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Canadian men's gymnastics team misses out on Olympic berth

Canada will not compete in the men's team competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after failing to earn a quota spot on Monday at the world championships.

'Words don't really express the emotions felt by the team right now,' coach says

Canada's Jackson Payne performs on the rings during men's qualifying sessions for the gymnastics world championships on Monday in Germany. Canada placed 17th, missing out on an Olympic berth. (Matthias Schrader/The Associated Press)

Canada will not compete in the men's team gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after failing to earn a quota spot on Monday at the world championships.

Canada finished 17th at the worlds. The top nine teams, excluding previous qualifiers China, Russia and Japan, earned tickets to Tokyo.

"Words don't really express the emotions felt by the team right now," said Canada head coach Ed Van Hoof.

"Everyone involved — the athletes, the coaches, the judges, and their families — got behind the team effort and I thank them for that. As with every Olympic Games qualification, expectations were high. The team is much improved since Doha 2018 (at the world championships). These guys gave their best, but unfortunately, we came up short."

The top eight teams qualified for Wednesday's world championship team final.

Rene Cournoyer of Repentigny, Que., William Emard of Laval, Que., Cory Paterson of Montreal, Jackson Payne of Calgary and Sam Zakutney of Ottawa formed Canada's team.

The Canadian women's team finished fifth on Sunday and earned a berth in Tuesday's final and the Olympics.

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