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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 5
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The reigning world and Olympic champion United States takes the floor as gymnastics continues Sunday with the fifth session of women's qualification at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. Pictured: 2012 Olympian Kyla Ross

The reigning world and Olympic champion United States takes the floor as gymnastics continues Sunday with the fifth 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.

Sweden: Vault

2004 Olympian Veronica Wagner is back after a two-year break to help form one of the strongest Swedish teams in recent history. 2012 Olympian Jonna Adlerteg, who won a historic silver medal on uneven bars at the 2013 European Championships, has an outside shot at making the uneven bars final in Nanning.

India: Uneven Bars

The top name in Indian gymnasts now is Dipa Karmakar, who made history this summer by becoming the first female gymnast from her country to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games. The vault specialist is one of a handful of gymnast currently attempting, but rarely successfully landing, a handspring double front vault. The 7.0-Difficulty value is so high that it can be used to snag medals despite the often frightening landings, one of the controversies in today's gymnastics.

United States: Balance Beam

Simone Biles and Kyla Ross, who finished 1-2 at last year's world championships, lead the U.S. in defense of the world title it won in 2011. The rest of the team are competing in their first world championships, but have the routines to win individual medals of their own. Trickster Mykayla Skinner has two strong vaults, while Ashton Locklear and Madison Kocian can factor into the results on uneven bars. The elegant Alyssa Baumann impresses on balance beam and floor exercise with her artistry and difficulty. Biles is the heavy favorite to win the all-around again, as well as defend her title on floor exercise.

Peru: Floor Exercise

Peru is fielding a full team, but has lost Sandra Collantes to a last-minute injury. Collantes who trains at Excalibur Gymnastics in the United States, won the Bolivarian Games in 2013. The team also includes another American-trained gymnast, Californian Britt Reusche.

Next Up: The sixth and final session of the day!

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