Igor Radivilov

Quick hits: Doha World Cup finals, Day 2

Jade Carey of the United States.

Jade Carey of the United States.

Men’s Vault:

Jorge Vega Lopez (GUA), VT: Excellent handspring Randi, great in the air, great height, just a large step to the left due to underrotation. He compromised the landing rather than give away any execution deductions in the air. 14.266. Second vault Tsuk 2.5, similiar issue with the landing — underrotated, big step. 14.033, 14.149 average.

Loris Frasca (FRA), VT: 1st reserve is in this final due to injury to Chris Remkes. Very good Tsuk triple. Frankly looks like he could add another half twist to that if he wanted. 14.666. Then Dragulescu, some steps back but not bad. The French have produced some excellent vaulters over the years — Thomas Bouhail, Benoit Caranobe, etc, and he’s the latest. 14.6, 14.633 average.

Tseng Wei-Sheng (TPE), VT: Falls backwards on Tsuk double pike, too much backward momentum but very good in the air. 13.833. Handspring double front, again too much rotation, big steps forward. Still, promising. 14.241, 14.037 average.

Giarnni Regini-Moran (GBR), VT: The 2014 Youth Olympic star shows off a Randi, sizable step back, small amount of helicopter legs show up in the slo-mo, but otherwise very good. 14.8. Half on front double full, small hop forward. Nice job. 14.5, 14.65 average.

Yang Hak-seon (KOR), VT: The rejuvenated 2012 Olympic champion shows his vault, the Yang, handspring front triple full, and it's beautiful. Just a step forward. Form, rotation, speed, a wow jump in every respect. 15.466 is a wow score too. Tsuk triple, hop back, excellence again. 15.066, 15.266 average.

Igor Radivilov is going to really have to bring his A-game to top 2012 Olympic vault champion Yang Hak-seon, who just threw down a fabulous Yang and excellent Tsuk triple. Yang.is.back.

Artur Davtyan (ARM), VT: Dragulescu, amazing, stuck. Coach is jumping up and down, as he should be. Well! 15.058. Davtyan takes a seat to the side of the runway, to...rest? Anyway, second vault is Tsuk 2.5, gives it away with a huge step to the side. 14.333, 14.695 average.

Igor Radivilov (UKR), VT: Terrific Dragulescu, delivered as only a man who has trained a handspring triple front can. Just a little hop. 14.9. Second vault is a Tsuk double pike, lands like a dart, just a step forward. 14.933 for 14.916 average, well done.

Marian Dragulescu (ROU), VT: Dragulescu to his hands and knees. Didn’t have the block or the height he needed to do his own vault well. 13.6. Roundoff, half on, Rudi off, makes it look easy. 14.133 for second vault.

GOLD - Yang Hak-seon, KOR, 15.266
SILVER - Igor Radivilov, UKR, 14.916
BRONZE - Artur Davtyan, ARM, 14.695

Balance Beam:

Nina Derwael (BEL), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount. Bhs, layout. Solid as anything so far. Front aerial. Side somie. Switch, split. Triple (or 2.5?) wolf turn. Double (or 1.5?) wolf turn, small wobble. Gainer full off the end, just a small hop. She really gave nothing away in that routine. Almost complete mastery in both her exercises here and on bars. 13.633.

Marine Boyer (FRA), BB: Front aerial, split jump, tuck half. Roundoff, layout to two feet, just great. Switch, pause, switch half. Wobble on full turn with leg up. Side aerial. Split leap to side somie to split half, small wobble. Double tuck dismount, stuck! 13.333.

Adela Sajn (SLO), BB: The 2008 Olympian shows scissone, wolf jumps. Double turn. Side aerial to side aerial to side somie, sweet combo. Standing back tuck. Front aerial. Wolf jump full. Illusion. Roundoff, 1.5 twist dismount. Unique routine with unusual skill choice. 12.833.

Ting Hua-Tien (TPE), BB: The eponymous back dive mount causes gasps in the Doha crowd. Front aerial, split jump, straddle. Switch to ring jump. Bhs, back pike (falls). Side aerial. Front layout full dismount, step backward. 12.4.

Yumika Nakamura (JPN), BB: Back dive mount. Switch, split. Bhs, layout, balance check. Nearly comes off on switch ring. Side aerial. Nearly off again on front aerial. Double tuck dismount, lands low, step forward. 11.8.

Li Qi (CHN), BB: Press mount, Switch, sheep, bhs, lovely. Roundoff, layout to two feet to immediate straddle, impeccable. Front aerial, split, Onodi, double stag, awesome! Side aerial, straddle, Korbut. Double full, a tiny hop. Wonderful routine! 14.333 moves her into first.

Soyoka Hanawa (JPN), BB: Middle splits mount. Bhs, tucked full (falls). Nice bhs, layout, layout series later on. Switch ring, small wobble. 2.5 twist dismount, hop to the side. Ambitious routine, would be beautiful if she put it all together. 11.466.

Aneta Holasova (CZE), BB: Roundoff, layout stepout mount, more oohs from the audience. Bhs, layout, layout, nice! Front aerial to split. Very aggressive on this event. Switch, split, straddle. Bhs, bhs, double pike, just a step forward. So impressed with her go-get-it under pressure here. 12.8.

GOLD - Li Qi, CHN, 14.333
SILVER - Nina Derwael, BEL, 13.633
BRONZE - Marine Boyer, FRA, 13.333

Parallel Bars:

Ferhat Arican (TUR), PB: Front flip. English handstand, held with some imbalance, into Diamidov. Falls on peach half attempt (I think). There's not a lot of in-between with Arican -- he's brilliant or he comes off. Today, unfortunately, he came off. Stuck double front half out. 13.9.

Mitchell Morgans (AUS), PB: Front flip. Peach half, small hesitation. Peach. Giant full to English handstand to inside Diamidov, nice. Diamidov. Stutz. Stuck double pike. After Australia's very bad day yesterday, how nice for him to deliver this hit set! 14.566.

Vasilii Mikhalitsyn (BLR), PB: Front flip. Peach to English handstand, well done. Peach half, tidy. Inside Diamidov. Diamidov. Stutz. Front layout full twist dismount, something we don't see too often. Beautiful lines throughout. 14.383.

Matteo Levantesi (ITA), PB: Giant, giant full, English handstand, struggles to one handstand...Bhavsar. Gienger. Short on a couple of handstands and just a layout dismount. Hm. 12.866.

Zou Jingyuan (CHN), PB: The sort of routine that makes you feel glad to be alive -- and for him, it wasn't even his best. Overbalanced one handstand just a little, but it doesn't matter. He's going to win by like a point and a half. 15.7.

Vladyslav Polyashov (CHN), PB: Peach half. Giant to English handstand. Insuide Diamidov. Tippelt. Bhavsar. Small overbalance in one handstand. Front flip. Front straddle somie. Double front half out. Nice set from the best Russian gymnast you've never heard of...yet. 15.066.

Andrei Likhovitskiy (BLR), PB: Clear hip half. Giant. Peach. Tippelt. Hesitation on press handstand after back toss 1/4 to the side...Stutz. Double pike dismount, just a tiny step. 14.366.

Phuong Thanh Dinh (VIE), PB: Front flip. Stops briefly after a swing element but does his best to cover. The rest of the routine was solid. Double pike with a small step. Not sure that's going to give him bronze ahead of Mitchell Morgans...13.633.

GOLD - Zou Jingyuan, CHN, 15.7
SILVER - Vladyslav Polyashov, RUS, 15.066
BRONZE - Mitchell Morgans, AUS, 14.566

Women’s Floor Exercise:

Coline Devillard (FRA), FX: Double layout, bounds out of bounds. Front layout walkout to double tuck, stuck that one. Double pike, stepped back and may have put her foot out again, hard to tell. Dismounts with just a layout full. 12.4.

Vanessa Ferrari (ITA), FX: Double layout, small hop back. Music that makes you think of the ballerina in an old fashioned jewelry box. Full in tuck. Switch ring to Tourjete full combo. Kind of stumbles out of double turn with leg at head combo, covers well. Front layout 1/1. 13.3.

Kim Bui (GER), FX: Split 1/1. Great double layout, stuck. Tourjete 1/1. Bounces out of double tuck slightly. Swtch to switch 1/1. A fun, modern piece of music that suits her wonderfully. 2.5 to front pike, stuck. Double pike, step back. Enjoyable to watch. If every pass were like her first one, she’d be a medal contender, but unfortunately there’s not enough torque in this routine to really make her a medal contender. But it’s a well-delivered, enjoyable piece all the same. 13.033.

Varvara Zubova (RUS), FX: Full in, rather labored. Double tuck, hop back. Double turn with leg at head to illusion. 2.5 to punch front. Switch ring. Double pike, stuck. Dramatic symphony music and some cute choreo, but she doesn't make the tumbling lines look easy, frankly. 13.1.

Marta Pihan-Kulesza (POL), FX: Her "Pink Panther," an iconic routine. 2.5 to front layout 1/1, excellent. Arabian double front to rather underdone stag jump. Went for quad turn (I think) but won't get credit for it. Front 2/1 great though. Marta rounding into form before Euros in her hometown Szczecin. 13.233.

Lara Mori (ITA), FX: Whip to full in, almost too much power, steps back. Switch ring to switch side half. 2.5 to front layout with a hop. Triple full. Very entertaining performer, tons of energy and pizzazz. Double pike, a tad short, steps forward. 13.433 puts her first right now.

Jade Carey (USA), FX: Moors, excellent, bounces back but keeps it in bounds. Full twisting double layout, great landing. Double double, small hop back. Improved execution in her dance, though the tumbling is still the highlight. Double tuck, made it look easy. Hit routine! 14.466.

Marine Boyer (FRA), FX: A new routine for Marine for 2019 I believe! 2.5 to punch front. Switch half. Double turn with leg at head. Double tuck, perfect stick. Wolf turn double. Double tuck, too much power, stumbles back a little. 13.2.

GOLD - Jade Carey, USA, 14.466
SILVER - Lara Mori, ITA, 13.433
BRONZE - Vanessa Ferrari, ITA, 13.3

High Bar:

Alexei Rostov (RUS), HB: Cassina, legs a tad bent. Kolman, nothing wrong with that. Layout Tkatchev. Tkatchev half. Flexes feet on Tak full. Tak half. Hands down on dismount, double double layout. 13.291.

Randy Leru (CUB), HB: One arm giant. Liukin, stylish! Layout Tkatchev to Tkatchev to Tkatch half. Layout Tkatchev half. Stalders etc. Good high full twisting double layout with a tiny hop. 14.0.

Hidetaka Miyachi (JPN), HB: One of the recent greats on this event due to his mastery of Kovacs-style skills shows wonderful double twisting layout Kovacs, his own skill, followed by Cassina, Kolman, Kovacs, the kitchen sink. Wonderful set -- the audience adores it! Terrific speed too. Flares out his full twisting double layout dismount and allows himself some celebration. 14.3.

Milad Karimi (KAZ), HB: Yama. Cassina, nice. Kovacs, beautiful! Kolman too. Hop 1.5. Endo. And loses it on an inverts skill, has to swing the other way. Too bad! No medal for him here today...12.566.

Epke Zonderland (NED), HB: Cassina to Kovacs and comes off! Oops. He and Tin Srbic are really the two who stand in the way of Miyachi winning this event here, and he's just taken himself out of contention, which is a chance for Srbic. Epke sticks his double double layout dismount for good measure and shrugs in the kiss and cry. 12.966.

Deng Shudi (CHN), HB: Layout Tkatchev to layout Tkatchev half. Tkatchev. Off on Tkatchev half, just couldn't get his hands around the bar. In the stands, Li Qi is completely unmoved. Yama. Stuck double double layout.

Carlo Macchini (ITA). HB: Kolman. Hop 1.5. Swings the other way on a Tak full, oops. Tak half, nice. Stuck full twisting double layout. So everyone’s sticking the dismount, but the interior has been a bit dodgy for some. 13.3.

Tin Srbic (CRO), HB: Ricna, powerful and unusual for a man to perform. Tkatchev, layout Tkatchev, Tkatchev half. Layout Tkatchev half. Steps on his full twisting double layout dismount. Great all the way through but wondering if he gave the gold away on that dismount..nope! 14.4.

GOLD - Tin Srbic, CRO, 14.4
SILVER - Hidetaka Miyachi, JPN, 14.3
BRONZE - Randy Leru, CUB, 14.0