I'm still recovering from the AbFab5 victory yesterday - snaps ladies! Dahlink, you rocked the bedazzled ribs leotard like Afan couldn't.
The first event has already finished, and spoiler alert - Uchimura managed a PH dismount! Per usual, he's brought his best to AA finals.
Orozco & Leyva both hit floor for 15.466 & 15.3662347 respectively. Orozco had another major PH error for another 12 on PH - this one a 12.566. Uchimura rocked rings and stuck his tucked double-double dismount for what will be a huge score.
Belyavsky struggled on his spindles but hit pommel like I'd like to hit his pommel. A girl can dream, and especially with Belyavsky and his official Russian torso squiggles. I'm now ignoring the South Korean gymnast with a nice jersey to watch Belyavsky's coach massage his arm muscles. Oh, to be a men's coach. Catty has a new goal in life. Catty like.
Leyva on PH - hit the opening nice, now rocking the spindles and his Russian sequence. Struggle up to the handstand on the dismount - another major deduction, but hopefully he will score above 13. His routine might need some rhythmic clapping like HB. I'm sure the gaynation will help out. 13.500.
Kuksenkov (Ukies) on PH - has a couple of leg separations on his traveling circles, but hits cleanly and nicely. Someday I'll understand why so many other nations have mastered PH, and Team USA keeps struggling mightily on this event. Can we unearth Mogilny and have him start training again and become 'merican?
Thomas (GB) on PH - Smith's lines and PH circles have rubbed off well on Kristian. GB has nice pommels - why can't USA have nice pommels? And Kristian? 14.566 - nice hit routine.
Speaking of pommels, why can't we have Sam Mikulak in AA? He competed 5 of 6 events in Qualifications, and USA held out a top AAer to have Dalton compete on rings before TFs. It's rings, not rocket surgery. They're not going to differ that much amongst all other Gymnova rings.
Standings after 2 events:
|3||KIM Soo Myun||30.641|
|6||GOMEZ FUERTES Javier||30.266|
|21||SASAKI JUNIOR Sergio||28.599|
I'm sorry the standings may be pinker than the arena. My bad.
Uchimura nails his Amanar, er, Yurchenko 2.5 for a 16.266. Can we just call it a Maroney already? After that vault we may be forced to call it an Uchimura.
Marcel Nguyen (GER) on vault - nice vault (15.DEVIL, aka 15.666), and now Shannon's talking depth perception between red carpet & pink podium cover. You call it depth perception issue, I'm calling it a lot of other unmentionable things.
Leyva (USA) rings - hits, but I am still traumatized by PH. I grew up in a world of Mogilny and Bagiu and now? Louis Smith is considered a PH master when he can't point his feet. Gah. Leyva goes 14.733.
New request - if I'm going to have men's gymnastics finals constantly interrupted by commercials featuring Ryan Lochte, can he please wear a skimpier suit? Then I would support these commercials, as long as they keep making the men wear
Thomas (GBR) rings - some shakes, but made it through all right. The GBR team is looking much better trained & peaked here than USA. And how glad is Uchimura that China's all, no Guo, don't compete AA. Rest while we dominate EFs? Really glad.
Orozco (USA) rings - finally looking strong, really hitting his straddle planche & sticking the fun, unusual tucked double back 1.5 with a funky front landing. John, you seem down. Do some karaoke before vault - you know Rent always cheers you up! And a 15.200!
Tanaka (JPN) pb - gorgeous lines, clean tucked double back, nice single rail pike press handstand, small hop on the double pike dismount, but gorgeous work.
While I'm pondering Team USA decisions, why did Orozco (under 2 years from Achillies rupture) vault instead of Mikulak, just the guy who qualified to vault EFs and was sitting out AA? Anyone? I know he has an ankle issue, but obvi it was fine for Qualis, and the 3 events left were upper body events?
Standings after 3 rotations:
|4||KIM Soo Myun||45.607|
|6||GOMEZ FUERTES Javier||44.999|
|9||SASAKI JUNIOR Sergio||44.699|
The top 2, from Japan, are in the 2nd group, not the top 6 group from qualifying. Peak too early much, vaulters?
And thank you commenter below - I had no idea Mikulak vaulted in TFs! The individual event feeds have not worked for me until this morning. Still sad Orozco instead of Horton was vaulting in TFs.
Shhh - Belyavsky (RUS) is vaulting. Insane piked Tsuk double back. GORGEOUS! Big step back but clean & gorgeous.
Leyva (USA) vault - sticks his Kas double! Lovely Danell! Your towel will be more thrilled than my gays.
Verniaiev (UKR) hb - easy Tak 1/2, nice el-grip work, high Tkachev, Rybalko, el-grip Endo, more endos in under grip. Layout double-double dismount, which Shannon calls "safe." Bokay, flung-out double layout lady. But seriously, will take her over Elfster any day.
Thomas (GBR) vault - NOOOOOO - sits (hand, not butt) down Tsuk double pike. NOOOOO handsome Brit Kristian with the fabulous (in my dreams) accent.
Orozco (USA) vault - handspring front double full. Had the landing (one step, very upright) he wishes he had yesterday and goes 15.9.
Hambuchen (GER) vault - Amanar to gorgeous, gorgeous butt. I light a candle for your seated vault, Fab-buchen.
Tanaka (JPN) hb - rocking a gorgeous routine, one pause, gorgeous Kohlman, stuck layout double double.
Sasaki Junior (BRA) pb - nice double back, huge Tippelt (I think), clean press, stuck double pike dismount. He's a definite hope for Rio 2016.
Purvis (GBR) pb - right away off on a Diamadov (?) - noooooo! Big Red is off! Finishes up cleanly, but sadly that will take him out of the AA.
My apologies - I'll brush up on my men's skill (wink wink nudge nudge) names for EFs. I have PB dyslexia. Someone send me Phillip Boy to help me study.
The Kohei (JPN) pb - money. This man is money. Just exhibiting perfection - the obvious deduction was a low double pike dismount with .3 hop forward.
Standings after 4 events:
|7||SASAKI JUNIOR Sergio||59.899|
|20||KIM Soo Myun||57.873|
|21||GOMEZ FUERTES Javier||57.732|
Uchimura the man is on top, where he likes to be even if that's not where he should be. Thanks early commenter!
Nguyen (GER) hb rocks the routine, and the British announcer awkwardly pronounces him "New-Yen!" It's "gWen", white dude... 15.200.
Leyva appears to have hit pb, and the towel is happy. 15.833 and everyone is happy.
Tanaka (JPN) fx - Running f double full, barani. Tucked Thomas (?). Ro back 1.5, rudi. Gorgeous pike press hs. Ro 2.5, front full - appears to have sat down. Low triple full (hop) to finish. 14.166
Kuksenkov (UKR) pb - clean routine - bends his legs too early in giants, but a nice front toss and amazing double front dismount.
Tough moment for the crowd - Purvis on hb, Thomas on pb - both GBR. Both are still suffering hangovers from their 4th rotation falls. How does GBR get their men to look soooooo earnest?
Uchimura the Man (JPN) hb - el-grip circles - huge layout Tkachev - GIANT Cassina - Rybalko - nice Tak - hop full, Rybalko, layout double-double - absolutely stuck! Superman! Er, Superbottom! Whatevs. Gorge. Clean fx and that gold medal is his.
Orozco the dejected just finished on pb - looks like he went clean, one step back on the double pike dismount. He goes 15.2ish - good comeback! Look happier John!
Fabuchen (GER) pb - nice, attacked pb routine, hop forward on the double pike dismount.
Belyavsky (RUS) pb - gorgeous pb work, lovely front tosses, just clean & high & stretched. Nice stutz. FRONT DOUBLE PIKE DISMOUNT - holy hell that's hard. Small hop forward.
Going into the last event, the standings are:
|8||SASAKI JUNIOR Sergio||74.732|
|20||GOMEZ FUERTES Javier||71.998|
|21||KIM Soo Myun||71.573|
Amazing that Orozco & Leyva, despite early ph issues, have worked their way back into the top 10. Taking their cue from Uchimura's woes the first 2 days of competition, the greatest gymnasts have the shortest memories.
Kuksenkov (UKR) hb - nice layout Tkachev, Tak, I think a Kohlman @ beginning, and gives up with an easy-peasy full-twist double layout.
Tanaka (JPN) ph - this is the test. I doubt he'll end up on the medal stand finishing ph, but weirder things have happened. Nice opening scissors to hs, easy single pommel circles, and he's off. Too bad. Buh bye. And yes, Shannon, it WILL drop him out of the medals.
Kristian Thomas (GBR) hb - pirouette to Tak, Tkachev-1/2, and sticks the easy-peasy full-twisting double layout. Orozco chalks up for redemption.
Orozco (USA) hb - layout Tkachev, Liukin (full-twisting layout Tkachev), Rybalko, rough double layout full. He's off, but good for him to finish up with clean routines after the PH disaster.
Fabuchen (GER) hb - gorgeous Kohlman, and off on a full-twisting layout Jaeger- gah! Wow. Sad.
SUPCHIMURA (JPN) fx - 3.5 to barani. Hands down on 2nd pass! Running front full, front double full. Can't believe the hands down - he must be furious with himself. Gorgeous tucked Thomas. Even hopped the signature dismount triple full that he ALWAYS sticks. Kohei has made this interesting.
But SUPCHIMURA and the cash of the Japanese federation goes far - 15.1! Kohei Untouchable!
Leyva (USA) hb - let's see if he can hit. Nice Liukin. Gorgeous layout Kovacs. Nice layout Tkachev, perfect hop change - one step on the lay double double. He's clapping for himself. A creepy USA flag shirt man is waving a flag in the stands. Yin is reacting - act surprised!
Leyva into 2nd - probably bronze for him. Huge 15.7! Let's see what Nguyen scores.
Yep - Uchimura, Nguyen (the new Boy) and Leyva. Congrats to all! Sad for Kuksenkov - another 4th place for the fabulous Ukies.
Give it up for SUPCHIMURA! Give that man a cape. Amazing job for Nguyen - the side-fades are working for him & Smith so far this week. And Danell and his towel win a bronze. Congratulations to all!
Your final standings are:
|10||SASAKI JUNIOR Sergio||88.965|
|20||KIM Soo Myun||85.773|
|23||GOMEZ FUERTES Javier||84.431|