World Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2013 live on BBC


The BBC showcases the annual World Gymnastics Championships which is taking place this year in Antwerp, Belgium from September 30 to October 6.

A host of Olympic heroes complemented by some of the sport’s rising stars will be part of British team at the championships, the first global competition following the Olympic Games last summer.

By tradition, this format of championships shows the refreshed picture of the sport with new rule being introduced and a generation of new stars emerging.

The championships are individual only – there will be no team event and each country is limited to a maximum of 6 male and 4 female gymnasts, but no more than 3 gymnasts may compete per apparatus.

The six strong men’s team includes double 2012 Olympic medallist Max Whitlock who this year has already taken the English and British all-around titles as well as three European medals.

Whitlock is joined by Olympic team bronze medal winners Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas. 

Daniel Keatings, the 2013 European pommel horse champion and Ashley Watson complete the line-up.

Over one year on from winning team bronze at London 2012, Britain’s male gymnasts are determined to step up a level in Antwerp.

There is no team event at this year’s World Championship, but Purvis will compete in the all-around event alongside Whitlock, the European all-around silver medallist, who also took gold on the floor at this year’s Euros.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, the Olympic all-around champion who has established himself as one of the greatest gymnasts ever with three back-to-back world all-around titles, is the undisputed favourite for the all-around final in Antwerp.

Russia’s European champion David Belyavskiy, Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen and Sam Mikulak of the US should also feature.

Britain’s Kristian Thomas will compete on the high bar and vault – his superb vault score of 16.550 played a large part in securing Olympic team bronze for GB last year – while Daniel Keatings focuses on the pommel horse, on which he won European gold in April.

Sam Oldham competes on the floor and rings, with Worlds debutant Ashley Watson on parallel bars.

Great Britain women’s team features Ruby Harrold, who made the 2013 European Championships all-around, bars and beam final, and Beijing Olympian Rebecca Downie who joined Ruby in the European bars final.

London 2012 gymnasts Hannah Whelan and Rebecca Tunney make a welcome return to major championship action to complete the team.

Tunney and Harrold will tackle the all-around, Tunney having finished 13th in the Olympic competition while Harrold placed eighth at the European Championships in Moscow this year.

Downie, who missed out on London 2012, competes on the bars and beam with Whelan in the floor event.

Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, the all-around bronze medallist at London 2012 and reigning Olympic uneven bars champion, is the star attraction in the women’s events.

Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas is missing having only recently returned to training, so Mustafina’s closest rivals are expected to include 16-year-old Simone Biles, who shone en route to victory in the US national championships this year, and Romania’s Larisa Iordache.

BBC Sport will screen a mixture of live coverage and highlights from the 2013 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Belgium on TV – across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three – and online.

Matt Baker introduces BBC TV’s extensive coverage with expert analysis coming from three-time world champion Beth Tweddle and fellow Olympic medallist Louis Smith.

Mitch Fenner and Christine Still lead the commentary team.

The BBC Sport website will offer live streaming of all TV programmes via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, which is available free for Apple, Kindle and Android devices.


Thursday 3rd October
Men’s All-Around Final
LIVE: 7.00pm-10.00pm  BBC Sport Website / App
Highlights: 1.00pm-3.00pm (Fri)  BBC Two

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura starts as the clear favourite in the 24-man field, having won an unprecedented three consecutive all-around world titles and then an Olympic gold in 2012.

Britain also has a medal chance in the six-apparatus event, with 2013’s European all-around silver medallist Max Whitlock competing.

Friday 4th October
Women’s All-Around Final
LIVE: 7.00pm-9.00pm  BBC Three

The top 24 qualifiers compete on four apparatus – vault, uneven bars, floor and beam – for the right to be crowned world champion.

Neither current world champion Jordyn Wieber or Olympic gold medallist Gabby Douglas are expected to compete, so national champion Simone Biles spearheads the American challenge against Russian favourite Aliya Mustafina.

Britain could be represented, with 2012 national champion Rebecca Tunney the most likely to be involved.

Saturday 5th October
Men’s Floor
LIVE: 1.30pm-2.30pm  BBC Red Button
Men’s Apparatus Finals
LIVE: 2.30pm-4.30pm  BBC One

Coverage includes three apparatus finals, with Britain likely to have two shots at a pommel horse medal in Antwerp through London 2012 bronze medallist Max Whitlock, and reigning European champion Daniel Keatings.

Sunday 6th October
Women’s Apparatus Finals
LIVE: 1.30pm-4.30pm  BBC Two

Coverage includes five apparatus finals as the British team look to build on their breakthrough London 2012 performance which saw them win four medals.

Two of those medallists, the recently-retired Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith, provide expert analysis, while commentary from Antwerp comes from Mitch Fenner and Christine Still.

Competing today is Aliya Mustafina, who beat Tweddle to uneven bars gold – one of four London 2012 medals for the Russian – and will go in search of more global titles in Belgium.


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