Competition continues in Subdivision 8, with Norway, Ecuador, Mixed Group 4, Hungary, Vietnam and Kuwait!
The top contender in this subdivision is Hungary's Krisztian Berki, who is looking for his first world title on pommel horse. With the dominant Chinese failing to qualify any gymnasts for the pommel horse final in Rotterdam, Berki is in a good position to win this year.
Hungary's Krisztian Berki
Norway: Floor Exercise
Norway's team includes the eldest gymnast in Rotterdam, 41-year-old Espen Jansen. Jansen is competing in his 13th world championships for the Norwegian team, which was 34th at the 2006 Worlds.
Mixed Group 4: Still Rings
Mixed Group 4 includes Lithuania and Cyprus. The group begins on still rings, where Cypriot Irodotos Georgallas will try to reach the finals on his best event.
The Hungarians, 27th at the 2006 Worlds, begin on vault. In Rotation 5, Berki will try to swing his way into the pommel horse final. Second at the past two world championships, Berki surely has his eye on gold this year. Top all-around Vid Hidvegi anchors the team on the other events.
Vietnam: Parallel Bars
Vietnam begins on parallel bars, its best event. Pham Phuoc Hung made history in 2009 by qualifying to the final, but is only slated to go up second on his team. With several Chinese coaches, the Vietnamese have shown remarkable improvement, and for the first time can field a full men's team.
Like other smaller Asian nations, the Vietnamese will use Rotterdam as a warm-up for next month's Asian Games in China, where they have better chances for medals.
With five gymnasts, Kuwait is able to compete as a team as well this year. The tiny Gulf nation has no foreign coaches listed in its Rotterdam delegation, so it will be interesting how the team fares.
Next Up: Austria, Turkey, Belgium, Taipei, Mixed Group 2 and Italy in Subdivision 9!
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