What to expect on the first day of qualifications

The qualification competition starts today at 10.00, with the first four of six men’s subdivisions. This is where the gymnasts strive to reach the top 12 teams for automatic Olympic qualification, and the top eight teams for the team final on Tuesday.

Also at stake are places in the individual all-around final, limited to the top 24 individuals (with a maximum of two per country) and places in the apparatus finals, limited to the top eight gymnasts on each apparatus (also a maximum two per country).

World bronze medallists Great Britain feature in the first subdivision, with world silver medallists Japan in subdivision 2 along with the home nation, Belgium. World champions People’s Republic of China take to the podium in the fourth subdivision later in the day.

The People’s Republic of China returned to the top of the men’s team podium in 2022 for the first time in four years, and two members of that team — Sun Wei and You Hao — are returning this year. However their 2021 World champion Zhang Boheng will not be competing in Belgium.

2022 silver medallists Japan are here with world and Olympic all-around champion Hashimoto Daiki, but have not brought any other members of their 2022 World team. Back on the roster, however, is 2021 world floor exercise silver medallist Minami Kazuki, who introduced a new element of his own in World Cup competition earlier this year.

The Great Britain team, bronze medallists in 2022, sees the comeback of three-time Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock, along with multiple world medallist Courtney Tulloch and the twisting sensation Jake Jarman, who has just had a new element on floor exercise named after him in the code of points.

Also competing in subdivision 1 are the teams from Türkiye, Kazakhstan and Brazil, all hoping to secure their qualification for Paris 2024, and world vault champion, Artur Davtyan (ARM).

Subdivision 2 promises to be exciting. Not only does it feature the teams from Japan, Israel, Ukraine and Belgium, all the apparatus specialists are competing too, hoping to make it to the finals of their signature events. Watch out for pommel horse world champion Rhys McClenaghan (IRL), 2016 Olympic Rings champion Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) and 2020 Olympic horizontal bar silver medallist Tin Srbic (CRO).

The afternoon begins with Subdivision 3, where teams from Australia, USA, Uzbekistan and Romania begin their quest, followed by Subdivision 4 which features Spain, Netherlands and Germany alongside world champions the People’s Republic of China. Also in the mix is the lone gymnast from the Philippines - the talented Carlos Edriel Yulo, always a crowd favourite.

Men’s qualifications conclude the next day on Sunday 1st October.

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