The men's qualification competition concludes in Subdivision 10, when Germany's depth will be put to test after several injuries.
Germany, the defending bronze medalist from 2007, lost national champion Marcel Nguyen on Sept. 24 when he broke his leg on floor exercise. Two-time European all-around champion Fabian Hambüchen, suffering from a sore Achilles, will do four events.
The session also includes full teams from Israel, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Germany's Fabian Hambüchen will do four events in Rotterdam.
Germany: Floor Exercise
Germany took third at the 2007 Worlds, but was edged out of Olympic bronze by the U.S. The team was set on getting back onto the podium this year in Rotterdam, especially after winning its first-ever European title this year in Birmingham. But the team suffered a blow in losing Nguyen, who contributed five routines (all but pommel horse) in the European team finals.
Hambüchen will sit out floor exercise and vault, but can contribute on rings, parallel bars and high bar. The team also has potential finalists in Matthias Fahrig, outstanding on vault and floor exercise, and Philipp Boy on high bar.
Puerto Rico: Pommel Horse
Sixteenth at both the 2006 and 2007 Worlds, Puerto Rico has what it takes to eventually get into the top 12. The team beat the U.S. at the 2007 Pan American Championships, and has two Olympians in Luis Vargas and Luis Rivera.
Israel: Still Rings
Israel is led by Alexander Shatilov, bronze medalist on floor at the 2009 Worlds. Shatilov tore his meniscus in April but has returned to competing the all-around. He will try to qualify to the floor final, and help Israel place higher than it was in 2006, when it finished 30th.
Ukraine begins on its best event, vault, where springy Andrei Isayev and Alexander Yakubovsky will try to qualify for the final. Former Junior European champion Nikolai Kuksenkov is the team's top all-arounder, and potential finalist on high bar.
Ukraine was 13th at the 2007 Worlds, losing a qualifying spot to the 2008 Olympics by less than a point. Their chances of moving back into the top 12 in 2010 are lessened by the absence of the injured Alexander Vorobyov, Olympic bronze medalist on still rings. Ukraine especially will struggle to bring a strong team score on rings.
One bright spot for Ukraine is the senior debut of talented 16-year-old Oleg Stepko. In August, Stepko won pommel horse and parallel bars at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Uzbekistan: Parallel Bars
Uzbekistan starts on the event where its star gymnast, Anton Fokin, has excelled. Fokin won the bronze medal on parallel bars at the 2007 Worlds and 2008 Olympics. Uzbekistan has not traditionally fielded a full men's team, but is hoping it can match its female compatriots, who placed 24th in Rotterdam to earn the final qualifying spot to the 2011 Worlds.
Next Up: Competition continues with the women's team final on Wednesday evening in Rotterdam, where the first medals of the 2010 Worlds will be awarded!
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