By Jessica Taylor Price
It was a big day for the men at the 2018 World Championships, to say the least.
On day two of men’s qualifications, the finals competitors were set, and teams qualified for the 2019 World Championships. Also, everyone fell on pommels. Here are some other things you might have missed on day 6 in Doha:
Feature Photo by Grace Chiu
Kohei brought his own fans
Team Japan placed third in qualifications, with “King” Kohei Uchimura qualifying in first on high bar with this glorious routine. We’re also here for his adorable children showing up to cheer him on before falling asleep. “Kohei Duddy!”
Mikulak had a great day
Sam Mikulak had an incredible day—he hit all six events to help Team USA qualify in fourth and to get himself into five finals, including the all-around, parallel bars, high bar, floor exercise and pommels!
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) October 26, 2018
They’re calling it the “Reverse Wolfkino”
A video of Tienna Nguyen of Vietnam’s new submitted skill was revealed, and it’s quite pretty. Take a look.
Hey look it's Tienna Nguyen's reverse wolfkino submitted skill! dope pic.twitter.com/mCvbE8XopR
— Crazy Kiya Re (@violetsnvalium) October 26, 2018
The pommel was cursed
Lots of men had trouble with the pommel horse today, leading some to speculate that there was some sort of pommel curse (it is that time of year, after all). Euro’s pommel champion Rhys McClenaghan unfortunately fell twice, and apologized to his fans on Twitter.
Sorry everybody… Going to come back stronger than ever. pic.twitter.com/sKb55p9xO4
— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) October 26, 2018
McClenaghan did confirm to Inside Gymnastics that he has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but will still compete at the Cottbus World Cup next month in Germany. McClenaghan is looking to qualify as an individual to Tokyo 2020.
… unless you’re Whitlock
Lucky for him, Max Whitlock is impervious to pommel witchcraft, qualifying in first to the final with this smooth (and fall-free) routine.
World & Olympic Pommel Horse 🥇 Max Whitlock produced this stunning display to grab the apparatus lead after sub division 9/10 and help GBR 🇬🇧 into 4th in the team standings
Latest results 👉: https://t.co/N66JL7iOy6@DohaGym2018#DohaGym2018 #GoGymtastic pic.twitter.com/S5SvYYagng
— FIG (@gymnastics) October 26, 2018
Here’s your leader
China qualified second behind Russia in qualifications, with defending all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng looking solid in first place after also fending off the pommel hex.
From H Bar to the Pommel Horse Ruoteng Xiao 🇨🇳 showed why he is the reigning All-around World Champ 🥇 as team China 🇨🇳 jumped to 2nd in the standings at the end of men's qualification @DohaGym2018 #DohaGym2018 #Gymnastics pic.twitter.com/CqinaQdHfe
— FIG (@gymnastics) October 26, 2018
The U.S. women are ready
Yes, I know today was about the men, but we have to talk about this adorably posed photo of the women of Team USA. We also got a behind-the-scenes photo of our favorite Worlds friendship.
Simone went to the ER
… OK, so I guess we’re not quite done with the U.S. women. Simone Biles revealed on Twitter that she went to the ER for a kidney stone but still plans to compete, like the pro/champ/goddess she is.
nothing like a late night ER visit less than 24 hrs before world championships
this kidney stone can wait…. 👊🏾 doing it for my team! ❤️ I’ll be gucci girls ! pic.twitter.com/rKkvuEQrKc
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) October 26, 2018
Petrounias rose above
Speaking of competing through debilitating pain, Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece qualified in first on still rings despite a serious shoulder injury. He plans on getting surgery next month.
O grego Eleftherios Petrounias obteve a nota de 15.266 com essa apresentação nas argolas e segue na liderança do aparelho até o momento. pic.twitter.com/wvyr2Ub6Da
— Full Gymnastics Blog (@fullgymblog) October 26, 2018
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