Preview: New Chinese Team Stars in Session 6
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The world and Olympic champion Chinese men take to the floor as competition continues Tuesday morning with Subdivision 6 of men's qualification.

China's team features only one member of its Olympic-champion squad, Chen Yibing. Its incredible depth means it left off current world champions Zhang Hongtao (pommel horse), Wang Guanyin (parallel bars) and Zou Kai (high bar).

China is so deep that its currently national champion, Guo Weiyang, is only the team alternate.


Olympic champion Chen Yibing (China)

Argentina: Floor Exercise

Argentina, which did not send a full team in 2006, is back in 2010 with a six gymnasts. Federico Molinari is the team standout.

Venezuela: Pommel Horse

Like Argentina, the Venezuelan men have a full team. 2008 Olympian Jose Luis Fuentes is still going strong. He starts on his best event, pommel horse, where he qualified to the final in Beijing. The strong all-around was 10th at the 2007 Worlds.

Mixed Group 6: Still Rings

Jordan's Ali Al-Asi begins on his strength, still rings, where he has a shot at the final. The World Cup gold medalist would make history by becoming the first gymnast from Africa to qualify for a world final.

China: Vault

China starts on vault, where for the first time in several years it has a potential champion: The powerful Lu Bo will be doing two attempts. It continues next to parallel bars, the event it has dominated for years. Though it left world champion Wang home, the world silver medalist, Feng Zhe, is on the team and is looking for the title this year.

Zou, the world and Olympic high bar champion and Olympic floor champion, was left off the team in favor of young Zhang Chenglong. Zhang beat Zou on both his best events at the Chinese championships in August. Like Zou, Zhang does not usually throw many exciting releases, but uses the Code to rack up a high Difficulty value.

Teng Haibin, the 2003 world and 2004 Olympic champion on pommel horse, is back on China's team after a six-year absence. Teng's mistakes in the 2004 Olympic team final cost China dearly, but he has been able to prove himself again to the Chinese coaching staff. Teng and Lu are both doing the all-around, which will put Teng's inconsistency to the test. At the Chinese championships in August, he qualified first to the all-around final, only to bomb in the final for 12th.

China ends on still rings, where it should dominate yet again. The team boasts Olympic champion Chen and reigning world champion Liang Mingsheng, both of whom should make finals. Chen is looking to erase his 2009 disappointment, when he fell on his dismount after his foot caught the ring.

Slovenia: Parallel Bars

Mitja Petkovsek and Saso Bertoncelj are Slovenia's only gymnast this year, with Aljaz Pegan injured. Petkovsek starts on his only event, where he won the world title in 2005 and 2007. Bertoncelj is a pommel horse specialist with a shot at the final.

Algeria: High Bar

Algeria has two young gymnasts: 18-year-olds Oualid Hacib and Hellai Metidji. Metidji was 64th all-around in preliminaries at the 2009 Worlds.

Next Up: : Mexico, Mixed Group 3, Brazil, Iceland, Russia and the Czech Republic!

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