Preview: Will Britain Be Great in Session Five?
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Olympic hosts Great Britain take the floor as the men's qualification continues Monday morning at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo. This session features plenty of gymnasts who can shake up the standings from Saturday, including the two oldest athletes in Tokyo.


Daniel Keatings (Great Britain)

Spain: Floor Exercise

Spain was 11th at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, but that was without 2005 European champion Rafael Martinez. Martinez is back as the team leader, and fellow veteran Isaac Botella (floor exercise) and newcomer Fabian Gonzalez (high bar) have potential for finals.

Mixed Group 20: Pommel Horse

Mixed Group 20 includes three gymnasts from Bulgaria and two from Tunisia. Five-time Olympian Jordan Jovtchev has a shot at the still rings final, but will have to work through the pain of an injured biceps. Bulgarian-American Eddie Penev was a finalist on floor exercise in 2010, but the Stanford star will have to control his landings perfectly to get into the final; defending world champion Eleftherios Kosmidis of Greece is currently eighth with 15.366.

Wajdi Bouallegue, a World Cup gold medalist on floor exercise, will be trying to prove his point with strong results after a very public feud this year with the Tunisian Gymnastics Federation over his funding.

Great Britain: Still Rings

Fourth in qualification at the 2010 Worlds, Great Britain can do even better this year with its best squad yet. 2009 world all-around runner-up Daniel Keatings is back after his torn ACL, and two-time national champion Daniel Purvis will contend for several medals. The team starts on rings, one of its weaker events, but ends on pommel horse, where Keatings and Olympic bronze medalist Louis Smith can bring huge scores. The team should easily make team finals, where a medal would not be a surprise.

Kazakhstan: Vault

Kazakhstan starts on vault, where veteran Yernar Yerimbetov may throw his Yurchenko double pike. Eldar Valeyev, 37, is the oldest gymnast after Jovtchev, and was a finalist on parallel bars at the 2010 Worlds. The team was 21st in Rotterdam, but would need an immaculate performance to place in the top 16.

Mixed Group 3: Parallel Bars

Diverse Mixed Group 3 includes gymnasts from El Salvador, Mongolia and Norway. Mongolia's Erdenebold Ganbat, 18, was the surprise of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, where he won the gold medal on vault and impressed with amazing strength on still rings.

Norway could have entered three gymnasts this year, but only sent national champion Stian Skjerahaug. Ultra veteran Espen Jansen, 42, finished second at Norwegian nationals, but says Norway's national coach refused to send him to Tokyo, even after Jansen offered to pay his own way to his 14th world championships. If Jansen had been allowed to compete, this session would have included the three oldest gymnasts at the meet.

Mixed Group 11: High Bar

Mixed Group 11 is an all-Asian pack, featuring three gymnasts from Thailand and two from the Philippines. Thai Weena Chokpaoumpai has had the best results, finishing 16th all-around at the 2010 Asian Games.

Next Up in Subdivision 6: The powerful French team vaults into the arena!

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