Vladislava Urazova led qualification in two disciplines in Doha ©Getty Images

Russian Gymnastics Federation (RGF) athlete Vladislava Urazova achieved the highest scores in the women's beam and floor qualification at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) Apparatus World Cup in Doha.

Urazova is one of the athletes competing in Qatar as a neutral, after the FIG prohibited Russian and Belarusian national flags and anthems last week following the invasion of Ukraine.

The FIG has not yet followed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation to ban athletes and officials from Russia and Belarus entirely.

The IOC recommendation did have a provision that athletes should compete as neutrals where exclusion "is not possible on short notice for organisational or legal reasons".

The top two athletes in the women's floor qualification are from the two nations concerned, with Urazova top scoring with 12.633 points.

She was followed by Anastasiya Smantsar of Belarus, who scored 12.566.

Hungary's Dorina Boeczoego was third on the same score, followed by RGF's Mariia Minaeva on 12.500 with the top eight advancing to the final.

The beam event was similar with Urazova leading the standings on 13.233, well clear of second placed Nora Peresztegi of Hungary on 12.066.

Smantsar was third on 12.033.

Tokyo 2020 men's horizontal bar silver medallist Tin Srbić qualified first in the discipline in Doha, with the Croatian achieving a score of 14.100.

Israel's Alexander Myakinin and Ukraine's Illia Kovtun followed on 14.066 and 13.800.

Ukraine's Illia Kovtun performed strongly again despite his nation facing war ©Getty Images
Ukraine's Illia Kovtun performed strongly again despite his nation facing war ©Getty Images

Kovtun won the men's parallel bars event last week in Cottbus, and led qualification in the event in Doha, despite his country facing war back home.

The World Championship all-around bronze medallist scored 14.666 to top the standings.

RGF athletes Aleksandr Kartsev and Ivan Kuliak followed on 14.300 and 14.200.

Israel's Andrey Medvedev led vault qualification on 14.933, with Ukraine's Nazar Chepurnyi second on 14.916.

Australia's James Bacueti completed the top three on 14.533.

Competition will continue tomorrow with the first apparatus finals.

This will feature the men's floor, pommel horse and rings, as well as the women's vault and uneven bars.