8 August 17:20 (BST)

The stars are out as Russia and Great Britain renew men's team gymnastics rivalry

GLASGOW - The men's qualifications get underway at the SSE Hydro Arena on Thursday, with 35 teams whittled down to the top eight, who will compete in the final on Sunday.

Also at stake are places in the six apparatus finals. Again, the top eight - from floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar - will qualify for Sunday's final, with a maximum two gymnasts per nation eligible.

The top two teams for the past three European championships - in 2012, 2014 and 2016 - have been Russia and Great Britain, with the former coming to Glasgow as defending champions. It is a scenario the British will be hoping to flip on home turf.

The Russian team includes three returning members from 2016, while Courtney TULLOCH is the only returning member of the British team. However, he is joined by double Olympic champion Max WHITLOCK (GBR) who was absent in 2016 due to illness.

Each team has a maximum of five gymnasts, with three (chosen by the head coach) able to compete on each apparatus, and all scores counting towards the final total.

In apparatus finals, title holders Eleftherios PETROUNIAS (GRE), David BELYAVSKIY (RUS) and Artur DALALOYAN (RUS) will defend their titles on rings, pommel horse and vault respectively.

Pommel horse qualifications will be especially interesting, as mistakes are easily made, while Olympic champion WHITLOCK (GBR) and Commonwealth champion Rhys McCLENAGHAN (IRL) are among the contenders.

On horizontal bar, 2012 Olympic champion Epke ZONDERLAND (NED) will attempt to regain title he won in 2011 and 2014.

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