World Gymnastics Championships 2014 live on BBC


Britain’s finest gymnasts demonstrate their breathtaking talents on a worldwide stage this week in the 45th FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and fans can follow all the action from China with BBC Sport.

It is the fourth time that the competition has been staged on the continent of Asia, with the newly built Guangxi Gymnasium situated in the southern Chinese city of Nanning providing the venues for the world’s best gymnasts to show off their moves as they aspire to become world champions.

This is the first World Championships since the London 2012 Olympic Games to feature the full gymnastics programme for men and women, including the team events and individual all-around and apparatus finals.

Halfway between Olympic cycles, these World Championships will serve as the first stage of team qualification through to the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, with the British men and women seeking a top-24 ranking.

Only the top 24 teams for men and for women in Nanning will qualify to the second Olympic qualification stage, which is next year’s World Championships in Glasgow, where the top eight men’s and women’s teams will qualify automatically for the Rio Olympics.

From there, the teams ranked 9th through 16th will qualify for the Rio Test Event to be held early in 2016, with the top four men’s and women’s teams at the Test Event earning the final Olympic team berths.

But there is plenty of hard work and preparation, not to mention several major meetings before the Rio Olympics in two years time and British hopes are high to build on the extraordinary success of London 2012.

Double Olympic bronze medallist Max Whitlock and rising star Claudia Fragapane are the headline names leading the British charge for medals in China.

Fragapane, who is only 16-years-od, was the star performer of England’s Commonwealth Games gymnastics team in Glasgow earlier this summer, winning four gold medals, while Whitlock won three for the men’s team.

Olympians Becky Downie and Hannah Whelan will also feature in a women’s team alongside Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Kelly Simm, Gabby Jupp and Charlie Fellows, while 21-year-old Whitlock will be joined by familiar names in Nile Wilson, Kristian Thomas, Courtney Tulloch, Dan Keatings and Dan Purvis.

After making his first competitive appearance since London 2012 at this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has not been selected to compete as he is focussing on his media commitments.

Sam Oldham, who was part of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal-winning team and England’s Commonwealth Games team, also misses out on the event after having ankle surgery.

The British team will be hoping to build on the two medals they won in Antwerp last year, courtesy of Max Whitlock, who won silver in the pommel horse, and Kristian Thomas’ bronze medal on the vault.

BBC Sport will screen a mixture of live coverage and extensive afternoon highlights from the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China.

There will be daily highlights of all the team and individual apparatus finals from October 6-12, with live coverage airing on BBC Red Button and online every day from Tuesday to Sunday.

BBC TV’s highlights shows will be shown at 3.00pm from Tuesday to Friday on BBC Two, switching to BBC One on Saturday at 2.20pm, before returning to BBC Two on Sunday for the concluding day of the championships.

Ore Oduba presents the BBC’s TV coverage of the event from Nanning, where he will be joined for expert analysis by three-time former world champion and London 2012 bronze medallist Beth Tweddle, while Craig Heap and Christine Still lead the commentary team.

All BBC TV coverage will be available to watch/listen online via the BBC Sport website and app, as well as via the BBC iPlayer for seven days following the event.

Visit the official Nanning 2014 website for more information about the 45th FIG World Artistic Gymnastics Championships.


Tuesday 7th October
Men’s Team Event Final
LIVE: 12.00pm-3.30pm  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 3.00pm-5.15pm  BBC Two

The day’s action sees the first medals decided in the final of the men’s team event in which hosts China are aiming for a sixth consecutive world title.

Great Britain’s men won a historic bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics and will be hoping to stand on a world championship podium for the first time in this discipline.

Wednesday 8th October
Women’s Team Event Final
LIVE: 12.00pm-2.30pm  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 3.00pm-5.15pm  BBC Two

It’s the turn of the women to tackle the team event, where the USA are the reigning world and Olympic champions and are looking for a seventh consecutive podium place.

Great Britain’s team will include 16-year-old Claudia Fragapane, who won an amazing four golds for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Thursday 9th October
Men’s All-Around Final
LIVE: 12.00pm-3.00pm  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 3.00pm-5.15pm  BBC Two

The men’s all-around final is today’s focus as the championships enters its seventh day with Great Britain hoping to be strongly represented in a highly competitive field.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura has dominated this discipline in recent years and the Olympic champion will be bidding for an unprecedented fifth consecutive world title.

Friday 10th October
Women’s All-Around Final
LIVE: 12.35pm-2.40pm  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 3.00pm-5.15pm  BBC Two

The world’s elite women do battle in the all-around competition at the Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, China.

All eyes will be on the USA’s Simone Biles, who is aiming to become the first woman to win back-to-back world all-around titles since Russian Svetlana Khorkina more than a decade ago.

Saturday 11th October
Individual Apparatus Finals
LIVE: 6.00am-9.40am  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 2.20pm-3.50pm  BBC One

There are five titles up for grabs today as the world’s top gymnasts battle it out on the individual apparatus.

They include the men’s pommel horse, where Britain’s double Olympic bronze medallist Max Whitlock will be attempting to go one better after winning silver last year in Antwerp.

Meanwhile, after winning four golds at this summer’s Commonwealth Games, 16-year-old Claudia Fragapane will be relishing the chance to test herself against the world’s elite.

Sunday 12th October
Individual Apparatus Finals
LIVE: 6.00am-9.40am  BBC Red Button
Highlights: 3.55pm-5.30pm  BBC Two

The day’s five competitions include the men’s vault in which Kristian Thomas won a first ever world medal for Great Britain when he took bronze in Antwerp in 2013.

After some spectacular performances from home nations’ gymnasts at 2014’s Commonwealth Games, British confidence will be high.



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