The first artistic gymnastics events came to a close before the official opening ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, starting with men’s qualifying events at nine in the morning. Despite the early schedule, all competitors performed to their best in the events they will continue on in throughout the competition: floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar. Among the contestants, Robert Neff of Team USA performed the most outstandingly, leading in the all-around as well as placing an impressive second in the horizontal bar, parallel bars, floor exercise. The 21-year-old Stanford senior helped Team USA achieve a lead in the Men’s Team final, with a 10.525 lead over Hungary.
Meanwhile, Tomas Kuzmickas of Lithuania also managed to secure impressive results, leading in floor exercise, second in all-around, and third on the horizontal bar and parallel bars. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian delegation did not send enough athletes to achieve a high enough combined score to place in Team Finals. A similar fate awaits Georgiou Marios of Cyprus, who is leading in parallel bars and horizontal bar, and third all-around. Nonetheless, with two men’s subdivisions down, there are still two left to go for August 20 and more women’s events to look forward to!
Featured image: Robert Neff at the P&G Championships; Source: Zimbio