Top Storylines From Men's Qualification Day 2 At Worlds

Day Two of men’s artistic gymnastics qualifications certainly had its surprises, but now that all the dust has settled, teams, all-arounders, and event finals are decided and the men are preparing for finals on Wednesday. 

Here are the top storylines from Monday.

Top eight teams qualify for finals

The World Championships the year before the Olympics is even more important than other years, as it decides which teams will compete at Tokyo 2020. The top eight teams in this competition will go on to compete in the World Finals, and the top 12 get to compete in Tokyo 2020.

The top eight, who will compete on Wednesday for the MAG team final are, in order: Russia (259.928), China (258.354), Japan (258.026), Ukraine (253.528), Great Britain (252.409), Switzerland (251.400), USA (250.359), and Chinese Taipei (250.093). 

Joining these eight teams at the 2020 Olympics but not competing for the World Championships title on Wednesday are the Republic of Korea (249.651), Brazil (247.727), Spain (246.727), and Germany (246.508). 

Sam Mikulak unexpectedly makes all-around finals

Sam Mikulak, a U.S. favorite and two-time Olympic gymnast, normally would have qualified for the all-around finals easily, but he did not have his best day and landed tied for 24th place. He won the tiebreaker with Loris Franca, a French gymnast, and barely made the all-around final. Both gymnasts scored an 81.596, leaving Franca as the first reserve. 

Ironically, as much as USA gymnastics fans hate the two-per-country rule, that very rule is the only reason Mikulak qualified. Ivan Stretovich (RUS), Deng Shudi (CHN), and Yevgen Yudenkov (UKR) were kept out of the final, with each of their countries qualifying two gymnasts ahead of them. Today this rule also helped Ludovico Edalli (ITA) and Milad Karimi (KAZ) qualify for all-around finals.

Mikulak fell four times during qualifications. He reflected on his rough performance, saying, “It took a long time to find ‘normal’ Sam. I don’t let mistakes build up in my mind, I always look for the next event, new opportunity. It just took a long time for me to finally catch my rhythm. I’m glad I finally got it on high bar, because that’s the event I prize the most in my ability as far as all-around finals go.” His performance on high bar today is below. 

Pommel horse qualifications gained lots of attention

Great Britain's Max Whitlock competed today, taking first on pommel horse and qualifying to the event finals. 

“I have the option to increase start value [in the final],” he said. “To be honest, there was so much pressure on me on that. Pressure keeps ramping up every single championship, so that is why I am so happy I got it today. Today was the first time I felt that much energy for a long, long time, it felt so different on the pommel horse today than it has done for the last two years. That was brilliant and gives me so much confidence.” 

Whitlock scored the highest overall, getting a 15.266. He is the 2016 Olympic Champion on pommel horse, is a five-time Olympic medalist, and is a four-time medalist on pommel horse at worlds, two of which were gold and two that were silver. 

Rhys Mcclenaghan took second on pommel horse, behind Whitlock by a mere 00.033 points. Mcclenaghan hit his leg on the pommel horse so he competed his easiest routine and plans to upgrade a few different skills for finals, including bringing his double Russian to a triple. His watered-down routine scored a huge 15.200, so he could give Whitlock some steady competition during event finals. 

Mcclenaghan is the first Irish gymnast ever to make a worlds final. He tweeted how relieved he was to make the cut both for finals and the Olympics, sharing “I started my Olympic Campaign at 8 years old, this did not come easy. So much relief right now.” 

Mcclenaghan competed on the first day of qualifications, but did not find out that he made event finals until today, when everyone finished competing. The men’s pommel horse finals got a lot of attention due to these two being neck and neck, as well as being an event with such high scores.

Laurie Hernandez To Return At November National Team Camp

A little over one year after returning to training and less than one year before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin, Laurie Hernandez is making her first official steps to making the Olympic team. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist has accepted an invite to attend the November national team camp beginning Nov. 15.

Italy, Tang Xijing & Angelina Melnikova Made Big Statements At 2019 Worlds

Tokyo 2020 is coming, and while the USA team is dominating the world stage and getting the hype it deserves, it’s worth taking a look at the U.S.’ top competitors. The 2019 World Championship held in Stuttgart, Germany, Oct. 4-13, gave us a preview of which other athletes and teams we should look out for at next year’s Olympics. 

Shawn Johnson & Husband Andrew East Celebrate Birth Of First Baby

The long-awaited arrival of “Baby East” has finally come! Shawn Johnson East and her husband professional football player Andrew East welcomed their bundle of joy into the world, announcing it via Instagram Monday, and their baby is every bit as precious as you’d expect.

Sunisa Lee Wins Floor Silver, Simone Biles Breaks More Records

The second day of event finals had so many memorable moments it was difficult to narrow down the biggest headlines of the day. Although there were many more exciting moments, here are the three biggest headlines of the day from the final day of the 2019 World Championships. 

Simone Biles, Carlos Yulo Make History In Worlds Event Finals

The first day of event finals at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships was historic and exciting for both the men and women. Simone Biles continued to set new records as she added to her record-breaking medal haul with vault gold. Carlos Yulo became the first Philippine gymnastics world champion with his win on floor. 

Worlds Men's All-Around: Nagornyy Wins, Mikulak Narrowly Misses Podium

The top 24 qualifying men competed in artistic gymnastics all-around finals at the 2019 World Championships, and the competition was an exciting one down to the very last minute. Here are the top three headlines from this competition! 

Simone Biles Makes History With Fifth World All-Around Title

Winning her 22nd World Championship medal, Simone Biles earned women's all-around gold at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships with a score of 58.999. Tang Xijing of China and Angelina Melnikova of Russia were the silver and bronze medalists, respectively.

Russia Wins Its First Men's Team Gold At World Championships

The men’s team final at the 2019 World Championships caused a ton of excitement as the top eight teams came together and battled it out for the title. Here are the top three headlines from this competition, which was close all the way to the finish. 

USA Women Triumph In Gymnastics Team Finals Again

The first medals of the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics Championships were awarded today with the women's team gold going to Team USA for the fifth consecutive World Championships. But that's not the only top story of today's competition.