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Posted 2.9.2022 in News

Exciting competition draw revealed for World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022

Reigning women’s World team champions the United States will be among the first to perform as the battle for World titles and Olympic places for Paris 2024 gets underway at the 51st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool from 29 October.

The USA, winners of every women’s team title going back to 2011, will lead off the nine-day spectacular inside the M&S Bank Arena, when they compete in the first of 10 subdivisions of women’s qualification. Host Great Britain will compete in the tenth and final subdivision on day two.

The first of six subdivisions of the men’s qualification that takes place 31 October also includes the USA, along with Canada and Switzerland. The People’s Republic of China, winners of three of the last five men’s World team titles, will compete in subdivision two, alongside Great Britain, whilst Japan, the World champions from 2015, compete in subdivision three.

A total of twenty-four men’s and 24 women’s teams have qualified to compete in Liverpool. A further 49 female and 40 male All-Around gymnasts, and 48 male and 32 female apparatus specialists have also advanced to the World Championships to compete as individuals – setting up an elite level of competition with the best in the world.

The qualification rounds will determine the eight teams that will contend for medals in the team finals, as well as the 24 men’s and 24 women’s All-Around finalists and eight individual apparatus finalists in each event.

There is a lot a stake in Liverpool next month. Not only will gymnasts be vying for a total of fourteen world titles, but with the event having Olympic qualification status, the three nations that land on the team podiums will automatically earn team spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Liverpool will see the first World team competition since 2019, and the U.S. women, winners of every World team title since 2011, will once more present a formidable squad.

As hosts, Great Britain enters the first World Championships to held on home soil since Glasgow 2015 in fantastic form, following an outstanding Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and European Championships in Munich, with a Men’s Team gold and Women’s Team silver to help them top the European rankings.

The People’s Republic of China, whose gymnasts won four of the seven men’s World titles last year in Kitakyushu (JPN), returns to international competition poised to recapture the men’s team title it last won in 2018. The field is expected to include a number of Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions and medallists, as well as defending World titlists from 2021 and with so much to look forward to, anticipation is running high.

Team finals will take place 1-2 November, followed by the women’s and men’s All-Around finals on the 3 and 4 November respectively. Apparatus finals for both men and women will round off the Championships 5-6 November.

Former World Champion and event Ambassador, Beth Tweddle, expressed her delight at the draw and upcoming Championships. She said: “It’s definitely an exciting draw. In the men’s competition you’ve got four big teams in the first three rounds in China, Japan, Great Britain and the USA but the Ukrainian team could be up there too. There are also a few strong specialists competing in the qualification rounds who will be exciting to watch alongside the teams.

“And as a spectator, you can’t go wrong with the women’s qualification with the main contenders all competing in different subdivisions. This means that audiences at every session will get to see the world’s best gymnasts in action. The British team will go last which means they, and the crowds, will know exactly what scores they need to reach the team and individual finals – which is always very exciting to watch.

“We now await the team announcements but it’s going to be an amazing competition amongst the world’s best gymnasts and I can’t wait.”

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Full details of the competition schedule and how to buy tickets can be found at https://www.2022worldgymnastics.com/tickets/ Tickets for the qualification sessions start at £30 and just £10 for children and other concessions.

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