Olympic Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 5
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Full teams from Canada, France and Japan take the floor in the fifth and final subdivision of of women's qualification Sunday evening at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Pictured: Oréane Lechenault (France) during podium training

Full teams from Canada, France and Japan take the floor in the fifth and final subdivision of of women's qualification Sunday evening at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Vault: Japan

Fifth at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, Japan isn't just aiming for team finals: this team wants a medal, something they haven't had since taking bronze in Tokyo 1964. The first team to arrive in Brazil, the Japanese women first trained for a week in São Paulo before traveling to Rio. Team leader Asuka Teramoto, ninth all-around in Glasgow, is the only returning Olympian from Japan's eighth-place team at the 2012 Olympics, and the team has potential for finals from several gymnasts. Super tumbler Sae Miyakawa, the only gymnast who matches Simone Biles for difficulty on floor, has the best shot for a medal. Mai Murakami, who celebrated her 20th birthday on Friday in Rio, is always a crowd favorite and may tumble into the floor finals.

Uneven Bars: France

France starts on its best event, uneven bars, where they clinched team qualification at April's test event in Rio. Marine Brevet, who missed out on the 2012 Olympics with an injury, plans to retire after the Olympics. Marine Boyer, the European championship silver medalist on balance beam, is eying the final as well.

Balance Beam: Canada

Ellie Black and Brittany Rogers are back from Canada's 2012 team that finished a best-ever fifth place. The team should score strongest on vault, where three of the gymnasts (Black, Rogers and Shallon Olsen are trying for finals). Black is a potential finalist on floor exercise and balance beam as well, and she has the potential to push the top group in the all-around. National champion Isabela Onyshko should also make an impact in the all-around.

Floor Exercise: Mixed Group 3

Mixed Group 3 includes two potential vault finalists in Mexico's Alexa Moreno and Cuba's Marcia Vidiaux. Poland's Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska, noted for her elegance, is strongest on balance beam and was a finalist at the European championships. The group also includes the lone Ukrainian gymnast, Angelina Kysla, trying to keep her country's proud tradition alive at the Olympics.

Up Next: The first medals of the Olympics will be awarded during the men's team final on Saturday!

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