Preview: Japanese, British Battle in Session 10
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Qualification competition concludes with France competing alongside world hosts Japan and Olympic hosts Great Britain as the 43nd World Gymnastics Championships continue in Tokyo.

This final session will seal the fate of the previous competitors; the top eight teams automatically advance to the team final and to the 2012 Olympic Games. Teams finishing ninth through 16th will get a second chance at Olympic qualification by advancing to the 2012 pre-Olympic test event in January.

Several competitors in this session can shake up the event qualification as well, making more than a few coaches and gymnasts watching the scores nervously.


Japan's Yuko Shintake

Mixed Group 16: Vault

Mixed Group 16 includes gymnasts from New Zealand, Mongolia and Chile. New Zealand sent Commonwealth Games veterans Brianna Mitchell (coached by Alexandra Koudinova, whose son Misha Koudinov is on the men's team) and Jordan Rae (coached by Hungarian Zoltan Mirko). Chile's entrants include Simona Castro, who competes for the University of Denver, and World Cup medalist Makarena Pinto, who will be gunning for the vault final.

Mongolia, which rarely competes in international gymnastics, entered two gymnasts but only Baatarjav Ichinkhorloo is on the start list.

Great Britain: Uneven Bars

The British start their Olympic quest on uneven bars, where defending world champion Beth Tweddle should bring the team's biggest score. Becky Downie, who has the inside Stalder-Tkatchev named for her, is also a potential finalist on bars. The British gymnasts will be put to the test in rotation two on balance beam, their traditional weakness. But Canadian Carol-Angela Orchard has come on board as the special coach for the event, to help improve the team's confidence. Will it show in Tokyo?

Japan: Balance Beam

Expect Yoyogi to come alive in the final session Saturday when the Japanese women take the floor. The Japanese have a good mix of veterans and newcomers, and will have the emotional support of the crowd behind them as they aim for a top-eight finish. The Japanese show artistic, mature gymnastics. 2009 world all-around brnze medalist Koko Tsurumi will be under pressure to bring in the top scores for the team, particularly on uneven bars. Of special note is team veteran Rie Tanaka, whose two brothers are on the Japanese's men's team in Tokyo.

France: Floor Exercise

France has underwhelmed in recent years, finishing 11th at the 2010 Worlds. But world bronze medalist Youna Dufournet is back this year, and Marine Brevet can also bring in competitive scores.

Next Up: Men's qualification begins Sunday morning!

Follow IG Publisher Paul Ziert's live commentary from Yoyogi Stadium, broadcast simultaneously on IG's official Facebook Page and Twitter account.

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