Men’s and women’s qualifications, day 2

The first day of competition is over. Let's take a look at who will compete on the second day of qualifications in Antwerp. The second day of the competition is a day of two halves. In the morning, the last two subdivisions of the men’s qualifications take place.

Subdivision 5 starts at 10.00 and features individual all-around gymnasts together with teams from Egypt, Canada, Columbia and Switzerland, all vying for a place in the top 12 teams which will grant them a berth at the Olympic Games next year.

This is followed by subdivision 6, where Italy, Korea, France and Hungary join the race for Olympic qualification, along with the last two groups of individuals. You can be sure that all the teams who competed yesterday will be keeping a close eye on proceedings, to find out where they fit in the overall qualification ranks. The atmosphere will be tense.

In the afternoon, the arena is transformed for the first three of ten women’s subdivisions. The first subdivision starts at 16.00 with the teams from Italy and the Netherlands, followed swiftly by subdivision 2 at 17.45.

This is when you can expect a rush of excitement, because the defending world champion team USA steps out, with their shining star, Simone Biles. She is making a comeback to international competition for the first time since the Tokyo Olympic Games. Now aged 26, this will be a special occasion for the city of Antwerp, for it is exactly ten years since the 26-year-old made her senior international debut, in the very same arena.

“It feels surreal,” Simone told Belgian star Nina Derwael in a recent interview. “It’s full circle because obviously the world championships were here ten years ago, which were my very first one, which is absolutely crazy and insane. To be back in the same arena, in the same atmosphere, I think it will be really fun and wild.”

Sharing the limelight with Simone and others in the USA team such as Shilese Jones will be the team from Chinese Taipei and two groups of individuals. But all eyes will be on Simone as she plans to compete her soaring new vault, a Yurchenko double pike, for the first time in an FIG competition which, if she lands it successfully, will be named after her in the code of points.

The day wraps up with women’s subdivision 3, featuring world silver medallists Great Britain together with teams from Korea and South Africa. It will be a long and dramatic day!

Women’s qualifications conclude the next day on Monday 2nd October.

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