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Yul Moldauer Earns First World Championships Medal

Posted on 07 October 2017 by admin

Newly minted World All-Around bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai was third up in the FX event final, turning in another spectacular routine (15.633), which assuredly earned him the gold medal.  The only question left, was who would win silver and bronze.  The next two competitors on the start list were Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat and Yul Moldauer.  Both turned in outstanding routines, but had to watch the final four competitors to await their fate.  Dolgopyat (14.533) and Moldauer (14.50) held on to earn their first well-deserved World Championships medals.  Shirai, Dolgopyat and Moldauer went 3rd, 4th and 5th in the rotation, and finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd!  Donnell Whittenburg (14.166) wasn’t quite as clean as he was in the qualifying round and dropped to 6th place.  This tweet from GymnasticsCoaching‘s Rick McCharles said it all…

Moldauer’s bronze topped off a great Worlds’ debut, which saw him earlier place 7th in the AA.  It was a great year for Yul — Winning his first Winter Cup title, winning the American Cup over Olympic silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev, Oklahoma winning their 3rd-straight NCAA team title (Yul taking 2nd in the AA) and winning his first U.S. Championships AA title.  With the Tokyo Olympics just three years away, he has the luxury of two more years of collegiate eligibility and training under the tutelage of Mark Williams.  He is also nowhere close to his ceiling, so the more difficult skills will come.  His upside is fantastic.  With no real history of injury, the sky is the limit for this young man.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock (GBR-15.441) left no doubt in the field of eight PH finalists, winning the gold over Russia’s David Belyavskiy (15.10) and China’s Xiao Ruoteng (15.066).  Rotation lead-off man Alex Naddour (14.75) was clinging to a medal almost to the end, but fell just short, ending up in 4th place.  Like Naddour, Whitlock is training two events this quad (FX,PH), so it would be no surprise to see them both in the Tokyo Olympic finals.

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