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Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 12
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Teams from France and Greek are the last to take the floor as women's qualification ends in session 12 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.


Claire Martin (France)

Greece: Vault

Two-time Olympian Vasiliki Millousi leads the Greek team, which finished 24th at the 2011 Worlds. With political and economic uncertainty in Greece, their gymnasts are coming off a difficult year that saw their federation abruptly cancel the national championships. Millousi's beam routine has the style and difficulty worthy of a spot in the finals if she can hit.

Taiwan: Uneven Bars

Taiwan (also known as Chinese Taipei) sent four female gymnasts to Nanning, after not entering a team in 2010. Lin Tseng-Ning is the top gymnast and will anchor the squad on each event.

Malaysia: Balance Beam

Only two gymnasts from Malaysia will compete in China. The team's top gymnast, Tracie Ang, is out of the competition with injuries to her back and hip. Ang said the injuries were aggravated by her preparation for the Commonwealth Games this summer, and she is likely to need back surgery before she can continue.

France: Floor Exercise

Tenth at the 2011 World Championships, France is aiming for a top-eight finish in Nanning. The team features veterans Youna Dufournet, Marine Brevet and Mira Boumejajen, along with newcomer Claire Martin. Martin, one of France's top talents this quadrennium, is beautiful to watch but will not compete vault, ruling her out of the all-around final.

Next Up: The first medals of these world championships will be awarded after the men's team final on Tuesday!

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