Vinzenz Höck couldn’t believe his eyes after his successful Ring Freestyle at the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool: “I expected a rating of 14,500 (points; note) or higher.” But there were only 13,933 and 16th place, which means that last year’s fifth clearly missed the final of the top eight. The 26-year-old, who was satisfied with his performance, had no explanation for his worst result for a long time. “I was simply punished without a valid reason. I feel unfairly treated.” He has to deal with it, even if it’s not easy for him. “I expected to be fighting for medals here.”
Sports director Fabian Leimlehner offered a possible explanation for the low rating: “I think Vinzenz was a victim of the draw in the first morning rotation, because the rating level went up continuously over the course of the other five rounds.” Leimlehner noted that other top gymnasts have met a similar fate, “but that doesn’t help us.” In the team competition, Höck finished 24th among the 24 teams qualified for the World Cup with Alexander Benda, Severin Kranzlmüller, Askhab Matiev and Ricardo Rudy.
In the all-around, last year’s finalist Benda, who recently recovered from his third corona disease, made two mistakes that dropped him to 53rd place in the rankings.
Women’s team succeeded finger pointing
Jasmin Mader, Selina Kickinger, Alissa Mörz, Charlize Mörz and Berta Schwaninger finished 19th, the best result of an Austrian women’s team.
“We are incredibly proud of our joint performance. Not only have we confirmed our qualifying result from the European Championships, we have even improved our ratings,” said Mader.