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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 3
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The Brazilian women, hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games, take the floor Sunday afternoon in the third session of qualification at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.

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.


Anna Pavlova (Azerbaijan)

Brazil: Vault

Four-time Olympian Daniele Hypolito anchors the Brazilian squad in its first step toward qualification for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil grabbed the last qualification spot for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Poland: Uneven Bars

Olympian Marta Pihan-Kolesza leads the Polish team, which placed 17th at the 2010 Worlds but chose not to send a full team to the 2011 Worlds. Pihan-Kolesza, primarily a beam and floor specialist on the World Cup circuit, is married to Roman Kulesza, a member of the Polish men's team in Nanning. Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska has also had notable results for Poland, qualifying to the balance beam final at the 2013 Europeans.

Switzerland: Balance Beam

Two-time European vault champion Giulia Steingruber qualified to three finals at last year's world championships in Antwerp, where she placed seventh all-around, fourth on vault and fifth on floor exercise. Her excellent Rudi on vault should help her qualify to the apparatus final, but she will need to upgrade her relatively weak second vault (Yurchenko full) if she wants to bag her first world medal. Teammate Ilaria Käslin is elegant on balance beam and was an all-around finalist in Antwerp.

Azerbaijan: Floor Exercise

Azerbaijan is sending its first full team to the world championships, and all four gymnasts are Russian natives. Most notable is fan favorite Anna Pavlova, a two-time Olympian who is not ready to hang up her grips. Though she has suffered several knee injuries, Pavlova remains a medal contender on vault, taking the silver behind Steingruber at this year's Europeans. Teammate Yulia Inshina competed for Russia at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo, winning a silver with the team and qualifying to the balance beam finals.

Next Up: Three Latin American teams – Argentina, Colombia and Mexico – and Ireland take the floor in session four!

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