Gymnastics: 20 Nations Win Quotas at 2015 Artistic World Championships

China, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and the United States were able to qualify the maximum athletes with their performances at the 2015 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. The main Olympic qualifier at this championship was for the team event where the top eight from each gender qualified to the Olympics. However, individual athletes were able to qualify should they finish as one of the medalists in the apparatus events and their nation did not qualify in the team events. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships were held in Glasgow, Great Britain from October 23rd to November 1st 2015.

The United States was the star of the women’s team all-around qualification. They finished over five points ahead of their nearest competitor and finished first in the vault, balance beam and floor. Only second place Russia was able to defeat the United States in the uneven bars apparatus. The other nations to qualify to the finals and to the Olympics were Great Britain, China, Italy, Japan, Canada and the Netherlands. Ninth place Brazil lost out due to a terrible performance in the uneven bars where they finished 15th overall. Romania missing the finals altogether was perhaps one of the biggest shocks at this championship.

The United States again had an exceptional performance in the final as they won the gold medal with a five point advantage including finishing on top on the three of the four apparatuses. Only China was able to defeat them in the uneven bars. An uncharacteristic bad performance on the balance beam and floor cost Russia a spot on the podium as they finished in fourth. Instead it was China whom had a very good performance that won the silver medal while Great Britain finished with the bronze.

A weak performance in the rings men’s team all-around qualification wasn’t enough to prevent Japan from winning the round as they were able to edge China for the top spot as they were able to finish in at least the top three on the other five apparatuses. The other nations to qualify to the finals and to the Olympics were Great Britain, Russia, the United States, Switzerland, Brazil and South Korea.

The final ended up being very nerve racking as even the top nations made mistakes. In the end less than a point separated the three medalists as Japan was able to secure their first team title despite an uncharacteristic mistake by Kohei Uchimura whom fell off the high bar, but his score of 14.466 was enough to finish just ahead of Great Britain whom had to settle for silver. Defending world champions China finished with the bronze medal.

Simone Biles of the United States won her third women’s individual all-around title by finishing ahead of her compatriot Gabby Douglas with a score of 60.399. The bronze medal was won by Larisa Iordache of Romania. In the men’s individual all-around Kohei Uchimura collected his sixth world title in a row as he finished with a score of 92.332. Cuba’s Manrique Larduet and China’s Deng Shudi finished with the silver and bronze respectively with scores of 90.698 and 90.099 respectively.

The men’s apparatus finals were won by six different athletes. Great Britain’s Max Whitlock and China’s You Hao were the only athletes to win multiple medals in the apparatus with Whitlock winning a gold and silver in the pommel horse and floor respectively and You winning a gold and silver in the Parallel bars and rings respectively. Japan won the most apparatus gold medals with Kenzo Shirai and Kohei Uchimura winning in the floor and horizontal bar respectively. The gold medal in the rings went to Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece while the gold medal in the vault went to Ri Se-Gwang of North Korea.

The star in the women’s apparatus finals was Simone Biles of the United States as she added gold medals in the balance beam and floor along with a bronze in the vault to her collection. A very rare event happened on the uneven bars where four athletes finished tied for first and was thus all given gold medals. The winning athletes on the uneven bars were Fan Yilin of China, Madison Kocian of the United States, Viktoria Komova of Russia and her compatriot Daria Spiridonova. The gold medal in the vault went to Maria Paseka of Russia.

While quotas for the Olympics were up for grabs for the medalists of the individual apparatuses many of those weren’t counted due to the winners being from nations qualified in the team event. Based on the results the following men won quotas to compete in the men’s individual all-around; Harutyun Merdinyan (Armenia), Oleg Stepko (Azerbaijan), Manrique Larduet (Cuba), Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece), Ri Se-Gwang (North Korea), Marian Dragulescu (Romania), Rayderley Zapata (Spain) and Oleh Vernyayev (Ukraine). The following women also won quotas to compete in the women’s individual all-around; Pauline Schafer (Germany) and Hong Un-Jong (North Korea).

Those individual quotas will only count if the athlete’s nation does not win a team quota at the gymnastics test event to be held in 2016. Individual athletes will also get their opportunity to qualify at the test event where all-around scores will be the determinate of qualification.

Quotas by Nation

  • China – 10
  • Great Britain – 10
  • Japan – 10
  • Russia – 10
  • United States – 10
  • Brazil – 5
  • Canada – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Netherlands – 5
  • South Korea – 5
  • Switzerland – 5
  • North Korea – 2
  • Armenia – 1
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Cuba – 1
  • Germany – 1
  • Greece – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • Ukraine – 1

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