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Favourites Tang and Karimi qualify for MAG Horizontal Bar final

18 April, 2024

DOHA: Tang Chia-Hung of Chinese Taipei was confidence personified after the 27-year-old topped the qualification chart in men’s Horizontal Bar at the 16th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Championships here at the Women’s Sports Committee Hall on Thursday.

Tang has been in great form recently after he picked up gold medals in Cairo and Cottbus events with his new routine that put him over the top.

Lithuania’s Tokyo 2020 Olympian Robert Tvorogal finished sixth yet he showed great spirit and determination and might as well finish on the podium in the finals.

As many as 95 male (MAG) and 55 female (WAG) gymnasts representing 55 countries are taking part in the event.

The Doha event is the final qualifying round for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Kazakstan’s Karimi Milad, one of the favourites to win a medal here, accumulated 14.466 points to finish behind Tang in the list.

Cyrpus’ Marios Georgiou, Arthur Barajas (Colombia), Isaac Nunez (Mexico), 2019 World champion Arthur Mariano (Brazil) and compatriot Caio Souza also made it to the finals where the eight competitors will fight it out for a podium finish.

The WAG and MAG final rounds will be held tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

On the parallel bars, Uzbekistan’s Rasulijon Abdurakhimov and local favourite and former world champion Carlos Yulo of the Philippines qualified along with Karim and Yuan-Hsi Hung (Taipei).

Brazilian duo Diogo Soares and Caio Souza and Italian duo Lay Gianni and Nocolo Mozzato also secured berths among the top-eight finishers.

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Armenia’s seasoned gymnast Artur Davtyan and Yulo made it to the Doha finals. Davtyan had a perfect landing on both his turns to accumulate 15.116 points, followed by Yulo’s 14.966.

Others to qualify include, Audrys Nin Reyes (Dominica), James Bacueti (Australia), Noccolo Vannucchi (Italy), Chen Chun NG (Malaysia), Aurel Benovic (Croatia) and Yahor Sharamkou (Individual Neutral Athletes).

Both Benovic and Bacueti are still in the race for an Olympic berth.

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