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The U.S. and Simone Biles Dominate Qualifications At Worlds
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Competing in the last subdivision of the women’s qualification at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the U.S. team led by Simone Biles dominated the women’s competition. Counting a fall on beam on their last event, the U.S. team posted 174.205, five points higher than second place finisher China who posted 169.161. With a clean competition, third after qualification was Russia scoring 168.713.

Simone Biles successfully debuted her triple twisting double tuck on floor and double twisting double tuck off beam, and the two skills should be named “the Biles” after the FIG officially reviews the quality of the performances.

Four-time world all-around champion Biles tops the all-around standings with an impressive 59.432. Biles also qualified to all four individual event finals, posting the highest scores on beam 14.8 and floor 14.833, and second best score on vault 15.199, just .001 behind teammate Jade Carey.

Second in the all-around standings is Sunisa Lee (USA) who had to count a fall on her layout to two feet on beam. Lee’s best performance was on uneven bars where she posted a 15.0/6.4 and qualified to the bars final with third best score behind Nina Derwael from Belgium 15.141/6.5, and Daria Spiridonova from Russia 15.016/6.3. Lee also qualified to the floor final with the second highest score behind Biles, posting a 14.2, which tied teammate Carey, but Lee advanced to the final due to higher execution score.

The competition ended in a somewhat controversial way for the U.S. team as balance beam medal hopeful Kara Eaker received a score of 13.866 and the U.S. team inquired it. After the inquiry, instead of the score being raised, it was lowered to 13.466, which cost Eaker the final; she is now the first alternate for the beam final.

Third in the all-around standings is Melanie dos Santos who had a stellar performance resulting in 56.782. In addition, the French star qualified to the beam and floor finals, and France also qualified to the team finals in 4th place. Russia’s Angelina Melnikova posted the fourth best all-around at 56.599. Melnikova also advanced to the bars and floor finals.

The Chinese team led by Liu Tingting and Li Shijia who were sixth and seventh in the all-aruond managed to earn one final on both vault and bars, and two finals on beam.

The shock of the competition was Brazil who failed to qualify a full team to the Olympics by placing outside of top 12. The teams that earned tickets to Tokyo in order of placement are: 1. United States, 2. China, 3. Russia, 4. France, 5. Canada, 6. Netherlands, 7. Great Britain, 8. Italy, 9. Germany, 10. Belgium, 11. Japan and 12. Spain. The top 8 teams qualified to the team final on Tuesday.

According to the FIG qualification procedures the following all-arounders whose countries did not qualify to Tokyo have also earned their Olympic qualification:

1. Flavia Saraiva – Brazil

2. Giulia Steingruber – Switzerland

3. Georgia Godwin – Australia

4. Diana Varinska – Ukraine

5. Lee Yunseo – Korea

6. Zsofia Kovacs – Hungary

7. Martina Dominici – Argentina

8. Alexa Moreno – Mexico

9. Danusia Francis – Jamaica

10. Kim Su Jong – North Korea

11. Aneta Holasova – Czech Republic

12. Marcia Vidiaux – Cuba

13. Maria Holbura – Romania

14. Elisa Haemmerle – Austria

15. Anastasiya Alistratova – Belarus

16. Farah Ann Abdul Hadi – Malaysia

17. Mandy Mohamed – Egypt

18. Nazli Savranbasi – Turkey

19. Barbara Mokasova – Slovakia

20. Filipa Martins – Portugal

Unofficially, there should be 12 more spots available for Olympic qualification, 3 on each individual event final. Since most of the finalists are competitors whose teams have already qualified, these remaining spots should be given to the next all-arounders in line (one per country).

1.Yeo Seojeong – Korea – vault finalist

2. Ana Derek – Croatia

3. Caitlin Rooskrants – South Africa

4. Jonna Adlerteg – Sweden

5. Gabriela Janik – Poland

6. Simona Castro – Chile

7. Lihie Raz – Israel

8. Julie Erichsen – Norway

9. Ariana Orrego – Peru

10. Oksana Chusovitina – Uzbekistan

11. Ting Hua-Tien - Chinese Taipei

12. Marina Nekrasova – Azerbaijan

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