Worlds Preview: Event Finals, Day 2
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The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships conclude Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where 15 more medals are up for grabs. Pictured: Mai Murakami (Japan)

The 2017 World Gymnastics Championships conclude Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, where 15 more medals are up for grabs. Gymnasts from 19 nations qualified for spots in Sunday's finals — 13 nations for men's events and nine for women.

During the first day of finals on Saturday, remarkably, every title went to defending champions from the 2015 World Championships. There will be no repeat of this Sunday as the world champions in the remaining events will not be competing — high bar champion Kohei Uchimura suffered an ankle injury in qualification and had to withdraw after his third event; while American Simone Biles (balance beam and floor exercise), North Korea's Ri Se Gwang (men's vault) and China's China's You Hao (parallel bars) did not compete in Montreal.

However, the men's field includes four previous world champions, including one reigning Olympic champion and two 2012 Olympic champions.

History has already been made in Montreal this week, with Ellie Black taking the first world all-around medal for Canada, Nina Derwael becoming the first Belgian female to win a world medal, and Artem Dolgopyat earning Israel's best world finish with the silver medal on floor exercise. More historic results are possible during Sunday's finals, which includes two nations that have never won a world championship medal (Guatemala and Turkey) and three that have never won a world gold medal (Canada, Croatia and Cuba).

Still rings finalist İbrahim Çolak was the first Turkish gymnast to compete in a world championship final, and set the bar with his fifth-place finish. Teammate Ferhat Arıcan, who will compete on parallel bars, has a chance to better him.

Thanks to the four-way tie on uneven bars at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, the FIG has decided to refuse to allow ties and will institute a tie-break — a disappointing decision considering the many other options at their disposal, such as increasing the number of judges in event finals or allowing deductions of .05.

Men's Vault

Reigning Olympic champion: Ri Se Gwang (North Korea)
Reigning world champion: Ri Se Gwang (North Korea)

Men's vault is always the most unpredictable. What is clear is that any of the finalists are capable of taking the title during the final, which typically sees multiple falls as well as risky upgrades.

Pioneer Ri Se Gwang (North Korea) is absent from these world championships, but his Korean rival, Yang Hakseon, is back in Montreal. Yang, the 2011 and 2013 world champion and 2012 Olympic champion, was sidelined by major leg injuries in 2015 and 2016. Any doubt as to whether or not he had recovered was put down during qualification, when he outscored the field.

Kenzo Shirai, the bronze medalist on vault at the 2016 Olympics, will likely upgrade to his phenomenal 3 1/2-twisting Yurchenko. Korea's Kim Hansol is also a phenomenal twister, and will be appearing in his fifth world final.

Former world champion Marian Drăgulescu (Romania) lost the Olympic bronze on vault last summer because of the cruel tie-break requirements, which the FIG has unfortunately reinstated for world championships. He is Romania's only finalist and medal hope in Montreal, and his namesake vault (handspring double front with a half) is still one of the most difficult being done.

Ukraine's Igor Radivilov, whose insane handspring triple front vault has been banned by the FIG, has gone back to his easier Dragulescu, one of the best in the world. Radivilov has been inconsistent on this vault and frequently misses one of his vaults, but with luck he could land on his feet and the podium Sunday.

Jorge Vega is the first gymnast from Guatemala to make a world final, so any result he achieves will be historic.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScoreAverage
1.4.Keisuke Asato6.08.633-0.114.53314.717
5.69.30014.900
2.2.Kenzo Shirai5.69.63315.23314.950
5.29.46614.666
3.8.Jorge Vega5.69.16614.76614.616
5.29.366-0.114.466
4.3.Marian Drăgulescu5.69.30014.90014.867
5.49.43314.833
5.5.Zachari Hrimèche5.68.93314.53314.700
5.69.26614.866
6.6.Igor Radivilov5.69.10014.70014.671
5.69.141-0.114.641
7.7.Kim Hansol5.69.26614.86614.650
5.29.23314.433
8.1.Yang Hakseon6.09.60015.60015.283
5.69.36614.966
R1Artur Dalaloyan5.69.183-0.114.68314.608
5.69.033-0.114.533
R2Eddie Penev5.29.33314.53314.567
5.49.20014.600

Balance Beam

Reigning Olympic champion: Sanne Wevers (Netherlands)
Reigning world champion: Simone Biles (United States)

Beam has been the harshest judged event in Montreal. Germany's Tabea Alt has scored the highest during both the qualification and all-around, while teammate Pauline Schäfer, the defending bronze medalist from 2015, is the only gymnast to score above 8.00 in Execution in Montreal on beam. Both have a good chance of becoming the first female world champion for united Germany, and the first German to win beam since East German legend Maxi Gnauck in 1981. Alt is incredibly consistent and clean on beam, while Schäfer has an original element named after her already: the awesome side somi with a 1/2 turn.

Olympic champion Sanne Wevers missed the final after mistakes in qualification, including one that left her missing a special requirement.

New all-around champion Morgan Hurd has the only full-twisting double back dismount in the competition. Ellie Black already made history with her all-around medal on Friday, and could do it again with the title. After narrowly missing gold medals in the all-around and uneven bars, Russia's Yelena Yeryomina is no doubt aiming for gold.

Japan's Mai Murakami, who lost the all-around title after falling on beam, will be aiming for redemption Sunday as she competes in both women's events. The only Japanese female to win a world title is Keiko Tanaka, who took gold on beam in 1954.

The stylish Chinese Liu Tingting, competing in her first worlds, has everything she needs to win the gold if she delivers under pressure.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.3.Pauline Schäfer5.38.13313.433
2.6.Yelena Yeryomina5.47.83313.233
3.4.Ellie Black5.87.63313.433
4.8.Mai Murakami5.67.60013.200
5.5.Asuka Teramoto5.77.63313.333
6.2.Morgan Hurd5.67.90013.500
7.7.Liu Tingting5.77.633-0.113.233
8.1.Tabea Alt5.97.63313.533
R1Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.77.36613.066
R2Diana Varinska5.17.93313.033

Parallel bars

Reigning Olympic champion: Oleg Vernyayev (Ukraine)
Reigning world champion: You Hao (China)

Oleg Vernyayev has had a disappointing worlds so far, and will need to nail his routine to beat a very tough field. China's Zou Jingyuan is incredible on this event and has scored above 16.00 this year. David Belyavsky (Russia) and Marcel Nguyen (Germany) are both Olympic medalists on this event.

Cuba's Manrique Larduet is determined to win a world title, and parallel bars may be his best shot.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.2.Zou Jingyuan6.68.63315.233
2.5.Lin Chaopan6.48.60015.000
3.4.David Belyavsky6.48.66615.066
4.9.Pablo Brägger6.48.40014.800
5.6.Ferhat Arıcan6.38.63314.933
6.1.Oleg Vernyayev6.78.76615.466
7.7.Marcel Nguyen6.58.43314.933
8.3.Manrique Larduet6.48.80015.200
R1Donnell Whittenburg6.38.46614.766
R2Wataru Tanigawa6.08.73314.733

Women's Floor Exercise

Reigning Olympic champion: Simone Biles (United States)
Reigning world champion: Simone Biles (United States)

Murakami has the best combination of difficulty and choreography in the final, and badly wants to take gold Sunday. Canada's Brooklyn Moors, fifth in qualification, has a routine that is simply magnificent in artistic detail. Crowd-pleaser Claudia Fragapane is the only British woman in the finals in Montreal and is aiming for her first individual world medal.

Top qualifier Ragan Smith (United States) was forced to scratch after spraining her ankle during vault warmups in the all-around. Ellie Black, first alternate, took her spot. American Jade Carey, second on vault on Saturday, has some of the best tumbling in the final.

Three-time Olympian and former world champion Vanessa Ferrari is back after double Achilles' tendon surgery after the Rio Olympics. Ferrari will be the final competitor for women in Montreal.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.2.Mai Murakami5.88.40014.200
2.5.Brooklyn Moors5.48.46613.866
3.8.Lara Mori5.67.90013.500
4.3.Jade Carey5.78.40014.100
5.4.Claudia Fragapane5.78.23313.933
6.9.Ellie Black5.08.43313.433
7.6.Thaís Fidelis5.58.23313.733
8.7.Vanessa Ferrari5.77.90013.600
R1Aiko Sugihara5.38.13313.433
R2Wang Yan5.78.066-0.413.366

High Bar

Reigning Olympic champion: Fabian Hambüchen (Germany)
Reigning world champion: Kohei Uchimura (Japan)

With Uchimura out and Olympic champion Fabian Hambüchen (Germany) retired, it's time for a new king on high bar. That may be the old king, the "Flying Dutchman" Epke Zonderland, who reclaims his throne.

Tin Srbić, third in qualification, is hoping to be Croatia's first world medalist since Filip Ude took silver on pommel horse in 2014.

Switzerland has two gymnasts in the final in Pablo Brägger and Oliver Hegi, either of whom could become the first Swiss world champion since Li Dongua on pommel horse in 1995. Brägger, who actually tied for first in qualification but was dropped to second because of a tie-break, has the highest difficulty of the field, though other finalists may upgade.

Belyavsky, who qualified to the most finals of any male gymnast with three, may not have the difficulty to medal, but is surely seeking redemption after his fluke fall in the all-around cost him the gold.

Order/Qual.GymnastDENDScore
1.6.Bart Deurloo6.17.93314.033
2.2.Pablo Brägger6.87.63314.433
3.1.Epke Zonderland6.57.93314.433
4.4.Oliver Hegi6.28.13314.333
5.7.Randy Lerú6.27.80014.000
6.8.Hidetaka Miyachi6.27.76613.966
7.3.Tin Srbić6.47.96614.366
8.5.David Belyavsky5.88.40814.208
R1Nile Wilson6.17.83313.933
R2Marvin Kimble6.27.73313.933
 

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