During Sunday’s qualifying, each member of the four-person team competed on each apparatus with teams dropping their lowest score. That changes with today’s three-up/three-count, a less forgiving format that has benefitted the Americans during their decade-long reign.

Each of the eight qualifying teams have selected three gymnasts to compete on each of the four apparatuses: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. All of these scores will be summed and counted toward the team’s final score.

Here’s a look at today’s extended start list:

1 Belgium 163.895 (5th in qualifying)

Maellyse Brassart
Nina Derwael
Lisa Vaelen
Jutta Verkest

Qualified 5th for final with their highest score in uneven bars. Finished 12th in 2016 OG, 11th in 1948. Placed 10th at 2019 WCh, 11th in 2018, 2015, 2014, 15th in 2010, 16th in 2011. Competed at the Olympic Games for the first time in 68 years in 2016. This will be their first appearance in an Olympic final.

2 Great Britain 163.396 (6th)

Jennifer Gadirova
Jessica Gadirova
Alice Kinsella
Amelie Morgan

Qualified 6th for final with their highest score in vault. Finished 5th in 2016, 6th in 2012, 9th in 2008. Bronze at 2015 WCh, 6th in 2019, 9th in 2018. Silvers at European Ch in 2016, 2014, 2010, 4th in 2018, 2012. They won bronze at the 1928 OG and have only made the top five in 12 OG appearances.

3 France 164.561 (4th)

Marine Boyer
Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos
Aline Friess
Carolann Héduit

Qualified 4th for final. Finished 11th at 2016 and 2012 OG, 7th in 2008, 6th in 2004, 8th in 2000 and 1996. Placed 5th at 2019 and 2018 WCh, 10th in 2015, 13th in 2014, 10th in 2011. Silver at 2018 European Ch, bronze in 2016 and 2008, 11th in 2014, 5th in 2012 and 2002, 4th in 2010. France are seeking to top their best finish at the Olympics, which was 6th in 2004.

4 China 166.863 (3rd)

Lu Yufei
Ou Yushan
Tang Xijing
Zhang Jin

Qualified 3rd for final with its highest score in uneven bars. Gold at 2008 OG, bronze in 2016, 1984, 4th in 2012, 1996, 1992, 6th in 2000, 1998, 7th in 2004. Gold at WCh in 2006, silver in 2015, 2014, 2007, 1995, 1981, bronze in 2018, 2011, 2010, 1999, 1997, 4th in 2019,
2003, 1994. Gold at 12 of 12 Asian Games since 1974. Five gold, one silver in six Asian Ch since 2003.

5 Russian Olympic Committee 171.629 (1st)

Lilia Akhaimova
Viktoria Listunova
Angelina Melnikova
Vladislava Urazova

Qualified 1st for final. Silver at 2016 OG. Angelina Melnikova is the only remaining team member in this event from 2016 OG. ROC is the first team since 2011 to qualify above USA heading into the final of any major competition.

6 United States 170.562 (2nd)

Simone Biles
Jordan Chiles
Sunisa Lee
Grace McCallum

Qualified 2nd for final with competition highest score in vault. Gold at 2016, 2012, 1996 OG, silver in 2008, 2004, bronze in 2000, 1992. Gold at last five WCh. Gold at last five PanAm Games and have won 14 of 15 editions of the Games. Gold in all five PacificRim Ch since 2010. The 2016 OG gold-medal winning team topped the score for each apparatus in the final.

7 Japan 162.662 (8th)

Hitomi Hatakeda
Yuna Hiraiwa
Mai Murakami
Aiko Sugihara

Qualified 8th for final. Finished 4th at 2016 OG, 8th in 2012, 5th in 2008. Placed 11th at 2019 WCh, 6th in 2018, 5th in 2015, 8th in 2014, 7th in 2011, 5th in 2010. Gold at Asian Ch in 2015 and 2008, silver in 2019, bronze in 2017, 2012 and 2006. Missed out on bronze medal by just 1.632 points at 2016 OG.

8 Italy 163.330 (7th)

Alice D’Amato
Asia D’Amato
Vanessa Ferrari
Martina Maggio

Qualified 7th for final. Finished 10th at 2016 OG, 7th in 2012, 10th in 2008, 11th in 2000. Bronze at 2019 WCh, 12th in 2018, 7th in 2015, 5th in 2014, 9th in 2011, 8th in 2010. Gold at 2006 European Ch, bronze in 2012 and 2002, 6th in 2018, 5th in 2016. ITA haven’t won a medal in the event since taking silver at the 1928 OG.



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