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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 October 2014 22:56    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 9
(1 vote, average 5.00 out of 5)

Full teams from Italy, Japan and Korea take the floor in session nine of women's qualification at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Azumi Ishikura (Japan)

Korea: Vault

Korea placed 20th at the 2010 Worlds and improved to 15th in 2011, but failed to qualify a full team to the 2012 Olympic Games. Women's gymnastics in Korea lacks the power of the country's men's team, which placed 10th during men's qualification in Nanning.

Japan: Uneven Bars

Japan starts off on uneven bars, one of the team's best events. The Japanese women have become known over the past few years for clean and elegant style. Fifth in qualification at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo, Japan has a shot at the team final again this year. Natsumi Sasada leads the Japanese squad and has a shot at finals in the all-around and also impresses on balance beam (where she mounts with an incredible round off, layout full on). The powerful Mai Murakami was a floor exercise finalist in 2013, finishing fourth, and is aiming for the vault final as well.

Italy: Balance Beam

2006 world champion Vanessa Ferrari is still leading the Italian team, which has been weakened by injuries to 2012 Junior European champion Enus Mariani and Elisa Meneghini. The team is particularly strong on floor exercise however, with a few double layouts and double-doubles. Ferrari took second on floor exercise in 2013, her fifth world medal.

Mixed Group 1: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 1 features individual gymnasts from three former Soviet Republics – Belarus, Georgia and Latvia – as well as Norway.

Next Up: Full teams from Austria, Great Britain, Romania and Venezuela in session 10!

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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:10    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 8
(5 votes, average 4.20 out of 5)



The host Chinese women hope to be great in session eight at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. Pictured: Yao Jinnan in podium training in Nanning

The host Chinese women hope to be great in session eight at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Czech Republic: Vault

Two-time Olympian Kristýna Pálešová remains the leader for the Czech women's team, which placed 30th at the 2010 World Championships. Pálešová's strongest event is uneven bars and she continues to win international medals on the event. She lacks the difficulty to reach the uneven bars final but the all-around final is within her reach.

China: Uneven Bars

The Chinese women can either dominate the competition in Nanning – or finish out of the medals. The 2008 Olympic champions failed to medal as a team at the 2012 Olympics, but the Chinese have traditionally performed well when competing at home. The Chinese should qualify two gymnasts to finals on uneven bars and balance beam if they work to their potential, but floor exercise is relatively weak. How will China respond to the pressure in Nanning?

Chile: Balance Beam

2012 Olympian Simona Castro is one of two Chilean gymnasts in Nanning, competing alongside Franchesca Santi (who will compete two vaults). Castro's best event is balance beam, winning the gold medal at the South American Games this year.

Mixed Group 2: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 6 features only Bulgaria and Portugal after Israel and Mongolia withdrew from the competition. Bulgaria sent one gymnast only, 2012 Olympian Ralitsa Mileva, while veterans Ana Filipa Martins and Zoi Lima represent Portugal.

Next Up: Italy and Japan try to shake up the standings in session nine!

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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:41    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 7
(3 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)

Day two of women's qualification continues with the seventh session at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.


Sophie Scheder (Germany)

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

North Korea: Vault

North Korea starts off with a bang on vault, where 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong and Ri Un Ha will attempt to make the vault final. Jong, third on vault in 2013, looked much cleaner on her Amanar and Cheng vaults as she won gold at the recent Asian Games. Jong has also submitted a triple-twisting Yurchenko as a new skill to the Women's Technical Committee for evaluation, although she has submitted the skill in the past and not attempted it.

North Korea is also beautiful on balance beam, and Asian Games champion Kim Un Hyang will be worthy of a spot in finals if she hits her routine.

Germany: Uneven Bars

Germany begins on its strongest event, uneven bars. The team finished seventh at the 2011 Worlds, qualifying ot the team final. Germany is also strong on floor exercise and Pauline Schäffer has submitted a very new skill on balance beam: side somi with a half twist. The team is weak on vault, however, lacking difficulty that may keep Germany out of the team final this year.

Mixed Group 5: Balance Beam

Mixed Group 5 includes only Denmark and Kazakhstan, as the Dominican Republic withdrew after an injury to 2012 Olympian Yamilet Peña.

Mixed Group 6: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 6 features Finland , Hong Kong and Qatar. Hong Kong's Hiu Ying Angel Wong will try qualify for the event final on vault, her best event, but will need to show increased difficulty to make an impact.

Next Up: The host Chinese women take the floor in subdivision eight!

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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 October 2014 05:54    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 6
(2 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)



Day one of women's qualification concludes with the six session at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. Pictured: Ana Sofia Gómez (Guatemala)

Day one of women's qualification concludes with the six session at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Ukraine: Vault

Nineteenth at the 2011 Worlds, Ukraine has been steadily declining over the past decade and will be lucky to finish in the top 24 this year. The country that contributed so many legendary gymnasts is only a shadow of its former glory, but is still fighting to hold together a full team despite its ongoing political crisis. Angelina Kysla is the team's only veteran.

Hungary: Uneven Bars

Hungary finished 20th at the Two-time Olympian Dorina Boczogo is still going strong for Hungary, but Noemi Makra continues to improve and show promise. Known for her clean and precise gymnastics, Makra has picked up five World Cup medals since her senior debut in 2013. She is aiming for another spot in the all-around final, having finished 13th last year.

Uzbekistan: Balance Beam

Six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina disappointedly has been forced to withdraw from the competition in Nanning due to a foot injury. Chusovitina competed vault only at the Asian Games in Incheon two weeks ago, but had hoped to compete all four events here. Fans will have to wait until 2015 to see if Chusovitina – who turns 40 in June – can make yet another world championships final on vault.

Mixed Group 3: Floor Exercise

2012 Olympic all-around finalist Ana Sofia Gómez (Guatemala) headlines Mixed Group 3, which also includes Panama and Serbia. Gomez skipped the 2013 World Championships but impressed at last month's Pan American Championships in Canada, where she won the gold medal on balance beam. If Gómez can nail her balance beam routine, she has a chance to become the first Guatemalan gymnast to qualify for an event final at the world championships.

Next Up: Competition resumes Monday with the fourth and final day of qualification

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Written by Amanda Turner    Sunday, 05 October 2014 03:37    PDF Print
Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 5
(4 votes, average 4.50 out of 5)



The reigning world and Olympic champion United States takes the floor as gymnastics continues Sunday with the fifth session of women's qualification at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. Pictured: 2012 Olympian Kyla Ross

The reigning world and Olympic champion United States takes the floor as gymnastics continues Sunday with the fifth session of women's qualification at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Sweden: Vault

2004 Olympian Veronica Wagner is back after a two-year break to help form one of the strongest Swedish teams in recent history. 2012 Olympian Jonna Adlerteg, who won a historic silver medal on uneven bars at the 2013 European Championships, has an outside shot at making the uneven bars final in Nanning.

India: Uneven Bars

The top name in Indian gymnasts now is Dipa Karmakar, who made history this summer by becoming the first female gymnast from her country to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. The vault specialist is one of a handful of gymnast currently attempting, but rarely successfully landing, a handspring double front vault. The 7.0-Difficulty value is so high that it can be used to snag medals despite the often frightening landings, one of the controversies in today's gymnastics.

United States: Balance Beam

Simone Biles and Kyla Ross, who finished 1-2 at last year's world championships, lead the U.S. in defense of the world title it won in 2011. The rest of the team are competing in their first world championships, but have the routines to win individual medals of their own. Trickster Mykayla Skinner has two strong vaults, while Ashton Locklear and Madison Kocian can factor into the results on uneven bars. The elegant Alyssa Baumann impresses on balance beam and floor exercise with her artistry and difficulty. Biles is the heavy favorite to win the all-around again, as well as defend her title on floor exercise.

Peru: Floor Exercise

Peru is fielding a full team, but has lost Sandra Collantes to a last-minute injury. Collantes who trains at Excalibur Gymnastics in the United States, won the Bolivarian Games in 2013. The team also includes another American-trained gymnast, Californian Britt Reusche.

Next Up: The sixth and final session of the day!

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