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World Preview: Women's Qualification Day 1
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The first day of competition will feature six of the eleven subdivisions for the women but all eyes will be on subdivision five which includes Simone Biles and team USA who are expected to dominate the competition here in Doha.  The US team has won the team and all-around titles at every World and Olympic games since 2010, when Aliya Mustafina and her Russian team won the titles. The three time all-around champion Biles is returning to her first international competition after a year off from gymnastics following the Rio Olympics. The 21 year old is expected to win titles here on vault, beam, floor and the all-around.  On vault Biles may debut a new vault, a round off handspring half on double twisting front layout off, which if she performs it successfully would be named after her.

Biles’ teammates Morgan Hurd, the defending all-around champion from a year ago, and Riley McCusker will also be competing in the all-around.  With only two competitiors per country one will have a great chance to join Biles as a medalist.  Other potential event finalists for the team could be: bars (McCusker, Biles or Hurd), beam (Hurd or Kara Eaker) and floor (Hurd or Grace McCallum) all depending on how they compete in their qualification round.

Others to watch:

Japan’s Mai Murakami, who just missed the podium in the all-around at last year’s worlds but won the floor title, is once again a legitimate contender for a medal on both events.  With a solid competition Japan could easily make the team final.

Germany is competing without last year’s beam medalists Pauline Schafer and Tabea Alt.  However the team has huge potential on bars (Kim Bui fourth at this year’s European championships, Elisabeth Seitz finalist at last year’s worlds and Sophie Scheder bronze medalist from the Rio Olympics).

Netherlands will rely on Olympic beam champion Sanne Wevers who looked really prepared on the event during the podium’s training. The team has potential for the team finals however a top 12 finish is more realistic.

Belgium’s Nina Derwael, bronze medalist on bars at last year's worlds, has prepared a 6.5 set and is the favorite for the title.  Derwael, who also has potential on beam, should easily qualify to the all-around final as well.

Diana Varinska from Ukraine was in the uneven bars and all-around finals last year in Montreal and could better that result here in Doha.

Seven times Olympian Oksana Chusovitina from Uzbekistan is aiming at the vault final once again.

Martha Pihan-Kulesza is still competing for Poland and as a mom she is still capable of producing competative beam and floor performances.

Georgia-Rose Brown is Australia’s best hope for an all-around final.

Lara Mori was a floor finalist at last year's worlds and that could be Italy's best chance for a final in Doha.

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