Japan, Great Britain and China favoured in second day of men’s qualifications
DOHA: Defending champions in the team, all-around and five of six apparatus will take to the podium on the second of two days of men’s qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Aspire Dome on Friday.
Six-time world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura and 2017 world all-around bronze medalist Kenzo Shirai headline the Japanese squad that won team gold at the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Shirai took gold on floor exercise and vault at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal, Canada, that did not include a team competition.
Two-event specialist Max Whitlock, who is targeting his third consecutive world pommel horse gold, should be a substantial contributor for 2015 team silver medalist Great Britain.
China’s formidable lineup includes 2017 world all-around champion Xiao Ruoteng, 2017 world all-around silver medalist Lin Chaopan and 2017 world parallel bars champion Zou Jingyuan.
Scheduled for shoulder surgery after the championships, Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece will nonetheless vie for his third consecutive world title on rings.
Women’s qualifications will take place Saturday and Sunday.
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.