Former champions Romania finished on top Friday, following the first day of women's qualification at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.
Raluca Haidu (Romania)
At the halfway point of the competition, Romania is in first wih 227.228. 2004 Olympic gold medalist Catalina Ponor was impressive in her comeback, scoring 15.00 on balance beam (despite a very low landing on her full-in dismount). Raluca Haidu led Romania overall, landing herself atop the individual qualification standings.
Defending world balance beam champion Ana Porgras struggled, grabbing the beam on her switch ring and falling on her double layout dismount on uneven bars.
Lauren Mitchell led Australia to second (221.846) and is currently second in the all-around qualification. Mitchell fell off beam and stepped out of bounds on floor exercise but was otherwise solid. Teammate Larrissa Miller currently leads qualification on uneven bars, where Australia had the top team total.
Canada recorded several costly falls, but still finished ahead of the Netherlands, 215.328-212.828. Peng-Peng Lee is currently in seventh all-around.
Dutch champion Céline van Gerner led the Netherlands and is currently third all-around with the second-best score on uneven bars.
Women's qualification resumes Saturday morning in Tokyo, with the Olympic champion Chinese women coming up in session six.
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