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Written by Amanda Turner   
Saturday, 24 October 2015 11:32

The second day of qualification continues Saturday evening at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. With only two rotations left, just a handful of gymnasts can impact the rankings and bump teams and gymnasts out of the finals. The stands will be full of nervous gymnasts (and coaches) hoping their scores hold up.

Vasiliki Millousi (Greece)

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 24: Vault

Mixed Group 24 includes three gymnasts each from Denmark and Egypt. Denmark did not send a full team to the 2014 World Championships, while Egypt was 36th. Two-time Olympian Sherine El-Zeiny, 24, is seeking a third Olympics. Missing from the Egyptian squad is Fadwa Mahmoud, known for trying her handspring double front vault.

Greece: Uneven Bars

Greece was 24th at the 2014 Worlds, grabbing the final spot to advance a full team to Glasgow. With the financial crisis in Greece, their gymnasts face many additional struggles getting to competitions. Vasiliki Millousi, who competed at the 2000 and 2012 Olympics, remains the team leader at 31 years old. Millousi was a finalist on beam at this year's European championship, and her elegance and style is a treat to watch.

Mixed Group 6: Balance Beam

Mixed Group 6 includes gymnasts from Malaysia and Namibia. The Malaysian team placed eighth last year at the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, where team leader Tracie Ang injured her back. She missed the world championships in Nanning after undergoing surgery for a dysplastic hip, but is back and still seeking good results for Malaysia. Namibia is a rare entrant at the world championships, but has sent two young gymnasts.

Mexico: Floor Exercise

Mexico placed a best-ever 14th at last year's worlds, but the team is struggling with several injuries. 2012 Olympian Elsa Garcia, who has an injured right knee, remains on the startlist but is unlikely to compete. The team is still positive, however, and hoping for strong scores from Ana Lago, the 2011 Pan American Games champion on floor, who has made an excellent comeback after a torn ACL. Alexa Moreno is a two-time world finalist on vault and has a strong chance of making the final again.

Next Up: The final session, with full teams from Switzerland and Hungary!

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