Worlds Preview: Men's Qualification, Session 4
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Three 2012 Olympic champions headline the fourth and final subdivision of men's qualification as the 2017 World Championships continue Tuesday morning at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Three 2012 Olympic champions headline the fourth and final subdivision of men's qualification as the 2017 World Championships continue Tuesday morning at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Floor Exercise: New Zealand and Brazil

After reaching its goal of qualifying a full team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio — where they finished sixth and picked up three individual medals — the Brazilian men are in a rebuilding phase as they focus on sending another full team to Tokyo. Brazil sent only four male gymnasts but are down to three after Francisco Barretto Junior, fifth on high bar in Rio, scratched. 2012 Olympic still rings champion Arthur Zanetti, second in Rio, is the biggest name on the team. Arthur Mariano, the bronze medalist on floor in Rio, is doing two events. Caio Souza is competing the all-around.

New Zealand entered five gymnasts, a solid sign in the growth of their program. 2016 Olympian Misha Koudinov is competing three events only: rings, parallel bars and high bar.

Pommel Horse: Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Ireland

The Dutch sent a full contingent of six gymnasts. 2012 Olympic high bar champion Epke Zonderland is still going strong as he pushes toward a fourth Olympics and should qualify to the high bar final if he hits.

Ireland's Rhys McClenaghan, who made history in 2016 with the silver medal on pommel horse at the Junior European Championships, is competing in his first worlds.

Still Rings: Turkey, Italy and Chile

Turkey is an expanding program and are frequent finalists at World Cup events, and a final in Montreal is a real possibility. Italy, also rebuilding after failing to qualify to Rio, sent only three gymnasts.

Two-time Olympian Tomás González, a finalist in London and Rio, is still competing at 31, and is now president of the Chilean Gymnastics Federation.

Vault: Austria, Colombia and Slovakia

Colombian veteran Jossimar Calvo headlines this group, and after several world finals, is still searching for his first world medal. Parallel bars and high bar are his best events, and he should factor in the all-around as well.

Parallel Bars: Korea, Lithuania and Jordan

Yang Hak Seon is finally back for Korea. The two-time world vault champion and 2012 Olympic champion missed the 2015 Worlds (torn hamstring) and 2016 Olympics (torn Achilles). He's planning on doing two vaults, but he will have to be back to perfect form to regain his title. Day one showed a lot of gymnasts were having trouble getting the block they needed on vault.

High Bar: Finland, Panama and Peru

Finland sent six gymnasts, including top all-arounder Oskar Kirmes and former European vault champion Tomi Tuuha (now married to Icelandic gymnast Ágnes Sütő-Tuuha, who competes in the next subdivision). Group six also includes Peru and the Czech Republic. 2016 Czech Olympian David Jessen's mother, Hana Říčná, won the bronze medal on uneven bars 32 years ago at the world championships in Montreal.

Up next: Great Britain, Australia and Spain take the floor in the first of five subdivisions of qualification.

 

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