Four days of qualifications have gone by in Stuttgart, where the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships are being held. They brought most of the Olympic quotas to be distributed at this event.
In women’s team all-around last year’s medalists proved their strength taking top three places in the qualification with the USA being best in vault and floor exercise, China winning on the balance beam while Russia winning the uneven bars.
These were also the nations with the most athletes in the top eight of the individual all-around qualification, won by Simone Biles ahead of Sunisa Lee. Third place was taken by Melanie de Jesus dos Santos from France.
Biles was also the best gymnast in floor exercise and balance beam, while in vault she lost only to her teammate, Jade Carey. Uneven bars qualification was won by Belgian Nina Derwael.
Men’s qualification repeated the situation from the women’s team all-around as the medalists from 2018 World Championships took three first places also in Stuttgart. Russia took the first places in rings, vault and horizontal bar, being tied in the latter with China – the winner also of the floor exercise and parallel bars, while Japan won the pommel horse.
Russia had also two best individual all-arounders with Nikita Nagornyy and Artur Dalaloyan, while China’s Ruoteng Xiao took the third place. Each apparatus qualificaion was won by an other athlete – Artem Dolgopyat (floor exercise), Max Whitlock (pommel horse), Ibrahim Colak (rings), Hakseon Yang (vault), Lukas Dauser (parallel bars) and Chia-Hung Tang (horizontal bar).
The qualification decided most of the Olympic quotas for Tokyo 2020. The full list is and will be updated after the apparatus finals on our forum. The schedule sees team finals in the next two days, individual all-around on Thursday and Friday and apparatus finals in the weekend.