The Olympic order for the men’s competion is starts
with the floor exercise, then the pommel horse, the still rings,
the vault, the parallel bars, and finally, the horizontal or
high bar. The athletes perform six rotations.
The U.S. team started at the still rings and Hamm scored
9.216 out of 10, the lowest among all his performances.
Shuhei from Japan got the highest score of 9.700 that day.
The U.S. team continued with the vault with Hamm performing
a high score of 9.783. He was the last to perform, after
Steve McCain who injured his knee, Jason Gatson and Paul’s
twin brother, Morgan Hamm, who got the second highest score,
In parallel bars, Paul Hamm was third with 9.500, topped
by Lu Bo from China second, and Li Rongjie from China
first with a score of 9.700.
In high bar, Paul Hamm tied Nakamura Shuhei from Japan
with a top score of 9.650.
In floor exercises, the twins took first and second
place. Morgan scored the best with a 9.600 and Paul
with a 9.566.
Overall, Paul Hamm was ranked first that day with a
total score of 57.265 followed by Bo from Japan with
said on the USA Gymnastics Web site: “This competition
shows us exactly where we’re at going into the Olympic
Games. We hit all but one routine today. We’ll get a
little more practice at the USA Gymnastics Championships and
the U.S. Olympic Trials. We’ll be ready for the Games”.
At the final competition, on April 17, the American
twins Paul and Morgan Hamm were ranked first and
floor exercise, Morgan was ranked third in the
Pommel horse, Paul first in vault and high bar. In summary,
States of America was first three times and they
were also the best
overall team and won the championship. Second was
Malaysia and third was Japan. The best athlete
rings was Bo from China who was also ranked first
Wei Lin from Taipei was the best athlete in pommel
horse. The U.S team brought home seven medals with
silver in the still rings.
Paul Hamm has been in the senior division for five
years and made history by winning the first World
All-Around title in
2003. Paul said: “I was really happy with my performance
today. I felt I was a lot better today than Thursday. I fixed
a few mistakes, like nailing my second vault, so I’m
happy. I feel like I’m in good shape right now. I feel
like I’m in a good position to make the Olympic Team.
This whole trip was a good experience. I feel like I’m
really on top of things right now.”