Srbic-Zonderland duel resumes in full swing in subdivision 2
DOHA: Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands and Tin Srbic of Croatia renewed their duel for global supremacy on horizontal bar in the second subdivision of men’s qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Aspire Dome on Thursday.
Zonderland, the 2013 and 2014 horizontal bar champion, earned the best score on that apparatus thus far in qualifications. His Dutch team finished first in the subdivision with 245.663, ahead of Belgium.
Srbic, who defeated Zonderland for the horizontal bar title at the 2017 Worlds, finished just 0.100 points behind the Dutch ace.
Although Srbic’s and Zonderland’s scores have set them up for a potential showdown should they qualify for the apparatus final later in the championships, Zonderland was even more pleased with his team’s consistent performance.
“We didn’t make a big mistake that counted on any event, and that’s what we hoped to do,” Zonderland said. “We can be really proud of our result today, no matter what the ranking will be. We’re already proud.”
Men’s qualifications continue with three more subdivisions on Thursday and five subdivisions on Friday.
Women’s qualifications will take place on 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.