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Written by Amanda Turner   
Saturday, 24 October 2015 01:23

The second day of qualification begins Saturday morning at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. The Chinese women, the defending silver medalists from 2014, will compete in the first session of the day.

The competition is the first of two qualifications for next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Only the top eight countries will clinch berths to send teams to the Olympics. Teams finishing ninth to 16th will advance to the second Olympic qualification next April in Rio, where four more teams will earn tickets to the Olympics. Also at stake are spots in the all-around final (top 24) and apparatus finals (top eight on each event). Individual gymnasts competing without teams can earn automatic berths to Rio by winning a medal in Glasgow.

Tan Jiaxin (China) on floor during podium training

Mixed Group 19: Vault

Mixed Group 19 includes the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and Monaco. 2012 Olympian Yamilet Peña (Dominican Republic) is looking to get back into the vault final. Like Oksana Chusovitina, Peña will gamble with a handspring double front vault.

Mixed Group 18: Uneven Bars

Chile, Guatemala Singapore make up Mixed Group 18. 2012 Olympians Simona Castro (Chile) and Ana Sofia Gomez (Guatemala) are looking for a return ticket to the Olympic Games.

North Korea: Balance Beam

North Korea, 23rd at the 2014 Worlds, are unlikely to make it to the top 16 in Glasgow. Age falsification led to the country being banned during the 2012 Olympic cycle. 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong, the reigning world champion on vault, is still the North Korean's top hope for 2016, and a medal in the vault final would secure her berth to the Olympic Games.

China: Floor Exercise

Runners-up last year in Nanning, the Chinese women will be disappointed with anything but a podium finish this year. The team is largely new however, and world uneven bar champions Yao Jinnan and Huang Huidan are absent. Wang Yan is a potential vault finalist, and China could qualify two gymnasts each to the bars and beam final. Floor exercise remains the team's Achilles' heel, however.

Next Up: Full teams from Belgium and Korea!

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