Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 | As it happened: Podium training day 4

Updates from Stuttgart, Germany, as official podium training came to an end ahead of competition.

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.

Podium training came to an end on 3 October, with China, Japan (minus Kohei Uchimura), USA, Great Britain, and Ukraine all taking to the competition apparatus in the hall today.

You can re-live all of the action below. The third episode of our original series All Around is also out now. 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 updates first.

8:20 pm – Tomorrow is competition day!

That's it for official training (from us, anyway). Tomorrow, the athletes will take to the arena for competition proper.

Join us in the morning for the first day of women's qualifications.

7:57 pm – "No difference" between 2015 and 2019, says Whitlock

Asked what the difference was between the pre-Olympic champion Whitlock of 2015 and the Whitlock of today, he said:

"No difference, I like to look at it like that. I'm on the same level playing field as everyone else. Everyone is going to do their job and so am I.

"Everyone trains hard in the back gym; that's what I love about gymnastics. It's so respectful because everybody knows how hard it is. The smallest margins can absolutely put you in first or put you in last."

7:50 pm – Whitlock: Fitness "wasn't up to scratch" for floor

Max Whitlock says he didn't feel ready to do a floor routine here in Stuttgart.

"Basically, I wanted to do floor, but for me floor wasn't ready. I tried very hard to make sure it was ready and be ready on four apparatus but it just wasn't meant to be. You know, my fitness wasn't up to scratch.

"I don't want to go out to another world stage or big competition, major event, without my floor being crisp. I just don't want that.

"Hopefully by the time Europeans comes round, I can work out how to prepare on floor to the best of my ability and go out with a strong routine."

7:30 pm – Max Whitlock reaction to come

We've just been speaking to Max Whitlock in the mixed zone. We'll have his reaction to today's podium training, and perhaps an answer for why he's not been picked for floor, to come.

Max Whitlock speaks to the Olympic Channel

7:05 pm – Video: Olympic parallel bars champion Verniaiev trains on apparatus

Olympic champ Oleg Verniaiev trains on parallel bars at Worlds

Olympic parallel bars champion Oleg Verniaiev trains on the apparatus at th...

6:57 pm – Watch Olympic champ Whitlock on pommel

WATCH: Max Whitlock's pommel horse practice at podium training

Olympic champion Max Whitlock trains on the pommel horse ahead of the 2019 ...

6:19 pm – Whitlock going on pommel horse

Whitlock is changing into his competition kit for training on the pommel horse, so perhaps he just hasn't been selected on floor.

Meanwhile, over at the parallel bars, Ukraine's Olympic champ Verniaiev is also preparing for a routine.

5:50 pm

We're now into our third sub-division of the day, featuring Max Whitlock of Great Britain (Olympic champion on the pommel horse and floor) and Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine (Olympic champion on parallel bars).

Great Britain are about to go on floor, and but Whitlock isn't stripping off to practice.

In the meantime, here's video of Verniaiev on pommel horse.

WATCH: Oleg Verniaiev on pommel horse in podium training

Ukraine's Olympic parallel bars champion, Oleg Verniaiev, trains on pommel ...

5:35 pm – Video from earlier: China's Xiao on high bar

Xiao Ruoteng on horizontal bar in podium training

China's Xiao Ruoteng performs on high bar in podium training at the 2019 Wo...

5:20 pm – Live streaming of the World Championships

We're happy to say that we will have live streaming from Stuttgart commencing Tuesday, 8 October. Territorial restrictions may apply.

3:35 pm – Defending champ Zou on parallel bars

3:15 pm – Video: China on vault

Team China men on vault in podium training

Chinese men vaulting in podium training at the Stuttgart 2019 World Champio...

2:50 pm – WATCH: China train on parallel bars

2:45 pm – Video: Team China on rings

2:20 pm – Xiao on pommel horse

Xiao Ruoteng is the defending world champion on pommel horse. Here he is in podium training on that apparatus.

2:12 pm – Reaction from Sam Mikulak

2:07 pm – Deng Shudi on floor

1:58 pm – Video from earlier: Kazuma Kaya and Kakeru Tanigawa on floor

1:55 pm – China onto rings

China and Xiao Ruoteng have now moved onto rings. Here's Xiao's routine from the floor earlier.

Xiao Ruoteng floor exercise in podium training

China's Xiao Ruoteng performs on floor in podium training.

1:40 pm – Video: Sam Mikulak on high bar

Watch Sam Mikulak on high bar in podium training

Watch Team USA's Sam Mikulak on the horizontal bar at Stuttgart 2019 World ...

1:33 pm – Moldauer "feels great" after being sick

USA's Yul Moldauer says he's feeling good after today's training after recovering from being sick.

He told the Olympic Channel in the mixed zone: "Actually I had a virus and my rib was out, so I was like exhausted and I couldn't breathe.

"But now I feel great. I haven't felt this good in a while so I'm happy now."

1:20 pm – And the men's qualifying judges…

1:05 pm – News about tomorrow's women's qualifying

12:55 pm

Introductions done, China will start on floor.

12:45 pm – End of subdivision

That's it, the USA and Japan are done. We'll have more video and reaction from those teams shortly.

Stay tuned as we now turn our focus to China and Xiao Ruoteng.

Gymnasts from Canada, USA, and Mexico pose together after podium training

12:40 pm – Sam Mikulak and his search for greatness

Sam Mikulak: Working towards his big moment at worlds

After a disappointing Olympic debut at London 2012, the American gymnast ha...

12:30 pm – ICYMI: Kazuma Kaya on high bar

12:20 pm – Watch: Yul Moldauer and Sam Mikulak on parallel bars

Yul Moldauer on parallel bars in podium training

USA's Yul Moldauer training on parallel bars at the 2019 World Championship...

11:48 am – VIDEO: Japan on horizontal bar

11:45 am – Watch Tanigawa and Kaya on parallel bars

11:40 am – Team USA men on vault

Watch: Team USA men on vault in podium training

Team USA men training on vault at the 2019 World Championships.

11:30 am – Mikulak on rings

Watch Sam Mikulak on rings at Stuttgart 2019 podium training

Samuel Mikulak, six-time U.S. all-around national champion, on rings at Stu...

10:50 am – Video: Kaya and Tanigawa on rings

10:30 am – Watch: Japan on pommel horse

Kazuma Kaya and Kakeru Tanigawa on pommel horse in podium training

Watch Japan's Kazuma Kaya and Kakeru Tanigawa practice on pommel horse in W...

10:20 am – Watch: Sam Mikulak on floor

9:55 am – Introductions

All six rotations in this first sub-division have been introduced.

USA starts on floor, and Japan on pommel horse. Also in this sub is Canada.

9:40 am – Mikulak chats about career

Six-time U.S. national champion Mikulak recently spoke to the Olympic Channel about his career and his long-term goal in the sport.

Sam Mikulak on longevity - "I want to milk this for all it's worth"

The Team USA gymnast claimed a sixth U.S. Championships all-around title in...

9:30 am

After yesterday's rain, we were greeted with clear blue skies as the Olympic Channel team made its way to the competition arena in Stuttgart today.

We're in for a bumper day today as we bring you text and video coverage of Sam Mikulak of USA and Team Japan (10 am), Team China (1 pm), and Max Whitlock of Great Britain and Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev (7:30 pm).

Stay with us, you won't want to miss anything from the final day of official practice before competition begins in earnest tomorrow!