Posted on October 29, 2018

Remaining spots for the Finals of the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were secured today, as the last few Women’s Qualification Subdivisions were performed at the Aspire Dome. Finals for all events will now take place 29th October – 3rd November.

Although China’s performance included mistakes on its traditionally strongest two apparatus, it easily earned the highest team score in the seventh subdivision. One Chinese gymnast fell on uneven bars, and two of them struggled on balance beam, but all-arounder Chen Yile predicted a steadier result in Tuesday’s team final. The team total score of 165.196 points ranked them second behind USA so far in qualifications. “I think the whole team will do much better,” Chen said. “We all have trust in each other. We will try our best to get a medal.”

Day four of the 48th Artistic 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgCanadian veteran Elsabeth Black beamed as she reflected on her team’s field-topping performance in the eighth subdivision. “I’m very proud of how everyone on the team did,” said Black, who ranked fifth all-around at that point. “They all held themselves up high - chins up and a positive attitude - and really put it all out there.” Canada’s 163.897 total team score lifted them to third place thus far in qualifications. Performing in the same subdivision, France moved into fifth place in team standings. Back from maternity leave, three-time world all-around medalist Aliya Mustafina of the Russian Federation team contributed a trio of counting scores as her squad ruled the ninth subdivision of women’s qualifications.

Russian gymnast Angelina Simakova scored zero points on vault because she did not land feet first, and subsequently fell on uneven bars. Because the lowest mark on each apparatus is dropped, though, her team was not forced to absorb these errors. With a team score of 165.497 points, the Russian Federation moved into second place behind the USA after nine of 11 subdivisions. Russian all-arounder Irina Alexeeva expressed confidence that her team will avoid such random mistakes in Tuesday’s team final: “It’s just qualifications and it’s the first day, so of course we had a little bit of nerves,” Alexeeva said. “So, we’ll hope to get rid of those for the team final.”

Spain skimmed ahead of Mexico by 0.167 points for the leading team ranking in the 10th subdivision of women’s qualifications. With a total team score of 152.364 points, Spain went into 18th place in team rankings after 10 of 11 subdivisions. Alexa Moreno of Mexico earned the highest score of the subdivision on any apparatus, and probably a spot in her fourth World Championships final, on vault. She ranked fourth. with only one subdivision remaining. The Mexican team finished second in the subdivision. Moreno, a 2016 Olympian who resumed training in February, said she had secretly hoped to qualify for the vault final: “I had that tiny light of hope, but I didn’t want to pressure myself.”

Day four of the 48th Artistic 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgThe Czech Republic earned the top team score in the 11th and last subdivision of women’s qualifications, but their 24th-place overall team ranking
was far more significant. The top 24 teams at the Doha Worlds will advance to the 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart, which in turn will move them closer to qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Aneta Holasova provided the Czechs with their highest scores on three of four apparatus. The Czech Republic’s team total score of 147.996 points was more than enough to bump Egypt, which competed in earlier subdivision, out of the all-important 24th spot.

Over the next five days, the worlds best will compete in a series of Finals to decide who will be crowned 2018 World Champions. From Teams, All-Arounders and Apparatus Finals, a total of 42 medals are up for grabs. More importantly, the three medal-winning countries in the team competition will also pick up four tickets each to Tokyo, which is the first opportunity to secure a spot in Artistic Gymnastics for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Women’s Team Finalists

RK

NF

Vault

Uneven Bars

Balance Beam

Floor

Total

1

 USA

45.166

43.465

42.732

43.066

174.429

2

 RUS

42.332

42.566

39.766

40.833

165.497

3

 CHN

41.999

43.099

41.099

38.999

165.196

4

 CAN

42.933

40.499

40.832

39.633

163.897

5

 BRA

43.532

40.832

37.932

40.233

162.529

6

 JPN

42.399

41.016

39.699

39.066

162.180

7

 FRA

41.632

40.732

39.566

39.699

161.629

8

 GER

41.166

42.690

39.216

37.999

161.071

*For All-Around Finalists and Apparatus Finalists, please see pdfs on email

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