COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State gymnast Alec Yoder competed in the qualifying round of the pommel horse at the 2021 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan on Tuesday night. Yoder scored 15.300 to advance to the finals as he finished third overall on the pommel horse.
The men’s pommel horse finals will take place on Saturday at 3:10 a.m. ET. Yoder is one of three male Olympians to lead Team USA at the championships.
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.
This summer, Yoder competed in his first Olympic games as the specialist on Team USA. At the 2020 Toyko Olympics, he advanced to the pommel horse finals after scoring a 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.