PREVIEW – MEN’S QUALIFICATIONS, DAY 1 (OF 2)
05.10.2019 18:43 Uhr
Sunday 6th October – teams from Italy, Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Norway, Hungary, France, the Russian Federation, Belarus, Turkey, Spain, Germany and Brazil compete in the first four subdivisions of the men’s qualifying competition.
The teams are kicking off their quest for Olympic qualification. The top 12 teams in Stuttgart make it to Tokyo, with three teams already qualified from last year’s world championships: the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and Japan. That leaves a further nine Olympic tickets up for grabs.
Also at stake are places in the all-around and apparatus finals here in Stuttgart, and there are plenty of individuals seeking these places too.
Look out for Artem Dolgopyat of Israel, hoping for a place in the floor final; pommel horse specialist Rhys McClenaghan of Ireland and Manrique Larduet of Cuba, all-around bronze medalist in 2015 now returning after injury.
The top team to follow is 2018 team silver medalists from the Russian Federation, featuring last year’s all-around champion, Artur Dalaloyan and this year’s European all-around champion, Nikita Nagornyy. They compete in subdivision 3.
There will be great expectations for the home team, Germany, who compete in subdivision 4. They will be hoping the home crowd lifts them to the team final.
Full results will not be known until the conclusion of the second day of men’s qualifications on Monday.