Worlds Preview: Women's Qualification, Session 4
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Women's qualification continues Wednesday evening with the fourth of five subdivisions at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Pictured: Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos (France)

Women's qualification continues Wednesday evening with the fourth of five subdivisions at the 2017 World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Germany, France and Italy hope to shake up the standings, while Canada's Ellie Black still leads the all-around.

Vault: New Zealand and Germany

Germany has a solid squad represented by the impressive Tabea Alt, world balance beam medalist Pauline Schäfer and veterans Kim Bui and Elisabeth Seitz. All of the gymnasts have potentials for finals, and Alt, who two World Cup all-around events this year, could be in the mix for an all-around medal.

Now competing in NCAA gymnastics, 2016 Olympian Courtney McGregor is suiting up again for New Zealand, and plans to do two vaults, her best event.

Uneven Bars: France, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan

European vault champion Coline Devillard is France's best hope for a medal, but Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos, third all-around at this year's European championships, has what it takes to make an impact. An injury kept her out of contention for last year's Olympic Games, but she has come back strong in the all-around. Olympic beam finalist Marine Boyer could also see another final if she stays clean on what has been the toughest-scoring event so far.

Balance Beam:

Three-time Olympian Vanessa Ferrari is back, despite undergoing double Achilles' tendon surgery last fall. Hungarian hope Zsófia Kovács is one to watch in this session. She made a splash this year at the European championships, finishing second all-around, and should challenge for the top group in Montreal.

2012 Swedish Olympian Jonna Adlerteg, after several injuries, is competing uneven bars only in the fourth session, where she won the silver at the 2013 Europeans.

Floor Exercise: Turkey, Greece and Chinese Taipei

2016 Olympian Tutya Yılmaz is only competing uneven bars because of injury, a shame as she had a real shot at the beam final in Montreal.

Up next: The Americans, favored to dominate again in Canada, take the floor alongside China and Japan in the final subdivision of women's qualification.


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