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Biles and the US Dominate Day One of Qualifying
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Simone Biles and the U.S. team were the highlight of day one in the women’s qualifying. Biles debuted her new vault, a Yurchenko half-on double-twisting front layout off, and scored an imposing 15.966 for it. Her second vault was a sky high Amanar for an average that was more than enough to take the lead in that event’s qualification. The new vault will be called “the Biles” as she is the first person in the world to perform it successfully at an international competition.

Additionally, the three-time world all-around champion posted the top scores on beam and floor, and the second highest mark for the day on bars. Biles’ all-around score tallied at astounding 60.965, which was four points higher then teammate and defending world all-around champion Morgan Hurd, who is currently holding the second-highest total. “I give myself a 7 out of 10,” she reflected after the competition in her usual bubbly attitude. Hurd performed strongly on all four events, and admitted herself that it was the best competition of the year for her. Hurd’s solid performances could land her in the bars and floor finals in addition to the all-around.  Kara Eaker performed a near error-free packed difficult routine on beam for 14.466/6.4, for the second-best mark on the event behind Biles.

After the first six subdivisions, Japan is in second place, over 12 points behind the U.S., but the team looks strong to make the top eight and get into the team final. Mai Murakami performed solidly on all four events and is in third place in the all-around behind Biles and Hurd, and second on floor behind Biles.

Competing in the very first subdivision, Belgium’s Nina Derwael hit her incredible 6.5 bar routine (toe-on layout Tkatchev, Stalder- Tkatchev-half to Yezhova to Stalder Shaposhnikova to full-twisting Pak salto) and leads qualifications there with a 15.066. Derwael’s clean all-around performance ranked her in fourth place currently behind Murakami.

Netherland’s Sanne Wevers hit cleanly her trademark beam set. Despite leaving some difficulty out her 14.033/5.4 should be plenty to put her in the final. Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan) landed her front handspring front-full and a Tsukahara 1½ and is currently in third place for the vault final.

Yeo Seojeong (Korea), daughter of Olympic silver medalist Yeo Hong-chul, performed a good front handspring Rudi and a Yurchenko-double twist, and her average is currently second best on the event, just behind Biles.

Led by Elisabeth Seitz, Germany had a strong day of competition and is currently third in the team standings, just behind Japan.  Seitz has a good chance to make the bars final where she posted 14.566/6.2 for third-best of the day. Sweden’s Jonna Adlerteg, twice-European silver medalist on bars, hit her routine for 14.433, which might be on the border for the final there depending on day two of competition.

Ukraine’s Diana Varinska, all-around and bars finalist from last year's worlds, had a disastrous bar routine and will likely miss the all-around final this year.

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