Women’s qualifications, day 2

Today sees the conclusion of the qualification competition at these championships, with the last seven subdivisions for women taking place. Seven teams have already competed on Sunday (Italy, Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, USA, Great Britain, Korea and South Africa) and today a further 18 nations will aim to reach the top 12 and Olympic qualification.

In the morning, subdivisions 4, 5 and 6 will see teams from Spain, Belgium, Romania, Mexico, Sweden, Australia and Brazil showcase their skills. Of these, Brazil are one of the strongest. They placed third after qualifications at last year’s world championships, and will be hoping to at least match that and reach the team final along with Olympic qualification. They compete in subdivision 6 at 13.00.

Their star turn is the reigning world all-around champion Rebeca Andrade. Although the team event is her priority, she will also be hoping to qualify to the individual all-around final and the apparatus finals later in the week.

A lot of attention will be paid to Romania, who have not had a team at the Olympics since 2012. This former gymnastics powerhouse nation has struggled to put together a team in recent years, but now have a new group of seniors coming though who are keen to put Romania back on the gymnastics map. They compete in subdivision 4 at 10.00.

Also in the same subdivision as Romania is the team from Belgium. Led by their new young star, Erika Pinxten, the home crowd will no doubt raise the roof of the Sportpaleis!

Starting at 16.15 in the afternoon, the last four subdivisions take their turn. Teams from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Finland,Japan, Czech Republic, Argentina, France and China will appear.

Canada, in subdivision 7, have the luxury of already achieving Olympic qualification when they won the team bronze medal at last year’s world championships. But this won’t stop them aiming for the team final here, led by the highly experienced 28-year-old, Elsabeth Black.

Germany then arrive in the next subdivision, hoping to improve on their 12th place finish last year. Led by veteran Pauline Schaefer-Betz, they will have plenty of support in the arena.

The day concludes with the teams in subdivision 10, France and the People’s Republic of China, both highly favoured contenders for the team final as well as Olympic qualification. Watch out for Qiu Qiyuan of China and Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France.

When the chalk dust settles at around 22.30 we will know all the qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games, the team final, the all-around final and the apparatus finals. It will be a thrilling end to a long day!

Competition continues with the Men’s Team Final at 19.30 on Tuesday 3rd October.