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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 4
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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 4

Competition continues Sunday afternoon in the fourth session of women's 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.


Elsa Garcia (Mexico)

Colombia: Vault

Colombia will hope to improve on its ranking after finishing last at the 2010 World Championships. The team qualified Olympians in 2008 (Nathalia Sanchez) and 2012 (Jessica Gil), but neither are competing in Nanning. The team has one of the oldest gymnasts in Nanning, 31-year-old Bibiana Velez. Melba Avendano is the country's top gymnast, finishing sixth at this year's South American Games.

Mexico: Uneven Bars

2012 Olympian Elsa Garcia is back in Nanning after skipping last year's world championships. The fan favorite has a chance at the floor final, showing both style and tumbling (double layout; full-in; Arabian double front). Ana Lago, the 2011 Pan American champion on floor exercise, is returning from a torn ACL and will compete vault, uneven bars and balance beam.

Ireland: Balance Beam

Ireland is fielding a full team this year after sending only individuals to the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam. 2014 Irish champion Ellis O'Reilly leads the team alongside national runner-up Nicole Mawhinney. Several of the gymnasts competed train at Salto Gymnastics in Lisburn and represented Northern Ireland at this summer's Commonwealth Games. Irish veteran India McPeak is absent from Nanning as an incoming freshman this fall at the University of Michigan.

Argentina: Floor Exercise

Argentina is sending a full team this year for the first time since 2006, when it placed 25th. The team will be challenged to place that high this year without three of its top gymnasts: 2012 Olympian Valeria Pererya, 2014 national champion Camelia Ambrosio and World Challenger Cup gold medalist Ayelen Tarabini (out with injury).

Next Up: Defending world champion USA takes the floor!

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