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Written by Amanda Turner   
Friday, 23 October 2015 06:19

Competition continues Friday afternoon at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Pictured: Canadian Olympian Ellie Black

The women's qualification continues Friday afternoon at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

The competition is the first of two qualifications for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Only the top eight countries will clinch berths to send teams to the Olympics. Teams finishing ninth to 16th will advance to the second Olympic qualification next April in Rio, where four more teams will earn tickets to the Olympics. Also at stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Individual gymnasts competing without teams can earn automatic berths to Rio by winning a medal in Glasgow.

Mixed Group 20: Vault

Mixed Group 20 consists of gymnasts from Bolivia, Lithuania and Serbia. Bolivia's Dianne Soria-Galvarro moved to the United States as a child and is now a dual citizen. She trains under coach Gina Mueller Martin at Arizona Dynamics Gymnastics. She placed 23rd all-around at the 2015 South American Championships.

Canada: Uneven Bars

The Canadians were 12th at last year's world championships and should finish higher in Glasgow. Pan American Games all-around champion Ellie Black is the undisputed team leader, and 2012 Olympian Brittany Rogers has returned to international competition after competing in collegiate gymnastics. Canada has the talent to finish in the top eight, and Black is a contender for a medal on her strongest event, balance beam.

Mixed Group 17: Balance Beam

Argentina and New Zealand compete together in Mixed Group 17. Argentina's Ayelen Tarabini is a three-time World Cup medalist and both she and teammate Ailen Valente finished in the top 15 at this summer's Pan American Games. Charlotte Sullivan made history earlier this year by winning the first World Cup medal for New Zealand when she took the bronze on balance beam at the Anadia World Cup in Portugal. Courtney McGregor will perform two vaults in the hope of making the final. New Zealand's third gymnast, Mackenzie Slee, was forced to withdraw this week because of an ankle injury.

Sweden: Floor Exercise

Sweden was 21st at the 2014 Worlds, but European medalist Jonna Adlerteg is absent after tearing her ACL earlier this year. 2004 Olympian Veronica Wagner is still going strong at age 28 and will anchor the team on vault and balance beam.

Next Up: The host British squad takes the floor along with Olympic hosts Brazil!

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