Five U.S. men advance to finals at 2013 World Gymnastics Championships
posted on 10/01/2013

© John Cheng

ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct. 1, 2013 – Five U.S. men qualified for the finals at the at the 2013 World Gymnastics Championships at the Antwerp (Belgium) Sports Palace today, and Olympic team gold medalist Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, will compete at 2 p.m. local time in the first of five subdivisions in the women's qualification round.

The U.S. men who will compete in the finals, along with the event and qualification round ranking, are: Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./University of Michigan, all-around (second) and horizontal bar (fourth); Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton HHonors (Ohio State University), still rings (third) and parallel bars (sixth); Steven Legendre of Port Jefferson, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), floor exercise (eighth) and vault (eighth); Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), floor exercise (sixth) and first reserve athlete for vault; and John Orozco of the Bronx, N.Y./Team Hilton HHonors (U.S. Olympic Training Center), parallel bars (seventh).

In today's qualification round, Legendre performed four double flipping elements, including a two-and-a-half twisting double back, on the floor exercise. His 15.091 landed him in eighth place and a spot in the finals. Legendre scored a 14.833 for his first vault, a handspring double front half out that is named for Olympic champion Marian Dragulescu of Romania. His Tsukahara double pike earned him a 15.000, giving him a 14.916 average and eighth place.

Wynn, who competed on still rings earlier, closed out his qualification competition with a strong performance on the parallel bars that included a Peach, Peach-half combination and a stuck double pike dismount. He scored 15.466 for sixth in the final rankings.

Orozco, who competed on parallel bars in an earlier subdivision, began his pommel horse routine well, performing flairs to mount the apparatus but then suffered a fall just before his dismount and posted a 13.800. With a full twisting layout Tkatchev to open his horizontal bar routine, he also performed a full Takamoto to Yamawaki and a layout Tkatchev with a half. Orozco earned a 14.791 on the high bar routine and finished in 14th place.

Alexander Naddour of Gilbert, Ariz./Team Hilton HHonors (USA Youth Fitness Center),was precise throughout his still rings routine, picking up nearly no swing as he performed a piked Yamawaki to back-up rise Maltese, bounce cross. He nearly stuck his one-and-a-half twisting double back and scored 15.100 and was ranked 13th.

Mikulak and Dalton competed in earlier subdivisions.

The remaining U.S. line-up for the qualification round, by subdivision, is as follows.

Oct. 1

  • Subdivision 1, women, 8 a.m. ET: Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, all-around (starts on vault)

Oct. 2

  • Subdivision 3, women, 7:30 a.m. ET: Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/Bannon's Gymnastix, Inc., all-around (starts on uneven bars)
  • Subdivision 4, women, 10 a.m. ET: McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, Calif./All Olympia Gymnastics Center, all-around (starts on floor)

The qualification round determines which gymnasts advance to the finals. The top 24-ranked gymnasts qualify for the all-around finals, with the top eight for each event advancing to the event finals. The 2013 World Championships is an individual competition and does not have a team component. The men's division has four subdivisions, and the women's competition has five subdivisions. The qualifiers are determined following the conclusion of the final subdivision.

The compete competition schedule for the World Championships is: Sept. 30 – men's qualification, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Oct. 1 – men's and women's qualification, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 2 – women's qualification, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Oct. 3 – men's all-around finals, 8 p.m.; Oct. 4 – women's all-around finals, 8 p.m.; Oct. 5 – event finals, men's floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings and women's vault and uneven bars, 2:30 p.m.; and Oct. 6 – event finals, men's vault, parallel bars and horizontal bars, and women's balance beam and floor exercise, 2:30 p.m. The times listed above are for Antwerp, Belgium.

Here's a quick overview of the various ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2013 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information on the World Championships, please go to usagymworlds.com.

  • Live webcast. UniversalSports.com will have a live webcast of the all-around and individual event finals from Antwerp, which will also be available at usagymworlds.com. For U.S. Eastern Daylight Savings time, the live webcasts are scheduled for: Oct. 3 –men's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 – women's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 – individual event finals, 8:30 a.m. (NOTE: Antwerp is 6 hours ahead of New York City; when it is noon in Antwerp, it is 6 a.m. in New York.) A live webstream of the qualification round is also available at USAGymWorlds.com.
  • Cable TV. Universal Sports will show all of the finals live on its cable network: Oct. 3 –men's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 4 – women's all-around final, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5-6 – individual event finals, 8:30 a.m. All times are Eastern. Universal Sports will also carry encore presentations of its World telecasts. Calling the action throughout the competition will be a team comprised of play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger alongside analysts 1984 Olympic gold medalist Bart Connor, 1996 Olympic gold-medalist Amanda Borden, and Olympian Kip Simons. Be sure to check your local listings for times. Universal Sports Network is now available on Time Warner Cable, Cox, satellite providers DIRECTV and DISH and numerous regional cable and IPTV operators in markets across the country. To find Universal Sports Network in your area, go to http://universalsports.com/tv-listings/channel-finder/.
  • NBC. NBC will broadcast coverage of the World Championships from 2-4 p.m. ET on Oct. 12-13. The commentators are Al Trautwig, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Tim Daggett and 2008 Olympic gold-medalist Nastia Liukin.
  • usagymworlds.com. USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Belgium that will include results and photos from the competition, as well as interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym or #FIG2013Antwerp.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to antwerp2013.fig-gymnastics.com.

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