Preview: Netherlands, Brazil Battle in Session 3
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The men's qualification competition continues Sunday afternoon with full teams from Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands at the 43nd World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.


European high bar champion Epke Zonderland (Netherlands)

Mixed Group 5: Floor Exercise

Mixed Group 5 includes gymnasts from Slovenia, Sweden and Chile. Slovenia has two gymnasts with final potential: Saso Bertoncelj on pommel horse and Mitja Petkovsek on parallel bars. Chile's elegant Tomas Gonzalez has a shot at finals on floor exercise and vault.

Mixed Group 11: Pommel Horse

Argentina, Guatemala and Serbia comprise Mixed Group 11. The Argentinean men have seen improved results in the past year, but need to make more strides to challenge for places in finals.

Mixed Group 2: Still Rings

Mixed Group 2 includes only gymnasts from Costa Rica after Saudia Arabia withdrew. Costa Rica, with just around 4 million people, has not yet made any impact on international gymnastics, but still has a passionate program searching for improvement.

Netherlands: Vault

The Dutch start on vault, where ringsman Yuri van Gelder plans to contribute to the team effort. Van Gelder and the Dutch federation have put aside their differences and he is once again committed to the team's goal of Olympic qualification. Jeffrey Wammes and Epke Zonderland also have potential for finals. Now coached by Japanese-American Sadao Hamada, the Dutch will be looking to improve on their 17th-place at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam.

Brazil: Parallel Bars

Brazil was 19th in Rotterdam, but without two-time world champion Diego Hypolito. Hypolito is fully recovered from his foot injury and will be trying to medal on floor exercise, ensuring himself an invitation to the Olympics. But an improved effort could put Brazil in the top 16 to advance to the pre-Olympic qualification event.

Italy: High Bar

Tenth in 2010, Italy will be in a fight to keep that ranking with other teams trying to push past them. Igor Cassina is officially retired, but the Italians once again will challenge for spots in the still rinsg final.

Next Up in Subdivision 4: Defending bronze medalist Germany takes the floor!

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