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Worlds Preview: Men's Qualification, Session 2
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Competition continues Friday morning at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. The Brazilian men take the floor in the second session of qualification at the Guangxi Sports Center, where they begin their attempt to qualify a full team to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The qualifications are a make-or-break event for all the gymnasts. At stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus final (top eight on each event). Only the top 24 countries will advance full teams to next year's world championships in Glasgow, the first qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.


Sergio Sasaki (Brazil)

Angola: Floor Exercise

Angola, in southwestern Africa, is a newcomer on the international scene in artistic gymnastics. Two gymnasts from Angola will share the floor with Brazil, another former Portuguese colony that is now a powerhouse in the sport. Angola had success this summer with its first World Cup gold medal from rhythmic gymnast Ana Panzo, who trains in Russia.

Belarus: Pommel Horse

Belarus, the 2001 world champions, will try to improve on its disappointing 16th place at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo. Former Russian team members Dmitry Barkalov and Andrei Likhovitsky lead the team, while veteran Alexander Tsarevich is a multiple World Cup medalist on parallel bars and high bar.

Singapore: Still Rings

Singapore is competing with four gymnasts, the minimum needed for a full team. Gan Zi Jie Gabriel is the tiny nation's top gymnast, finishing 18th all-around at the recent Asian Games in Incheon. His strongest event is on pommel horse, where he was a finalist at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 (fourth) and 2014 (sixth).

Brazil: Vault

Brazil launches its bid for 2016 on vault, one of its best events. The team boasts three Olympians in Diego Hypolito, Sergio Sasaki, and national hero Arthur Zanetti. All-arounder Sasaki has a chance to make several finals, including vault, while former world champion Hypolito will fight for a spot in the floor final. Zanetti, the reigning world and Olympic champion on still rings, is a lock for the rings final barring disaster.

Ukraine: Parallel Bars

Superstar Oleg Vernyayev leads Ukraine, which finished a frustrated fourth at the 2012 Olympics. The team has since lost Nikolai Kuksenkov to Russia and Oleg Stepko to Azerbaijan, but Vernyayev and Igor Radivilov are medal contenders. Vernyayev is one of the only gymnasts with the potential to challenge Kohei Uchimura in the all-around, and he has medal potential on vault and parallel bars. Radivilov won the bronze medal on vault in London and tied for the gold on still rings at the 2013 European Championships.

Iceland: High Bar

Iceland sent only one male gymnast, Valgard Reinhardsson, who will compete alone in his rotation. Reinhardsson trains in Halifax, Nova Scotia, alongside Canadian women's team member Ellie Black. Reinhardsson, who turns 18 on Wednesday, begins on his best event, high bar.

Next Up: Reigning world and Olympic champion China takes the floor at home, along with full teams from Croatia, Netherlands, North Korea and Puerto Rico!

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