Gymnastics: S'pore men Gan & Tay knocked out in world c'ships qualifying

SINGAPOREANS Gabriel Gan and Terry Tay finished 59th and 79th respectively in the all-around qualifying event at the 44th artistic gymnastics world championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

Gan, 27, a silver medallist in the pommel horse at the last SEA Games in 2011, scored 74.740 points in total for six apparatus, while Tay, the schools' B Division all-around champion in 2010, was bottom of the field with 62.632 points.

Gan had 11.833 points (126th place) on the floor, 10.033 (136th) on rings, 13.400 (92nd) on the vault, 13.100 (87th) on the parallel bars, 12.333 (101st) on the high bar, and his best score of 14.041 (39th) on his specialist apparatus.

Tay had a strong 14.233 (53rd) on the vault but faltered elsewhere, including a poor 4.633 (after a four-penalty point deduction) on the high bar which put him last among the 135 competitors.

The top 24 men qualified for the individual all-around final and top eight (plus ties) for each individual apparatus.

Lim Heem Wei and Nicolette Lim are Singapore's women representatives.