Thursday 5th October 2017

Event of the day

Our event of the day...

is the fourth day of the 2017 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal, Canada. All eyes will be on the Men’s Individual All-Around Final as today marks the first final of the forty-seventh edition of the Championships. With qualification done and dusted, the gymnasts will give their all to finish top of what is a very open field this year. Stellar performances from some of the best gymnasts in the world will make today quite a spectacle.

Japan’s Kohei Uchimura – with seven Olympic and nineteen World Championship medals to his name, including gold in the Men’s Individual All-Around in the 2016 Rio Olympics – will unfortunately be unable to defend his world All-Around titles as he pulled out with an ankle injury earlier this week. While this ends Uchimura’s dominance having won the last six world All-Around titles, it does open the door for other athletes to seize the opportunity and should make for an exciting final. Ukraine’s Oleg Vernyayev – winner of the Men’s Individual All-Around silver medal in Rio – has qualified in fifth and will look to claim the title. Manrique Larduet of Cuba has qualified with the highest score of 86.699, while Britain’s Nile Wilson has qualified in eighth. Today’s final is wide open and should make for great viewing.

Honourable mentions...

around the globe go to the latest round of European FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. England face Slovenia at Wembley where a win will be enough to guarantee their place in Russia next summer. Scotland face an all-or-nothing home game against Slovakia at Hampden Park.

In golf, it’s the first day of the European PGA Tour Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews in Scotland. Rafael Nadal, Tomáš Berdych and Caroline Wozniacki are all in action at the China Open. In MLB, the postseason Division Series begins with the Houston Astros versus the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park in Houston, while the Cleveland Indians host the New York Yankees at Progressive Field. The NFL sees the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. It's also the quarter-finals of the Darts World Grand Prix at Citywest Hotel in Dublin. The standout match sees Raymond van Barneveld take on John Henderson who knocked out number 1-ranked player, Michael Van Gerwen, earlier in the tournament.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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