Preview: French Take the Floor in Session 6
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World vault champion Thomas Bouhail leads France in the sixth session of men's qualification Monday afternoon at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.

France: Floor Exercise

France was fifth at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, and Les Bleus will push the other teams for a place on the podium in Tokyo.


Thomas Bouhail (France)

The French are the best vaulters in the world, but injuries have weakened the squad. 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Benoit Caranobe is still recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered in Rotterdam. Olympic still rings finalist Pierre-Yves Beny tore his biceps last month, and world still rings finalists Samir Ait Said and Danny Rodrigues were left home. Bouhail, three-time Olympian Yann Cucherat and pommel horse specialist Cyril Tommasonne have shots at finals.

Mixed Group 17: Pommel Horse

Mixed Group 17 includes Belgium and Indonesia. Belgian pommel horse master Donna-Donny Truyens will be under nail his very first routine. He'll need to score above 15 to clinch a berth in the final.

Mixed Group 8: Still Rings

Mixed Group 8 includes three gymnasts each from Mexico and Austria. Mexican champion Daniel Corral will be looking for a strong all-around finish before the Pan American Games, coming up in two weeks in Guadalajara.

Colombia: Vault

Colombia was 20th at the 2010 Worlds, where 2008 Olympian Jorge Hugo Giraldo was 32nd in the qualification. Colombia is coached by Japanese Junzuke Iwai, who would no doubt love to see his team put forward a solid effort in his home country.

Mixed Group 9: Parallel Bars

Mixed Group 9 consists only of Poland after Iraq withdrew. The Polish gymnasts continue to improve as a team, and the clean Adam Kierkowski is capable of a spot in parallel bars finals.

Mixed Group 18: High Bar

The Croatians highlight Mixed Group 18. Pommel horse specialist Filip Ude, the silver medalist at the 2008 Olympics, is a contender for the spot in the final. Under the qualification requirements, however, Ude will need to do at least three events to clinch an Olympic berth if he wins a medal in Tokyo.

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