10/25/2018 8:24:00 AM (GMT+3)

European champions Russia favoured in first day of men’s qualifications

European champions Russia favoured in first day of men’s qualifications

DOHA: 2016 Olympic team silver medalist Russian Federation should get the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships off to a flying start in the first subdivision of men’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Thursday.

Russian Federation, the 2018 European team gold medalist, will directly confront European team bronze medalist France in the earliest session of the competition.

While Russian Federation and France battle for first-day bragging rights in team rankings, several individual stars are set to shine on Thursday.

They include 2016 Olympic all-around silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, 2012 Olympic horizontal bar champion Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands, 2016 Olympic vault champion Ri Se Gwang of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and 2017 world horizontal bar gold medalist Tin Srbic of Croatia.

Men’s qualifications consist of two days of five subdivisions each.

Based on their performances in qualifications, competitors will advance to team, individual all-around and individual apparatus finals.

The competition will determine the winners of eight sets of medals for men (Team, All-around, Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar) and six for women (Team, All-around, Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise).

The three medal-winning nations in the Team finals for both men and women will earn team berths directly to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo while the others will have further chances to qualify in 2019 and 2020.