Worlds Preview: Men's Qualification, Session 2
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After a year-long break, double Olympic champion Max Whitlock (Great Britain) is back in action Monday in Montreal in the second of four subdivisions of men's qualification.

After a year-long break, double Olympic champion Max Whitlock (Great Britain) is back in action Monday in Montreal in the second of four subdivisions of men's qualification, which also features Canada's neighbor to the south the United States and a host of gymnasts from the Americas.

Floor Exercise: Belarus, Egypt and Cyprus

Belarus entered four gymnasts from the team's 16th-place squad at the last world championships in Glasgow, where they grabbed the final spot to the second Olympic qualifier in April 2016 in Rio. Surprisingly, Belarus withdrew as a team from the test event because of injuries. Andrei Likhovitsky qualified as an individual and finished 18th all-around.

Cypriot Olympian Marios Georgiou is also back after a disappointing exit in Rio, where he qualified to the all-around final but was injured halfway through and was forced to withdraw.

Pommel Horse: Norway, Hong Kong and Guatemala

Guatemala's hopes rest on Tokyo hopeful Jorge Vega, who is aiming for the floor final. He already won gold in Canada two years ago at the Pan American Games in Toronto, and he took another floor title more recently at the Paris World Challenge Cup two weeks ago.

Still Rings: Denmark, Mexico and Thailand

Kevin Cerda leads the Mexican squad in the absence of 2013 world championship pommel horse silver medalist Daniel Corral, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. Mexican-American Fabian De Luna, who trains with the legendary Vitaly Scherbo in Las Vegas, is competing in his second world championships for Mexico.

Vault: United States, Argentina and Belgium

2016 Olympic pommel horse bronze medalist Alex Naddour and two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak are the only members of the U.S. Olympic team in Montreal, where the Americans will be aiming for as many spots in finals as possible. New national champion Yul Moldauer is the only all-arounder. Naddour (pommel horse) and Mikulak (only competing high bar) both have strong chances for a final, as does Donnell Whittenburg on rings and vault. Bulgarian-American Eddie Penev is making his world championship debut for the U.S. in Montreal but formerly represented Bulgaria, qualifying for the floor final in 2010. He has a good shot at the floor final again in Montreal, and he will be trying two vaults. Marvin Kimble, like Moldauer competing in his first worlds, is competing pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

Parallel Bars: Switzerland and Great Britain

Max Whitlock took a well-deserved break from competition after his record-breaking performance in Rio, where he won the all-around bronze medal and scored double gold on floor and pommel horse. He's competing those two events only in Montreal, where he will try to repeat as world champion on pommel horse. Nile Wilson, third on high bar in Rio, is competing all-around, while 2012 Olympian Dan Purvis is competing parallel bars only. Courtney Tulloch has a good chance at the rings finals, where he finished sixth in 2014.

Switzerland entered three gymnasts only in Pablo Brägger, Oliver Hegi and Eddy Yusof, who were members of Switzerland's Olympic team in Rio, where Yusof finished 12th all-around and Brägger 16th. Both are competing all-around while Hegi, a high bar finalist at the 2014 Worlds, is competing pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

High Bar: India, Croatia and Trinidad & Tobago

Croatia is still best known for its pommel horse workers, and its team includes 2008 Olympic silver medalist Filip Ude and four-time world championship finalist Robert Seligman. Tin Srbić, who has racked up World Cup medals on high bar, is making his world championships debut.

Joseph Fox, who trains alongside Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymnastics Club, is making his world debut for Trinidad & Tobago.

Up next: The final qualification session of the day will be the most exciting yet, with host Canada competing alongside the team medalists from Rio: Japan, Russia and China!


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