COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State gymnast Alec Yoder competed in the pommel horse finals at the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan on Saturday morning. Yoder scored 14.766 to finish fifth overall in the event.
Yoder, a 2019 graduate, secured an automatic spot on the U.S. Men’s World Team with the highest scoring pommel horse routine at selection camp in September. His score (15.200) on the pommel horse beat out all other competitors by at least 0.400. Yoder was the lone qualifier to score above 15.000 on the first day of selection camp on any event. In the qualifying rounds in Kitakyushu, Yoder ranked third overall with his score of 15.300 to move onto the finals.
Yoder competed in his first Olympic games this summer in Tokyo as the specialist on Team USA. At the 2020 Toyko Olympics, he led Team USA with an automatic qualifying score of 15.200. 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.
During his Ohio State career, Yoder was a 10-time All-American 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.