U.S. men advance to team, all-around finals at 2019 World Championships
STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 7, 2019 – In the men’s qualification round at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the U.S. Men’s Team finished seventh in the team qualification rankings, not only securing a trip to the team finals at the World Championships but also to the Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo. Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colo./University of Oklahoma, and Sam Mikulak of Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, both qualified for the men’s all-around finals. The U.S. women compete tomorrow afternoon in the women’s team final at 2:30 p.m. local time on Oct. 8. U.S.-based fans can watch the finals live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online.
The U.S. Team finished in seventh place in the qualification rankings with a 250.359 team total. The team scores by event were: floor exercise, 41.265; pommel horse, 39.065; still rings, 41.533; vault, 43.165; parallel bars, 43.266; and horizontal bar, 42.065. Russia had the best team score of 259.928, followed by China at 258.354 and Japan with 258.026.
For the all-around final, Moldauer ended up in 11th place in the qualification, with Mikulak clinching the 24th spot. Russia’s Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan had the top two qualification scores at 87.333 and 86.531, respectively. China’s Xiao Ruoteng is third at 85.831. Mikulak also qualified for the horizontal bar final by virtue of his 14.866, which was the event’s second highest score. Moldauer is the second reserve athlete for the floor exercise final.
The members of the U.S. Men’s Team are: Trevor Howard of Columbus, Ohio/Ohio State University; Mikulak; Akash Modi of Morganville, N.J./Stanford University; Moldauer; Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, Minn./University of Minnesota; and Allan Bower of Chandler, Ariz./University of Oklahoma, traveling alternate.
The U.S. team scores are listed below. Four athletes competed on each event, with three scores counting.
- All-around: Moldauer, 82.898; Mikulak, 81.598; Modi, 81.297
- Floor exercise: Mikulak, 11.533; Modi, 13.333; Wiskus, 13.466; Moldauer, 14.466
- Pommel horse: Mikulak, 12.600; Moldauer, 12.666; Wiskus, 12.866; Modi, 13.533
- Still rings: Modi, 13.660; Mikulak, 13.700; Moldauer, 13.800; Howard, 14.033
- Vault: Howard, 13.933; Modi, 14.066; Moldauer, 14.533; Mikulak, 14.566
- Parallel bars: Wiskus, 14.033; Moldauer, 14.400; Mikulak, 14.333; Modi, 14.533
- Horizontal bar: Modi, 12.600; Moldauer, 13.033; Wiskus, 14.166; Mikulak, 14.866
The U.S. women are shooting for their fifth consecutive and seventh overall team title. The U.S. women’s team includes: Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Jade Carey of Phoenix, Ariz./Arizona Sunrays; Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Mo./Great American Gymnastics Express; Sunisa Lee of St. Paul, Minn./Midwest Gymnastics Center; and Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters. MyKayla Skinner of Gilbert, Ariz./Desert Lights Gymnastics, is the alternate.
The U.S. women’s line-up for the team final is as follows.
Floor exercise: McCallum, Lee, Carey, Biles
Vault: Lee, McCallum, Carey, Biles
Uneven bars: Eaker, McCallum, Biles, Lee
Balance beam: McCallum, Lee, Eaker, Biles
The finals schedule is: Oct. 8, women’s team, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 9, men’s team, 1:45 p.m.; Oct. 10, women’s all-around, 4 p.m.; Oct. 11, men’s all-around, 4 p.m.; Oct. 12, event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 4 p.m.; and Oct. 13, event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 1 p.m. All times are local to Stuttgart. The entire TV and online coverage schedule is available at usagymworlds.com.
All coverage by NBC, NBCSN and the Olympic Channel is available only in the United States. NBC’s gymnastics commentating team of Tim Daggett, Terry Gannon, Nastia Liukin and Andrea Joyce will provide commentary for all finals.