallist on the rings, but Oleg Verniaiev, he came here as the
world champion. He settles for silver. And the bronze is shared
between Oleg Stepko and Shudi Deng. What a super final. I've come to
really enjoy that apparatus. Stepko was the first gymnast up. He gave
them the target to aim for and he piled the pressure on. He just
produced the most wonderful parallel bars final. We'll see confirmation
of the final result. Every single gymnast producing their very best.
Hao You, 16.216. If you had said, Mitch, two gymnasts on the today um
why in the 16s... Nile Wilson finishes 8th but a wonderful
performance from him. The first British gymnast to make the parallel
bars final at the world championships. Nile, bottom of the
final but it is a historic participation for a British man in a
parallel bars final. How happy are you just to be there? Extremely
happy. This week has been incredible for British gymnastics as a whole. I
knew it was going to be tough to get in the places but I think this week
has shown gymnastics is so unpredictable and hit or miss. I was
happy to be in the final, an historic event. I'm proud to
represent my country out there today. The commentators were talking
about the standard, it was extremely high. What was it like watching the
guys perform ahead of you? Massive inspiration and motivation for me.
I'm just proud to actually be in the top 8 in the world on parallel bars.
As a nation we've been on parallel bars as much as being not so strong,
and I'm glad I can step up and prove that we are fantastic on the
parallel bars. The message I want to get across this week is how well
British gymnastics have done. In 2006 at the Olympics I was sitting
at home as a boy watching Louis Smith. It has given us the belief as
a nation that we can come to these competitions and compete with the
best of the world. All the kids watching at home, get to the gym
tomorrow, work your hardest and pull together as a country and we can be
world champions one day. You've provided a lot of inspiration. You
look like you've been enjoying it out there. Coming out, after the
team you did the same. You've enjoyed it here haven't you? It's
been unbelievable. With the home Games, coming here with the crowd
behind you, not many people get to experience that. I've second up
every moment and used that crowd and that support. I want to say everyone
who has came and supported. The messages on social media. It is all
fantastic. I've loved every second of it. Nile, thank you very much.
Thank you. And well done to Nile. Very well said, I must say. If he's
inspired you, he said get down to the gym. Head to our BBC website,
because we'll put lots of information on there on how you can
get inspired. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE. Here comes
Claudia Fragapane, ready for the women's floor final. She took gold
here at the Commonwealth games here at the SSE Hydro on this piece of
apparatus, as well as another three golds to boot. Ellie Downie also
competing in the women's floor final. She will be up very shortly.
In fact she's coming now. CHEERING. And what a competition
Ellie has been having here at the world championships. It is a
wonderful celebration. It feels like a great final day. Everybody is
thoroughly enjoying watching these gymnasts, the finest in the world,
with great British gymnasts among them. If we can have a quick word
ahead of this final. You were world champion in 2009. I know you are
always asked about your music and how you design these routines. Give
us a nod what we are about to see here? When the gymnasts choose the
music and the choreography, most of the time the gymnasts will bring in
an external choreographer. With regards to the music it can be a
combination between the gymnasts and the coach. For me it was very much
Amanda always chose my music. The music I used in 2009 for this floor
routine was specially composed. music I used in 2009 for this floor
London 2012 I wanted something big and British, so I chose Live and Let
Die. As far as the difficulty versus the dance elements are concerned,
because it is always a difficult conundrum to get that makes right.
Ndrum to get that makes right. -- to get that mix right. The judges will
get that mixture, but we have amazing tumblers. The floor has
changed over four years, so the tumbles you will see are what some
of the lads are doing. Especially with Simone and the first Japanese
girl, you can expect superb tumbling. With the artistry, there's
a deduction for it if they don't like it. Let's settle in and enjoy
the women's floor final. The first gymnast up is Sae Miyakawa from
Japan. Second highest qualifier. And the whole of the Japanese women's
team wowed us with their flew review teens, but this one was totally
exceptional. Very big first tumble. Full twisting double straight.
Watch out, guys, for this next tumble. Very unusual for the girls.
Straight front. Double front. Just a little pace. Nicely performed leaps.
And bear had mind this is the third tumble.
And bear had mind this is the third twisting, double tuck.
Very classy performance into this big final tumble. Double straight,
superb landing. What an opening big final tumble. Double straight,
this women's floor final. Well, that is the bench mark. Goodness
this women's floor final. Well, that follow that if you can. Quite
exceptional tumbling and a very well-controlled performance, the
leaps were good. Really going to be difficult to beat. So
leaps were good. Really going to be love this. Incredible work. Full
twist and the double love this. Incredible work. Full
keeps form all the way. So love this. Incredible work. Full
this for the love this. Incredible work. Full
tumble forwards this. Unfortunately she had a little step on both
landings. Great to see it. Discipline. In the twisting, double
twisting-double. Was that a third tumble? Quite unbelievable. Finishes
with a double straight. She just whips it round. Great stuff. Looked
with a double straight. She just like she was landing a single
straight back there didn't it? Really very impressive. Japan were a
very good team here. Fingers crossed, my friend, there's yet
another medal for Japan. 14.9 in qualification. 14.633 in the final.
A 14.933 for Miyakawa. Time will tell if it is good enough for a
world medal. It is going to take a lot of beating. One of the headline
questions that's only been written since the last Keats of apparatus,
can Simone Biles get herself a 10th world title? It's time to find out.
So sprightly and fast. Another super double straight with full twist.
Needs to control this tumble. Double straight with half turn, jump, and
she just stays in this time. And dance ing with great conviction
as well as tumbling. Another double-double, double somersault,
double twist. Just needs this big full-twisting
double back. Not a flicker on any of the landings. What a joy to watch.
Perfectly in time at the end there as she just bounces up on to the top
spot and gets that 10. That dream, goodness me, to be world champion
for the tenth time in a career which, let's be honest, isn't that
long. She's only 18! Well, didn't compete, wasn't old enough to
compete at the last Olympics. Has been dominant ever since. Double
straight. That's, I love the way she does that. The landing immediate
into the jump ups her start value. Clever choreography.
She's so light through the hands, isn't she? When she flips she
bounces off her hands so quickly. I just, bounce up into the air, chest
up. That's the fourth tumble. Quite amazing. We were impressed with the
first team in terms of doubling but how can anyone ever match that? That
was just incredible. A cheekily little finish isn't it? It is. Well,
if she gets to the mid 15s here she's going to be unstoppable. She
posted a difficulty of 6.9 in qualification. If you think the
previous gymnast had a 6.3. And that was the next highest difficulty
score. You were saying earlier that she enjoys, and she did. She's got
to enjoy that. A 15.8. That is a record tenth world title for Simone
Biles. What a World Championships it's been for her. However, it would
take a miracle to beat it, but let's not confirm it until every gymnast
has performed. New Enjoy this routine, very, very
different. Wevers, in four Steingruber, who injured her knee on
vault yesterday. Has to land the tumbles really well.
She does. Double tuck. Well, a really classy, beautiful
routine. Completely different from the previous two. Only did two
tumbles, and the rest of her difficulty was made up with spins
and leaps. But beautifully performed. Wonderfully accurate. So
graceful, so elegant. The majority of gymnasts have most
of their deductions on the landings, so by only doing two tumbles, she
only allows the judges to deduct on two occasions. One was an absolutely
spot on landing, for which there would be no deductions. This, chest
right up, not a flicker. And the next, the two and a half, she did
have a little step. And she probably will have had a bit of a deduction
for legs apart. Perhaps 0.3 overall. Right up on the toes, on the spins.
Makes it a much more interesting and varied final when you see the
different styles. Absolutely. Shows you the different facets of
the floor routine. Really does sell it through the
choreography, the grace and elegance. And there's quite a lot of
marks given for choreography. Give yourself a round of applause.
Third-highest qualifier coming into this women's four final. -- floor
final. One of the success stories of this Championships, one of the
emerging gymnasts. A big tumble. Double Dumble. -- double double.
And though we are, the full twist and the double back. Two hugely
difficult tumbles. Showing splits really beautifully in
the leaps. Moves matching the music. Full in
pike this time. Turns straight into a tumble. Big
double tuck, just a little hop to finish. Very efficient. Didn't give
very much away at all. Well, she's looking for a score... 14.1 to join
Wevers in third. She is going to have to be up in the high 14s to
hang onto a medal. She has good tumbling, not exceptional, good
leaps, not exceptional, but she does marry the two together quite nicely.
Good shapes in the air, knees tucked together, the double double. The
floor is together, the double double. The
are now starting to manage to really use the springs well. We are seeing
some truly exceptional tumbling. See how quickly they get off their hands
and up into the twisting somersaults and double backs. It's
and up into the twisting interesting, seeing her landing, she
is putting one leg down ahead of the other, because she had a really bad
knee a few years ago and took almost a year off. Quite deliberate. Now
there will be a deduction for it, but probably 0.1, and she is not
actually stepping, so she is probably living with that deduction.
Chest up, so well. Old upright. -- bolt upright.
She'd be happy to see first and second, USA. That is the situation
at the moment, Chris. 15 scored. Wow, I tell you what, that is going
to be a tough scored to be for second. Afanaseva is next up, the
fourth highest qualifier. Claudia Fragapane will be after her, and
then Ellie Downie and Yang from China. Still a lot of gymnastics in
this women's floor final. This gymnast knows what it feels like to
be world champion on this piece of apparatus. Current European gold
medallist. The world champion in 2011 starts with a very difficult
jump. Beautifully flighted double straight, just a pace.
She stands on two feet... Gymnasts are only allowed one tumble from two
feet, but what a Campbell it is, whip into a triple twist. -- what a
tumble. That tumble off one foot. Very nice
little jump afterwards. Quite a mature performance. Left
something in the locker for the final tumble. Well, the heat is on,
and what a graceful battle this is proving to be. A lovely mix there.
Everything in balance, under control. Some spectacular work, some
grace and elegance. Lovely. The powers that be in international
gymnastics have very much been trying to find a formula to bring
back more emphasis on the dance and the performance side. And I would
say, so far, we are seeing that from this final.
This is that tumble, the two whips, flip, triple twist. So accurate.
Just a little cross-legged. The judges will have a 10th deduction
for that. But a really beautiful floor routine.
Lovely hi double pike. Confidently landed.
15.1! Well, she has knocked Maggie Nichols off the silver medal at the
moment, but she is still in with a chance of bronze. Goodness me, what
an upset from the former world champion. She has split the two
gymnasts from the USA. The next gymnast to go is Claudia Fragapane
from Great Britain. She took Commonwealth gold here in the Hydro
Arena. She does have a difficulty score of 6.3. She absolutely knows
she has to be faultless today. A big first tumble, double straight
with full. Wow, what a landing. Unusual butterfly into the corner.
Another very difficult tumble. Triple twist, really does well.
The big final tumble, double straight! Oh, she stepped out, what
a shame. Well, she finishes with a spin, and
what a World Championships it has been for Claudia Fragapane.
Fantastic performance. Normally would be a winning performance, but
we have seen such wonderful work already. Faultless work. 15 needed
to share bronze at this stage. It is a big ask, but at least the brakes
were working! It is a big ask. She is greeted by her coach. Claudia,
from Bristol Walks gymnastics. Look at this, high, just a bit too much
energy but didn't she do well to bring it back?
It is difficult for the gymnasts when they've come in cold to this
Arena. She did really well. Four hugely difficult tumbles. Just gave
this a tiny bit too much. Won't be a huge deduction but it will be a
point one. She's got such power and joy and exuberance in the
performance. Takes an age, drifts to the floor.
The way she presents it. Beautiful. He's done hugely well. 14.466 for
Claudia Fragapane. She's in Listen to the roar as Ellie Downie
is introduced to the crowd. CHEERING. I'm sure it won't have
escaped people's notice she's wearing the same leotard as Beth did
in 2009, when she won. And has the aim opening tumble. Here it comes,
enormously difficult. aim opening tumble. Here it comes,
into double Arabian. Wow! aim opening tumble. Here it comes,
landing. And back with another enormous tumble. Double piked
Arabian. What a controlled finish. Confidently throw the leaps. Sh.
Confidently throw the leaps. -- through the leaps. Two -and-a-half
twists into a front somersault. Just this final tumble. It's
full of energy, full of verve. Double pike. Very good. A big final
leap. What a performance from Ellie Downie throughout this
championships. She really didn't giver anything away then. 15 is the
score. That's what she's hoping for to get a medal. Big, accurate
tumbling. Really accurate tumbling. Becky from Nottinghamshire
gymnastics club. She doesn't have all the star value. 6 in difficulty
but what she is down on difficulty she made up with for her
performance. It was really clean. Should and she obviously enjoyed it
as well. So many lovely touches. This is incredibly impressive. I've
seen it somewhere before, Chris. Certainly mid to high 14s. Ellie is
a really powerful, spatially aware gymnast. To be able to come out at
this huge double pike Arabian and meet the floor. Exactly that. She
knew exactly where the floor was. She
knew exactly where the floor was. You get extra marks for the leap
out. 0.1 extra, and You get extra marks for the leap
for the landing either. We don't want to rush the judges here, do we
for the landing either. We don't Chris? Absolutely not. Whatever
happens here, she's Chris? Absolutely not. Whatever
achieved what she came for. They're off to Rio. They've made history as
a team. And she was a very big part of that. 14.733. What a score in
this company. Brilliant. So the last gymnast in this women's floor final
at the world championships, a late entrant into this final, ranked in
11th, but be prepared to be entertained. Unusual tumbling. Also
very difficult. Can these twists, one, two, three-and-a-half into a
punch front. Worth just as much as the full twisting double straight.
And this is another very complex and big tumble. One-and-a-half, she
walks out of it. Straight into triple twist and punch front
forward. Those spins were fast enough and controlled.
This time two-and-a-half into the front half turn. The young gymnast,
19 years old. She's really improved with every performance we've seen
from her. We haven't had a double rotation yet. Must have a double
tuck, double pike. She does, lifts the chest confidently. Spin to
finish. APPLAUSE. Very efficient. Exciting
too. Lovely floor exercise. So light, the way she just danced her
way around the floor area and then this power comes from somewhere.
She's so slight. Very slight. You think of her being tiny but she just
hugged Simone Biles and they are the same size. You do think she's hugged
Claudia and she'll be taller. Yes! So she's slight but she's got
enormous power. If anybody is interested, she's 4'7" inches tall.
Just a shade shorter than me. She can twist really well. This is a
clever routine. Triple twist and immediate punch front, so there's no
landing deductions. That's the secret here for the scores. Get rid
of the deductions and add the difficulty in. A bit of an
unorthodox arm position in the spin. The ballet teachers would rather the
arms were up. Did you notice her eyes were closed as well? Were they?
So she definitely wasn't spotting that spin. Two-and-a-half. She
spotted over the shoulder for the landing there. Seems to fail to
present a bit at the end of her tumbles. You are a bit surprised
that she landed them. The only thing lacking is the confidence in
presentation. I would agree. And it is strange music for a slight
gymnast. But in terms of wonderful tumbling and few execution faults,
it's all there. Is it good enough for a medal? The target is 15. She
was fourth in the all-around. It won't be good enough to beat Simone
Biles, who is waiting for confirmation she is ten-times world
champion. The British girls have worked
fantastically on all pieces. . It's been a tremendous championships for
them. We've spent quite a bit of time waiting for judges throughout
this competition, which means there a quite a hefty overrun, so we won't
have time to finish the entire high bar competition which is coming up
shortly. But for continued coverage of that, if you go to the website
you will be able to see uninterrupted coverage all the way
to the end of the medals ceremonies. 14.933 for Chunsong Shang. Just
outside of the medals but that's confirmation that Simone Biles is
the world champion on floor, and ten-times world champion! Kseniia
Afanaseva for Russia takes the silver, former champion in 2011.
There has been an inquiry put in from the Chinese. At the moment
Maggie Nichols has the bronze medal, but we may just have to wait a
moment. Chunsong Shang currently is tying in that fourth medal place
with Sae Miyakawa, the first Japanese gymnast up in this final.
Celebrations haven't started just yet. We are just waiting. This will
be on the difficulty score again. Yes, you can only protest on the
difficulty score, the D score. So each coach and gymnast goes into the
competition knowing what they expect to be awarded. They obviously
expected a 6.5 or a 6.6 instead of a 6.4, which is what they've got. And
she is scoring 14.933. Third place is 15.000, so 0.1 would do it, take
her above, and would knock Maggie Nichols out of the medals, so a
tentative wait for Chunsong Shang and Maggie Nichols. Her
qualification difficulty was 6.4, so she must have thought she increased
something. You can see the judges in their little booths. They are
sitting apart in booths at eyelevel with the floor area. Will it be one
and three USA or one and three USA, China. Actually hang on a minute, if
it is 0.1 it will go up. No, it's been rejected. That's it, the
inquiry is over. There's your champion, Simone Biles. Kseniia
Afanaseva takes silver and Maggie Nichols for the USA gets bronze here
in this women's world floor final. Ellie Downie finishes in sixth.
Claudia Fragapane for Great Britain in seventh. We are overrunning here
at the World Championships, so we are going to have to cut our
coverage short here on BBC Two before the end of the men's high bar
final. If you would like to watch continued coverage of these World
Championships and go to the BBC Sport website, where you can join us
on the dismount until the end of the medals ceremonies. Mitch, let's now
turn our attention to the men's high bar final. This is an event that's
been revolutionised. It is all to do with the man that we are going to
see here, back in 2004, the Athens Olympics. This is Nemov. I remember
this routine so well. Count the release's. In those days, you didn't
get credit the more difficulty you did. Unbelievable. And all of this
courage and everything, he is just showing here courage in bucket
loads. He said goodbye to the perfect 10 here. A Canadian guy was
working on a new system and this gave him the opportunity. It would
reward the more difficult stuff. And this man, the audience just went
into uproar and Alexsei had to go back on the podium and say, calm
down, calm down, the competition must go on. It was unbelievable. And
down, calm down, the competition Dan, we are going to bring you in,
because for you as a concern British gymnast working on high bar routines
as well, these days how is courage awarded? You get a lot of courage
rewarded now by connecting the big res leases such as the coverages,
double somersaults to catch, and then to handstand and connecting
that with a releasing catch. The gymnasts are being introduced behind
you as you are talking, but from a gymnast's perspective how do you
approach high bar? Do you love it or are you terrified? I absolutely love
high bar. You get such a big adrenaline rush even when training
over a foam it. I love to try anything and everything on the high
bar to see what I can do. Danell anything and everything on the high
Leyva is just being introduced. He certainly knows how to release and
catch. He's the second of the American gymnasts in this final.
Christopher Brooks went ahead of him. We are going to have Kohei
Uchimura, he is about to come out. We've seen him have problems on the
high bar but managed to compose himself for that all-around title.
high bar but managed to compose What a high bar routine he put in
there. Definitely. I think we are going to see him up the start value
even more today. I've seen him do connection with the releasing
catches in training. He did qualify with a second highest score. We'll
keep a look out on that difficulty scoreboard, because he posted a 7.1
and he played it safe in the auld around. I think he did a 6.5. He
wanted to make sure of that all-around medal. The releasing
catch, he missed that in the all-around. He knew what he had to
do, knew what he had to score and he knew he could score high enough to
win. We've had just knew he could score high enough to
gymnast introduced to the crowd, the third highest qualifier. And we love
this lad. Manrique Larduet. Again another final for him. What an all
round gymnast. This World
amazing for him, he was This World
the P bars, he could up his start This World
wonderful way to wrap up a World Championships. Hegi from
Switzerland, the eighth highest qualifier, just outside the medals
in the European Championships. What a word on this lad, he is a master.
Hambuchen has been around for a long time, he was someone I was always
trying to beat. His high bar routine is unbelievable and I am excited to
watch him. He did have a few final placings, but he has dropped out.
Beth, you heard he has not been so well. He was supposed to be in the
all-around final but he decided he was not fit enough because of
illness, so he pulled out and has had two days to recover and get
fully fit. I think he knew that his medal chances were in the high bar
rather than the all-around. We will be sitting on the edge of our seats
for this one. Full coverage of this final will continue on the BBC Sport
website, because we won't have time to see it all on BBC Two. Coverage
all the way up to the end of the medal ceremony. Mitch, the bar is
chalked up, and this is the first gymnast, Bretschneider from Germany.
He has been in one or two world finals. This is the final... If
everybody is not around the telly at the moment, call them in for the
first few minutes. You have to witness this. And make sure you have
a strong heart. Because this man, well, not invented, but the first to
do the double twist. It is an amazing move. Whether he will put it
into this final, we don't know. But what a gymnast. A little bit
scrappy. But so risky. A bit of scruffiness, some entertaining
stuff! And he caught the Cassina. The
Kovacs start with extra twist was fantastic.
The pirouettes give away the scores. A little bit late with the half
turn. This man has so much to offer. In terms of difficulty.
He has given a bit away, what he really needs to do is to nail the
dismount. He didn't stick it. A shame. Very
difficult, very ambitious am a but he will be painfully deducted. It
was a courageous display. It certainly was. Look at this first
move. The mind boggles at how, after
twisting and somersaulting over the bar, you can stick your hands out,
grab it and carry on going. Absolutely. Two twists, a catch,
just an amazing skill. A long time coming in competition, but he's done
it. There is the conventional, if you can say so, Cassina. The full
twist, but to do a release with double is incredible stuff. One,,
catch. As you say, Matt, to gather your scrambled brains to produce the
performance... A little shuffle across. It all
takes marks away. And he needed to stick this dismount
because he was expensive on the bar in terms of tenths, but it wasn't to
be. Almost a mark, but I would say 0.8 anyway.
14.966. Difficulty of 7.2. Yes, huge difficulty, but that's the task, to
marry the two. Christopher Brooks. A very ambitious routine.
Full turn into the standard... And he is off! What a pity. What a pity.
He had the awareness to roll out. I was going to say, a good job that he
was aware of where he was. Just got his head under. Did very well. This
is an amazing, ambitious... The second hand, the right hand, did not
get on firmly enough. Tkachev half turn, the third release
attempted with half turn. Very nicely done. Such a pity, but
such awareness. To survive that fault. We have seen a few false on
that half turn action. -- a few falls. It's absolutely crucial.
It's what did for Max Whitlock in the all-around competition. That's
right. You have to get right over. It's no good just catching with the
fingers. He seemed to be on, but he knows he is off at that point. You
could see the bar twang there. Lovely. That time he made no
mistake. Definitely made sure he got hold of that time, didn't he? The
big wind-up. Lovely dismount. Superb. Just struggled to bring it
under control. Full twist. Double twist. Big stuff.
Everything was on, man... It was going to be a freaking sweet
routine. He thought it was going to be a sweet routine, but it turned
sour. 6.4 difficulty. It would have been a 6.9. Let's go, Leyva!
The way the marks have been going, a big score on high bar.
Has got enough, if he does it again, to challenge for a medal. Thrilling
to watch, Leyva. Clean execution, smooth rhythm. A
big release. The Kolman, the Kovacs with full
turn. His father encouraging him, and look
at that landing! What a performance! Look at that Ema! -- look at dad!
at that landing! What a performance! What a performance from them both!
That was great. Dad has not finished his routine yet!
Oh, dear. What a superb high bar routine from
Leyva. And he gives us a kiss. He really uses the wind-up well,
that's lovely, the double straight, arms fled to the side.
Making sure he is giving all the help
Arms out, really, and then the arms back in to
catch. Showing the judges, look, this is how confident I am.
Unfortunately caught it with slightly bent arms, which they will
deduct for. He has flair all the way through. He does. But he is the
of gymnast, in the all-around competition, it didn't go right and
so nothing went right. But when it's going right, it's wonderful. Just
like that dismount. 15.7! 7.3 difficulty.
Well, I have to tell you, that is the biggest score we have seen on
high bar for this Championships. There are still five gymnasts to go
in this high bar final. We are going to run out of time here, so if you
would like to see them, go to the BBC Sport website. Continuous
coverage all the way to the end of the medal ceremony. So please do
join us there. Otherwise we are going to run into the rugby league,
England versus New Zealand, coming up shortly. A quick final thought on
your favourite moment of these World Championships, Dan. Definitely max
winning the gold on the pommel horse. It was crazy under that kind
of pressure, seeing Louis Smith had put up 16. Max was special but the
team medals for both the men and women for Britain, a history making
moment for British gymnastics. Listen, I can't tell you what a
World Championships it has been. To be here and witnessed it has been
the most special thing. We knew that this World Championships was going
to be good, but it has been more than great for Britain. From all of
the team here, thanks for watching, we hope that you have been inspired
as much as we have. Thanks for watching, goodbye.
# It's just gravitation. # We are unstoppable. That is a
bronze medal! Max Whitlock is the pommel horse
Matt Baker introduces coverage from the final day of the 46th World Gymnastics Championships from Glasgow. The final five gold medals of the competition will be decided, with world titles up for grabs in the men's vault, parallel bars and high bar, and the women's beam and floor.
Expert analysis comes from Beth Tweddle, Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.