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Written by Amanda Turner   
Friday, 23 October 2015 09:04

Competition continues Friday afternoon at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Pictured: 2008 British Olympian Becky Downie will compete alongside her younger sister Ellie Downie.

The women's qualification continues Friday afternoon at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The host British team takes to the floor as do the Brazilians, the hosts for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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 13: Vault

The Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay make up Mixed Group 13, which begins on vault. Trinidad and Tobago is represented by Thema Williams, who trains at Twistars in Michigan with coach John Geddert; and Marissa Dick, who trains in at Ortona Gymnastics in Edmonton, Alberta, with Ovidiu Serban.

Ava Verdeflor of the Philippines, another dual citizen in this group, trains at WOGA in Texas alongside U.S. world team member Madison Kocian.

Mixed Group 5: Uneven Bars

Finland and Venezuela comprised Mixed Group 5. Two-time Olympian Jessica Lopez (Venezuela) begins on her best, and most difficult event, where she has a chance at the apparatus finals if she can nail her ambitious routine. 2012 Finnish Olympian Annika Urvikko, 24, won her first World Cup medal last month, taking second on uneven bars in Osijek.

Great Britain: Balance Beam

Sixth in 2014, the British women have what it takes to finally break through into the team medals this year. The team has depth and power, and a pair of lookalike sisters in Ellie Downie and Becky Downie. Becky is the 2014 European Champion on uneven bars, and picked up a medal at this year's Europeans on balance beam. The team will start on beam, what has traditionally been Britain's weakest event, but will end on its bars, by far its best. The powerful Amy Tinkler and Claudia Fragapane will try to tumble their way into the floor finals. Fragapane, who won the all-around, vault and floor exercise titles at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will sit out the bars lineup in favor of her teammates, several of whom can earn spots in apparatus finals.

Brazil: Floor Exercise

Brazil was just 16th last year, but could break back into the top eight in Glasgow. The tiny Flavia Saraiva, a first-year senior, just needs to hit to make finals on balance beam and floor exercise, where her charm and crowd appeal is unmatched. Two-time world medalist Jade Barbosa is back, and four-time Olympian Daniele Hypolito should bring consistency for the team. The team will have to do without Rebeca Andrade, one of Brazil's top hopes for 2016, who is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered earlier this year.

Next Up: Full teams from Russia and Italy!

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