Posted on October 28, 2018

Women’s Qualifications began today at the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, with Subdivisions 1-6 taking place at the Aspire Dome.

Belgium’s Nina Derwael soared through her intricate, risky routine on uneven bars and established herself as a gold-medal candidate in the first subdivision of women’s qualifications. Derwael’s formidable score of 15.066 on uneven bars, the apparatus on which she won bronze at the 2017 Worlds, was the highlight of the Belgian squad’s showing.

Day three of the 48th Artistic 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgBelgium led the team standings in the subdivision with 158.970 points, but her team-mates’ mistakes caused Derwael to cry afterwards: “I want the best for the team, so it was a bit difficult to see the other girls who made mistakes be upset about it,” she said. “I also needed to let everything go a bit, stress and things.” Competing in her 16th World Championships, 43-year-old Oksana Chusovitina showed she is as competitive as ever in the second subdivision, which also saw the rising Japanese team lead in the team standings. Chusovitina performed two powerful vaults to rank second on that apparatus at that point in the competition. “I don’t know why, but I was really worried this time,” said the seven-time Olympian. “I’m glad that I did just what I needed to do.”

Mai Murakami turned in the top all-around score of the subdivision for Japan, which scored 162.180 points. Republic of Korea’s dynamic Yeo Seojeong topped the vault rankings in the subdivision. Germany surged towards the highest team score in the third subdivision of women’s qualifications. Gymnasts Elisabeth Seitz, Kim Bui and Sophie Scheder earned the top three marks on uneven bars, and Germany stayed on course to finish with a total of 161.071 points. “We were extremely nervous because we know bars is our best event and we had to do well.” Seitz said.

2016 Olympic balance beam champion Sanne Wevers glided into a provisional first place on her best apparatus, as the Dutch led the team standings in the fourth subdivision of women’s qualifications. “We do hard skills in a creative way,” noted Dutch gymnast Vera van Pol of her squad’s eye-catching style and stability, which earned a team total score of 159.029 points. Naomi Visser, who competed in her maiden Worlds, said: "We wanted to hit three routines on each of the apparatuses, but even when we made mistakes, we made sure there were three of us hitting the routines that count."

The final subdivision of the day saw Italy leave everything on the floor, with Mori Lara ranking 6th overall and team mate Basile Martina in 9th on the Floor discipline. This led the team to top the subdivision and rank 6th in Women’s Team at the close of the day. 

Action continues tomorrow (Sunday) at Aspire Dome, with five more Subdivisions to go until the Women’s Finalists are confirmed.

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Women’s Team Standings after Six Subdivisions

RK

NF

Vault

Uneven Bars

Balance Beam

Floor

Total

1

 USA

45.166

43.465

42.732

43.066

174.429

2

 JPN

42.399

41.016

39.699

39.066

162.180

3

 GER

41.166

42.690

39.216

37.999

161.071

4

 NED

40.432

39.766

39.765

39.066

159.029

5

 BEL

40.799

40.099

38.807

39.265

158.970

Women’s All-Around Standings after Six Subdivisions

RK

Name

NF

Vault

Uneven Bars

Balance Beam

Floor

Total

1

Biles Simone

 USA

15.966

14.866

14.800

15.333

60.965

2

Hurd Morgan

 USA

14.600

14.466

13.466

13.933

56.465

3

Murakami Mai

 JPN

14.433

13.666

13.433

14.100

55.632

4

Derwael Nina

 BEL

13.466

15.066

13.766

13.266

55.564

5

Mc Cusker Riley

 USA

14.266

14.133

13.100

13.266

54.765

*For all other results, please see pdfs on email

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