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Japan, Uchimura Still in the Lead PDF Print
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Written by dwight normile   
Monday, 26 October 2015 13:52

Team (after 8 subdivisions): 1. Japan 358.884; 2. China 357.027; 3. Great Britain 354.417; 4. Russia 352.692; 5. USA 350.32; 6. Switzerland 350.127; 7. Brazil 349.057; 8. Korea 346.166.

AA (after 8 subdivisions): 1. Uchimura JPN 90.564; 2. Vernyayev UKR 90.131; 3. Purvis GBR 88.956; 4. Leyva USA 88.898; 5. Deng CHN 88.832; 6. Xiao CHN 88.698; 7. Larduet CUB 88.656; 8. Kaya JPN 88.431; 9. Whitlock GBR 88.365; 10. Wilson GBR 88.365.

Japan leads the team qualification, and Kohei Uchimura sits atop the all-around results, but things have tightened a bit for the five-time defending world all-around champion. In subdivision 5 on Monday, Ukrainian Oleg Vernyayev scored 90.131 to Uchimura's 90.564, and should have the best chance of ending his record winning streak. Vernyayev, who placed fourth at the 2014 worlds, knows there is still more work to be done, however.

"I don't want to [predict] anything right now," Vernyayev said. "We'll have to see on the day because in the final we will both start from zero. I have a few plans for the final, but those plans also bring risks."

Vernyayev was pleased with his overall performance but lamented the drop in rank of his Ukrainian team, which finished fourth at the 2012 Olympics.

"There were a few mistakes, but most importantly, I managed my vault," said Vernyayev, who has won every major all-around title since the 2014 worlds. "I was very worried about parallel bars, because I understand that I have to maintain my (world champion) reputation on this apparatus, and it caused me some pressure. But everything went well."

Concerning his team, which ranked 12th after the seventh of eight subdivisions, Vernyayev said, "I wish our team was getting more support from our federation. At the moment we don't have all the necessary equipment. We are doing our best with what is available. We are going to work and train, and hopefully we will get to Rio. We are going to do our best because it's so much better to go there as a team rather than alone (as an individual)."

Subdivision 5 also witnessed the downfall of the 2014 world pommel horse medalists — Kristian Berki, Filip Ude and Cyril Tommasone — all of whom made mistakes on their dismounts.

Subdivison 6 included Canada, Spain and Mexico. Spain finished 13th, Canada 15th, while Mexico finished 24th. Spain's Rayderley Zapata qualified to the floor final.

In subdivision seven, the U.S. bumped Switzerland out of the fifth spot to the Team Finals, scoring 350.332. The Americans were weakened considerably by the absence of half of their 2012 Olympic team (John Orozco, Jake Dalton, Sam Mikulak), but the squad started well on rings, where Donnell Whittenburg and Brandon Wynn helped the team score the second-highest total on the event. There were mistakes on each apparatus after that, but also exceptional performances to save the team total. Danell Leyva's 15.566 topped the high bar standings, while Chris Brooks' 15.066 was sixth. On rings, Wynn's 15.608 sits third and Whittenburg's 15.466 is eighth. On vault, Whittenburg vaulted a Dragulescu and Ri Se Gwang to make the final.

In Subdivision 7, defending high bar champion Epke Zonderland failed to advance to the final with a poor routine.

Subdivision 8 featured Italy (19th), Romania (14th) and Taipei (23rd). Romania's Marian Dragulescu made the vault final.

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