Mitchell Leads Aussie Attack in Tokyo
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Armed with the world's top difficulty score on floor exercise, Olympian Lauren Mitchell is set to lead the Australian women's squad at the upcoming world championships, Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo.

Lauren Mitchell (Australia)

Mitchell headlines the Aussie team, which also includes Ashleigh Brennan, Georgia-Rose Brown, Emily Little, Larrissa Miller and Mary-Anne Monckton. Nikki Chung heads to Tokyo as the alternate while Georgia Wheeler is the non-traveling reserve.

Brennan, Little, Miller and Mitchell were members of the sixth-place Australian team at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, where Mitchell made history by winning the gold medal on floor exercise.

Mitchell, Monckton and Brown should do all four events in qualification, Australian head coach Peggy Liddick told IG on Monday.

A shoulder injury forced 2006 Commonwealth Games champion Chloe Sims contention. Sims had looked strong in her comeback efforts, winning uneven bars at July's Australian championships.

"Chloe Sims had been having shoulder problems all year," Liddick said. "After nationals, she had another subluxation, so the doctors decided to go ahead and do the 'tightening up' surgery. She had it about Aug. 12 and is recovering and is still planning on resuming her training after rehab."

Mitchell cruised to first place at the recent Australian trials in Canberra, scoring 58.85 on day one and 60.45 on the second day. She earned a 6.4 Difficulty score on floor exercise on the first day, currently the top D-score in the world for women's floor. American Alexandra Raisman earned 6.2 at the U.S. Classic in July, while several gymnasts — including Britain's Beth Tweddle and Russia's Ksenia Afanasyeva — have posted 6.1 D scores.

Liddick said Mitchell's upgraded routine has a whip to Arabian double front, stag jump mount; piked full-in to split jump; 2 1/2 twist to layout front; and a double pike to sissone dismount, plus a tour jeté full; change leg leap and triple turn in wolf.

"She hit all combinations on day one of the final trial (6.4) and all but one on day two (6.3), so fingers crossed she can get the timing of the floor in Tokyo," Liddick said.

The Aussie women have their sites set on a top eight finish in Tokyo, which would qualify the team to the 2012 Olympics in London. Teams finishing ninth to 16th in Tokyo will get a second chance at qualification at the Olympic test event in January in London, where only four more teams will advance.

"I hope the girls can perform to their potential," Liddick said.

While several teams have already arrived in Japan, the Australian women will use their location to their advantage and depart Friday.

"It is a 10-hour flight straight north, no time zone changes, so we decided to stay and train in Australia as long as possible," Liddick said.

External Link: Australian Gymnastics

2011 Australian Women's World Trials
Sept. 16-17, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra

1.Lauren Mitchell 5.815.305.913.956.514.506.315.1058.85119.30
2.Georgia-Rose Brown 5.013.705.614.305.113.455.113.6055.05110.80
3.Emily Little5.814.405.313.605.312.305.113.0053.30109.00
4.Mary-Anne Monckton5.013.605.913.705.814.505.312.9554.75106.45
5.Nikki Chung5.013.655.513.455.511.804.611.9550.85105.60
6.Georgia WheelerAshleigh Brennan4.613.205.413.055.411.954.710.8549.05100.55
7.Amaya King Koi4.412.505.212.005.312.705.111.3548.5597.40
8.Amelia McGrathAshleigh Brennan4.011.804.
9.Ashleigh Brennan5.513.605.914.305.414.3042.2070.90
10.Britt Greeley5.312.755.113.3526.1053.35
11.Larrissa Miller4.812.506.214.855.312.5539.9052.65
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