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Worlds Preview: Men's Qualification, Session 4
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Competition continues Friday evening at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. The Olympic champion Chinese team currently leads the qualification after an outstanding performance in the afternoon session. Deng Shudi and Cheng Ran are currently 1-2 in the individual all-around qualification.


Yang Hak Seon (Korea)

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 finals (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.

Spain: Floor Exercise

Spain qualified a full team to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but many of the top gymnasts called it quits after a well-publicized fallout with the Spanish Gymnastics Federation over funding and support. In May, Spain finished only 13th at the European championships in Sofia. 2008 Olympic vault finalist Isaac Botella, 30, is the team veteran. Ruben Lopez won the Spanish national championships this year, with Botella finishing third.

Canada: Pommel Horse

Canada finished 12th at the 2011 Worlds but missed qualification to the 2012 Olympic Games by less than a point. The team finished only fifth at the recent Pan American Championships in Ontario, and drew an unlucky draw by having to start off on pommel horse.

Korea: Still Rings

2012 Olympic vault champion Yang Hak Seon has earned his status as a Korean sporting legend and is looking for a third consecutive world vaulting title in Nanning. He settled for silver at the Asian Games final recently in Incheon, where he emotionally apologized for failing to win the gold medal at home. Suffering from a sore hamstring, he was unable to compete his triple-twisting handspring layout front. He submitted a Tsukahara 3 1/2 to the FIG Men's Technical Committee for review in Nanning, but he may not be able to perform it.

Slovenia: Vault

Slovenia was unable to send a full team to Slovenia after injuries to many of the team members. Veteran parallel bars specialist Mitja Petkovšek is one of the injured staying behind, leaving Slovenia's hopes on Sašo Bertoncelj. Bertoncelj, third on pommel horse at this year's European championships, is looking for another world championships final on his specialty.

Chile: Parallel Bars

2012 Olympian Tomas Gonzalez already made history for Chile by qualifying to the floor exercise and vault finals at the Olympics in London. The decorated champion is still looking to put his name in the record books by becoming the first Chilean to win a world championships medal in gymnastics.

Uzbekistan: High Bar

Uzbekistan is one of many teams that traveled to Nanning straight from the Asian Games in Incheon, and its gymnasts are either freshly warmed up... or exhausted. The team picked up two silver medals in Incheon from Abdulla Azimov (pommel horse) and Anton Fokin (parallel bars). Fokin, a world and Olympic medalist, will need to be near perfect to make another world final.

Next Up: Teams from Colombia, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland and Portugal in the fifth and final session of the day!

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