COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State gymnast Alec Yoder will compete on the pommel horse at the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan this week. Yoder is one of three male Olympians to lead Team USA at the championships.
The 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships will feature three days of qualifications, beginning on Monday, followed by four days of all-around and individual event finals. Yoder will compete in the qualifying round in subdivision four on Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. ET. The men’s pommel horse finals will take place on Saturday at 3:10 a.m. ET.
Yoder, a 2019 graduate, secured an automatic spot on the U.S. Men’s World Team with a solid pommel horse routine at selection camp in September. He had the highest score (15.200) on the pommel horse at selection camp, beating out other competitors by at least 0.400. He was the lone qualifier to score above 15.000 on the first day of selection camp on any event.
The Olympic specialist advanced to the pommel horse finals at the 2020 Toyko Olympics with a score of 15.200 in the qualifying round to lead Team USA. Yoder’s preliminary score was fourth overall and trailed the event leaders by just 0.066. In the finals, Yoder finished sixth with a score of 14.566.
Yoder was a 10-time All-American during his Ohio State career, including four as a pommel horse All-American and three as an all-around All-American. He won the national championship on the pommel horse as a senior in April 2019 after helping the Buckeyes to back-to-back Big Ten team titles in 2016 and 2017.