Olympic News: Thoughts about Men’s Olympic Qualification 

The big talk of the day is Frenchman, Samir Ait Said breaking his tibia and fibular after landing crooked and under rotated on a Tsukahara double pike Vault. This is a horrible injury, exasperated by the fact that it is so visibly disturbing. No one should ever have to experience and injury like that, and I wish him all the best with his recovery. He was slated to make the Rings final where he placed 3rd at last years World Championships, and in the French Gymnastics team statement, he said, “I will be back in Tokyo for the gold!”

Hero de Janeiro

IMG_1788 Germany’s Andreas Toba injured his knee on his first tumbling
pass on Floor, (most likely) rupturing his ACL. He then went on to compete on Pommel Horse for his team, earning their highest score on the apparatus. He could not even walk, and was assisted off the podium by his teammates. A true display of willpower, determination and team spirit.
Germany made the team final, qualifying in 8th place.

This article shows the raw emotions he was going through.

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Nile Wilson was the rock for Team GB

Great Britain have started their Olympic Campaign strongly. Nile Wilson was super consistent across the 6 apparatus and qualified for the All-Around Final as well as the High Bar final. He qualified third behind reigning Olympic Champion, Epke Zonderland (NED) and German, Fabian Hambuchen. Max Whitlock also qualified for the AA, as well as Floor and Pommel Horse. Teammate, Louis Smith qualified for the Pommel Horse final, while Kristian Thomas had a mistake on Vault, keeping him out of the final.  Youngster, Brinn Bevan suffered a double leg break similar to Samir just 9 months ago, but fought his way onto this team. He performed very well on all 6 pieces of apparatus and would have qualified for the AA final, however, due to the 2 per country rule, he will not compete. Such an amazing comeback from a promising young athlete.

Watch out for GB in Team finals as they aim to repeat their Silver medal performance from last years World Championships.

Brazil put on a show in front of home crowd

Brazil qualified for Team Final in 6th place.

Veteran, Diego Hypolito performed an amazing Floor routine and was brought to tears when he finished and his score came up. He has made the Floor final.

Youngster, Arthur Nory Mariano celebrates another hit routine. He narrowly missed out on the High Bar final, but made the Floor final.

Sem palavras para descrever! Realização de um sonho, momento único! Algo que faço porque amo muito! Sou muito grato por todos que me ajudaram e que estiveram comigo até aqui. Sabem que é impossível chegar onde chegamos sozinho! Todo dia acordo pensando em dar meu melhor, fazer aquilo que sempre treinei e sair satisfeito comigo mesmo. Medalhas podem vir ou não porque são consequências do trabalho. Se vierem que sejam muito bem vindas. Se não, trabalhar ainda mais! E sempre de cabeça erguida e com sorriso no rosto! Às vezes passamos por muitas dificuldades, mas o ponto forte do atleta é a superação e a determinação de nunca desistir dos seus sonhos. E… eu, Nory, Nonô, vou continuar nessa luta ??! Obrigado a todos que torceram e que estão prestigiando. VAI TER NORY NAS FINAISS SIMM! Dia 8: Final por Equipe ?? Dia 10: Final Individual Geral (nono e @sergiosasaki ) Dia 14: Final Solo (Nono e @diegohypolito) Dia 15: Final Argolas (@arthurzanetti) Dia 16: Final Barra Fixa (@chicobarrettojr) VEM TORCER GENTE! #Grato #Emoção #Olimpíadas2016 #Rio2016 #VaiTerNoryEmHdSim #VamoQueVamo

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Team USA make their mark in Qualification

IMG_1796Team USA was on fire as they worked through their competition, their weakest apparatus was, unsuprisingly Pommel Horse where they had 2 falls. Specialist, Alex Naddour delivered a strong routine, and made the Pommel final. Sam Mikulak made All Around final, Chris Brooks will also compete in the AA. Mikulak also qualified first for Floor, just in front of his teammate, Jake Dalton, they will both contest the Floor final. Danell Leyva who came into the team, replacing injured John Orozco, has qualified for the High Bar and Parallel Bar final! The US men are hungry for Olympic Gold, only time will tell if they will be able to upset Japan and China for the top spot.

Mens Team Final Qualifiers

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Team finals format is 3 up 3 count, which means that all scores count. It will come down to the most consistent teams. The first 6 teams qualified within 1.5 points of one another. Get ready for a showdown in Men’s Team Finals.

 

You can watch it on BBC using Tunnel Bear.

 

A breakdown of the Apparatus finals by numbers by International Gymnast can be found here. 

Written by Mary-Anne Monckton © 2016

Andreas Toba photo from International Gymnast Facebook Page.

Arthur Nory Photo from his Instagram.

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