Preview: World Event Finals, Day Two
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The 2010 World Championships conclude Sunday with the final day of apparatus finals at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena.

The event finals are no afterthought however, as five more gymnasts will be crowned world champions.

Women's all-around champion Aliya Mustafina has four medals already, but will she have the endurance to win two more? If so, she will become the first female gymnast to win the maximum number of world medals since compatriot Yelena Shushunova snagged six at the 1987 Worlds, held at the very same arena.

There's other gymnasts aiming for history as well, including Lauren Mitchell, who has two shots at becoming Australia's first female world gymnastics champion.

The FIG does not allow one-touch warmup in event finals, which could contribute to more mistakes from the gymnasts. The podium adds more bounce to the apparatus, and timing is crucial. In particular, men's vault finals could be full of falls today.

Using qualification scores, let's a take a look at this afternoon's event finals:

Balance Beam

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
1.Ana Porgras6.48.86615.266

Strengths: Artistry, consistency
Weaknesses: None

The beautiful Ana Porgras debuted a new routine in September that boosted her Difficulty score. Porgras, the top qualifier, brings the traditional Romanian consistency to beam along with her own lovely style.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
2.Rebecca Bross6.58.76615.266

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Bross nailed her beam routine in qualifications to tie Porgras for the highest score, but had several wobbles in the team final and fell in the all-around. Bross is tough as nails however, delivering an incredible floor routine in the all-around despite an injured leg. Bross already owns two silver and three bronze medals in world competition, and will be gunning for gold Sunday.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
3.Anna Dementyeva6.38.83315.133

Strengths: Difficulty, artistry
Weaknesses: Inexperience

You won't find a more gorgeous gymnast than Dementyeva, who is artistic down to every last detail. But Dementyeva, who won't turn 16 until Dec. 28, is the youngest gymnast in Rotterdam and the most inexperienced on her team. Last up in the beam final, Dementyeva will be under even more pressure to nail her routine.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
4.Deng Linlin6.58.60015.100

Strengths: Difficulty, experience, artistry
Weaknesses: None

Reigning world champion Deng Linlin has proved many times she can deliver when it counts, including in the 2008 Olympic team final and last year's world beam final. The only real question is if Deng will throw her layout full. Only fourth in qualification, Deng may need to risk more in the final to win.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
5.Lauren Mitchell6.78.26614.966

Strengths: Difficulty, style
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Mitchell's 6.7 Difficulty was the highest in qualification, and her beam routine is packed with tricks and cool moves. But she fell off beam at the Commonwealth Games and in the team final in Rotterdam. The silver medalist in 2009, Mitchell could win the Australian women's first world title if she nails the routine of her life Sunday.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
6.Aliya Mustafina6.28.73314.933

Strengths: Artistry, difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution, exhaustion

This beam routine with be Mustafina's 17th salute in Rotterdam, and she must be nearing exhaustion if she's not there already. Her routine on the apparatus is exquisite, but she needs to clean up her leg form on her triple twist dismount. The world all-around champion can medal again if she hits, but she may be more apt to tired mistakes Sunday.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
7.Alicia Sacramone6.08.86614.866

Strengths: Experience, consistency
Weaknesses: Difficulty

New world vaulting champion Alicia Sacramone has nothing to lose in the beam final. She has less difficulty than the other finalists but plenty of style, not to mention her double pike dismount is the best in the world.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
10.Yana Demyanchuk6.18.43314.533

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Demyanchuk, the 2009 European champion, is Ukraine's only female finalist in Rotterdam. She's returning from a knee injury, and has been less than consistent on this event. But a hit routine would be a great moment for the Ukrainians, whose last world title was Irina Krasnyanskaya on beam in 2006.

Men's Vault

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
1.Anton Golotsutskov7.09.55016.55016.475
7.09.40016.400

Strengths: Difficulty, experience
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Golotsutskov vaulted to the top in qualification, no mean feat considering the heavy competition to get into the men's vault final. He prefers a different technique for his double front-half, twisting early to make it more like a Cuervo-in, back out. Golotsutskov has been betrayed by inconsistency in the past, and he needs to put both vaults to his feet Sunday to impress Russia's coaches.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
2.Dmitry Kasperovich7.09.33316.33316.433
7.09.53316.533

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Kasperovich is the oldest of all the finalists in Rotterdam, but can still vault with the best of them. It's nearly impossible to be consistent on 7.0 Difficulty vaults, but Kasperovich has the experience to draw on in the final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
3.Thomas Bouhail7.09.36616.36616.366
7.09.36616.366

Strengths: Experience, consistency, execution
Weaknesses: None

Bouhail actually tied Poland's Leszek Blanik for first in the 2008 Olympic final, but was dropped to silver by a cruel tie-break. Bouhail's form is among the best on the Tsukahara double pike, which often sees gymnasts tuck their legs down too early.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
4.Yang Hak Seon7.09.43316.43316.266
7.09.10016.100

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Inexperience

Yang nailed his layout Randi in the team final for a phenomenal 16.666. But the 17 year old may lack the experience to land both vaults well in his first world final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
5.Flavius Koczi7.09.16616.16616.266
7.09.36616.366

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Execution

Second in 2009, Koczi has experience on his side. But his form is often ragged on his twists, which could make the difference in a close final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
6.Andrei Isayev6.69.43316.03316.233
7.09.43316.433

Strengths: Power
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Isayev has a great Dragulescu and Tsuk double pike, but watered down the first in qualification. He will need to hit both in the final for a medal chance.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
7.Jeffrey Wammes6.89.60016.40016.216
6.69.5330.116.033

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Difficulty

Wammes has less difficulty than most of the other finalists, but his vaults may be easier to stick in the final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScoreAverage
8.Luis Rivera6.69.63316.23316.133
6.69.5330.116.033

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Difficulty

In qualification, Rivera had the easiest vaults of all the finalists, and will need to upgrade in the final or hope for mistakes from his competitors to get a medal.

Parallel Bars

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
1.Feng Zhe6.89.06615.866

Strengths: Difficulty, execution
Weaknesses: None

The brilliang Feng was first in qualification in 2009 but edged in the final by teammate Wang Guanyin. The title is Feng's to lose in 2010.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
2.Teng Haibin6.49.23315.633

Strengths: Difficulty, execution
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Teng is inconsistent on other events, but usually nails parallel bars. It will be hard for Teng to win, however, without a major mistake from his teammate.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
4.Fabian Hambüchen6.39.13315.433

Strengths: Execution
Weaknesses: Difficulty

Hambüchen has less difficulty than the Chinese, but can still medal with a strong performance and stuck dismount.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
5.Koji Uematsu6.58.90015.400

Strengths: Difficulty, artistry
Weaknesses: None

Uematsu has less difficulty than Feng, but more than Teng. He will need to nail his routine in the final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
6.Adam Kierzkowski6.09.36615.366

Strengths: Experience, execution
Weaknesses: Difficulty

Kierzkowski had the least difficulty of any of the finalists, but the highest execution. Kierzkowski has been one of the most consistent gymnasts on parallel bars over the past few years, and has the experience to nail his routine in the final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
7.Kohei Uchimura6.58.86615.366

Strengths: Artistry, execution, difficulty
Weaknesses: None

The two-time world all-around champion brings beauty to every event, and parallel bars is no exception. If he's feeling strong and healthy, Uchimura could win his fourth medal in Rotterdam.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
8.Samuel Piasecky6.58.86615.366

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Like Kierzkowski, Piasecky is a veteran with many World Cups under his belt. He has a good level of difficulty but will need to be sharper with his execution to medal.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
9.Eldar Valeyev6.98.46615.366

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Valeyev had even more difficulty than Feng, but his low execution score was costly as he grabbed the final qualification spot. He will need to improve in the final.

Women's Floor Exercise

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
1.Aliya Mustafina5.89.03314.833

Strengths: Artistry
Weaknesses: Exhaustion

Mustafina can win this event with a nailed routine, but she will need to dig deep for one more great performance.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
2.Ksenia Afanasyeva5.88.96614.766

Strengths: Artistry, difficulty, experience
Weaknesses: Consistency

Afanasyeva can score above 15.000 with a nailed routine, but she's been prone to inconsistency. She delivered a beautfiul, clutch routine in the team final, however, and a repeat performance Sunday should land this diva among the medalists.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
3.Sandra Izbasa6.08.76614.766

Strengths: Consistency, difficulty, experience
Weaknesses: None

Izbasa has made a fantastic comeback from her torn Achilles in September 2009, and is as consistent as ever with her tumbling. Her new routine to "Hava Nagila" and "Kalinka" is a crowd favorite and well choreographed, and with only three tumbling passes, is a refreshing chance of pace in the women's floor final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
4.Sui Lu5.98.73314.633

Strengths: Artistry
Weaknesses: Inconsistency

Sui, the 2009 world bronze medalist, would love to redeem herself after missing her beam routine in the team final.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
5.Lauren Mitchell5.88.7660.114.466

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Choreography

Mitchell took second in 2009, and will need a nailed routine this year to win another medal. Mitchell has strong tumbling, including a great piked full-in second pass, but her choreography in this routine often does not match the intense music.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
6.Diana Chelaru5.98.56614.466

Strengths: Tumbling
Weaknesses: Choreography

Along with Afanasyeva, Chelaru throws the only double layout of the finalists, and she has the only full-in dismount. She performs to a great cut of "Hungarian Rhapsody," but the choreography is immature in places.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
7.Vanessa Ferrari5.68.85814.458

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: Difficulty

Following ankle surgery last year, Ferrari hasn't been able to regain her double-double mount. But the former world champion is a sentimental favorite for audiences.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
8.Alexandra Raisman5.78.68314.383

Strengths: Tumbling
Weaknesses: Aristry

Raisman is a strong tumbler, and opens with the same pass Beth Tweddle used to win the world floor title in 2009. But her much-criticized execution is a factor on floor exercise, where judges are not shy to take deductions for bent knees and flat feet.

High Bar

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
1.Zhang Chenglong7.38.46615.766

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Zhang had a massive 7.3 Difficulty score in qualification, even though his routine lacks big releases. His leg form needs a lot of work as well. Unfortunately judges don't seem to care anymore about pointed toes, especially on high bar, the worst-judged event in all of gymnastics.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
2.Koji Uematsu7.48.33315.733

Strengths: Difficulty, execution
Weaknesses: Consistency

Uematsu has the best routine of the final, with exciting releases and beautiful form. But he fell on a simple move in the all-around, costing him a medal.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
3.Fabian Hambüchen6.88.90015.700

Strengths: Experience
Weaknesses: None

Hambüchen, the 2007 world champion on high bar, is one of the world's most popular gymnasts and always excites on high bar. He will need to show his more difficult routine in the final to medal, however.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
4.Danell Leyva7.08.63315.633

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Leyva has an exciting routine with a huge full-twisting layout Tkatchev, but loses form throughout his routine.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
5.Philipp Boy7.08.56615.566

Strengths: Difficulty, experience
Weaknesses: Exhaustion

Boy has been in plenty of high bar finals, and tied teammate Hambüchen for the bronze at this year's Europeans. But he may be tired after competing 18 routines already in Rotterdam.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
6.Chris Brooks6.68.90015.500

Strengths: Consistency
Weaknesses: Execution

Brooks is very consistent on this routine, but with sloppy feet (see Zhang Chenglong).

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
7.Epke Zonderland6.88.52515.325

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Zonderland is the last hope to bring a medal to the host nation and will be under pressure in the final. Zonderland has improved greatly on his execution, but it still could be better.

Qualification Rank/ScoresDifficultyExecutionNDScore
9.Feng Zhe6.98.36615.266

Strengths: Difficulty
Weaknesses: Execution

Feng's 6.9 Difficulty landed him in the final, but his execution is weak. Like his teammate, his routine also works the Code yet is not exciting.

Comments (3)add comment

Lora said:

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the FIG are idiots! Men's high bar was a joke! Poor Epke and Fabian, either should have won.
 
October 24, 2010
Votes: -2

BeCha said:

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Lora, YOU are such an idiot...
You don't know nothing about gymnastics...
There's 2 notes with the new code. One for the Difficulty and one for the Execution.
Epke and Fabien both had a higher execution note than Zhang. But they both had a lower difficulty note. When you add D and E, and if you D is lower, you can't win!!! And the D note is not fixed by the jury but by the code, in regard of the elements included in the routine...
 
October 24, 2010
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Lora said:

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Becha, I KNOW there are two scores. And yes the FIG are idiots for creating such a stupid Code that has Zhang Chenglong winning that high bar final over so many better routines.
 
October 24, 2010
Votes: +0

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