• Kyodo


The Japanese women’s gymnastics squad punched a ticket to next summer’s Olympic Games after finishing sixth in qualifying for the team event at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow on Saturday.

Japan scored 223.863 points on Friday, ranked sixth after the remaining teams — including the post-qualifying competition leaders from the United States — completed their routines on Saturday.

Russia and Britain go into the team finals with the second and third best scores with China, Italy, Canada and the Netherlands also securing Olympic places by finishing in the top-eight.

Sae Miyakawa was the sole Japanese gymnast to reach an apparatus final, finishing floor qualifying second with a score of 14.900, behind U.S. tumbler Simone Biles.

In the individual all-round, Mai Murakami qualified in 10th (56.366) and Asuka Teramoto 21st (55.532), advancing both to the 24-gymnast final.

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