With all-important berths to competethe 2016 Olympic Games at stake, the 2015 World Gymnastics Championshipscontinued from Glasgow on Oct. 24. In addition to earning the chance to go for the World Team championship, the top eight qualifiers also secured tickets to competein Rio next summer.

Led by reigning world all-around champion Simone Biles and 2012 Olympic all-around winner Gabby Douglas, Team USA qualified first for the final with a mark of 236.611. They hold a comfortable lead over second-place Russia, whose athletes posted a cumulative score of 231.437 for their qualifying effort. The other six teams that earned spots in the team final as well as berths in the Rio Games include:

  • 3. Great Britain, 227.162
  • 4. China, 225.127
  • 5. Italy, 224.452
  • 6. Japan, 223.863
  • 7. Canada, 222.780
  • 8. The Netherlands, 222.354

But all hope isn't lost for the teams that did not make the eight-group cut: the nations that ranked ninth through 16th will have another opportunity to qualify for Rio at the Olympic Test Event, which begins April 16 in Rio.

Teams that earned the opportunity to compete for one of the four remaining spots include:

  • 9. Brazil
  • 10. France
  • 11. Belgium
  • 12. Germany
  • 13. Romania
  • 14. Australia
  • 15. Korea
  • 16. Switzerland

The winner of the World Championship titlewill be crownedat the close of the Oct. 27 team final.

In other event news, Biles qualified first for the all-around final. Douglas also had a strong showing, placing third and successfully advancing to the final along with Biles and 22 other talented gymnasts from around the globe. The top five qualifiers include:

  • Biles, US, 61.598
  • Giulia Steingruber, Switzerland, 57.640
  • Douglas, US, 57.516
  • Elisabeth Black, Canada, 57.299
  • Lieke Wievers, The Netherlands, 56.733

Team USA's Aly Raisman posted the fifth-highest cumulative score (56.798), but was excluded from the eventbecause of the rule that dictates that each nation may advance only two gymnasts to the final.

Raisman was disappointed with her performance, but wished her teammates good luck via Twitter.

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