Cottbus World Cup 2024, February 22-25 (Olympic Qualification)

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I think as far as people looking for a spot in Paris are concerned the list is basically the same as Cairo.

Those not looking for Olympic qualification include MAG and WAG teams from China, Japan, the hosts Germany and another strong GB MAG line up. The US have registered Asher Hong, Colt Walker and Khoi Young - not sure if that is the final team or not. Several notable gymnasts from last year's Junior World Championships are listed for their senior international debut- Nakamura Haruka for Japan, Helen Kevric and Marlene Gotthardt for Germany, Abigail Martin for GB.

The entry list is slightly longer than Cairo. The qualification sessions are going to be seriously long - there are 80 gymnasts registered for some events.
 
Yeah, it is interesting how many athletes are registered that are not able to qualify this route.
I guess just wanting to get out there and get international experience before Paris.
 
Already a significant withdrawal from this (and Cairo) - Lisa Vaelen is out due to the same health issues (glandular fever) that forced her to miss Worlds. She would have been a favourite for a qualifying spot on vault. Her only chance now is the one spot at Euros.

This also means if there is still any possibility of Nina Derwael getting back in time for Euros, they can't both qualify.
 
Already a significant withdrawal from this (and Cairo) - Lisa Vaelen is out due to the same health issues (glandular fever) that forced her to miss Worlds. She would have been a favourite for a qualifying spot on vault. Her only chance now is the one spot at Euros.

This also means if there is still any possibility of Nina Derwael getting back in time for Euros, they can't both qualify.
That makes the path for Chuso a little bit easier.
 
The Belgian fed fired the national coaches a few months ago. The contract was supposed to end after Paris, but they terminated it early. I presume the fed decided they'd be better served starting to focus on next quad.

A few months ago, there seemed to still be a decent chance for Belgium to get 2-3 individuals to Paris. Even one qualifier now is now looking precarious.
 
The Belgian fed fired the national coaches a few months ago. The contract was supposed to end after Paris, but they terminated it early. I presume the fed decided they'd be better served starting to focus on next quad.

A few months ago, there seemed to still be a decent chance for Belgium to get 2-3 individuals to Paris. Even one qualifier now is now looking precarious.
I wouldn't say one is precarious. They're very well positioned for a beam spot and things would have to go pretty badly tits up now for it not to happen. It's Derwael's to lose, and if she does tank, Pinxten is right there.

Pinxten is also probably one of those in the mix for the continental AA spot if worlds last year is anything to go by, but there are several others.

I can't think of any new seniors this year whose federations are able to get the European spot, as Kevric can't win it for Germany. So unless I've missed anyone, it's possible that any eligible athlete who can get about 50 AA is in the mix. Looking at worlds prelims, I think Laura Casabuena was the highest scoring eligible European athlete, and she got 50.265. Pinxten and Jennifer Williams are next down with 49.832, and there were 7 eligible Europeans scoring in the 49.5-50 range. Three were Swedish, which raises the possibility that they wouldn't be sent anyway. I think in that instance it would just pass to the next athlete down in the standings?

So I'd say at this point Belgium will probably have representation in Paris, but the likeliest number of gymnasts is one.

eta- also on the continental AA route, three of the 8 gymnasts I mentioned (Westlund, Williams and Casabuena) are contending for the world cup bars spots too. They're in 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively, and An Chong Ok who's in 3rd will probably go for vault. Casabuena is also in 2nd on floor at the moment, albeit that one's wide open. That also potentially helps Belgium.
 
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I think as far as people looking for a spot in Paris are concerned the list is basically the same as Cairo.
One interesting omission is Indian WAG. At the moment, Nayak is in 3rd on vault with 20 points and Karmakar 5th with 16. Them not being in Cottbus leaves the vault final more open, especially with Vaelen confirmed out too.
 

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