Final nine Men’s Artistic Gymnastics teams solidify Olympic team qualification in Paris

The USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Türkiye, the Netherlands and Ukraine will join the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and Great Britain next summer in Paris to decide the destination of the Olympic medals.

The nine were determined by the results of the second day of the men's team and individual qualification round at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Sunday in Antwerp (BEL). After Saturday's opening rounds of qualification , the final two subdivisions took to the apparatus Sunday morning, where Canada, Switzerland, and Italy secured their places.

Canada, which also advanced to Tuesday’s men’s team final in fourth place, was thrilled to qualify a men’s team to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. The Canadians began on Pommel Horse, often a weak apparatus for them, and when all four gymnasts hit their routines, they knew they were on their way.

By the time Felix Dolci closed out the Canadian effort on Floor Exercise 90 minutes later, the Canadians were literally jumping for joy.

“We knew we had a strong team, and that we could make it, but actually making it meant the world,” said Rene Cournoyer (CAN). “I went to the last Olympics by myself, but doing it with the whole team is an entirely different level of happiness and accomplishment.”

Italy followed suit in the final subdivision with a strong team of All-Around gymnasts excelling on its final three apparatus — Vault, Parallel Bars, and Horizontal Bar — to put Italy squarely into the team final and assure its qualification to the Games.

The three strongest non-qualified nations — Brazil, the Republic of Korea, and Belgium — earned the right to send an individual gymnast to the Games.

“In general we are really happy about our competition,” said Diogo Soares (BRA), who has qualified to the Games as an All-Around gymnast. “We cheered each other on a lot. We have worked hard on team building and I think our team connection is now really good. We are very satisfied after the competition, because we gave our best.”

The highest-ranked eight All-Around gymnasts who do not have a pathway to Paris as part of a qualified team — Milad Karimi (KAZ), Artem Dolgopyat (ISR), Artur Davtyan (ARM), Krisztofer Meszaros (HUN), Lee Junho (KOR), Soares, Luca van den Keybus (BEL) and Andrei Muntean (ROU) — also officially booked their Olympic tickets Sunday.

Japan, the top qualifier in both the team and All-Around competitions thanks to 27-year-old Chiba Kenta, is well-placed for the team final. The best eight teams — Japan, USA, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and reigning World champion the People’s Republic of China — will contend for the team title Tuesday evening.

The list of top qualifiers to the apparatus finals did not change from Saturday, where Dolgopyat (Floor Exercise), Max Whitlock (GBR, Pommel Horse), Liu Yang (CHN, Still Rings), Davtyan (Vault), Lukas Dauser (GER, Parallel Bars), and Hashimoto Daiki (JPN, Horizontal Bar) performed the highest-scoring routines.S

Source: FIG