World Gymnastics Championships
For the men of Austria, the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool did not go according to plan. Vincennes Hawk surprisingly missed the final’s best eight with his worst rating in a long time (13933) at 16th. “I feel like I was treated unfairly, but I have to deal with that now,” said the 26-year-old from Salzburg, who was also disappointed in the team’s competition.
Together with Alexander Pinda, Severin Kranzlmueller, Aschap Mateyev and Riccardo Rudi, Hawk finished 24th among the 24 World Cup qualifying teams. All around, Benda, a 2021 World Cup finalist who recently contracted the coronavirus, finished 53rd, with Matiev directly behind him at 54th.
Hook struggled with classification. “Throughout the year, I received high marks for my practice. Today I was able to do a really strong freestyle, after going out I felt good and expected a rating of 14500 or higher. And then I was simply punished for no good reason. I feel I was treated unfairly, but I have to deal With that now.” He was expecting to fight for medals.
Athletic director sees Hawk as ‘victim of the lottery’
Sports director Fabian Lemliner explained that he believed Hawk became a “victim of the lottery in the first morning session” because the ratings level rose steadily over the next five rounds. At least an extra half point was expected – which was enough for an eighth final. But the rating came out regularly, and the difficulty score was right at 6.2, so no objection possible.
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