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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 7
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Day two of women's qualification continues with the seventh session at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, China.


Sophie Scheder (Germany)

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.

North Korea: Vault

North Korea starts off with a bang on vault, where 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong and Ri Un Ha will attempt to make the vault final. Jong, third on vault in 2013, looked much cleaner on her Amanar and Cheng vaults as she won gold at the recent Asian Games. Jong has also submitted a triple-twisting Yurchenko as a new skill to the Women's Technical Committee for evaluation, although she has submitted the skill in the past and not attempted it.

North Korea is also beautiful on balance beam, and Asian Games champion Kim Un Hyang will be worthy of a spot in finals if she hits her routine.

Germany: Uneven Bars

Germany begins on its strongest event, uneven bars. The team finished seventh at the 2011 Worlds, qualifying ot the team final. Germany is also strong on floor exercise and Pauline Schäffer has submitted a very new skill on balance beam: side somi with a half twist. The team is weak on vault, however, lacking difficulty that may keep Germany out of the team final this year.

Mixed Group 5: Balance Beam

Mixed Group 5 includes only Denmark and Kazakhstan, as the Dominican Republic withdrew after an injury to 2012 Olympian Yamilet Peña.

Mixed Group 6: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 6 features Finland , Hong Kong and Qatar. Hong Kong's Hiu Ying Angel Wong will try qualify for the event final on vault, her best event, but will need to show increased difficulty to make an impact.

Next Up: The host Chinese women take the floor in subdivision eight!

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