Former Gopher gymnast Guillermo Alvarez finished 18th in the all around finals today at the World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark with a score of 88.175. Alvarez was the top American finisher. Yeng Wei from China won the meet with a 94.40.
Alvarez started the meet on the vault, where he earned his highest score of the competition, a 15.725. He moved on to the parallel bars, earning a 14.525. On the high bar, he scored a 14.225. In the fourth rotation, he competed in the floor exercise, earning a mark of 15.375, before moving to the pommel horse, where he tallied a 13.775. His final event was the still rings, where he finished with a score of 14.550.
Alvarez was one of two gymnasts from Team USA to advance to the all around finals. Alexander Artemev also competed in the all around final today, and finished 22nd with a mark of 87.225.
Alvarez competed for the Golden Gophers from 2002-2005, and was the Nissen-Emery Award winner in 2005 as the nation’s outstanding senior gymnast.
The head coach for the World Team is Mark Williams, head coach at the University of Oklahoma. Assistant coaches are Randy Jepson (Penn State) and Mike Burns (Minnesota).