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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):

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)

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 Vanessa Ferrari (ITA) — 55.665 — WITHDRAWN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

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

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

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

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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Iran banned from judo for instructing athlete to withdraw rather than face Israel opponent

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Iran has been banned from international judo for instructing one of its athletes to withdraw from August’s world championships rather than face an Israeli judoka.

The International Judo Federation said Iran authorities instructing Saeid Mollaei to withdraw rather than face Israeli judoka Sagi Muki was “a serious breach and gross violation” of its code of ethics and the Olympic Charter.

IJF spokesman Vlad Marinescu said any ban won’t apply to the Tokyo Olympics. That’s because it’s the Iranian Olympic Committee, not the Iranian Judo Federation, which formally enters the Olympic team.

“We have been informed by IJF that they will launch a proper procedure giving all concerned parties the right to be heard,” an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said. “Should the issue become an Olympic issue we will take the result of this procedure into consideration.”

An IJF disciplinary commission said it “has a strong reason to believe that the Iran Judo Federation will continue or repeatedly engage in misconduct” given its history of similar actions with its athletes potentially facing Israelis.

Mollaei, a 2018 World champion, said he was afraid to return to Iran after disobeying those orders at worlds. He competed anyway but lost one round before a potential final with Muki.

“I want to compete wherever I can,” Mollaei said in a statement from the IJF. “I live in a country whose law does not permit me to. We have no choice, all athletes must comply with it. All I did today was for my life, for a new life.

“I need help. Even if the authorities of my country told me that I can go back without any problems, I am afraid.”

The IJF said it would help Mollaei prepare for next year’s Olympics, also in Tokyo. If Iran refuses to enter him, one option could be the International Olympic Committee-backed team of refugee athletes.

Iranian sports teams have for several decades had a policy of not competing against Israelis, which the country does not recognize. The IJF has said Iranians have thrown matches and used “questionable injuries” to avoid competing against Israelis.

Mollaei’s case came four months after judo officials hailed a breakthrough in relations with Iran, publishing a letter signed by Salehi Amiri pledging to “fully respect the Olympic charter and its non-discrimination principle.”

Back in August, Iranian Sports Minister Masoud Soltanifar accused the IJF of trying to “create problems” with Mollaei, the IRNA news agency reported. He said Iran will send a protest letter to the IOC.

Iranian team manager Majid Zareian also criticized the IJF, saying “everything was set in advance to put Mollaei against a participant from (Israel).”

“They did not allow me to be present next to my athlete in exercise salon,” Zareian said. “After the competitions they changed hotel of Mollaei without my permission, against the regulations.”

He denied reports Iranian authorities had put pressure on Mollaei.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jacarra Winchester, after foe bites her, wins first wrestling world title

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Jacarra Winchester missed the Rio Olympic wrestling trials after tearing her knee playing soccer. She missed a medal at the 2018 World Championships after a semifinal-winning takedown was reversed.

There was no denying her on Wednesday.

Winchester, who picked up wrestling a decade ago as a high school junior, became the first American to earn a medal at the worlds in Kazakhstan this week. And it was gold.

She came back to beat Japanese Nanami Irie 5-3 in the final of the 55kg division, a weight class that is not on the Olympic program. Winchester must move to 53kg or 57kg next year.

But for now she can celebrate quite a journey. At 26, she’s one of the older wrestlers to become a first-time world champion. She believed she had what it took last year, when a reversed call kept her from the final and she subsequently lost a bronze-medal match.

Winchester, who has problems sleeping, said she replayed the end of that semifinal in her head ever since.

“There’s no reason why I should have gotten beat,” she said Wednesday. “Clearly I have what I need on the mat. I just need to change my mindset. … Just knowing you’re the best, pushing yourself and not letting anything get to me.”

That helped in Tuesday’s semifinals, where Winchester said her Turkish opponent bit her, pulled her hair and twisted her fingers. Winchester, who grew up in the Oakland, Calif., area, said that when she started wrestling she had no Olympic goals.

“I had a mindset of I’m not a quitter,” she said.

Earlier Wednesday, Adeline Gray reached Thursday’s 76kg final, where she will try to become the first American to earn five world titles.

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