The international gymnastics federation has added the world championships qualification list to its event page for the competition, making official what we’ve been following all season since the start of the world cup series back in February and concluding with European Championships in August.
For a refresher, nations and athletes had to qualify to worlds this year, and had three ways in – earn one of 24 team berths available through continental championships, earn up to two all-around spots, also available via the continental route, or pick up apparatus berths through the world cup series. Once the continental championships series concluded, world cup ranking points were reallocated to eligible athletes (those who hadn’t yet qualified as part of a team or through the all-around) in order to fill eight spots per apparatus.
Once the qualification process was over, the FIG gave the official nod to each federation regarding its team or individual qualification standing. From there, the federations either accepted or declined all team or all-around spots, and then the specialist process began, with the points redistributed and offers sent out to athletes and their federations, and once these were accepted or turned down, the final list of all qualifiers was published on August 31.
All teams for both WAG and MAG accepted their spots at worlds, but of course, over such a long process, a number of athletes who earned individual berths have unfortunately had to decline their spots, either due to injury or due to circumstances within the federation beyond their control, such as budget constraints or athletes not meeting internal qualification standards.
Poland, for example, qualified four women to worlds, with Emilia Kulczynska and Brygida Urbanska earning berths at Euros, while Wiktoria Lopuszanska earned a spot on vault and Ada Ogieglo earned one on floor through the world cups. Lopuszanska ultimately injured her knee at Euros and likely would have been forced to withdraw on her own, but Poland opted to deny the spots for the other three, citing no reason to the athletes when they denied their participation. Ogieglo, who finished fifth on floor at Cottbus, even said she’d fund the trip herself, but the federation still turned her down.
Other declined WAG berths include all-arounders Valentina Pardo of Colombia, who was injured on floor in the team final at Pan Ams, and Valentina Georgieva of Bulgaria, who was injured on vault in the apparatus final at Euros. Olivia Kelly of Barbados and Celeste Mordenti of Luxembourg, both of whom narrowly missed out in their own right, will step in as replacements.
A number of athletes – or their federations on their behalf – turned down apparatus spots, with Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan not accepting her spot on vault after previously stating that she did not intend to compete at worlds this year, while Tjasa Kysselef of Slovenia declined her spots on vault and beam, and Göksu Üctas Sanli declined hers on floor. These, among others who declined apparatus berths, opened the doors for several athletes from Vietnam to qualify after previously not earning any spots at worlds, while Morocco also picked up vault and floor spots for Nisrine Hassanaine, and a couple of athletes from Greece were added as well, joining all-arounder Elvira Katsali.
On the MAG side, both all-around qualifiers from Georgia – Bidzina Sitchinava and Saba Abesadze – withdrew, replaced by Jonas Thorisson of Iceland and Petar Vefic of Serbia, while in the apparatus field the notable declines came from Artur Davtyan of Armenia on floor and high bar (though he accepted his spot on vault), and Antonios Tantalidis of Greece on floor.
We’ve been following the qualification process from the very beginning via our WAG tracker and our MAG tracker, both of which can be found in the menu bar at the top of the page, and which we’ll continue to update as teams are named and as any additional changes take place. You can also find the full current list of qualifiers below.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – WAG QUALIFIERS
|Thelma Adalsteinsdottir (Iceland)||Dildora Aripova (Uzbekistan)|
|Tatiana Bachurina (Cyprus)||Aida Bauyrzhanova (Kazakhstan)|
|Fatma Zohra Boukhatem (Algeria)||Reece Cobb (New Zealand)|
|Naveen Daries (South Africa)||Ginna Escobar (Colombia)|
|Petra Furac (Croatia)||Milka Gehani (Sri Lanka)|
|Hildur Gudmundsdottir (Iceland)||Halle Hilton (Ireland)|
|Aneta Holasova (Czech Republic)||Lucija Hribar (Slovenia)|
|Rifda Irfanaluthfi (Indonesia)||Elvira Katsali (Greece)|
|Sevgi Kayisoglu (Turkey)||Olivia Kelly (Barbados)|
|Ominakhon Khalilova (Uzbekistan)||Nika Kukuljan Frleta (Croatia)|
|Milca Leon (Venezuela)||Antonia Marihuan (Chile)|
|Tyesha Mattis (Jamaica)||Ana Karina Mendez (Peru)|
|Franciny Morales (Costa Rica)||Celeste Mordenti (Luxembourg)|
|Sasiwimon Mueangphuan (Thailand)||Nadine Joy Nathan (Singapore)|
|Karla Navas (Panama)||Annalise Newman-Achee (Trinidad)|
|Ofir Netzer (Israel)||Mariana Parente (Portugal)|
|Alais Perea (Ecuador)||Klara Peterkova (Czech Republic)|
|Freja Petersen (Denmark)||Camille Rasmussen (Denmark)|
|Lihie Raz (Israel)||Keira Rolston-Larking (New Zealand)|
|Caitlin Rooskrantz (South Africa)||Lahna Salem (Algeria)|
|Franchesca Santi (Chile)||Emma Slevin (Ireland)|
|Juliane Tøssebro (Norway)||Maria Tronrud (Norway)|
|Zala Trtnik (Slovenia)||Tara Vella Clark (Malta)|
|Anina Wildi (Switzerland)||Korkem Yerbossynkyzy (Kazakhstan)|
|Bengisu Yildiz (Turkey)|
|Teja Belak (Slovenia) – VT||Ella Borg (Malta) – UB, BB, FX|
|Charlie Chan Cheuk Lam (Hong Kong) – BB||Samira Gahramanova (Azerbaijan) – VT, BB, FX|
|Selma Halvorsen (Norway) – VT, UB, FX||Nisrine Hassanaine (Morocco) – VT, FX|
|Mari Kanter (Norway) – UB, BB||Konstantina Maragkou (Greece) – UB|
|Milana Minakovskaya (Azerbaijan) – UB, BB, FX||Pranati Nayak (India) – VT|
|Areti Pagoni (Greece) – UB, BB, FX||Pham Nhu Phuong (Vietnam) – UB|
|Protistha Samanta (India) – VT||Tran Doan Quynh Nam (Vietnam) – VT, UB|
|Lucie Trnkova (Czech Republic) – BB, FX||Truong Khanh Van (Vietnam) – VT, FX|
|Angel Wong Hiu Ying (Hong Kong) – BB|
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MAG QUALIFIERS
|Mahdi Ahmad Kohani (Iran)||Yordan Aleksandrov (Bulgaria)|
|Joel Alvarez (Chile)||Georgios Angonas (Cyprus)|
|Abdulla Azimov (Uzbekistan)||Guilherme Campos (Portugal)|
|Michalis Chari (Cyprus)||Gytis Chasazyrovas (Lithuania)|
|Dominick Cunningham (Ireland)||Khabibullo Ergashev (Uzbekistan)|
|Daniel Fox (Ireland)||William Fu-Allen (New Zealand)|
|Edward Gonzales (Peru)||Sofus Heggemsnes (Norway)|
|David Huddleston (Bulgaria)||Apostolos Kanellos (Greece)|
|Gagik Khachikyan (Armenia)||Robert Kirmes (Finland)|
|Elias Koski (Finland)||Mikhail Koudinov (New Zealand)|
|Gaurav Kumar (India)||Tomas Kuzmickas (Lithuania)|
|Joakim Lenberg (Sweden)||Jose Lopez (Puerto Rico)|
|Santiago Mayol (Argentina)||Hillal Metidji (Algeria)|
|Abderrazak Nasser (Morocco)||Jose Nogueira (Portugal)|
|Isaac Nuñez (Mexico)||Leandro Peña (Dominican Republic)|
|Ricards Plate (Latvia)||Valgard Reinhardsson (Iceland)|
|David Rumbutis (Sweden)||Yogeshwar Singh (India)|
|Jonas Thorisson (Iceland)||Ivan Tikhonov (Azerbaijan)|
|Petar Vefic (Serbia)||Harald Wibye (Norway)|
|Carlos Yulo (Philippines)||Uri Zeidel (Israel)|
|Rasuljon Abdurakhimov (Uzbekistan) – PB||Ahmad Abu Al Soud (Jordan) – PH|
|Artur Avetisyan (Armenia) – SR||Aurel Benovic (Croatia) – FX, VT|
|Luka Bojanc (Slovenia) – SR||Nikolaj Bozic (Slovenia) – FX|
|Artur Davtyan (Armenia) – VT||Vahagn Davtyan (Armenia) – SR|
|Dinh Phuong Thanh (Vietnam) – HB||Artem Dolgopyat (Israel) – FX, PH, VT|
|Sebastian Gawronski (Poland) – FX, VT||Ilias Georgiou (Cyprus) – PB, HB|
|Marios Georgiou (Cyprus) – PH, PB, HB||Stavros Gkinis (Greece) – SR|
|Nikolaos Iliopoulos (Greece) – PB, HB||Utkirbek Juraev (Uzbekistan) – FX, PB|
|Akseli Karsikas (Finland) – VT||Konstantinos Konstantinidis (Greece) – SR|
|Leo Lehtinen (Finland) – HB||Ilia Liubimov (Israel) – PB|
|Rhys McClenaghan (Ireland) – PH||Andrey Medvedev (Israel) – FX, VT|
|Harutyun Merdinyan (Armenia) – PH||Eamon Montgomery (Ireland) – FX|
|Alexander Myakinin (Israel) – PH, HB||Nguyen Van Khanh Phong (Vietnam) – SR|
|Matvei Petrov (Albania) – PH||Sokratis Pilakouris (Cyprus) – SR|
|Achraf Quistas (Morocco) – VT||Shek Wai Hung (Hong Kong) – VT|
|Nikita Simonov (Azerbaijan) – SR||Tin Srbic (Croatia) – HB|
|Adam Steele (Ireland) – FX||Stefanos Tsolakidis (Greece) – PB|
|Robert Tvorogal (Lithuania) – PB, HB||Filip Ude (Croatia) – PH|
Article by Lauren Hopkins
19 thoughts on “World Championships Qualification List Becomes Official With FIG Update”
Why did Oksana Chusovitina turn down worlds?
I don’t think there was any reason aside from just not planning on it this year? I think she really wanted to do Asian Championships and Asian Games this quad so she went to a few world cups to prep for the continental meet but then ended her season right after (and she didn’t go back up to full difficulty either, it seemed like this year was just more low-key with no major goals).
In a few interviews she’s given Oksana said she’s working vault upgrades/new vaults (not sure if that means brand new, never done before vaults or just new for her) for next year & 2024, & if she were to go to World Championships that would interrupt her training plan because she would need to stop working on the new vaults for a while to prepare her “normal”/current vaults for the competition. It makes total strategic sense. She basically made it seem like her current goal of coming back is upgrades/new vaults, & there is nothing to gain from 2022 Worlds in her eyes.
I noticed that Norway WAG has 2 all arounders (Tossebro and Tronrud) and enough specialists to have at least 1 more score per event (Halvorsen VT/UB/FX, Kanter UB/BB). Would Norway get an official team score if everyone does every event they qualified for (i.e. get a team ranking)? It won’t affect team final qualifiers, but their scores aren’t too far off from say Egypt or Mexico and could shake up the tail end rankings if things go their way.
There are a few countries that qualified 4+ athletes between MAG and WAG but no, none of these countries are eligible to count a team score – similar to Turkey not being able to count a MAG team score in Tokyo last year despite having enough athletes.
In the case of the Netherlands, now that Sanne Wevers has left the team, could she theoretically go the World Cup route and qualify as a beam specialist in her own right, outside of the team?
I ask because I think she said in her announcement that while she was leaving the Netherlands’ team, she wasn’t done with gymnastics.
Is there a way she can stay competing in elite gymnastics outside the team?
Athletes can only compete at world cups with the federation’s permission (which is why no one except for Jade Carey was “allowed” to compete at the world cups in the 2018-2020 series – the U.S. federation had to determine who would attend and decided only Jade met their requirements for going). If Sanne has had a falling out with the entire national program, I don’t think they’d send her to a world cup (and besides, the team + individual format is gone, so if the Netherlands qualifies a team, there won’t be any world cup spots for Sanne to take).
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Will the same process (individual quals trough World Cup circuit) exist for the 2023 worlds ? 2024 Olympics ? for the AA and event gymnasts with no team qualified. Or will the individual AAers at the 2024 Olympics decided at the 2023 worlds. I was actually wondering if Kaylia Nemour who will represent Algeria next year (but not until the summer if I understood it correctly) will get an opportunity to compete at one or both competitions, if healthy. If not, such a waste …
Glad we get a chance to see again Olivia Kelly. Amazing style on beam. She belongs to that group
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I have a question regarding the new code and dismounts/connections into dismounts. Can you get a 0.1 bonus for connecting any bars dismount (i.e. 1/1 pirouette directly into a Fabrichnova)? In terms of difficulty value between a Mustafina and Fabrichnova dismount, someone was trying to explain to me that the code only provides a connection bonus into a Mustafina but that doing a connection for bonus into a Fabrichnova is not possible. Can you please clarify?
I wonder how the Vietnamese got their spots if they did not send any gymnast to the Asian Games (or Championships?), the Worlds qualifier. Did any of them earn points at some World Cup or something? Otherwise, things would just seem random.
They went to the world cups and didn’t originally rank high enough to earn spots there, but once points were reallocated away from gymnasts who qualified with teams or as all-arounders, they received several points to be added into the rankings and onto the list for worlds.
Thanks. I thought that’s what happened indeed. 🙂
Hi, good evening. Will the specialists be allowed to do any apparatuses other than the one which they are qualified for, like, for example, Teja Belak (Slovenia), qualified for vault, doing VT and BB or even the AA?
Hello! They can only compete on the events they qualified for. Teja Belak technically qualified on VT and BB, but turned down her slot on BB because she has decided to only do VT here.
I would like to contribute an article, or at least the data, about how Japan’s male team are selected for the World Championships. If you’re okay with it, where can I send the information/files?
Can someone like Teja Belak who qualified as a specialist ONLY compete on VT or it is a situation like the Olympics where Jade Carey qualified as a VT specialist yet was able to compete in the AA