Now is the time for the specialists and experts on the individual apparatus to shine. Five titles are up for stake today, and anything can happen on the day, so be prepared for surprises. Here’s what to expect on each event:
Men’s floor exercise
Olympic champion Artem Dolgopyat of Israel qualified in first place for this final, and gave up his all-around spot to focus on this event. 2022 silver medallist Daiki Hashimoto of Japan is also in the final, together with 2022 finalists Carlos Yulo (PHI) and Milan Karimi (KAZ).
Topping the qualification results is Simone Biles (USA) and with her incredible pedigree on this event, she is the clear favourite to win back the title she last claimed in 2019. She will be joined by 2022 world vault bronze medallist, Coline Devillard of France, and 2022 finalists Miyata Shoko (JPN) and Yeo Seojeong (KOR) - the latter is also the 2020 Olympic vault bronze medallist.
Men’s pommel horse
This final promises to be riveting. Twice Olympic champion Max Whitlock (GBR) is up against 2022 world champion Rhys McClenaghan (IRL), together with 2022 world silver and bronze medallists Ahmad Abu Al Soud of Jordan and Harutyun Merdinyan of Armenia respectively, But Lee Chi Kai (TPE) has a point to make. The 2020 Olympic silver medallist flew in late from the Asian Games to compete here, and could feature among the medals.
Women’s uneven bars
The People’s Republic of China, USA and Netherlands all have two gymnasts in this final. Qualified in first place is Qiu Qiyuan (CHN) with 2022 world silver medallist Shilese Jones (USA) in second place. From the Netherlands, both Sanna Veerman and Naomi Visser were also finalists last year. But perhaps all will be eclipsed by Kaylia Nemour of Algeria, who trains in France and had the highest difficulty score from qualifications.
Men’s still rings
2022 world rings champion Adem Asil (TUR) did not reach the final, so this is likely to be a battle between two Olympic rings champions, Liu Yang (CHN) from 2021 and Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) from 2016. Three strong contenders were also finalists in 2022 - Artur Avetisyan (ARM), You Hao (CHN) and Vahagn Davtyan (ARM).
Competition concludes tomorrow with the second day of apparatus finals