jeudi 10 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: 5th place for Nina Derwael in the all-around final!

Thursday afternoon, Nina Derwael competed in the all-around final at the World Championships in Stuttgart. She was impressive and finished 5th. 

Nina started her competition on uneven bars. She showed excellent work and scored 15.200, a little more than in qualifications. She was also solid on beam, showing a back handspring to a layout step out, a triple wolf turn and a Steingruber dismount for a score of 13.733.

In the third rotation Nina was first up on floor where she once again showed excellent execution and expressiveness. She scored 13.500 for a routine that included a double tuck and a triple wolf turn.

On vault she received 13.600 for her Yurchenko with a full twist. She finishes 5th with a total of 56.033.

Simone Biles won her 5th World all-around title with 58.999. Tang Xijing from China won the silver medal, Angelina Melnikova the bronze.

Result all-around final:

1. Simone Biles (USA) 58.999
2. Tang Xijing (CHN) 56.899
3. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 56.399
4. Ellie Black (CAN) 56.232
5. Nina Derwael (BEL) 56.033
6. Elisabeth Seizt (GER) 55.999
7. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 55.732
8. Sunisa Lee (USA) 55.632

You can find the full results here.

On Saturday, Nina will defend her World title on uneven bars. The apparatus finals start at 16.00 and can be followed live on Sporza.

lundi 7 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: Men's qualifications: 18th place for Team Belgium

Monday afternoon the Belgian men completed their qualifications in Stuttgart. Just like the girls, they were in search of an olympic team ticket. A bad start in the first rotation cut their chances short right away. 

The men started their competition on pommel horse. Jimmy Verbaeys was off to a good start on the most difficult apparatus to start on. He scored 13.200. Unfortunately Noah Kuavita, Luka Van den Keybus and Maxime Gentges all fell. Luka scored 11.433 while Maxime saved a few tenths by adding extra difficulty after his fall (12.066). Noah got 10.933.

On rings Maxime scored 13.200 for a good routine. Noah and Jimmy added 12.733 and 12.566 to the team total while Luka got 12.300. On vault Noah received an excellent 14.400 for his handspring double front. Luka scored 13.900 for his Yurchenko double twist. Daan added another half twist and scored 14.166. Jimmy made a mistake and got 12.366.

The men then moved on to the parallel bars where Noah once again got the highest score of the team (13.866). Luka showed a clean routine for a score of 13.566 and Maxime got a 13.533. Jimmy was not far behind with 13.333. On high bar Noah impressed with his stuck triple piked dismount (13.566). Jimmy and Luka both showed clean and well controled routines, that scored 13.533 and 13.500. Daan displayed some impressive skills but fell on his first release to get 12.000.

On floor, the final apparatus, Luka was impressive with clean work and excellent landings. He scored 14.133. Jimmy went clean too and got 13.566. Daan showed a nice double double for a score of 13.433, while Noah received 12.933. 

The team, which hoped to get 245 points, scored 240.360 for the 18th place. Their ranking means they unfortunately didn't qualify a full team to the Games. This team, although experienced, is still quite young and there's room for improvement.

Russia was the best team out there with 259.928 to qualify into first, ahead of China (258.354) and Japan (258.026).

Here are the 12 teams that qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The top 8 will compete in the team final on Wednesday :
1. Russia 259.928
2. China 258.354
3. Japan 258.026
4. Ukraine  253.528
5. Great Britain 252.409
6. Switzerland 251.400
7. USA 250.359
8. Chinese Taipe 250.093
9 . South Korea  249.651
10. Brazil  247.236
11. Spain 246.727
12. Germany 246.508

All-around qualifiers:
1. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 87.333
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 86.531
3. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) 85.831
4. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) 85.731
5. Sun Wei (CHN) 84.899
6. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 84.598
7. Lee Chih Kai (TPE) 84.481
8. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 84.299

Floor qualifiers:
1. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) 15.033
2. Chaopan Lin (CHN) 14.933
3. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.900
4. Ruoteng Xiao (CHN) 14.833
5. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.733
6. Hansol Kim (KOR) 14.666
7. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) 14.633
8. Dom Cunningham (GBR) 14.600

Pommel horse qualifiers: 
1. Max Whitlock (GBR) 15.266
2. Rhys McClenaghan (IRL) 15.200
3. Chih Kai Lee (TPE) 14.966
4. Jingyuan Zou (CHN) 14.958
5. Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) 14.883
6. Yu-Jan Shiao (TPE) 14.683
7. Cyril Tommasone (FRA) 14.666
8. Kazumo Kaya (JPN) 14.633

Rings qualifiers:
1. Ibrahim Colak (TUR) 14.858
2. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) 14.700
3. Samir Ait Said (FRA) 14.700
4. Elefherios Petrounias (GRE) 14.700
5. Marco Lodadio (ITA) 14.666
6. Denis Abliazin (RUS) 14.600
7. Nick Klessing (GER) 14.566
8. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) 14.566

Vault qualifiers:
1. Hakseon Yang (KOR) 14.933
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.716
3. Wai Hung Shek (HKG) 14.666
4. Igor Radivilov (UKR) 14.666
5. Thanh Tun Le (VIE) 14.633
6. Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 14.624
7. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.616
8. Dom Cunningham (GBR) 14.566

Parallel bars qualifiers:
1. Lukas Dauser (GER) 15.033
2. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 15.033
3. Joe Fraser (GBR) 15.000
4. Ruoteng Xiao (CHN) 14.966
5. Ferhat Arican (TUR) 14.933
6. Wei Sun (CHN) 14.800
6. Onder Ahmet (TUR) 14.800
8. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) 14.800

High bar qualifiers:
1. Chia-Hung Tang (TPE) 14.933
2. Sam Mikulak (USA) 14.866
3. Tin Srbic (CRO) 14.833
4. Arthur Mariano (BRA) 14.600
5. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.433
6. Chaopan Lin (CHN) 14.433
7. Tyson Bull (AUS) 14.366
8. Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) 14.366

On Tuesday, the best 8 teams from the women's qualifications will battle for the medals at 14:30.

You can find all the results here.

dimanche 6 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: Olympic Team qualification and 3 finals for Nina!

Friday morning, the Belgian girls competed during the qualifications at the World Championships. They scored 161.238 and finished 10th. Just like in Rio in 2016, the Belgian girls team qualified for the Olympic Games as a team. 

Apart from Olympic qualifications, the qualifications for the all-around and apparatus finals were also at stake. Nina Derwael qualified for 3 of them. 

With a score of 55.441, she placed 8th but qualifies in 7th place for the all-around final that will be held on Thursday. 4th times all-around World champion Simone Biles took the lead after the qualifications ahead of her teammate Sunisa Lee. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos from France qualified in 3rd. 

Nina, the World uneven bars champion confirmed her status by qualifying in first position for the final on Saturday. She scored 15.141 out of a 6.5 D-score. Russian Daria Spiridonova (15.016) and American Sunisa Lee (15.000) are not that far behind. It will be a close battle for the medals! 

Surprisingly Nina also qualified for the floor final thanks to her excellent E-score of 8.6, the highest  one of the field on floor. The floor final will be held on Sunday. The American girls ruled the floor qualifications. Simone Biles succesfully competed her triple-double and scored 14.833. Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey both scored 14.200. Sunisa qualifies for the final because of her better execution score. 

Team qualification result:
1. United States 174.205
2. China 169.161
3. Russia 168.080
4. France 166.713
5. Canada 162.922
6. The Netherlands 162.663
7. Great Britain 161.963
8. Italy 161.931
9. Germany 161.897
10. Belgium 161.238
11. Japan 161.228
12. Spain 159.021

All-around qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 59.432
2. Sunisa Lee (USA) 57.166
3. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) 56.782
8. Nina Derwael (BEL) 55.441

Vault qualifiers :
1. Jade Carey (USA) 15.200
2. Simone Biles (USA) 15.199
3. Alexa Moreno (MEX) 14.816
4. Elissa Downie (GBR) 14.783
5. Seojeong Yeo (KOR) 14.766
6. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.683
7. Liliia Akhaimova (RUS) 14.633
8. Qi Qi (CHN) 14.599

Uneven Bars qualifiers :
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 15.141
2. Daria Spiridonova (RUS) 15.016
3. Sunisa Lee (USA) 15.000
4. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 14.800
5. Rebecca Downie (GBR)14.800
6. Liu Tingting (CHN) 14.766
7. Simone Biles (USA) 14.733
8. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.700

Beam qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 14.800
2. Li Shijia (CHN) 14.500
3. Liu Tingting (CHN) 14.300
4. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 14.266
5. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.700
6. Sarah Voss (GER) 13.600
7.Elsabeth Black (CAN) 13.533
8. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 13.500

Floor qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 14.833
2. Sunisa Lee (USA) 14.200
3. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.100
4. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.966
5. Liliia Akhaimova (RUS) 13.933
6. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 13.833
7. Roxana Popa (ESP) 13.800
8. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.600

You can find the complete results here.

Tomorrow the Belgian men will also try to qualify as a team for the Tokyo Olympics. They start at 13.00 on pommel horse. The competition can be followed live on Sporza. 

vendredi 4 octobre 2019

2019 World Championships: Solid qualification round for Team Belgium.

Friday morning, the Belgian girls competed in the qualifications at the World Championships in Stuttgart, the qualifying competition for teams and individual all-around gymnasts for Tokyo 2020. The Belgian Red Eagles were pretty solid and scored 161.238.  

Maellyse Brassart opened the competition for team Belgium, with a high piked full-in. She scored 12.766. Margaux Daveloose received 13.366  for a great routine, while Nina Derwael scored 13.600. Jade Vansteenkiste opened with a strong triple twist but unfortunaly fell on a front twist later on. Her score of 12.200 was dropped. 

On vault, all the girls but Jade showed a Yurchenko with a full twist. Nina, Senna and Maellyse scored 13.500, 13.566 and 13.600. Jade performed a Yurchenko with 1 1/2 twist and scored 14.100.

The Red Eagles came to full strenght on uneven bars. They impressed with 4 clean routines. Maellyse scored 13.133,  Margaux  did a tiny bit better with her 13.166.  Senna added a strong 13.733 to the team total. Nina did her job confidently and scored 15.141. 

On beam, Nina was the first up. She had  a few wobbles but still scored 13.200, the highest score on beam for Team Belgium. Margaux kept a cool head on beam and added 12.900 to the team total. Team captain Senna finished the job for the team, with a 12.200. 

Overall the girls were happy with their performance. They did their job and have to wait now to see if it was enough for an Olympic team qualification. 

You can follow the scores here

samedi 27 juillet 2019

EYOF 2019: 8th place for Victor Martinez in the vault final!

Today the gymnasts fought for the last medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. Victor Martinez competed in the vault final. 

Victor was the 7th gymnast to compete in the vault final. He qualified in 5th place. To fight for the medals, he had to show more difficult vaults than in qualifications. Victor and his coach Gilles Gentges decided to go for it.  Unfortunately Victor fell on his first vault and also had to put his hand down on his second vault. He scored 12.783 and finished 8th.

It was Victor's very first final at this level and he gained a lot of valuable experience.  Earlier this week he finished 12th in the all-around final.

Results Vault final men:
1. Raekwon Baptiste (GBR) 13.983
2. Robert Burtanete (ROM) 13.933
3. Gabriel Burtanete (ROM) 13.833
4. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.716
5. Sam Mostowfi (GBR) 13.433
6. Jorge Campana (ESP) 13.033
7. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.849
8. Victor Martinez (BEL) 12.783

You can find the results of the other finals below:
Result parallel bars final:
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 14.600
2. Volodymyr Kostiuk (UKR) 14.300
3. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 13.566
4. Robert Burtanete (ROU) 13.533
5. Pascal Brendel (GER) 13.266
6. Lucas Desanges (FRA) 13.033
7. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.233
8. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 11.466

Result high bar final:
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 13.366
2. Lucas Desanges (FRA) 13.233
3. Ivan Brunello (ITA) 13.200
4. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.166
5. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.900
6. Lorenzo Bonicelli (ITA) 12.800
7. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 11.733
8. Kacper Garnczarek (POL) 11.333

Result Beam final:
1. Ondine Achampong (GBR) 13.666
2. Silviana Sfiringu (ROM) 13.366
3. Clarisse Passeron (FRA) 13.000
4. Halle Hilton (GBR) 12.900
5. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 12.733
6. Micol Minotti (ITA) 12.633
7. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 12.633
8. Alizée Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 11.600

Result Floor Final women:
1. Vitkoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.066
2. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.633
3. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 13.400
4. Iana Vorona (RUS) 13.366
5. Micol Minotti (ITA) 12.933
6. Julia Birck (GER) 12.766
7. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 12.766
8. Alizée Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 12.266

vendredi 26 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: 6th and 7th place for our Belgian girls in the bars final

Today was the first day of event finals at the European Youth Olympic Festival. Jutta Verkest and Margaux Dandois both competed in the uneven bars final.

Credit : Azerbaidjan Federation
Margaux was the very first one gymnast to compete. At only 13, she showed she belonged in this final with a solid routine, comprising of a Jaeger release and a double piked dismount. She scored 12.600. Jutta was the 7th to go. She impressed in qualifications and the all-around final. With a Jaeger salto and a full twisting double tuck dismount, she scored 12.900.

Jutta placed 6th and Margaux was 7th in a final won by Russian sensation Viktoriia Listunova with 14.300. Listunova, the Juniors World Champion, won two new gold medals. She now has 4 for herself (team final, all-around final, vault and uneven bars). And she can add two more as she will compete in the beam and floor finals tomorrow.

Her teammate Irina Komnova won the silver with 13.733. The bronze went to Romania's Ioana Stanciulescu with 13.366.

Results uneven bars final:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.300
2. Irina Komnova (RUS) 13.733
3. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.366
4. Daria Murzhak (UKR) 13.033
5. Lena Bickel (SUI) 12.933
6. Jutta verkest (BEL) 12.900
7. Margaux Dandois (BEL) 12.600
8. Tatiana Levchuk (BLR) 10.166

You can find the results of the other events below:
Results floor final MAG:
1. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 14.300
2. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 14.000
3. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.966
4. Emre Dodanli (TUR) 13.766
5. Sam mostowfi (GBR) 13.766
6. Samad Mammadli (AZE) 13.733
7. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 12.800
8. Leo Saladino (FRA) 12.533

Results pommel horse final:
1. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.900
2. Samad Mammadli (AZE) 13.600
3. Volodymyr Kostiuk (UKR) 13.533
4. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.500
5. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.233
6. Lorenzo Casali (ITA) 13.100
7. Lorenzo Bonicelli (ITA) 13.100
8. Leo Saladino (FRA) 11.533

Results still rings final:
1. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.500
2. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.466
3. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.333
4. Luca Bottarelli (SUI) 13.300
5. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 13.266
6. Lorenzo Casali (ITA) 13.233
7. Mattia Piffaretti (SUI) 13.200
8. Jorge Campana (ESP) 12.966

Results vault final WAG:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.166
2. Anastasiia Motak (UKR) 14.016
3. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 13.983
4. Iana Vorona (RUS) 13.899
5. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.833
6. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 13.733
7. Lilli Habisreutinger (SUI) 13.566
8. Bilge Tarhan (TUR) 13.416

Tomorrow is the last day of finals in Baku. Victor Martinez will be in the vault final at 12:00!

jeudi 25 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: strong performances in the all-around final

The all-around finals took place today at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. Three Belgian gymnasts competed today. Recap.

Victor Martinez and Nicola Cuyle took the stage first. Victor had an excellent start on vault, scoring 13.950.  Nicola started his competition with a 12.550 on still rings. Victor then moved to parallel bars where he showed a good routine that was rewarded with a 13.300. Nicola went to vault where he scored 13.600.

In the third rotation Victor competed on high bar and scored 12.500, Nicola received 13.250 for his routine on parallel bars. Nicola moved on to the high bar then where he scored 12.200 while Victor was on floor and got rewarded with 12.500.

In the fifth rotation Victor competed on the pommel horse and Nicola on floor. Nicola showed a strong routine that scored 13.150. Victor received a 12.100 from the judges. In the final rotation Victor made an error on still rings and scored 12.350. Nicola finished strong on pommel horse with a score of 12.950.

Nicola Cuyle finished 10th with a score of 77.300. Victor Martinez ended 12th with 76.700.

Illia Kovtun from Ukraine won the gold medal (82.000). The Russians Ivan Kuliak (81.100) and Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (80.550) completed the podium.

Result all-around final men
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 82.000
2. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 81.100
3. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 80.550
4. Ivan Brunello (ITA) 80.250
5. Gabriel Burtanete (ROU) 79.300
6. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 78.95
7. Leo Saladino (FRA) 78.750
8. Mattia Piffaretti (SUI) 77.750
10. Nicola Cuyle (BEL) 77.300
12. Victor Martinez (BEL) 76.700

Jutta Verkest started her all-round final on beam. Just like yesterday she couldn't avoid a fall (11.350) She came back strong on floor with a score of 12.650 despite going out of bounds on her double pike.

On vault she performed a layout Yurchenko (12.550). She finished her competition with an excellent routine on uneven bars. She scored 13.200, her personal best.

Jutta Verkest finished on the 14th place in her all-round final with a total score of 49.750. The Junior World Champion Viktoriia Listunova from Russia won the gold medal with 56.000. Ondine Achampong from Great-Britain won the silver (52.950) and Russian Iana Vorona was third (52.550).

Result all-around final women:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 56.000
2. Ondine Achampong (GBR) 52.950
3. Iana Vorona (RUS) 52.550
4. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 52.100
5. Alizee Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 52.100
6. Micol Minotti (ITA) 51.100
7. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 50.650
8. Halle Hilton (GBR) 50.400
14. Jutta Verkest (BEL 49.750

Tomorrow  Jutta Verkest and Margaux Dandois will compete in the uneven bars final. The finals start at noon.