|2007 World Championships Draw |
By Vera Atkinson
Jun 20, 2007, 16:03
The Draw for the World Championships in Artistic Gymnastics in Stuttgart (GER) was held on Wednesday, 20th June 2007 at the renowned Hans-Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, the host of this most important event for the year, which will also serve as Olympic Qualifications for Beijing 2008 and will be held in the week 1st-9th September.
A record number of some 517 gymnasts (283 men and 234 women) representing 84 national Federations will take part in these Championships, with only the top 12 out of the 24 Men’s and Women’s Teams taking part, proceeding further to Beijing, together with 26 Individuals.
24 Teams and 16 Mixed Teams divided into 10 Subdivisions
Great Britain will perform in the last, the 10th Subdivision together with France, Canada and Mixed Team 9. In view of the standards and the previous achievements of these three teams (FRA-10th, GBR-11th, CAN- 14th in Aarhus’06), one could easily predict a dramatic ending of Competition 1, meant to outline the top 12 Teams winning the visa for Beijing.
Ironically the current World Champions China will have to compete in the very first Subdivision. The 2006 Silver medallists USA have been drawn in the 9th Subdivision and the Bronze medallists from Russia, in the 7th Subdivision.
Romania (4th in Aarhus) are in the fourth Subdivision; Ukraine (5th)- in the third Subdivision, Australia (6th) - in the fifth Subdivision.
Adrian Stan, WAG Technical Director: " The draw is good in some ways and bad in others; there will be a few countrys in contention. As for our subdivision, if the judges keep their consisitency throughout the competion, which isn't always easy throughout 10 rounds, then I think we'll be ok."
The Drawing of Lots was held in the presence of FIG President, Professor Bruno Grandi and the two Technical Presidents, Adrian Stoica (Men) and Nelly Kim (Women).
photos Janos Schmidt