USA finishes seventh in team final at 2019 Junior World Championships
posted on 06/27/2019

GYOR, Hungary, June 27, 2019 – Team USA finished seventh in the men’s team competition at the inaugural Junior World Championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics at the Audi Arena in Gyor, Hungary. All three members of the U.S. Team advanced to the men’s event finals. The International Gymnastics Federation’s four-day competition continues tomorrow with the women’s team and all-around finals and individual event qualifications. The U.S. women are in Subdivision 1, the first of five, and compete at 10 a.m. local time.

Matthew Cormier of Milton, Mass./Massachusetts Elite, advanced to the floor exercise final by tying for fifth, and Garrett Braunton of Cypress, Texas/Cypress Academy of Gymnastics, and Isaiah Drake of Los Angeles, Calif./Gymnastics Olympica, advanced to the still rings final by ranking sixth and eighth, respectively.

The USA finished in seventh place in the team final. Japan won the team title at 162.754, followed by Ukraine (159.828) and Italy (159.179) in second and third, respectively. The USA’s total score was 156.580, and the team event scores were: floor exercise, 26.466; pommel horse, 24.274; still rings, 26.766; vault, 28.133; parallel bars, 25.900; and horizontal bar, 25.041. Khoi Young of Bowie, Md./Sportsplex Gymnastics, was the men’s traveling alternate.

Japan swept the top two spots in the all-around, with Shinnosuke Oka edging out Ryosuke Doi for the gold, 80.674 to 80.447. Ukraine’s Illia Kovtun posted an 80.264 for the bronze. Braunton had the best day for the Americans, posting an all-around score of 77.107 and 22nd place. His event scores were: floor, 11.700; pommel horse, 12.341; still rings, 13.433; vault, 14.000; parallel bars, 13.000; and high bar, 12.633. Cormier posted a 76.907 for 21st. Drake earned a 75.065 but the third gymnast isn’t ranked. Cormier’s event marks were: floor, 13.633; pommel horse, 11.933; still rings, 12.933; vault, 13.100; parallel bars, 12.900; and horizontal bar, 12.408. The event scores for Drake were: floor, 12.833; pommel horse, 11.000; still rings, 13.333; vault, 14.133; parallel bars, 12.166; and horizontal bar, 11.600.

The U.S. women’s squad features: Sydney Barros of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams; Skye Blakely of Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics; Kayla DiCello of Boyds, Md./Hill’s Gymnastics; and Konnor McClain of Cross Lanes, W.Va./Revolution Gymnastics, traveling alternate. The U.S. women begin on the balance beam, and their line-up for the qualification round is below. Click here for the start list.
Balance beam: DiCello, Blakely, Barros
Floor exercise: Blakely, Barros, DiCello
Vault: Barros, Blakely, DiCello
Uneven bars: Barros, DiCello, Blakely

The schedule for the remaining three days of competition are listed below. All times are local to Gyor, which is six hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time.

June 28, women’s team and all-around finals and individual event final qualifications
Subdivision 1: 10 a.m.
Subdivision 2: 12 p.m.
Subdivision 3: 2:30 p.m.
Subdivision 4: 4:30 p.m.
Subdivision 5: 7 p.m.

June 29-30, men and women’s event finals
June 29: 2 p.m. – men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault. uneven bars
June 30: 2 p.m. – men’s vault, parallel bars, horizonal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise

For the team finals, all three gymnasts compete on every event, with the top two scores counting for the team score. The top two scoring gymnasts per country will appear in the all-around final rankings. The top eight gymnasts, maximum two per country, will advance to the event finals.

Fans who are not in Gyor may follow the action socially on the FIG’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Live scoring is available, along with other information, on the FIG’s official site for the championships. Daily highlights will be posted on the FIG’s YouTube Channel, which will carry a live stream of the event finals.

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