Russia dethrones record world champion China at Turn World Cup

High tension at the Kunst-Turn World Cup in Stuttgart: In a dramatic team finale, Russia's artistic gymnasts have become champions at the World Championships China dethroned and brought their first team title for 28 years. They decided the final duel against the defending champion on the horizontal bar and then celebrated with a small dance.

Nikita Nagorni kept the nerves on the king's device as the last gymnast of the competition and brought his exercise safely in the end China had previously relegated Sun Wei early and thus initiated the title loss.


The Japanese, who had been on gold for a long time, finally had to settle for the bronze medal. The loss of two-time all-around Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura weighed heavily in the end and left the device artists from the Far Eastern Empire on the last two devices lose the connection.

Unlike the extremely flawed women's team final on Tuesday delivered the eight strongest ranks of the preliminary fight have a competition at the highest level. No team could decisively settle in the first rounds. The US girls, however, had prevailed sovereignly with a start-finish victory.

Final without DTB team – Swiss make mood

Constantly changed in front of 7,500 spectators in the again sold out Hanns-Martin -Schleyer Hall the lead. After the first round Russia was ahead, then China took the lead. The "half time" led Japan before rank one fell back in the interim at China. This also lasted until the last rotation.

With cowbells and a lot of enthusiasm, many fans from Switzerland created a lot of atmosphere in the arena. Their compatriots on the podium, however, had as expected nothing to do with the medal award and ended up on the seventh and penultimate place.

The squad of the German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) had the qualification for the team decision with 12th place clearly missed. After all, the placement was enough to secure the Olympic tickets for Tokyo 2020.

World title bouts will continue on Thursday (16:00) with the women's all-round decision. For the DTB the German record champion Elisabeth Seitz from Stuttgart as well as the Cologne singer Sarah Voss are going to the devices.

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