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  • Writer's pictureKensley Behel

What's Happening in Men's Gymnastics (September 6)

A. Mersin World Cup


Headlining the field in his return to international competition, Olympic Champion Oleg Verniaiev competed as though he had never left – winning gold on parallel bars and a silver on pommel horse. Compatriots, Nazar Chepyurni and Igor Radivilov also came home with two medals a piece. Chepyurni took gold on vault and silver on parallel bars while Radivilov took bronze on both vault and still rings.


Jordan's Ahmad Abu Al Soud had a stunning performance in Türkiye on pommel horse. His 15.5 which is the highest score of the year at any international competition.


Home athlete, Ahmet Önder, took gold on floor and high bar as well as a bronze on parallel bars. Azerbaijan's Nikita Simonov took gold on still rings with a 14.9.


Full results can be found here.


B. Withdrawals from the World Championships


According to the Gymternet,


"Akseli Karsikas (FIN) will replace the injured Aurel Benovic (CRO) on FX, and Sebastian Sponevik (NOR) is his VT replacement. Fabian de Luna (MEX) replaces Konstantinos Konstantinidis (GRE) on SR. Both Sponevik and de Luna were already qualified on PB."


Benjamin Gischard has also withdrawn after sustaining a knee injury. The Swiss team has not yet named his replacement.



C. Switzerland National Gymnastics Championships


The Swiss held their National Gymnastics Championships from September 2nd - 3rd. Event final results can be seen below!



D. RomGym Trophy


The RomGym Trophy took place in Bucharest, Romania from September 1 - September 3, 2023.


Spain took the team title ahead of Canada and Israel. Both Israel and Romania put up incredibly competitive scores with a 242.550 and 242.450 respectively. Should they be able to replicate those scores in Antwerp, they will be in contention for one of the final spots to compete as a team in Paris. Full results can be found here.


RomGym Trophy Event Finals.

1st - Gold

2nd - Silver

3rd - Bronze

FX

Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) - 15.133 (6.4/8.733)

Will Emard (CAN) - 14.333 (5.8/8.533)

Nicolau Mir (ESP) - 14.067 (5.5/8.567)

PH

Jayson Rampersad (CAN) - 14.567 (6.2/8.367)

Zachary Clay (CAN) - 14.000 (5.7/8300)

Ivan Tikhonov (AZE) - 13.833 (5.8/8.033)

SR

Ali Zahran (EGY) - 14.100 (5.9/8.200)

Will Emard (CAN) - 14.033 (5.5/8.533)

Felix Dolci (CAN) - 13.933 (5.4/8.533)

VT

Omar Mohamed (EGY) - 14.367

Ray Zapata (ESP) - 14.100

Pau Jimenez (ESP) - 14.000

PB

Andrei Muntean (ROU) - 14.500 (5.9/8.600)

Mohamed Afify (EGY) - 14.367 (6.0/8.367)

Joel Plata (ESP) - 14.267 (5.8/8.467)

HB

Nestor Abad (ESP) - 13.800 (5.3/8.500)

Rene Cournoyer (CAN) - 13.800 (5.4/8.400)

Felix Dolci (CAN) - 13.767 (5.8/7.967)

E. Canada Announces World Championships Team


Following a strong showing at the RomGym Trophy, Canada has announced their team for the World Championships. They have heavily stacked their pommel horse lineup, which has historically been a weakness for their team.


As team announcements start rolling in, make sure to bookmark this page from the Gymternet. Lauren Hopkins is keeping track of all of the qualifiers and team announcements.



F. Dutch MAG World Selection Meet


Casimir Schmidt won the second World Championships trial with an 81.350 despite falling twice. Schmidt also won the first qualifier two weeks ago. Bart Deurloo missed the first world qualifier but performed well in the all-around to earn the bronze medal. He was especially strong on high bar where his 14.425 could contend for a spot in the high bar final in Antwerp.


Jermain Grünberg, who placed second in the all-around, was top of the standing on parallel bars – an event he won a World Challenge Cup medal on earlier this year.

G. GBR vs. USA: The Battle for Bronze


It's no secret that Great Britain and USA are favorites for the bronze medal in Antwerp later this year. We break down D score, potential lineups, and other countries that may challenge for a spot on the podium. Click the link below to read the article!



Article by: Kensley Behel

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