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Worlds Preview - WAG Qualification Subdivisions 3 & 4
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October 4, 2019 – Friday

Women’s Qualification, Subdivision 3: (13:30/7:30am ET)

VT – Egypt

UB – Germany

BB – MxG 20 (Chile, Tunisia, Algeria, Georgia, Sri Lanka)

FX – MxG 2 (Uzbekistan, Belarus)

Germany was 8th in Doha and without any major disaster the team should easily qualify to Tokyo. The best chance for a final and a potential medal for Germany is Elisabeth Seitz on bars (bronze medalist in Doha). 2017 world beam champion Pauline Schaefer was a late replacement for injured Sophie Scheder. Egypt will be competing with a full team here in Stuttgart and would be hoping to improve on their 25th place finish in Doha. Notable individuals in this session include Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina, who would be aiming for yet another vault final, which could possibly be the key to her eighth Olympic games. She could also qualify through the all-around. Other individuals to follow would be Belarus’ Anastasiya Alistratova and Simona Castro from Chile. Former Russian World and European medalist, Maria Kharenkova, will be competing for Georgia.

Women’s Qualification, Subdivision 4: (15:30/9:30am ET)

VT – MxG 17 (Austria, Portugal)

UB – MxG 8 (Puerto Rico, Cuba)

BB – North Korea

FX – Korea

Korea finished 14th last year, while North Korea was 16th. With a perfect competition Korea could sneak into the top 12, while it is unlikely for their northern neighbors to do so. Yeo Seojeong, the daughter of Olympic vault silver medalist Yeo Hong-Chul, is Korea’s best chance for a medal. Earlier this year she successfully debuted a front handspring layout with a double twist, and if she manages a good performance could easily end up among the vault medalists. Cuba did not send any women to last year’s worlds, but is represented by three gymnasts here, and most notably Marcia Vidiaux.

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