Worlds Preview: Event Finals, Day 1
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Following two dramatic all-around finals, the real medal rush begins Saturday with the first of two days of event finals.

Following two dramatic all-around finals, the real medal rush begins Saturday with the first of two days of event finals. Gymnasts from 18 nations qualified for the first three men's event finals — floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings, while only nine nations will be represented in the two women's finals — vault and uneven bars. Four defending world champions from 2015 will be competing today, including two reigning Olympic champions.

History has already been made in Montreal this week, with Ellie Black taking the first world all-around medal for Canada. Still rings finalist İbrahim Çolak will become the first Turkish gymnast to compete in a world championship final, and will be joined by teammate Ferhat Arıcan, who will compete in Sunday's apparatus finals. (parallel bars). On uneven bars, Nina Derwael could be the first Belgian gymnast to win a world medal.

Thanks to the four-way tie on uneven bars at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, the FIG has decided to refuse to allow ties and will institute a tie-break — a disappointing decision considering the many other options at their disposal, such as increasing the number of judges in event finals or allowing deductions of .05.

Men's Floor Exercise

Reigning Olympic champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
Reigning world champion: Kenzo Shirai (Japan)

The bizarre situation with the floor exercise mat during qualification has led to nine gymnasts being allowed in to the men's floor final. The FIG quickly accepted the appeal from the Chilean federation to allow Tomás González to compete, a decision made likely to avoid a PR nightmare for equipment supplier Gymnova.

Two-time world champion Kenzo Shirai (Japan) is the heavy favorite once again. Can he make it three in Montreal?

1.10.Tomás González6.28.166-0.114.266
2.8.Bram Verhofstad6.18.33314.433
3.1.Kenzo Shirai7.28.56615.766
4.4.Artem Dolgopyat6.58.366-0.214.666
5.3.Yul Moldauer5.88.90014.700
6.7.Manrique Larduet6.08.46614.466
7.2.Donnell Whittenburg6.48.63315.033
8.9.Milad Karimi6.18.22514.325
9.5.Kim Hansol6.48.26614.666
R1Xiao Ruoteng5.98.26614.166
R2Nile Wilson5.58.63314.133

Women's Vault

Reigning Olympic champion: Simone Biles (United States)
Reigning world champion: Maria Paseka (Russia)

Women's vault could be the most unpredictable, given the riskiness of the vaults and the possibility for upgrades. Maria Paseka (Russia) barely edged out Jade Carey (United States) in qualification, and will need to nail her vaults to defend her title.

Canada qualified two finalists in Ellie Black and Shallon Olsen. Olsen submitted a triple-twisting Yurchenko at the last minute (6.2D), and would make history if she lands it. Olympic bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) can take a medal with clean execution.

The amazing Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan), despite suffering from a recent calf injury, grabbed the eighth and last spot to the final, 26 years after taking silver in her first world final.

1.3.Giulia Steingruber5.89.30015.10014.750
2.4.Shallon Olsen5.48.96614.36614.650
3.1.Maria Paseka6.08.86614.86614.933
4.5.Wang Yan5.68.80014.40014.550
5.2.Jade Carey5.89.26615.06614.850
6.7.Ellie Black5.49.10014.50014.483
7.8.Oksana Chusovitina5.48.96614.36614.350
8.6.Sae Miyakawa5.89.10014.90014.517
R1Tisha Volleman5.49.06614.46614.183
R2Angelina Melnikova5.49.00014.40014.117

Pommel Horse

Reigning Olympic champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)
Reigning world champion: Max Whitlock (Great Britain)

Max Whitlock (Great Britain) is once again the gymnast to beat. After their disappointments in the all-around, David Belyavsky and Oleg Vernyayev will be seeking redemption.

1.3.Alexander Naddour6.48.56614.966
2.7.Sašo Bertoncelj6.18.42514.525
3.6.David Belyavsky6.48.26614.666
4.4.Xiao Ruoteng6.18.76614.866
5.5.Oleg Vernyayev6.68.13314.733
6.2.Weng Hao6.58.53315.033
7.1.Max Whitlock6.88.50015.300
8.8.Harutyun Merdinyan6.28.23314.433
R1Filip Ude6.08.40014.400
R2Andrei Likhovitsky6.38.06614.366

Uneven Bars

Reigning Olympic champion: Aliya Mustafina (Russia)
Reigning world champions: Fan Yilin (China), Madison Kocian (USA), Viktoria Komova (Russia), Daria Spiridonova (Russia)

Yelena Yeryomina (Russia) was the top qualifier but erred in the all-around. Teammate Anastasia Ilyankova, who qualified second, is thrilling to watch but has been suffering from a back injury. Nina Derwael made history for Belgium by winning the European title and could make more magic in Montreal with a medal. China's Fan Yilin, the only defending champion in the lineup, has a new dismount.

1.8.Diana Varinska6.08.56614.566
2.4.Nina Derwael6.38.66614.966
3.2.Anastasia Ilyankova6.28.86615.066
4.1.Yelena Yeryomina6.38.80015.100
5.8.Luo Huan6.08.56614.566
6.3.Fan Yilin6.38.70015.000
7.6.Elisabeth Seitz6.18.60014.700
8.7.Ashton Locklear5.59.06614.566
R1Georgia-Mae Fenton5.98.63314.533
R2Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos5.88.70014.500

Still Rings

Reigning Olympic champion: Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece)
Reigning world champion: Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece)

The men's rings final includes not one but two Olympic champions in Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece) and Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), and also includes former world champion Liu Yang (China). Russia's Denis Ablyazin, who competed this event only because of lingering ankle injuries, finished second in qualification, .066 behind Petrounias. Samir Aït Saïd (France), making his comeback after his shocking broken leg in Rio, will have the crowd rallying behind him as he goes for his first medal in his fifth world final.

1.3.İbrahim Çolak6.28.83315.033
2.7.Igor Radivilov6.38.43314.733
3.8.Arthur Zanetti6.28.50014.700
4.2.Denis Ablyazin6.39.03315.333
5.4.Samir Aït Saïd6.28.76614.966
6.6.Courtney Tulloch6.48.36614.766
7.1.Eleftherios Petrounias6.39.10015.400
8.5.Liu Yang6.38.50014.800
R1Alex Naddour6.08.63314.633
R2Donnell Whittenburg6.18.53314.633

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