Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 3
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The final day of qualification competition begins Wednesday afternoon as the 2017 World Championships continue at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Pictured: Larisa Iordache (Romania)

The final day of qualification competition begins Wednesday afternoon as the 2017 World Championships continue at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Rio beam queen Sanne Wevers (Netherlands), the only 2016 Olympic champion competing in the women's competition in Montreal, takes the floor.


Rio beam queen Sanne Wevers (Netherlands) is the only 2016 Olympic champion competing in the women's competition in Montreal.

Vault: Azerbaijan and Mexico

Azerbaijan is still being carried by former Russians Marina Nekrasova (the first alternate to last year's Olympic Games) and Yulia Inshina. All five gymnasts in this first group plan to do two vaults. Mexico's Ahtziri Sandoval is the strongest gymnast in this group, winning gold on vault and silver on uneven bars at this year's Pan American Championships in Lima.

Uneven Bars: Czech Republic, Norway and Slovakia

The Czech Republic sent three gymnasts: first-year seniors Aneta Holasová and Lucie Jiříková and Veronika Cenková, who is returning from a torn ligament in her knee last December. Absent from the European Championships and other senior meets this year, Holasová is making her major international debut at worlds. Holasová shows tremendous promise (capable of mounting with three consecutive layouts onto the beam).

Balance Beam: Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Austria

After their record-breaking performance at last summer's Olympics, Dutch Olympians Sanne and Lieke Wevers and Eythora Thorsdottir are back in Montreal. Sanne just needs to stay on beam to make the final, while fans are eager for Thorsdottir to dance her way into the floor final. Sanne also submitted a new skill on beam, a 2 1/2 turn (given a D rating). Thorsdottir and Lieke Wevers are skipping the all-around, however.

Floor Exercise: Romania, Switzerland and Lithuania

Romania's Larisa Iordache is back after her nightmare 2016. Another world all-around medal is within reach, and she is competing a 6.7 Difficulty beam routine (with tucked and layout full twists). Iordache should be a huge fan favorite as always. Three-time Olympian Cătălina Ponor announced this week that she plans to retire after these world championships. Ponor, who turned 30 in August, is competing beam and floor Wednesday in hopes for the one medal missing from her collection - a world championships gold.

2016 European champion Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland) is also back in action. Steingruber, who won the bronze on vault in Rio, is a potential finalist on several events.

Up next: Competition continues with France, Germany, Hungary and Italy in subdivision four.

 

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