U.S. Men’s Team qualifies for team final at 2018 World Championships
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DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 26, 2018 – The USA qualified for the team final via its fourth-place ranking in the preliminary round at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, at the Aspire Dome. Two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, California/U.S. Olympic Training Center, and Yul Moldauer of Arvada, Colorado/University of Oklahoma, both qualified for the all-around finals. The women’s qualification round is tomorrow at 6 p.m. Doha time/11 a.m. ET, and the U.S. men will compete in the team finals on Oct. 29. Fans can watch the qualification rounds live at nbcsports.com/live.
Mikulak was ranked third at the end of the qualification round, with Moldauer in 19th place. Moldauer advanced to the floor exercise final with a sixth-place prelim ranking. Mikulak qualified for the floor exercise (tied for eighth), pommel horse (fifth), parallel bars (tied for sixth) and horizontal bar (second) finals. On floor, Mikulak tied with Japan’s Kaya Kazuma at 14.333, matching both difficulty and execution score, and both advanced to the final. Great Britain’s James Hall also scored a 14.333 but had a lower execution score, which due to the tie-breaker put him in 10th place.
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The men’s team includes Akash Modi of Morganville, New Jersey/Stanford University; Colin Van Wicklen of Magnolia, Texas/U.S. Olympic Training Center; Alec Yoder of Indianapolis/Ohio State University; Mikulak; and Moldauer. Allan Bower of Chandler, Arizona/University of Oklahoma, is the alternate.
The qualification round determines advancement to the team, all-around and event finals. The top eight teams from the qualification round compete in the team finals Oct. 29 for the men and Oct. 30 for the women. The top 24 individuals from the qualification round compete in the all-around finals on Oct. 31 for the men and Nov. 1 for the women. For individual events, the top eight on each event from the qualification round advance to the finals (Nov. 2-3). A maximum of two gymnasts per country advances to the finals. The World Championships are held every year, with the exception of the Olympic year.
The women’s qualifying round is Subdivision 5 on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. ET The finals schedule is: Oct. 29, men’s team, 9 a.m. ET; Oct. 30, women’s team, 9 a.m. ET; Oct. 31, men’s all-around, 9 a.m. ET; Nov. 1, women’s all-around; Nov. 2, event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 9 a.m. ET; and Nov. 3, event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 9 a.m. ET.
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