jeudi 9 juillet 2015

Gymnast's profile - Donna-Donny Truyens

Alright! After we get to see all the Juniors gymnasts, let's now move on to the Seniors ones.  

Let's start with team's veteran, Donna-Donny Truyens!

Credit: Belga





Date of birth: 31/03/1989 (26)
Club: Blaumput Omnisport - Topsportcentrum Ghent
Favourite event : pommel horse













Donna-Donny Truyens has a long resume! He has been a member of the national team for almost 10 years (2006) and his favourite event is the pommel horse. He is, in fact, a true specialist on this event and has won multiple medals at international events. 

He made his debut with the Belgian team at the 2006 European Junior Championships in Volos (Greece). He ended up in 5th place in the pommel horse final.  

He became a Senior in 2007 et won a silver medal at the World Cup in Ostrava, in Czech Republic. He won his first major title in 2008, at the Szombathely World Cup, Hungary. The next year, he added three medals to his collection, two golds in Cottbus and Maribor and a bronze in Montreal.  

Credit: ueg.org


Despite very good results at World Cups events, he still hasn't win a medal at a World or European Championships, even if he reached multiple finals: 2007 (EC Amsterdam, 5th), 2008, (EC Lausanne, 6th), 2009 (EC Milan, 6th), 2010 (WC Rotterdam, 7th), 2012 (EC Montpellier, 8th) and 2013 (EC Moscow, 6th).

He was also a member of the national team that finished in 11th place at last year's European Championships in Sofia (Bulgaria). Truyens also competed in two Universiade, 2009 and 2011, and won silver on both events. 


This year, he won a silver medal at the Cottbus World Challenge Cup. Here is his routine: 


At this year's World Championships in Glasgow, team Belgium will try to earn a spot for the Test Event and the Olympic Games.

Complete results:
2015 - World Challenge Cup (Cottbus): 2nd (pommel horse)
2014 - European Championships (Sofia): 11th (team), 11h (pommel horse)
2013 - World Challenge Cup (Cottbus): 1st (pommel horse)
2013 - European Championships (Moscow): 6th (pommel horse)
2013 - World Championships (Antwerp): 15th (pommel horse)
2013 - World Challenge Cup (Osijek): 2nd (pommel horse)
2012 - World Challenge Cup (Ostrava): 2nd (pommel horse)
2012 - World Challenge Cup (Osijek): 2nd (pommel horse)
2012 - European Championships (Montpellier): 14th (team), 8th (pommel horse)
2011 - Summer Universiade (Shenzhen): 2nd (pommel horse)
2011 - European Championships (Berlin): 40th (pommel horse)
2011 - World Championships (Tokyo): 10th (pommel horse)
2010 - World Championships (Rotterdam): 7th (pommel horse), 28th (team)
2010 - World Cup (Ostrava): 2nd (pommel horse)
2010 - World Cup (Maribor): 2nd (pommel horse)
2010 - European Championships (Birmingham): 13th (pommel horse)
2010 - Gymfinales (Charleroi): 2nd (pommel horse), 13th (team)
2010 - World Cup (Stuttgart): 3rd (pommel horse)
2009 - Summer Universiade (Belgrade): 2nd (pommel horse)
2009 - Gymfinales (Ghent): 1st (pommel horse)
2009 - World Cup (Maribor): 1st (pommel horse)
2009 - European Championships (Milan): 6th (pommel horse)
2009 - World Cup (Cottbus): 1st (pommel horse)
2009 - World Cup (Montreal): 3rd (pommel horse)
2008 - European Championships (Lausanne): 6th (pommel horse)
2008 - World Cup (Szombathely): 1st (pommel horse)
2008 - World Cup (Barcelona): 3rd (pommel horse)
2008 - Gymfinales (Ghent): 1st (pommel horse)
2007 - World Cup (Ostrava): 2nd (pommel horse)
2007 - European Championships (Amsterdam): 5th (pommel horse)
2006 - European Junior Championships (Volos): 5th (pommel horse)

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