ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, July 24, 2010 – The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and the organizers of the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships conducted the draw for qualification round slots for men’s and women’s gymnastics for the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships, Oct. 16-24, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The draw determines the order for competing in the preliminary rounds, as well as timing for podium training.
For women’s gymnastics, the USA is in Subdivision 7 of 12 subdivisions, along with Hungary, Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of Korea. The United States will start on the uneven bars.
The U.S. men are in Subdivision 5, out of a total of 10. Their group includes Belarus, Australia, Bulgaria, Portugal and one mixed group, which is comprised of gymnasts not competing on a full team for their country. The USA will begin on the horizontal bar.
A total of 615 gymnasts from 73 federations are entered. This breaks into 53 men’s teams, with 33 individual male gymnasts, and 44 women’s teams with 20 individual female gymnasts.
The World Championships schedule is: Oct. 16-17, women’s qualifying rounds, sessions run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Oct. 18-19, men’s qualifying sessions, sessions run all day from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Oct. 20, women’s team finals, 5 p.m.; Oct. 21, men’s team finals, 5 p.m.; Oct. 22, men’s all-around finals at 4 p.m. and women’s all-around finals at 8 p.m.; Oct. 23, individual event finals (men – floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women – vault, uneven bars), 2 p.m.; and Oct. 24, individual event finals (men – vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women – balance beam, floor exercise), 2 p.m.