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Sooners, Team USA Rank Fourth after Qualifications

NORMAN — After the qualification rounds at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sooners Yul Moldauer, Colin Van Wicklen and the Team USA men’s squad rank fourth.

The U.S. Team earned a total of 250.362 points to finish fourth in the qualification ranks, sitting behind Russia (258.402), China (257.836) and Japan (253.312). Moldauer holds 19th in the all-around standings after posting an 80.365.

“Yul struggled today with some uncharacteristic mistakes,” said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams. “He missed high bar and pommel horse and his hand slipped on still rings.

“The team finished about where we expected. China, Russia and Japan have traditionally been very strong. It is going to take some great performances in the team finals to move up to the podium.”

The top eight teams from the qualification rounds compete in the team finals Monday, Oct. 29. The top 24 all-arounders from qualifications advance to the all-around finals on Wednesday, Oct. 31, while the top eight on each event from the qualification round move on to the individual apparatus finals on Nov. 2-3. As Moldauer finished 19th in the all-around preliminaries, he advances to the all-around final on Wednesday, along with advancing to the floor exercise final with his sixth-overall spot in the event. 

The three countries that medal in the team finals advance to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Team USA will begin the finals on Monday at 8 a.m. CT, starting on pommel horse. The men’s team final, all-around finals and individual event finals will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel.

For updates and more information on Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGymnastics) and like Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics on Facebook.

2018 World Championships Team USA Scores by Event
Event Score
Floor Exercise 42.699
Pommel Horse 38.833
Still Rings 41.466
Vault 43.199
Parallel Bars 43.233
Horizontal Bar 40.932

Sooners Scores by Event
Name Event Score
Yul Moldauer Vault 14.266

Parallel Bars 14.500

Horizontal Bar 12.433

Floor Exercise 14.433

Pommel Horse 11.500

Still Rings 13.233
Colin Van Wicklen Vault 14.600

Horizontal Bar 13.200

Floor Exercise 13.933

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