Belyavsky Looks to Put Fluke Fall Him in Sunday's Finals
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Aiming for his first world title when he competes in Sunday's parallel bars and high bar finals, David Belyavsky of Russia made no excuses for the fall on high bar that cost him the all-around title on Thursday night.


David Belyavsky (Russia)

Belyavsky led the competition after five rotations by half a point, but lost a full point when he peeled off on a Yamawaki on high bar in the last rotation and dropped to fourth place. He finished 0.318 behind behind gold medalist Xiao Ruoteng of China, 0.133 points behind silver medalist Lin Chaopan of China and 0.016 points behind bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai of Japan.

"I knew that if I did well I could make it into the top three," said Belvavsky of his thoughts as he prepared for his high bar routine on Thursday.

Belyavsky, who also placed fourth all-around at the 2016 Olympic Games, had no explanation for his error on an otherwise consistently performed release skill.

"I do not why," he said. "It just happened. Usually I do it well. I was too close to the bar."

Belyavsky came back on Saturday to win the silver medal on pommel horse in Saturday's event finals, his first world championships medal. He will challenge for medals on parallel bars and high bar on Sunday.

Belvavsky will first compete in the parallel bars final, having qualified fourth to the final on this apparatus. He won bronze on parallel bars at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Of the eight qualifiers for the high bar final, Belvaysky had the lowest Difficulty score (5.80) and the highest Execution score (8.408) in qualifications, for a total of 14.208 points.

Belyavsky ranked fifth in qualifications behind 2012 Olympic champion Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands (14.433), Pablo Brägger of Switzerland (also 14.433, qualifying second because of his lower E-score), Tin Srbić of Croatia (14.366) and Olivier Hegi of Switzerland (14.333).

In the high bar final at this spring's European Championships, Brägger, Hegi and Belyavsky placed first, second and third, respectively.

Competition concludes Sunday with three men's finals (vault, parallel bars and high bar) and two women's finals (balance beam and floor exercise).

Belyavsky and Brägger, who also qualified for the parallel bars final, are the only gymnasts who advanced to two of the three men's finals on Sunday.

Ellie Black of Canada and Mai Murakami of Japan, who placed second and fourth, respectively, in the women's all-around final on Friday, are the only gymnasts who qualified for both of the women's finals on Sunday. On floor, Black replaced the injured Ragan Smith (United States), who sprained her ankle prior to the women's all-around final.

The competition continues in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the second day of apparatus finals. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

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