South Korean women’s artistic gymnastics will compete in the Olympic team event for the first time in 36 years. The women’s team of Lee Yoon-seo (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office), Yeo Seo-jung (Jecheon City Office), Shin Sol-yi (Gangwon Provincial Office), Uhm Do-hyun (Jeju Samdasu) and Lee Da-young (Korea Gymnastics University) earned a total of 157.297 points in the four events – vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise – to finish 11th out of 24 nations competing at the 52nd World Championships Women’s Team Qualification on Wednesday morning (Aug. 3) at the Sportspalace in Antwerp, Belgium. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) awarded the first three spots for Paris 2024 to the USA, Great Britain and Canada, who finished first through third in the team competition at last year’s World Championships, with the remaining spots going to the top nine teams at this year’s World Championships. As a result, Korea moved up to ninth place in today’s team qualification, excluding the two countries that have already qualified for Paris – the United States and Great Britain .It will be the first time in 36 years that Korean women’s gymnastics has competed in an Olympic team event since the 1988 Seoul Games. In the past, Korean women’s gymnasts who have not competed as a team have only competed in individual Olympic events, one or two at a time, using the individual quota allocated to each country by the FIG .Unlike women’s gymnastics, the men’s team did not finish in the top nine at the Games, ending their streak of consecutive Olympic appearances at eight, dating back to Barcelona 1992.Yeo, the women’s vault bronze medalist at Tokyo 2020, scored an average of 14.516 in the first and second periods of the team qualifying vault, which doubles as the selection of individual event finalists, to advance to the eight-team final on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET .Meanwhile, “Gymnastics Empress” Simone Biles (USA), who has really picked up the pace this year after suffering a mental breakdown due to the stress of the Tokyo Olympics, was in dominant form in Paris. Biles competed in four team events to lead the U.S. to a first-place finish and made the finals of all five individual events – vault (14.949), uneven bars (14.400), balance beam (14.566), floor exercise 스포츠토토 (14.633) and the all-around (58.865) – to go for a sixth medal.

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