Oct. 3, 2013
ANTWERP, Belgium -- University of Michigan men's gymnast Sam Mikulak (Corona del mar, Calif./Corona del Mar) placed sixth in all-around at the 2013 World Artistic Championships on Thursday (Oct. 3) at the Sports Palace in Antwerp, Belgium. The rising senior had the medal stand in reach heading into the final rotation, but a 13.766 on high bar in the final rotation put him in sixth place overall.
Mikulak began the night on floor, where he finished with a score of 15.366, which was third overall in the event amongst all-around competitors. He followed with a 14.833 on the vault, .033 better than his qualifying mark.
Rotation three saw the United States all-around champion head to pommel horse, where he executed a scissor across the horse from end to middle and finished with a score of 14.608. He also hit his still rings routine, scoring a 14.775. After four rotations, Mikulak was in second place with a score of 59.582.
In rotation five, Mikulak displayed his signature poise and confidence on parallel bars, earning a score of 15.200. Sitting in third going into the final rotation on horizontal bar, he hit his Cassina but lost his rhythm, crunching down on bar, and pressed up twice to finish with a score of 13.766 and 88.548 overall, placing sixth.
Mikulak returns to action on Sunday (Oct. 6) at 10:40 a.m. to partake in high-bar event finals.
U-M will host the 2014 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships April 10-12 inside Crisler Center as the squad seeks to defend its 2013 NCAA and Big Ten titles. U-M will play host to NCAAs for the first time since 1971.