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Russia's Artur Dalaloyan Wins All-Around In Doha
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In the Aspire Dome at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan won the all-around final, tying Xiao Ruoteng of China with 87.598 apiece. But they take the top five scores, so Dalaloyan won the gold. Xiao, who won the the all-around in Montreal last year, won silver.

Dalaloyan placed first on rings (14.533), second on floor exercise (14.800) and parallel bars (15.566), and third on high bar (14.166).

Nikita Nagornyy, also Russian, claimed the bronze with 86.331. All three medalists went six-for-six.

Sun Wei (China) placed fourth with 85.898, and five-time U.S. champion Sam Mikulak placed fifth with 85.273.

Mikulak was having the meet of his life, placing third on pommel horse (14.300) and third on parallel bars (15.441). Then disaster struck on high bar. He caught his second release (Kolman) a little close and had to pike his giant over the top. But the biggest blow was a Tkatchev to Tkatchev-half to mixed grip (Moznik). He placed fifth with 85.273.

A similar issue happened to Mikulak at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. And once again he was ambushed on high bar. He shot too low on his Takemoto and ended up doing two extra giants in a mixed grip. He was in a position to medal but he placed sixth.

"Just probably (the) biggest disappointment,” Mikulak said. “I thought this was my year, and had it in my grasp and just let it go. My goal is to get individual medals; all-around is definitely the one I wanted the most.”

Said Yul Moldauer, Mikulak’s teammate: “(Sam) has worked so hard. I can’t even imagine what’s going through his head." Moldauer placed 12th (81.932), lacking the difficulty to contend. He also fell off pommel horse.

The sixth through 10th in order were Kazuma Kaya (Japan) 84.765; Kenzo Shira (Japan) 84.531; James Hall (Great Britain) 84.298; Artur Davtyan (Armenia) 83.140; and Marias Georgiou (Cypress) 82.032.

Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev had a huge lead after parallel bars, but high bar ruined his chances for gold. He went the wrong way on a Takemoto and put his hands down on his layout double-double. He placed 14th with 81.564.

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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