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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 6
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The first day of qualification concludes Friday evening at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Pictured: Germany's Sophie Scheder

The first day of qualification concludes Friday evening at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

The competition is the first of two qualifications for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Only the top eight countries will clinch berths to send teams to the Olympics. Teams finishing ninth to 16th will advance to the second Olympic qualification next April in Rio, where four more teams will earn tickets to the Olympics. Also at stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Individual gymnasts competing without teams can earn automatic berths to Rio by winning a medal in Glasgow.

Mixed Group 2: Vault

Mixed Group 2 includes Algeria, Bahamas and Colombia. Colombia was 25th at the 2014 Worlds, just missing the cutoff to advance a full team to Glasgow. Kianna Dean (who lives and trains in Florida) and Simone Hall are the first female gymnasts to represent the Bahamas at a world championships. First-year senior Farah Boufadene, a former member of the French national team from Saint-Étienne, will make her debut for Algeria.

Poland: Uneven Bars

The Polish women finished 17th in 2014, matching their result from 2010. Two-time Olympian Marta Pihan-Kulesza, 28, continues to lead the team. Her best event is floor exercise, where she placed sixth at this year's European championships.

Germany: Balance Beam

Ninth at the 2014 Worlds, the German women just missed a trip to the team finals. A solid and consistent performance could put them in the top eight this year. Five-time national champion Elisabeth Seitz, former Junior European uneven bars champion Sophie Scheder and Leah Griesser place second to Russia this summer at the first European Games in Baku, where Scheder took second on uneven bars. Pauline Schäfer could also be a finalist on balance beam if she hits her unique side somi with a quarter twist.

Mixed Group 8: Floor Exercise

Neighbors Croatia and Slovenia both drew Mixed Group 8. Slovenian veterans Teja Belak and Tjaša Kysselef will both be trying for the vault finals.

Next Up: The Chinese take to the floor as the second day of competition begins!

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