Preview: Germany Takes the Floor in Session 4
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Defending bronze medalist Germany takes the floor Sunday evening as the first day of men's qualification concludes at the 43nd World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.

Mixed Group 6: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 6 includes three gymnasts each from Ireland and Venezuela. The Irish squad has an international presence with American Rohan Sebastian, who was born in Ireland but grew up in Oklahoma. He now competes for the University of Michigan, whose Chinese-born coach Xiao Yuan is with the team. Sebastian's father, a prominent transplant surgeon born in India, is in Tokyo as the team doctor.

Venezuelan veteran Regulo Carmona will be aiming for the final on still rings, the event he won at the 2004 World Cup Final.


European champion Philipp Boy (Germany)

Germany: Pommel Horse

Defending bronze medalist Germany must start off on pommel horse, the team's most inconsistent event. Two-time Olympian Fabian Hambüchen will be back doing the all-around for the first time since tearing his Achilles in January. Hambüchen must conquer pommel horse if he hopes to advance to the all-around final, since teammates Philipp Boy and Marcel Nguyen are both medal contenders. Germany is slightly weak on still rings and vault, but should finish strong on parallel bars, high bar and floor exercise.

Uzbekistan: Still Rings

Olympic bronze medalist Anton Fokin leads Uzbekistan, which took 23rd at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam. Fokin is a strong all-arounder thanks to his strengths on pommel horse and parallel bars.

Hungary: Vault

Hungary was 22nd in Rotterdam, but boasts reigning world pommel horse champion Krisztian Berki in its lineup. Berki, a pommel horse specialist for several years, plans to branch out and compete high bar as well this year.

Mixed Group 10: Parallel Bars

Mixed Group 10 includes three gymnasts each from Greece and Lithuania. The Greeks just failed to qualify a full team to Tokyo, finishing 25th in Rotterdam, but Eleftherios Kosmidis is the reigning world champion on floor exercise. Vlasios Maras is a two-time world champion on high bar, but his inconsistency could cost him a trip to the final. Veteran Vasileios Tsolakidis specializes on parallel bars, the event he won at the 2002 Europeans in Patras.

Mixed Group 7: High Bar

Mixed Group 7 features former Soviet republics Armenia and Latvia, both of which have final chances. The Armenians are becoming known for their strength on pommel horse, where Harutyum Merdinyan was sixth in Rotterdam. Latvian veteran Yevgeny Sapronenko is a world and Olympic medalist on vault, but he often fails to put both his difficult vaults to his feet in the same meet.

Next Up in Subdivision 5: Olympic hosts Great Britain take the floor Monday morning!

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