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Written by Amanda Turner   
Saturday, 24 October 2015 13:50

The second day of competition at the 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships concludes Saturday evening at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, where women's qualification wraps up with the 12 and final session. In the 11th rotation, the Netherlands is one session away from clinching an Olympic berth, while Spain hung on to its precarious hold on the 16th and final qualification spot for the test event.

Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland)

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.

Hungary: Vault

The Hungarians were 20th at the 2014 World Championships, and are unlikely to push into the top 16 in Glasgow. Two-time Olympian Dorina Böczögő, 23, is still leading the squad, and won a gold medal on floor exercise earlier this year at the Anadia World Cup. The Noémi Makra, 13th all-around at the 2013 Worlds, can also contribute some solid scores.

Switzerland: Uneven Bars

Switzerland took 19th in 2014, and even with European champion Giulia Steingruber, will be hardpressed to break into the top 16. Steingruber needs two clean vaults to make the final on her best event, and she's a past world finalist on floor exercise. Ilaria Käslin, whose elegance is underappreciated, was an all-around finalist at the 2013 World Championships.

Mixed Group 14: Balance Beam

Mixed Group 14 includes the Czech Republic, Honduras and Armenia. Two-time Czech Olympian Kristýna Pálešová is absent in Glasgow, having torn her ACL earlier this year. Armenian-American Houry Gebeshian, who was an alternate to the 2012 Olympic Games, is back again hoping for a ticket to the Olympics.

Mixed Group 16: Floor Exercise

Jamaica and South Africa compete together in Mixed Group 16. Former British team member Danusia Francis received a fortunate opportunity to continue her international career for Jamaica. The UCLA student is a beautiful gymnast, particularly on balance beam, where she has a new skill (side somi to one leg, holding leg). She will have the audience behind her! Jamaican-American Toni-Ann Williams, who competes for the University of California-Berkeley, is back for her third world championships.

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