Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2019 | As it happened: Podium training day 4
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.
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.
7:05 pm – Video: Olympic parallel bars champion Verniaiev trains on apparatus
6:57 pm – Watch Olympic champ Whitlock on pommel
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.
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
WATCH: Oleg Verniaiev on pommel horse in podium trainingUkraine's Olympic parallel bars champion, Oleg Verniaiev, trains on pommel horse at the 2019 World Championships.
5:35 pm – Video from earlier: China's Xiao on high bar
Xiao Ruoteng on horizontal bar in podium training
Xiao Ruoteng on horizontal bar in podium trainingChina's Xiao Ruoteng performs on high bar in podium training at the 2019 World Championships.
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
Team China men on vault in podium trainingChinese men vaulting in podium training at the Stuttgart 2019 World Championships.
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
Xiao Ruoteng floor exercise in podium trainingChina'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 Sam Mikulak on high bar in podium trainingWatch Team USA's Sam Mikulak on the horizontal bar at Stuttgart 2019 World Championships.
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
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.
12:40 pm – Sam Mikulak and his search for greatness
Sam Mikulak: Working towards his big moment at worlds
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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
Yul Moldauer on parallel bars in podium trainingUSA's Yul Moldauer training on parallel bars at the 2019 World Championships.
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
Watch: Team USA men on vault in podium trainingTeam 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
Watch Sam Mikulak on rings at Stuttgart 2019 podium trainingSamuel Mikulak, six-time U.S. all-around national champion, on rings at Stuttgart 2019.
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
Kazuma Kaya and Kakeru Tanigawa on pommel horse in podium trainingWatch Japan's Kazuma Kaya and Kakeru Tanigawa practice on pommel horse in World Championships podium training.
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.
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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!