Montreal, Oct 4.- Cuban gymnast Manrique Larduet closed Tuesday leading the qualification round for the finals of the ''all-around'' of the World Gymnastics Championship, being held in this Canadian city.
After the data for the last classification group for the finals was concluded, Manrique Larduet kept the first place, with which he ended the competition day, with an accumulated average of 86.699 points, ahead of Chinese athlete Ruoteng Xiao (86.297) and Russian David Belyavskiy (85.839).
None of the other gymnasts who concluded their exercise routines, could excel this trio, which is pointed out by experts as favorite for the podium, after Japanese Olympic and World Champion Kohei Uchimura had to withdraw from competition because of an injury.
Another great candidate to win in the finals is Ukranian Oleg Verniaiev (85.431),a runner-up in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2016, who ended in the 5th place in the classification list.
In any case, the final stage for Wednesday will start from zero for all contestants, so if any athlete does it better between the 24 contestants, among them another three Latin Americans, will win.
They are Colombian Jossimar Orlando Calvo, Brazilian Caio Souza and Mexican Kevin Cerda, located in the 12th, 14th and 18th places of the qualifying, respectively.
In addition, Larduet managed to advance to the finals on free hand exercises and parallel bar, so he can add up to three medals, and his compatriot Randy Lerú will be classified for the horizontal bar.
Similarly, Arthur Zanetti (Brazil) will be in the rings finals, modality in which be is the current summer runner-up, and Guatemalan Jorge Vega in the jump, after achieving eighth best scores on these. (Prensa Latina)