Swiss gymnasts sweep subdivision 3 rankings
DOHA: Swiss gymnasts Pablo Braegger and Oliver Hegi anchored the Swiss team and earned the two highest All-around totals of the round in the third subdivision of MAG qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Aspire Dome on Thursday.
Sixth at the 2015 Worlds and ninth at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Switzerland scored 161.763 and ranked third after three of 10 subdivisions.
Norway’s 155.430 total put them in eighth place at this point in qualifications.
With several contenders for the team final yet to compete, Hegi said he hopes the Swiss gymnasts’ performance will match and perhaps exceed their expectations.
“The goal was 12th place, so I think we can make that,” he said. “About the final, I don’t know if we can make that. We have to wait and see what the results are going to be like.”
Men’s qualifications continue with two 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.