Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 6
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Day one of women's qualification concludes with the six session at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China. Pictured: Ana Sofia Gómez (Guatemala)

Day one of women's qualification concludes with the six session 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.

Ukraine: Vault

Nineteenth at the 2011 Worlds, Ukraine has been steadily declining over the past decade and will be lucky to finish in the top 24 this year. The country that contributed so many legendary gymnasts is only a shadow of its former glory, but is still fighting to hold together a full team despite its ongoing political crisis. Angelina Kysla is the team's only veteran.

Hungary: Uneven Bars

Hungary finished 20th at the Two-time Olympian Dorina Boczogo is still going strong for Hungary, but Noemi Makra continues to improve and show promise. Known for her clean and precise gymnastics, Makra has picked up five World Cup medals since her senior debut in 2013. She is aiming for another spot in the all-around final, having finished 13th last year.

Uzbekistan: Balance Beam

Six-time Olympian Oksana Chusovitina disappointedly has been forced to withdraw from the competition in Nanning due to a foot injury. Chusovitina competed vault only at the Asian Games in Incheon two weeks ago, but had hoped to compete all four events here. Fans will have to wait until 2015 to see if Chusovitina – who turns 40 in June – can make yet another world championships final on vault.

Mixed Group 3: Floor Exercise

2012 Olympic all-around finalist Ana Sofia Gómez (Guatemala) headlines Mixed Group 3, which also includes Panama and Serbia. Gomez skipped the 2013 World Championships but impressed at last month's Pan American Championships in Canada, where she won the gold medal on balance beam. If Gómez can nail her balance beam routine, she has a chance to become the first Guatemalan gymnast to qualify for an event final at the world championships.

Next Up: Competition resumes Monday with the fourth and final day of qualification

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