10/25/2018 11:30:23 PM (GMT+3)

Verniaiev bears scoring brunt to lead Ukraine in fifth subdivision

Verniaiev bears scoring brunt to lead Ukraine in fifth subdivision

DOHA: Coming back from shoulder surgery early this year, veteran Oleg Verniaiev bore the scoring brunt for Ukraine to help his team top the standings in the fifth subdivision of men’s qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Aspire Dome on Thursday.

“I’m partly satisfied but of course there were problems,” Verniaiev said, referring to his squad’s mistakes on pommel horse.

Ukraine’s team total of 243.651 points ranked it fourth at the midway point of qualifications, but Verniaiev was unsure if his squad’s tally would suffice for a spot in the team final.

“We still have to wait until tomorrow (remaining five subdivisions), but I don’t think we will get into the top eight teams, unfortunately,” he said.

Verniaiev, who assessed his performance as “50-50” successful, ranked seventh in All-around standings thus far in qualifications.

Men’s qualifications will conclude with five more 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.