Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 | As it happened: Russia in podium training

Updates from Stuttgart, Germany, as official podium training continues on 2 October.

By ZK Goh ·

Welcome to the Olympic Channel's blog coverage of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, bringing you all the latest news, videos, and updates.

The men took to the competition gym for the first time today, and we followed Russia, the silver medallists last year, and defending all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan on the six apparatus.

You can re-live all of the action below. The third episode of our original series All Around was also released today. Or why not read our World Championships preview article, or watch our preview video?


4 - 13 Oct 2019

2019 FIG World Championships - Stuttgart


All times below are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2 hours). Most recent entries.

8:30 pm – Good night!

Thanks for joining us for coverage of the Russian men today.

We leave you with video of Dalaloyan speaking to us in the mixed zone.

Come back tomorrow for an action-packed day as USA, China, Japan, Great Britain (Max Whitlock), and Ukraine (Oleg Verniaiev) all have their training sessions.

8:17 pm – Watch Russia's routines on high bar

Russian men on horizontal bar in podium training

Russia train on the high bar in podium training at the 2019 World Champions...

8:05 pm – Dalaloyan says he "[feels] the responsibility" of being defending champ

The 2018 world all-around champion, speaking about his status as reigning champion:

"I feel the responsibility and I feel the toughness of it because last year I won. Of course, it was harder to prepare for this competition because it’s my first competition in such a high status. I hope everything will work out even better than previous year."

8:00 pm – Dalaloyan says he "struggled" today

Speaking about today's podium training, Dalaloyan admitted it was difficult.

"Today was about adaptation," he said. "Every time you travel to a new country, such a feeling comes on the third or fourth day.

"It's harder for your body, it’s getting used to everything. I can say it's a day where I struggled a little on the apparatus, but still it went fine. I did what I had to do.

"I think we will approach competition in even better shape."

7:55 pm – Dalaloyan reflects on being a new father

Artur Dalaloyan recently became a father, after his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

"My heart is so full and certainly it’s such a huge happiness," he said. "Recently, at some moment when I was preparing for this competition, I even forgot what is gymnastics, what is the World Championship.

"I just wanted to go home all the time, to stay with family and to stay in the moment."

7:25 pm – Ivan Stretovich, Nikita Nagornyy, and David Belyavskiy on parallel bars

Watch: Russia on parallel bars in podium training

Russia's Ivan Stretovich, Nikita Nagornyy, and David Belyavskiy practice on...

7:09 pm – Watch Dalaloyan on parallel bars

There's still five minutes left in the final rotation but Russia are done on the horizontal bar.

We'll bring you quotes from the mixed zone shortly. In the meantime, here's Artur Dalaloyan on parallel bars.

Artur Dalaloyan on parallel bars in podium training

Watch 2018 all-around world champion, Russia's Artur Dalaloyan, on parallel...

6:42 pm – VIDEO: Russia train on vault

There's about 2 minutes to go in this rotation, which Russia have just completed on parallel bars.

In the meantime, here's the full video from their earlier vault training.

WATCH: Russian men train on vault at World Championships

Team Russia, including Nikita Nagornyy, Artur Dalaloyan, and Denis Ablyazin...

6:00 pm – Artur Dalaloyan on rings

Here's highlights from Artur Dalaloyan's rings routine.

Highlights: Artur Dalaloyan on rings in podium training

Highlights of 2018 world all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan's routine on r...

5:51 pm – Denis Ablyazin on rings

5:33 pm – Watch David Belyavskiy's pommel horse routine

Watch David Belyavskiy on pommel horse in podium training

Double Olympic medallist David Belyavskiy of Russia practices on the pommel...

5:10 pm – Nikita Nagornyy's floor routine

Here it is in all its glory… The floor routine from 2016 Olympic silver medallist in the team event, Nikita Nagornyy.

Nikita Nagornyy practices on floor in podium training

Watch 2016 Olympic team silver medallist Nikita Nagornyy of Russia practice...

4:25 pm – WATCH: Russia training on floor

Russia prepare to practice on floor in podium training

4:20 pm – Stuttgart is ready

Excitement is growing for the start of competition on Friday, with the first day of women's qualifying.

Advertising boards around the city are going up, and there's a fanzone being constructed in the Schlossplatz, across from the New Palace pictured below, which will be open on 11 and 12 October.

Billboard in Stuttgart advertising the World Championships

4:00 pm – Watch the latest episode of All Around

While we wait for the Russian men's subdivision, which starts at 4:30 pm, why not catch up on the latest episode of All Around, which was released today?

All Around | Stuttgart Calling

In the third episode of the gymnastics show All Around: The 2019 World Cham...

3:55 pm – Russian men up

Hello, privet from a rainy and grey Stuttgart.

It's perfect weather for gymnastics and this afternoon we've got live blog and video coverage of Russia's men's team in podium training.

Just like yesterday, tickets have been sold for today's session, so members of the public can watch the reigning all-around world champion Artur Dalaloyan for just 10 euros.

Stuttgart's Neues Schloss (New Palace) in the rain