The athletes have arrived, podium training begins tomorrow, and on Friday 23rd, the 2015 World Championships will kick off with WAG qualification day one. Ten days of competition, Olympic qualification, and the chance to take a world medal or even title are all at stake.
The British team of Becky and Ellie Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Kelly Simm, and Amy Tinkler will begin on beam in the 4th subdivision on the 23rd, due to start at half past four. If you would like to read more about the girls, the ‘Meet The Team’ article is available here: https://britishgymnewstics.com/2015/10/12/2015-world-championships-glasgow-meet-the-team/
The format for the Championships is as follows:
For Qualification teams will compete in a 6-5-4 format. There are twenty four full teams spread over twelve subdivisions, two per subdivision, with mixed groups of gymnasts from countries not sending a full team competing in two groups per subdivision alongside the full teams.
The top eight teams from qualification will progress to the team final, as well as securing automatic Olympic qualification for their federation.
The Team Final uses a three up three to count format meaning every routine is counted toward the team total.
The top 24 gymnasts from qualification will qualify for the AA Final, with a maximum of only two gymnasts per country being able to progress. Great Britain will be expecting to qualify two gymnasts to the final, It is most likely that more than two competing AA in qualification will qualify within the top 24 places score wise, but as is often the case, qualification has a competition within the competition for many gymnasts on different teams, in terms of which two will secure places in the AA final.
The top eight gymnasts per apparatus from qualification will qualify to participate in the Apparatus Finals with a maximum of two gymnasts per country being able to compete. The British Team performance targets are two apparatus finals and one medal. Certainly possible, although of course world medals are incredibly difficult to win.
19th October WAG – Podium Training
20th October WAG – Podium Training
21st October MAG – Podium
22nd October MAG – Podium
23rd October WAG Qualification & Opening Ceremony
24th October WAG – Qualification
25th October MAG – Qualification
26th October MAG – Qualification
27th October WAG – Team Final
28th October MAG – Team Final
29th October WAG – AA Final
30th October MAG – AA Final
31st October Apparatus Finals Day 1. MAG FX, PH, SR. WAG VT, UB
01st November Apparatus Finals Day 2 MAG VT, PB, HB. WAG BB, FX
Following The Championships
Podium training for the British girls will be on Monday from 16:30 – 18:30. There has been no official announcement as yet as to whether there will be footage, USA gymnastics will be covering their team, so lets hope we get the same. If not, there may be some footage available should anyone within the arena upload any, which has happened in the past. I will link to anything I find ( and I will be scouring everywhere online!) if you follow the blog on twitter @BritishGymnews or on Facebook (British Gymnewstics), any video will be linked to or uploaded there.
At present BBC coverage of finals is listed as:
BBC2 27th October 19:00 WAG Team Final
BBC2 28th October 19:00 MAG Team Final
BBC2 29th October 19:00 WAG AA Final
BBC2 30th October 19:00 MAG AA Final
BBC1 31st October 13:30 Apparatus Finals Day 1
BBC2 1st November 13:30 Apparatus Finals Day 2
There is no mention of qualifications coverage, there may possibly be online coverage, I am trying to find out at the moment, and will update with any information that becomes available.
USA Gymnastics will be streaming WAG Subdivisions 1 (Spain, Romania), 4 (GB, Brazil), 5 (Italy, Russia) , 7 (North Korea, China) and 10 (USA, NED)
At present only available to US viewers, but often people helpfully post ways to watch, and they often load video on their You Tube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/usagymnasticsorg
Keep an eye on the BritishGymnewstics Twitter feed as I will be posting any ways to watch the US streaming on there.