Japan Dominates Qualifying at 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Secures Paris 2024 Quotas

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Japan Dominates Qualifying at 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Secures Paris 2024 Quotas

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Nine National Olympic Committees Secure Five-Man Team Quotas for Antwerp 2024 Olympics, Led by USA and Canada

At the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Japan emerged as the leader in the team standings after all six men’s qualifying sessions on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Japan, eager to secure their first world team title since 2015, posted an impressive total score of 258.228, outperforming the USA (254.628) and Great Britain (254.193), who claimed the second and third spots.

Defending champions, the People’s Republic of China, found themselves in seventh place with a score of 248.163, as their 2021 world all-around champion, Zhang Boheng, chose to compete in the Asian Games on home soil instead of participating in this event.

Nine National Olympic Committees (NOCs) secured five-man team quota spots for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, including the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Türkiye, the Netherlands, and Ukraine.

China, Japan, and Britain secured their quota spots by winning medals in the men’s team final at the previous year’s Worlds.

Additionally, Brazil, the Republic of Korea, and Belgium each secured one quota spot after finishing 13th, 14th, and 15th, respectively.

Individual quota spots were also obtained by athletes from various countries, including Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan, Artur Dolgopyat of Israel, Artur Davtyan of Armenia, Krisztofer Meszaros of Hungary, Lee Junho of Korea, Diogo Soares of Brazil, Luka van den Keybus of Belgium, and Andrei Muntean of Romania.

It’s important to note that the National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority to select athletes for representation at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Team Canada made a significant impact on the second day of competition in Antwerp, surprising many with their performance. Despite not sending a full team to the Games since Beijing 2008, the Canadian squad’s clean routines across all six apparatus helped them secure fourth place in the standings.

Women’s qualifying events are scheduled to continue later on Sunday, featuring the highly anticipated return of seven-time Olympic medallist Simone Biles to the global stage for the first time since the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Reference:

https://www.nbcsports.com/olympics/news/gymnastics-world-championships-results-2023

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