USA men finish fifth in team finals at World Championships
posted on 10/28/2015

GLASGOW, Great Britain, Oct. 28, 2015 – The U.S. men finished in fifth place at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Great Britain. Two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, and 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, will compete in the women’s all-around finals on Oct. 29 at 6:45 p.m. local/2:45 p.m. ET. Fans in the U.S. can watch coverage of Team USA, presented by AT&T, live on USAGymWorlds.com/live.

The U.S. Men’s Team is comprised of: Chris Brooks of Houston/Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Danell Leyva of Miami, Fla./Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics); Alexander Naddour of Queen Creek, Ariz./Team Hilton (USA Youth Fitness Center); Paul Ruggeri of Manlius, N.Y./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, Md./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center); and Brandon Wynn of Voorhees, N.J./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center). Marvin Kimble of Milwaukee, Wis./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), is the alternate.

The Japanese took their first title since 1978, scoring a 270.818. Great Britain was second (270.345), followed by China with 269.959. The U.S. finished fifth with a 267.853 total.

Naddour got things started for the Americans on the still rings, nearly sticking his one-and-a-half twisting double back for a 14.700. Whittenburg followed and showed his strength through an Azarian Maltese, bounce L-cross, push to planche opening sequence. He dismounted with a layout double-double for a 15.166. In the anchor spot, Wynn delivered a clutch routine that included two inverted cross variations into a piked Yamawaki to planche. He scored a 15.200. The USA’s event total was 45.066, putting them behind Japan in the rankings, 47.258 to 45.066. Great Britain was third at 44.999.

Ruggeri led off the U.S. team on vault with a nearly stuck Yurchenko half-on, front double off for a 15.100. Whittenburg followed, posting a 15.058 for his Dragulescu. Naddour came up short on a Tsukahara double pike and scored a 14.466. The team’s event score of 44.624 took the USA to a total of 89.690, second behind Japan’s 92.424. Korea was third at 88.831.

Leading off again, Ruggeri set the stage with a solid routine that dismounted with a double pike for a 14.733 on the parallel bars. Scoring a 15.600, Whittenburg started with a front toss to Peach half, Peach to one bar, Peach sequence. He closed with a nearly stuck double front half out. Leyva closed the rotation with a nearly flawless routine, showing his trademark under bar work that included a Peach, Peach Diamidov, Peach to one bar, Peach full combination, earning a 15.800. The USA’s score for parallel bars was 46.133, raising the USA’s three-event total to 135.823. The USA remained in second, behind Japan (136.222) and ahead of Great Britain (134.164).

On the horizontal bar, Brooks started the rotation strong with a 14.933, executing Zou Li Min to open. He was clean through a full Takamoto, Yamawaki, Tkatchev-half combination. Ruggeri shook off a mistake in the qualifying round to nail his high bar routine, earning a 15.466, after catching a Cassina. He dismounted with a stuck layout double-double. Leyva, the top qualifier on the event, delivered a 15.666 with two high flying Kovacs variations and a layout double-double dismount of his own. The event score was 46.065, keeping the USA in second at 181.888 and just 0.1 shy of Japan’s 181.988. Russia was third at 179.931.

Whittenburg opened the floor exercise rotation with a one-and-a-half to double front and a layout double-double for a 14.200. Naddour was clean throughout this routine, tumbling a front Randi and a front double full to Rudi before dismounting with a tucked full-out, claiming a 15.100. Closing the rotation, Ruggeri went out of bounds on his Arabian double layout mount but stuck his piked variation in the second pass for a 14.633. The USA’s floor total was 43.933. Japan led at 227.653, with the USA (225.821) and China (225.560) in second and third, respectively.

In the final rotation, the U.S. moved to the pommel horse where they posted a 42.032 on the event with scores of 13.100, 13.866 and 15.066 from Leyva, Whittenburg and Naddour, respectively. Naddour opened with two scissors to handstand, before working smoothly through an intricate one-pommel sequence. He closed the competition for the U.S. with a clean handstand pirouette dismount.


The U.S. women won their third consecutive World team title, and fifth overall, earlier this week, as well as secured a berth to the 2016 Olympic Games. In addition to Biles and Douglas, the U.S. squad also features: Brenna Dowell of Odessa, Mo./GAGE; Madison Kocian of Dallas/WOGA; Maggie Nichols of Little Canada, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Aly Raisman of Needham, Mass./Brestyan’s American Gymnastics; and MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights, who is the alternate.

Ways to follow the action
Here's a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to USAGymWorlds.com. All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.

 

  • Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on UniversalSports.com and USAGymWorlds.com/live.
    • Oct. 29, women’s all-around final, 2:45 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 30, men’s all-around final, 2:10 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 31, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), 9:30 a.m. ET
    • Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
  • NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
  • USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook, facebook.com/USAGymnastics, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to fig-gymnastics.com.