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World Gymnastics Championships team, all-around, event finals qualifiers

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Here are the World Gymnastics Championships women’s finals qualifiers for the team competition (Tuesday) and, with a maximum two gymnasts per nation, the all-around (Thursday) and apparatus finals (Saturday and Sunday):

TEAM
1. U.S. — 236.611 (two-time defending champion)
2. Russia — 231.437 (2014 bronze medalist)
3. Great Britain — 227.162
4. China — 225.127 (2014 silver bronze medalist)
5. Italy — 224.452
6. Japan — 223.863
7. Canada — 222.780
8. Netherlands — 222.354
DID NOT QUALIFY: Romania (Olympic bronze medalist)

ALL-AROUND
1. Simone Biles (USA) — 61.598 (two-time World champion)
2. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) — 57.640
3. Gabby Douglas (USA) — 57.516 (Olympic champion)
4. Ellie Black (CAN) — 57.299
5. Lieke Wievers (NED) — 56.733
6. Seda Tutkhalian (RUS) — 56.599
7. Amy Tinkler (GBR) — 56.466
8. Ruby Harrold (GBR) — 56.398
9. Mai Murakami (JPN) — 56.366
10. Lorrane Oliveira (BRA) — 56.365
11. Shang Chunsong (CHN) — 56.332
12. Pauline Schaefer (GER) — 55.799
13. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) — 55.798
14. Noemi Makra (HUN) — 55.732
15. Larisa Iordache (ROU) — 55.698 (World silver medalist)
16. Carlotta Ferlito (ITA) — 55.665
17. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) — 55.665 — WITHDRAWN
17. Wang Yan (CHN) — 55.566
18. Asuka Teramoto (JPN) — 55.532
19. Lisa Verschueren (BEL) — 55.449
20. Laura Jurca (ROU) — 55.332
21. Rune Hermans (BEL) — 55.332
22. Tea Ugrin (ITA) — 55.299
23. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) — 55.298
24. Isabela Onyshk (CAN) — 55.216
DID NOT QUALIFY: Aly Raisman (USA) — Olympics fourth-place finisher

BALANCE BEAM
1. Simone Biles (USA) — 14.966 (World champion)
2. Sanne Wevers (NED) — 14.766
3. Ellie Black (CAN) — 14.600
4. Viktoria Komova (RUS) — 14.533
5. Seda Tutkhalian (RUS) — 14.533
6. Wang Yan (CHN) — 14.500
7. Pauline Schaefer (GER) — 14.300
8. Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) — 14.233
DID NOT QUALIFY: Aly Raisman (USA) — Olympic bronze medalist

FLOOR EXERCISE
1. Simone Biles (USA) — 15.966 (Two-time World champion)
2. Sae Miyakawa (JPN) — 14.900
3. Maggie Nichols (USA) — 14.700
4. Ksenia Afanasyeva (RUS) — 14.633 (2011 World champion)
5. Claudia Fragapane (GBR) — 14.600
6. Giulia Steingrubger (SUI) — 14.533
7. Erika Fasana (ITA) — 14.466
8. Elissa Downie (GBR) — 14.400
DID NOT QUALIFY: Aly Raisman (USA) — Olympic champion

UNEVEN BARS
1. Daria Spiridonova (RUS) — 15.466 (World bronze medalist)
2. Viktoria Komova (RUS) — 15.300 (2011 World champion)
3. Madison Kocian (USA) — 15.233
4. Sophie Scheder (GER) — 15.033
5. Fan Yilin (CHN) — 14.966
6. Gabby Douglas (USA) — 14.750
7. Ruby Harrold (GBR) — 14.666
8. Shang Chunsong (CHN) — 14.666
DID NOT QUALIFY: Simone Biles (USA) — 2013 World fourth-place finisher

VAULT
1. Simone Biles (USA) — 15.633 (Two-time World silver medalist)
2. Maria Paseka (RUS) — 15.583 (Olympic bronze medalist)
3. Hong Un Jong (PRK) — 15.533 (World champion, 2008 Olympic champion)
4. Giulia Steingruber (SUI) — 15.316
5. Wang Yan (CHN) — 15.099
6. Elissa Downie (GBR) — 14.949
7. Dipa Karmakar (IND) — 14.900
8. Alexa Moreno (MEX) — 14.899
DID NOT QUALIFY: Oksana Chusovitina (UZB) — Nine-time World medalist

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Mexico snatches Olympic baseball spot from U.S., which must now wait

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The U.S. was three outs from clinching a spot in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years. Instead, Mexico will play for an Olympic baseball medal for the first time, forcing the Americans to wait until March.

The Mexicans scored once in the ninth inning and walked off in the 10th, taking a winner-goes-to-the-Olympics game 3-2 at the Premier12 at the Tokyo Dome on Sunday.

Mexico joined Japan, Israel and South Korea in the six-team 2020 Olympic baseball tournament. Baseball returns to the Games in July for the first time since it was voted off the Olympic program following the 2008 Beijing Games. Baseball will not be on the Paris 2024 program but could return again for Los Angeles 2028.

Mexico, managed by former MLB infielder Juan Castro, rallied to deny what would have been an improbable U.S. run to the lone Olympic berth available for teams from the Americas at Premier12.

The U.S. needed four straight game results to go its way to remain in Olympic qualifying contention. From Wednesday through Saturday, the U.S. beat Chinese Taipei, Japan and South Korea beat Mexico and Chinese Taipei beat Australia.

On Sunday, the Americans were up 2-1 in the ninth inning. They were in prime position to qualify for the Olympics for the fifth time in six tries since it was added as a medal event in 1992.

Then Mexican designated hitter Matt Clark, who played for the U.S. at the 2011 Pan American Games and for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014, smacked a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth. In extra innings, runners are placed on first and second to start each half-inning. Efren Navarro ended the game in the 10th on a walk-off single.

While Mexico celebrates its first Olympic baseball berth, the U.S. focus shifts to an Americas qualifier in March in Arizona (and, if necessary, a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei).

The roster at Premier12 included many double-A and triple-A prospects, but it remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

“That’ll be a delicate dance,” U.S. general manager Eric Campbell said before Premier12.

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Alexandra Trusova qualifies for Grand Prix Final after win at Rostelecom Cup

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Alexandra Trusova, the Russian 15-year-old, won Rostelecom Cup in Moscow on Saturday to earn a spot in December’s prestigious six-skater Grand Prix Final. And notably, Russia swept all four disciplines on home ice.

Olympic silver medalist Yevgenia Medvedeva, also of Russia, earned the silver. Meanwhile, American Mariah Bell won the third Grand Prix medal of her career, a bronze.

Trusova fell on her opening quadruple Salchow attempt, but landed a quad Lutz and a quad toe, triple toe combination to follow. She also landed a quad toe, Euler, triple Salchow combination but fell on the next jumping combination, a triple Lutz, triple loop attempt.

Despite two falls, Trusova’s free skate earned 160.26 points, giving her enough to leapfrog Medvedeva for the title at 234.47 points. Trusova is into the Grand Prix Final by virtue of her wins in Moscow and at Skate Canada.

“I made some mistakes in short and free program and I’ll continue to work to skate two clean programs next time,” Trusova said via the International Skating Union (ISU). “I would like to compete with the men, because they can do a quad in the short program and we are not allowed to. Also, it would be interesting to compete with skaters that do many quads in the programs,” she added.

Medvedeva skated a clean program to the “Memoirs of a Geisha” soundtrack, including seven triples and two double Axels. The 19-year-old Russian laid her head on coach Brian Orser‘s shoulder and said “I’m tired” with a chuckle as she waited in the Kiss and Cry for her scores to be announced: 148.83 in the free skate for 225.76 total points.

“It is in my plans to learn a quad, I am working on the quad Salchow, but at the same time I need to make sure I stay healthy,” Medvedeva said through the ISU. “I’ll do everything I can for it and I hope to put it out there as soon as possible.”

Bell’s bronze is the third Grand Prix series medal of the her career, and second this season after another bronze at Grand Prix France. She skated without any major errors to K.D. Lang’s “Hallelujah.”

Earlier Saturday in the men’s event, Alexander Samarin, Dmitri Aliev, and Makar Ignatov completed a podium sweep for Russia. The last time three Russian men swept the podium at Rostelecom Cup was 1998, when Alexei Urmanov, Yevgeni Plushenko, and Alexander Abt completed the feat.

Samarin opened his free skate on Saturday with a quad Lutz, triple toe combination and only erred on his triple flip, which was called with an unclear edge. He earned 171.64 points in his free skate for a total score of 264.45 points.

Aliev, though, attempted two quad toes (one in combination) and earned positive Grades of Execution on both. His only major error came from an invalid triple Lutz as part of a jumping sequence in the second half of the program, which scored 169.42 points. He tallied 259.88 total points.

Both Samarin (silver at Grand Prix France) and Aliev (bronze at Skate America) have won medals this season during the Grand Prix series. Entries to December’s Grand Prix Final will be determined after the conclusion of NHK Trophy in Japan next weekend.

Ignatov’s free skate included a quad Salchow and a quad toe, both called clean. He scored 252.87 total points to edge Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno from Japan for the bronze by 0.63 points.

The lone U.S. men’s entry, Alex Krasnozhon, finished 10th.

The standings in ice dance did not change between the rhythm dance and the free dance. Russia’s Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov held on to their gold medal position and scored 126.06 points in the free dance for 212.15 total points. As last weekend’s winners at Cup of China, they solidified a berth to the Grand Prix Final.

Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Canada finished in second with a free dance score of 125.08 points for 207.64 points. They were surprise winners of Skate Canada, but have not definitively qualified for the Final. Spain’s Sara Hurtado and Kirill Khaliavin finished third with 185.01 total points. The U.S. did not have an ice dance entry.

Also Saturday, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitriy Kozlovskiy of Russia won the pairs event after scoring 149.34 in the free skate to tally 229.48 points overall. Russia’s Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (two-time European champions and three-time World medalists) captured the silver medals with 216.77 total points. Russia sat in first, second, and third after the short program, but the third Russian pair in the field, Ksenia Stolbova and Andrei Novoselov, fell from third to fifth overall.

Germany’s Minerva Fabienne Hase and Nolan Seegert took the bronze with 186.16 total points, rising from sixth place after the short.

The last time one nation swept all four disciplines at a Grand Prix was Russia at this competition in 2005.

Rostelecom Cup Results
Women
1. Alexandra Trusova (RUS) — 234.47
2. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 225.76
3. Mariah Bell (USA) — 205.67
4. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 192.42
5. Ekaterina Ryabova (AZE) — 187.77
6. Yuhana Yokoi (JPN) — 182.68
7. Alexia Pagani (SUI) — 179.69
8. Chen Hongyi (CHN) — 175.77
9. Nicole Schott (GER) — 172.08
10. Yuna Shiraiwa (JPN) — 170.03
11. Stanislava Konstantinova (RUS) — 156.94
12. Emmi Peltonen (FIN) — 152.50

Men
1. Alexander Samarin (RUS) — 264.45
2. Dmitri Aliev (RUS) — 259.88
3. Makar Ignatov (RUS) — 252.87
4. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 252.24
5. Nam Nguyen (CAN) — 246.20
6. Deniss Vasiljevs (LAT) — 241.09
7. Morisi Kvitelashvili (GEO) — 237.59
8. Kazuki Tomono (JPN) — 237.54
9. Michal Brezina (CZE) — 236.47
10. Alex Krasnozhon (USA) — 216.28
11. Vladimir Litvintsev (AZE) — 209.07
WD. Daniel Samohin (ISR) — 56.94 (Short program only)

Pairs
1. Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitriy Kozlovskiy (RUS) — 229.48
2. Yevgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (RUS) — 216.77
3. Minerva Fabienne Hase/Nolan Seegert (GER) — 186.16
4. Miriam Ziegler/Severin Kiefer (AUT) — 182.02
5. Ksenia Stolbova/Andrei Novoselov (RUS) — 177.51
6. Evelyn Walsh/Trennt Michaud (CAN) — 168.96
7. Rebecca Ghilardi/Filippo Ambrosini (ITA) — 162.76
8. Audrey Lu/Misha Mitrofanov (USA) — 153.61

Ice Dance
1. Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) — 212.15

2. Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) — 207.64
3. Sara Hurtado/Kirill Khaliavin (ESP) — 185.01
4. Natalia Kaliszek/Maksym Spodyriev (POL) — 178.70
5. Allison Reed/Saulius Ambrulevicius (LTU) — 175.43
6. Anastasia Shpilevaya/Grigory Smirnov (RUS) — 172.93
7. Marjorie Lajoie/Zachary Lagha (CAN) — 169.90
8. Adelina Galyavieva/Louis Thauron (FRA) — 164.79
9. Anastasia Skoptcova/Kirill Aleshin (RUS) — 164.64
10. Jasmine Tessari/Francesco Fioretti (ITA) — 154.44

As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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