FIG Conducts 2012 Olympic Draw for London
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The International Gymnastics Federation conducted the draw Friday for the 2012 Olympic Games, determining the order of competition for this summer's competition.

The random draw was attended by FIG President Bruno Grandi and the FIG Technical Presidents for all the federation's Olympic disciplines — artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.

The Chinese men, the reigning world and Olympic champions, drew the first of three subdivisions of qualification on July 28. Host Great Britain will join the Chinese in the early round, beginning on pommel horse.

Japan and the U.S. — silver and bronze medalists respectively at both the 2008 Olympics and 2011 Worlds — both compete in the second subdivision. Medal contenders Germany and Russia headline the third and final session.

In the women's competition, the world champion U.S. squad will compete in the third of five subdivisions, alongside Great Britain. Defending Olympic champion China and 2010 world champion Russia drew the fourth subdivision. Three-time Olympic champion Romania compete in the fifth subdivision.

The FIG also named its wild card recipients for artistic gymnastics, all representing Africa: Mohammed Sherif El Saharty (Egypt) Wajdi Bouallegue (Tunisia) for men's artistic gymnastics, and Ashleigh Heldsinger (South Africa) and Salma Mahmoud El Said Mohamed (Egypt).

The FIG awarded rhythmic gymnastics wild cards to Julie Zetlin (USA), Yasmine Mohamed Rostom (Egypt) and Janine Murray (Australia), as continental representatives from North America, Africa and Oceania, respectively.

Two more wild cards — one each in men's and women's artistic gymnastics — are yet to be determined by the IOC Tripartite Commission.

External Link: International Gymnastics Federation Official Website

2012 Olympic Draw — Artistic Gymnastics
Feb. 23, 2012, Lausanne

Men's Qualification - July 28
Subd. 1MG 3MG 4
Subd. 2MG 6MG 5MG 1
Subd. 3MG 2

Men's Mixed Groups
OrderMG 1MG 2MG 3MG 4MG 5MG 6

Women's Qualification - July 29
Subd. 1MG 2MG 6MG 1
Subd. 2MG 4MG 3
Subd. 3
Subd. 4MG 7
Subd. 5MG 5MG 8

Women's Mixed Groups
OrderMG 1MG 2MG 3MG 4MG 5MG 6MG 7MG 8