Preview: Chinese Women Charge Session 6
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The second day of qualification continues Saturday with the powerful Chinese team taking the floor at the 43nd World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.

Chinese champion Tan Sixin


Korea: Vault

Korea starts on vault, its best event. Two gymnasts are trying for finals, Kim Doyoung and Jo Hunjoo. Jo, a 2008 Olympian, was sixth on vault in Rotterdam, where the team finished 20th.

Slovenia: Uneven Bars

2008 Olympian Adela Sajn is back for Slovenia, which was 26th in Rotterdam. World Cup medalist Teja Belak is the top hope for a final, doing two vaults.

Mixed Group 8: Balance Beam

Mixed Group 8 only has one gymnast, Malaysian Farah Ann Abdul Hadi. Hadi is a fan favorite, known for her ability sell her performance on floor exercise. She was also a vault finalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

China: Floor Exercise

Known for their spectacular but inconsistent performances, the Chinese women could be first in Tokyo... or fourth. First-year seniors Tan Sixin and Yao Jinnan will be put to the test on all four events. China moved alternate Huang Qiushuang into the lineup a few days ago for her stronger vault, replacing the popular Wu Liufang. The team will easily qualify to the final, so the question will be which of the gymnasts makes event finals.

Next Up in Subdivision 7: Two-time world champion U.S. team marches in!

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jollybarb said:

Now that is precisely the problem with having a five gymnast team at next year's Olympics. 'Specialist' medal contenders will likely miss out on a chance to compete, and that's a DISGRACE! I'm getting frustrated with all the silly rules. A 6 gymnast team allows for that one extra 'specialist' and for all the US, Russian and Romanian gymnasts (among others) who are super talented and working REALLY, REALLY hard, EVERY week, that's a DISGRACE.
October 07, 2011
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