Qualification line-up for U.S. women is announced for 2018 World Championships
DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 25, 2018 – The qualification-round line-up for the U.S. Women’s World Championships Team is official for the 2018 World Gymnastics Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. women’s qualification round is at 6 p.m. Doha time/11 a.m. ET on Oct. 27. The finals begin with the men’s team competition on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. Doha time/9 a.m. ET. The three countries that medal in the team competition advance to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The U.S. women’s team includes Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre; Kara Eaker of Grain Valley, Missouri/ Great American Gymnastics Express; Morgan Hurd of Middletown, Del./First State Gymnastics; Grace McCallum of Isanti, Minn./Twin City Twisters; Riley McCusker of Brielle, N.J./MG Elite; and. Ragan Smith of Lewisville, Texas/Texas Dreams Gymnastics, is the alternate.
The women begin on the uneven bars in the qualification round. Four athletes compete on each event, with three scores counting. The fifth athlete named is not competing on that event. Biles and McCallum are competing two vaults to qualify for the vault finals.
Vault: McCusker, McCallum, Hurd, Biles, Eaker
Uneven Bars: Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, Biles, Eaker
Balance Beam: Hurd, McCusker, Eaker, Biles, McCallum
Floor Exercise: Hurd, McCallum, McCusker, Biles, Eaker
The women’s qualifying round is Subdivision 5 on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. ET The finals schedule is: Oct. 29, men’s team, 9 p.m. ET; Oct. 30, women’s team, 9 a.m. ET; Oct. 31, men’s all-around, 9 a.m. ET; Nov. 1, women’s all-around; Nov. 2, event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 9 a.m. ET; and Nov. 3, event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 9 a.m. ET.
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