CHENGDU, China – The U.S. senior men ranked fourth in team competition on Day 2 of artistic gymnastics action at the FISU World University Summer Games in Chengdu, China.
The U.S. team of Fred Richard (Stoughton, Mass./University of Michigan), Taylor Christopulos (Layton, Utah/University of Nebraska), Ian Skirkey (Pepperell, Mass./University of Illinois), Joshua Karnes (Erie, Penn./Penn State University) and Landen Blixt (Fowlerville, Mich./University of Michigan) posted a 246.361 to land fourth in the team standings. China was first (262.594), Japan second (260.562) and Korea third (247.827).
Richard and Karnes each advanced to Friday’s individual all-around final after placing seventh (82.999) and 11th (80.798), respectively, in qualifications, where the top 18 moved onto all-around finals, limited to two gymnasts per country. Richard and Christopulos also qualified to event finals on Saturday for horizontal bar, again limited to two athletes per country per apparatus. Richard was sixth (14.600) and Christopulos seventh (13.833). Skirkey was named as third reserve for the pommel horse final after scoring a 13.533 in qualifications.
Competition in Chengdu continues Friday, August 4 with all-around finals beginning at 2:30 a.m. ET. Individual event finals will follow at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday.