Russians romp in first subdivision of men’s qualifications
DOHA: Even with a pair of late mistakes on pommel horse, the Russian Federation team easily led the first subdivision of men’s qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Aspire Dome on Thursday.
Artur Dalaloyan, Nikita Nagornyy and David Belyavskiy swept the top three All-around rankings to help their team roll to a total score of 258.402 points. France was second with 241.203 points.
Veteran Nikita Kuksenkov, one of two Russians to tumble off pommel horse in the fifth rotation, said his squad will be nonetheless prepared for the upcoming team final, should it qualify.
“We have to change some little things, but I think everybody is ready and in shape, and we just need to do our routines,” he said. “That’s it.”
Men’s qualifications continue with four more subdivisions on Thursday and five subdivisions on Friday.
Women’s qualifications will take place Saturday and Sunday.
Based on their performances in qualifications, competitors will advance to team, individual all-around and individual apparatus finals.
The competition will determine the winners of eight sets of medals for men (Team, All-around, Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar) and six for women (Team, All-around, Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise).
The three medal-winning nations in the Team finals for both men and women will earn team berths directly to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo while the others will have further chances to qualify in 2019 and 2020.