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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 8
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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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