Zonderland finishes fourth in qualification
DOHA: The reigning world champion in horizontal bar Epke Zonderland finished fourth (14.100) in his pet event at the at the 12th FIG ART Individual Apparatus World Cup qualifiers on Thursday, but the Dutchman still will be one of the favourites for a podium finish on Saturday.
Croatia’s Tin Srbic was the top qualifier (14.333) on the final day of the qualifications in the same event.
The Flying Dutchman had finished first on the high bar with a score of 14.633 at the competition’s Baku leg.
However, the 32-year-old failed to make the cut on the Parallel Bars, where China’s Zou Jingyuan finished among the top eight finalists with 15.866 points with a 6.6 difficulty score.
The vault final is likely to be an intense one with Ukrainian Igor Radilov (14.916) pushed South Korea’s Yang Hakseon (14.900) to the second spot.
Romanian gymnast Marian Dragulescu, 38, showed that he still has the energy and fire to excel at the top level after he finished sixth in the qualification round with 14.616.
If the 2004 Athens Olympics bronze medalist maintains his form in the final on Saturday, he could well enjoy a podium finish.
Derwael continues to shine
Nina Derwael was once again top form after she finished top on the Balance Beam qualifications (13.566). The Belgian on Wednesday had qualified for Uneven Bars final.
American Jade Carey will be hoping to finish with a double after she topped the chart in the Vault besides qualifying for the Floor final with 14.000.
The finals start at the Aspire Dome from tomorrow with men’s competing in Floor, Pommel Horse and Still Rings while the women will feature in Vault and Uneven Bars finals.
Qualification Results (2nd Day):
1. Igor Radilov (Ukraine) 14.916
2. Hakseon Yang (Korea) 14.900
3. Artur Davtyan (Armenia) 14.849
4. Jorge Vega Lopez (Guatemala) 14.762
5. Christopher Remkes (Australia) 14.699
6. Marian Dragulescu (Romania) 14.616
7. Wei-Sheng Tseng (Taipei) 14.599
8. Giarnni Regini-Moran (Great Britain) 14.599
1. Jingyuan (China) 15.866
2. Phuong Thanh Dinh (Vietnam) 14.733
3. Ferhat Arican (Turkey) 14.633
4. Andrei Likhovitskiy (Belarus) 14.600
5. Vladislav Poliashov (Russia) 14.500
6. Mitchell Morgans (Australia) 14.333
7. Vasili Mikhalitsyn (Belarus) 14.233
8. Matteo Levantesi (Italy) 14.233
1. Tin Srbic (Croatia) 14.333
2. Milad Karimi (Kazakhstan) 14.300
3. Alexey Rostov (Russia) 14.133
4. Epke Zonderland (Netherlands) 14.100
5. Deng Shudi (China) 14.100
6. Hidetaka Miyachi (Japan) 14.066
7. Randy Leru (Cuba) 14.033
8. Carlo Macchini (Italy) 14.000
1. Nina Derwael (Belgium) 13.566
2. Marine Boyer (France) 13.366
3. Li Qui (China) 13.300
4. Yumika Nakamura (Japan) 12.900
5. Ting Hua-Tien (Taipei) 12.800
6. Adela Sajn (Slovenia) 12.766
7. Soyoka Hanawa (Japan) 12.700
8. Aneta Holasova (Czech Republic) 12.666
1. Jade Carey (USA) 14.000
2. Marine Boyer (France) 13.200
3. Kim Bui (Germany) 13.200
4. Lara Mori (Italy) 13.166
5. Varvara Zubova (Russia) 13.066
6. Marta Pihan-Kulesza (Poland) 13.033
7. Vanessa Ferrari (Italy) 13.033
8. Coline Devillard (France) 12.833
9. Phoebe Jakubczyk (Great Britain) 12.833