mardi 29 septembre 2015

MAG: Friendly meet Italy v Belgium

Our Men's National Team continues its preparation before the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow (October 23 - November 1). The next step : a friendly meet against the Italian team!

Credit: Federazione ginnastica d'Italia

This Saturday, Belgium will compete against the Italy, 13th of the last World Championships. After this competition, the definitive Worlds team will be known, as well as the alternate(s). For now, four gymnasts are on this Worlds team.

In Italy, Belgium will be represented by two teams:
Belgium 1
* Maxime Gentges (Gym Club Malmedy)
* Florian Landuyt (Sportac Deinze)
* Bram Louwije (Turnkringe Vlamertinge)
* Kristof Schroé ('t Spagaatje Hoogstraten)
* Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport)
* Siemon Volkaert  (GymMax)

Belgium 2
* Gilles Gentges (Gym Club Malmedy)
* Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport)
* Jonathan Vrolix (Olympia Houthalen)

Italy
* Alberto Busnari
* Nicola Bartolini
* Andrea Cingolani 
* Paolo Principi
* Paolo Ottavi
* Enrico Pozzo
* Tommaso De Vecchis 
* Ludovico Edalli
* Mattia Tamiazzo

The competition starts at 6pm. This is the very last test for our male gymnasts before the World Championships. The gymnasts selected to compete in Glasgow will then travel to Arques (France) for a training camp.

dimanche 27 septembre 2015

WAG: good Romanian experience for 3 juniors gymnasts from the Elite Center of Mons

This weekend, Bucharest hosts the 2015 Romanian Gymnastics Championship. Three gymnasts from the Elite Centre of Mons competed there. Find here the results !

Credit: Federatia Romana de Gimnastica

This was a great experience for Maellyse Brassart (Gym Phénix), Chloé Leblicq (La Nivelloise) and Oriane Jungers (RASG Jemelle), competing in a championship won by Romanian star Larisa Iordache. For many decades, Romania is at the top of gymnastics.


This competition was also an opportunity for Oriane, Maellyse and Chloé to compete on podium before participating in the Elite Gym Massilia (France, 20 to 22 November), an international competition that will also take place on podium. A week later, they will travel to Charleroi for the Top Gym.

In Bucharest, they also presented new routines and new elements, for the first time in competition.

Here are the results of our Belgian girls:


For full results, click here

You missed the competition and want to watch it? Click here

mercredi 23 septembre 2015

2015 Worlds - MAG team: a pre-selection has been made!

Today, the Belgian Gymnastics Federation announced a first selection for the World Championships (Glasgow, October 23-November 1). Nine gymnasts are pre-selected for these Worlds. Discover the team here!

Credit: Mathias Hikketik

Four gymnasts are on the team for now:
* Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport)
* Maxime Gentges (Gym Club Malmédy)
* Bram Louwije (Turnkring Vlamertinge)
* Florian Landuyt (Sportac Deinze)

The two remaining spots and the alternate(s) will be named after the friendly meet in Italy (October 3). Five gymnasts are in contention for those last two spots:
* Kristof Schroé ('t Spagaatje Hoogstraten)
* Gilles Gentges (Gym Club Malmédy)
* Jonathan Vrolix (Olympia Houthalen)
* Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport)
* Siemon Volkaert (GymMax)

19th at last year's World Championships, Belgium sets the bar even higher in 2015, aiming to reach the top 16 and a qualification for the Test Event (April 2016). And with the latest results, especially at the friendly meet against the Netherlands and Italy, anything is possible! Gilles Gentges: "If you look at the result of the last competition, we placed between the Netherlands and Italy. Italy has already competed in three Olympic Games as a team, they are in the top 8. The Netherlands have the same goal as Belgium, they are currently building a strong team, and want to qualify for the Olympics. If you look at the results of Belgium, it is true that there is a progression compared to last year by four points, that's something. Now, we must also take into account that the other teams have certainly progressed too. I think we need every tenth we can get to reach the top 16."

And do not forget that this is the first time the men's team qualified for a pre- Olympic World Championships. The contract is somehow already filled, but the gymnasts want to go even further. Jimmy Verbaeys: "It is a little stressful, but it motivates us. These Championships will be very important for us, for our future, I hope it will be alright. It was a good competition against the Netherlands and Italy. We will try not to think about the individual results and focus on the team. We will do our meet and we'll see where the team ends. The top 16 is the most important."

The Belgian team will have a lot to do in Glasgow, where the boys will begin on still rings, in the same subdivision as China and Japan, big nations of gymnastics, as highlighted by Maxime Gentges: "Worlds are like a reward because we train every day, twice a day, and finally work pays off. This is a special competition, we compete against gymnasts and nations we don't usually meet. We will be in the same group as Kohei Uchimura and Japan. It is like a dream, these are great experiences."

What's next for our boys? They will travel to Italy for a friendly meet (October 3). The gymnasts that are selected to compete at Worlds will then go to Arques (France) for a last training camp before Glasgow.

2015 Worlds: here is your Women's team!

A month before the start of the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow (October 23 - November 1), the Belgian Gymnastics Federation announced its Men and Women's team. Let's start with the girls!

Credit: Mathias Hikketik

The team is composed by:
* Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth)
* Lisa Verchueren (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas)
* Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht)
* Cindy Vandenhole (Vaste Vuist Lauwe)
* Laura Waem (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas)
* Julie Croket (GymMax)

Alternates:
* Jelle Beullens (De Gympies Keerbergen)
* Dorien Motten (Turnkring Bilzen)

There was a big uncertainty regarding Julie Croket's participation. Ten days ago, she got injured during the friendly meet against teams from Sweden and Austria. On crutches today, Croket still made the cut. Yves Kieffer, the national coach: "I wanted to let Julie in the selection for now, although she has a sprained ankle, because she made an excellent preparation. She returned almost at her best level. Now, the challenge for Julie is to recover in time, knowing that we can replace her last minute. Everything will depend on the timing, how it will go. Even if she does not compete in Italy (October 10), if she can train normally the day we leave for Glasgow, she will go. She has enough experience for that. If we see that ultimately, it's too short, we won't take any risks. Dorien and Jelle are preparing for a case like this."

Slightly injured too, Laura Waem is also on the team. "Laura is very competitive on bars and beam. Floor and vault always are her weaknesses. With the injury that she just had, she won't compete in the all around, but on two or three events."

First year senior Cindy Vandenhole is ready for her first Worlds: "I'm glad, this will be my first World Championship. The meet in Mouscron was pretty good for me, except on beam. In Glasgow, I'll give my best for the team and then we'll see."

Remember that these World Championships are qualifying for the Olympic Games (top 8) and the Test Event (places 9 to 16). "The goal as a team is to stay in the top 16", said Yves Kieffer. "We are 11th and if we make a good competition, there will be no problems. Then our goal is to go to the Test Event and the Olympic Games as a team. Individually, we hope to have two gymnasts in the all around final. There are three gymnasts that could do it: Gaelle Mys, Lisa Verchueren and Rune Hermans."

If Belgium qualifies for the Test Event, new seniors, including Axelle Klinckaert and Nina Derwael, could help the team. "Axelle and Nina will arrive with a very high level. The Juniors ranks are important but there is a step you need to pass to become a good senior. At this year's European Youth Olympic Festival, Axelle presented a basic program, it was the minimum she could do. And she's training on much more difficult skills. We know that if we qualify as a team to the Olympic Games, we can reach apparatuses finals, and in final, those are very open, everything is possible. And we'll have nothing to loose."

And Belgium won't go in Rio as a figurant: "If we go as a team to the Games, I hope and think we'll go for something, we will reach finals, we will not go only to be happy to be in the Olympics."

What's next for our girls? They will travel to Italy for a friendly meet (October 10). They will then go to Arques (France) for a last training camp before Glasgow.

dimanche 20 septembre 2015

Friendly meet NED v BEL v ITA: silver for team Belgium and Jimmy Verbaeys

This Saturday afternoon, our men's team was in the Netherlands for a friendly meet against the Dutch and Italian teams. With 338.150, Belgium won a silver medal!

Credit: ffgym.be


There were good things and not so much good things for our team composed by Maxime Gentges (GC Malmedy), Gilles Gentges (GC Malmedy), Thibaut Hoffreumon (La Courtoise), Florian Landuyt (GymFed), Bram Louwije (GymFed), Kristof Schroé (GymFed), Thomas Neuteleers (GymFed), Jimmy Verbaeys (GymFed) et Jonathan Vrolix (GymFed). There is room for improvement and for stability as they had some falls and mistakes. But they also showed very good things: for instance, a 15.250 by Jimmy Verbaeys on parallel bars! 

Jimmy Verbaeys who took silver in the all around competition with 86.500, a competition won by Dutch gymnast Bart Deurloo (87.800). This result is very encouraging for Jimmy and the Belgian team. With its score of 338.150, Belgium had its best result in this kind of competition. As an comparison, the boys would have placed 16th at last year's World Championships with this result.

Obviously, this doesn't mean anything as for today, but this is very promising, just a month away from this year's Worlds (Glasgow, October 23-November 1).

Other big news, the gymnasts that will represent Belgium in Glasgow will be named on September 23rd! Those who make the cut will then travel to Italy for friendly meets (October 3 for the Men, October 10 for the Women). They will then pursue their preperation in Arques (France).  


Here are the results
Team results:
1. The Netherlands 347.850 
2. Belgium 338.150 
3. Italy 330.750 

All around results:
1. Bart Deurloo (NED) 87.800
2. Jimmy Verbaeys (BEL) 86.500
3. Casimir Schmidt (NED) 86.200
...
7. Maxime Gentges (BEL) 83.650
8. Florian Landuyt (BEL) 83.550
10. Bram Louwije (BEL) 82.200
17. Thibaut Hoffreumon (BEL) 79.450
18. Gilles Gentges (BEL) 78.850
...
Kristof Schroé (BEL) 53.550 (4 events)
Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 50.500 (4 events)
Thomas Neuteleers (BEL) 39.800 (3 events)

samedi 19 septembre 2015

Osijek Grand Prix: 4th place for Donna-Donny Truyens on pommel horse final!

Three Belgian gymnasts competed this week at the 2015 Osijek Grand Prix (Croatia): Dennis Goossens (Kerels Waasmunster), Siemon Volkaert (GymMax) and Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport).
Credit: Gymfed.be
And Donna-Donny Truyens reached the final on pommel horse! In qualifications, he ranked 4th. And it is once again in 4th place that he finished his competition today. With 14.500 points, he finished right off the podium. Great britain's Louis Smith, a pommel horse specialist, just like Donna-Donny, won gold.

Watch here Donna-Donny Truyens routine!



Complete EF results
WAG
Vault:
1. Paula MEJIAS RODRIGUEZ (PUR) 14.125
2. Dévai BOGLARKA (HUN) 14.088
3. Franchesca SANTI (CHI) 13.988
4. Nancy Mohamed TAMAN (EGY) 13.763
5. Valerija GRISANE (LAT) 13.525
5. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUB) 13.525
7. Ana ĐEREK (CRO) 13.475
8. Teja BELAK (SLO) 13.338
Uneven bars:
1. Ruby HARROLD (GBR) 14.125
2. Annika URVIKKO (FIN) 13.275
3. Thauany Lee DE ARAUJO (BRA) 13.175
4. Arianna ORREGO (PER) 13.025
5. Barbara MOKOSOVA (SVK) 12.150
6. Simona Lazo CASTRO (CHI) 12.025
7. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUG) 11.775
8. Teja BELAK (SLO) 11.375

Balance beam:
1. Jade BARBOSA (BRA) 14.225
2. Dorina BOCZOGO (HUN) 13.575
3. Isabella AMADO MEDRANO (PAN) 13.450
4. Rebecca TUNNEY (GBR) 13.200
5. Tjasa KYSSELEF (SLO) 13.125
6. Arianna ORREGO (PER) 12.600
7. Kim HONTI (HUN) 12.500
8. Thauany LEE DE ARAUJO (BRA) 12.375

Floor exercise:
1. Paula MEJIAS RODRIGUEZ (PUR) 13.550
2. Tunde CSILLAG (HUN) 13.300
2. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUB) 13.300
4. Simona CASTRO LAZO (CHI) 13.125
5. Tjasa KYSSELEF (SLO) 12.775
5. Ana DEREK (CRO) 12.775
7. Dorina BOCZOGO (HUN) 12.700

8. Tutya YILMAZ (TUR) 10.950
MAG
Floor exercise:
1. Artem DOLGOPYAT (ISR) 14.800
2. Ziga SILC (SLO) 14.775
3. Daniel CORRAL (MEX) 14.725
4. Alexander SHATILOV (ISR) 14.675
5. Mikhai KOUDINOV (NZL) 14.400
6.  Tomas KUZMICKAS (LTU) 13.825
6. Jorge VEGA LOPEZ (GUA) 13.825
8. Hoshino RIKII (JPN) 12.325
Pommel horse:
1. Louis SMITH (GBR) 15.550
2. Robert SELIGMAN (CRO) 14.850
3. Andrii SIENICHKIN (UKR) 14.700
4. Donna-Donny TRUYENS (BEL) 14.500
5. Slavomir MICHNAK (SVK) 14.300
6. Leonardo KUSAN (CRO) 14.075
7. Oleg VERNIAIEV (UKR) 13.650
8. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 13.125

Still rings:
1. Arthur ZANETTI (BRA) 15.750
2. Igor RADIVILOV (UKR) 15.425
3. Courtney TULLOCH (GBR) 15.275
4. Ibrahim COLAK (TUR) 14.975
5. Ali ZAHRAN (EGY) 14.725
6. Manrique LARDUET (CUB) 14.675
7. Lucas DE SOUZA BITENCOURT (BRA) 14.500

8. Daniel CORRAL (MEX) 13.750

Vault:
1. Igor RADIVILOV (UKR) 15.275
2. Wataru TANIGAWA (JPN) 15.175
3. Tomi TUUHA (FIN) 14.863
4. Keisuke OGURA (JPN) 14.738
5. Manrique LARDUET (CUB) 14.713
6. Dominick CUNNINGHAM (GBR) 14.563
7. Caio CAMPOS SOUZA (BRA) 14.375

8. Jorge VEGA LOPEZ (GUA) 14.250
Parallel bars:
1. Oleg VERNIAIEV (UKR) 16.050
2. Ferhat ARICAN (TUR) 15.250
3. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 15.225
4. Caio CAMPOS SOUZA (BRA) 15.150
5. Ashley WATSON (GBR) 15.075
6. Kenta CHIBA (JPN) 14.425
7. Ahmet ONDER (TUR) 14.000
8. Alen DIMIC (SLO) 12.975

Horizontal bar:
1. Arthur OYAKAWA MARIANO (BRA) 14.975
2. Nicolas CORDOBA (ARG) 14.950
3. Caio CAMPOS SOUZA (BRA) 14.850
4. Marijo MOZNIK (CRO) 14.475
5. Ashley WATSON (GBR) 14.350
6. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 14.175
7. Alexander SHATILOV (ISR) 13.500

8. David VECSERNYES (HUN) 12.175

vendredi 18 septembre 2015

Osijek Grand Prix: pommel horse final for Donna-Donny Truyens!

From September 17th to 20th, Osijek (Croatia) hosts is annual Grand Prix. Qualifications are over. Find out how our Belgian gymnasts did! 


Credit: gymfed.be

Three Belgian gymnasts competed in qualifications: Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport - pommel horse), Siemon Volkaert (GymMax - floor exercise, pommel horse and vault) and Dennis Goossens (Kerels Waasmunster - still rings).

Yestrday, with 14.900 Donna-Donny qualified in 4th place for the pommel horse final that will took place on Saturday. Siemon and Dennis were less fortunate. Siemon placed 18th on floor exercise and 26th on pommel horse, not high enough to reach the final (top 8).

Today, he also competed on vault. Unfortunately, he only did one of his two vaults. We hope he didn't get injured, an injury that would hurt team Belgium just one month away from the World Championships in Glagow.

Dennis Goossens ranked 14th on still rings in qualifications. Not enough to reach the final. 

There was no livestream but we'll post videos of our gymnasts' routine as soon as (if) we find them! 

Here are the qualifiers:
WAG
Vault:
1. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUB) 14.925
2. Teja BELAK (SLO) 14.225
3. Franchesca SANTI (CHI) 14.175
4. Paula Andre MEIJAS RODRIGUEZ (PUR) 14.025
5. Ana ĐEREK (CRO) 13.950
6. Nancy Mohamed TAMAN (EGY) 13.875
7. Valerija GRISANE (LAT) 13.550
8. Dévai BOGLARKA (HUN) 13.425



Uneven bars:
1. Ruby HARROLD (GBR) 14.200
2. Annika URVIKKO (FIN) 13.500
3. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUG) 13.250
4. Teja BELAK (SLO) 13.050
4. Simona Lazo CASTRO (CHI) 13.050
6. Barbara MOKOSOVA (SVK) 13.000
7. Arianna ORREGO (PER) 12.950
8. Thauany Lee DE ARAUJO (BRA) 12.700


Balance beam:
1. Jade BARBOSA (BRA) 14.350
2. Rebecca TUNNEY (GBR) 13.800
3. Isabella AMADO MEDRANO (PAN) 13.600
3. Thauany Lee DE ARAUJO (BRA) 13.600
5. Dorina BOCZOGO (HUN) 13.500
6. Arianna ORREGO (PER) 13.150
7. Tjasa KYSSELEF (SLO) 12.700
8. Kim HONTI (HUN) 12.650


Floor exercise:
1. Dorina BOCZOGO (HUN) 14.000
2. Tunde CSILLAG (HUN) 13.450
3. Paula MEJIAS RODRIGUEZ (PUR) 13.450
4. Marcia VIDIAUX (CUB) 13.200
5. Ana DEREK (CRO) 13.050
6. Tutya YILMAZ (TUR) 12.950
7. Simona CASTRO LAZO (CHI) 12.700
8. Barbora MOKOSOVA (SVK) 12.650


MAG
Floor exercise:
1. Hoshino RIKII (JPN) 15.250
2. Ziga SILC (SLO) 15.050
3. Tomas KUZMICKAS (LTU) 14.850
4. Daniel CORRAL (MEX) 14.800
5. Artem DOLGOPYAT (ISR) 14.700
6. Alexander SHATILOV (ISR) 14.700
7. Mikhai KOUDINOV (NZL) 14.600
8. Jorge VEGA LOPEZ (GUA) 14.600
...
18. Siemon VOLKAERT (BEL) 14.250


Pommel horse:
1. Louis SMITH (GBR) 15.500
2. Andrii SIENICHKIN (UKR) 14.900
3. Robert SELIGMAN (CRO) 14.900
4. Donna-Donny TRUYENS (BEL) 14.900
5. Oleg VERNIAIEV (UKR) 14.900
6. Leonardo KUSAN (CRO) 14.750
7. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 14.600
8. Slavomir MICHNAK (SVK) 14.500
...
26. Siemon VOLKAERT (BEL) 12.850


Still rings:
1. Arthur ZANETTI (BRA) 15.800
2. Ibrahim COLAK (TUR) 15.250
3. Ali ZAHRAN (EGY) 15.000
4. Manrique LARDUET (CUB) 15.000
5. Courtney TULLOCH (GBR) 15.000
6. Igor RADIVILOV (UKR) 14.950
7. Lucas DE SOUZA BITENCOURT (BRA) 14.850
8. Daniel CORRAL (MEX) 14.600
...
14. Dennis GOOSSENS (BEL) 13.950


Vault:
1. Manrique LARDUET (CUB) 15.275
2. Keiuke OGURA (JPN) 15.075
3. Dominic CUNNINGHAM (GBR) 14.875
4. Igor RADILOV (UKR) 14.750
5. Wataru TANIGAWA (JPN) 14.725
6. Tomi TUUHA (FIN) 14.600
7. Jorge VEGA LOPEZ (GUA) 14.525
8. Caio CAMPOS SOUZA (BRA) 14.450
...
32. Siemon VOLKAERT (BEL) 6.550 (one vault)


Parallel bars:
1. Ashley WATSON (GBR) 15.050
2. Caio CAMPOS SOUZA (BRA) 15.000
3. Kenta CHIBA (JPN) 14.950
4. Ferhat ARICAN (TUR) 14.600
5. Ahmet ONDER (TUR) 14.600
6. Alen DIMIC (SLO) 14.400
7. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 14.400
8. Oleg VERNIAIEV (UKR) 14.400


Horizontal bar:

1. Hidetaka MIYACHI (JPN) 15.000
2. Caio CAMPOS SUOZA (BRA) 14.500
3. Arthur OYAKAWA MARIANO (BRA) 14.500
4. Marijo MOŽNIK (CRO) 14.400
5. Alexander SHATILOV (ISR) 14.400
6. Ashley WATSON (GBR) 14.400
7. David VECSERNYES (HUN) 14.250
8. Nicolas CORDOBA (ARG) 14.250

Romanian Championships: four Belgian gymnasts set to compete in Bucharest!

Next week (September 25-27), Bucharest will host the Romanian national championship, an important competition for the Romanian gymnasts, as the team for this year's World Championships (Glasgow, October 23-November 1) will be announced after this national competition. But that's not all: four junior gymnasts from the Elite Centre of Mons will compete in Bucharest!

Credit: gymrom.re


Maellyse Brassart (Gym Phénix), Chloé Leblicq (La Nivelloise), Oriane Jungers (RASG Jemelle) and Vanina Vallée (Club Boussu Gym) will travel to Romania next week. The Romanian championship is a great experience for the junior gymnasts, as they will have the chance to compete alongside Romanian and World stars Larisa Iordache, Diana Bulimar and Catalina Ponor.

Our Belgians will start the competition on the uneven bars with Romanian gymnasts from Dinamo Bucharest.

Credit: gymyom.ro

We will keep you posted on the results!

jeudi 17 septembre 2015

Osijek Grand Prix: qualifications start today!

Three Belgian gymnasts are in Croatia for the 2015 Osijek Grand Prix!

Credit: osijekgym.com


Today Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport) and Siemon Volkaert (GymMax) will compete at the 2015 Osijek Grand Prix! Qualifications start at 2pm.

Donna-Donny will compete on pommel horse and Siemon will try to qualify for finals on floor exercise and pommel horse.

Tomorrow, Dennis Goossens (Kerels Waasmunster) will compete on still rings while Siemon will also try to qualify for the vault final. In order to reach the finals, our gymnasts will have to be in the top 8.

We wish them good luck!

dimanche 13 septembre 2015

Friendly meet BEL v SWE v AUT: gold for Team Belgium and Gaelle Mys!

This Sunday, Belgium welcomed the teams from Sweden and Austria in a friendly meet, a competition that served as a preperation for the upcoming World Championships (Glasgow, October 23 - November 1)! Remember that these World Championships will be very important for our gymnasts as they continue their Road To Rio!

Our Delhaize Top Team has dominated the meet, despite some mistakes, especially on beam (5 falls). Our Belgian gymnasts started their competition on floor exercise, where they showed a lot of control and expressivity. Julie Croket ( GymMax ) is the only one who made a mistake, when she put her hands down at the end of her last tumbling pass, a double piked. Jelle Beullens (De Gympies Keerbergen) also went out of bounds on her first tumbling pass but was clean otherwise.

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Belgium had its best apparatus result on vault, showing four very clean full twisting yurchenkos. Warm up didn't go so well as Julie Croket got injured. After a ba landing, she seemed to have inkured her ankle. We do not yet know the extend of her injury but we hope that Julie will recover quickly.

Credit: spotlightgymnastics.tumblr.com

On uneven bars, Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth) delivered a good performance, followed by Lisa Verschueren (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas) and Cindy Vandenhole (Vaste Vuist Lauwe), who got 13,600 and 13,700 respectively, to earn the top marks for Belgium on this apparatus! Note that Laura Waem made ​​her return to competition after her ankle surgery earlier this year. She is currently recovering and has therefore only presented a simplified bars set (no dismount).

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Credit: Florence Lestienne

In front of its homecrowd, Belgium was eager to finish the meet in style on balance beam. Unfortunately, Lisa Verschueren, Cindy Vandenhole and Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht) fell. Gaelle Mys then showed all her control on this apparatus that she loves. She also gets the best score of the entire competition, with a 14,200. Jelle Beullens was the last on balance beam with a flawless performance.

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Despite 6 falls, Belgium won the team competition ahead of Sweden and Austria. In the all-around, Gaelle Mys won gold ahead of teammate Rune Hermans and Swedish Emma Larsson.

Team Results:

1. Belgium 211.549
2. Sweden 202.466
3. Austria 191.581

AA results:
1. Gaelle Mys (Belgium) 54.400
2. Rune Hermans (Belgium) 52.783
3. Emma Larsson (Sweden) 52.033

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Credit: Florence Lestienne

Credit: Florence Lestienne

There were mistakes today, but this meet was a good test for our Belgian team against teams who will also be in Glasgow next month. Let's hope that Julie Croket will recover in time and that Laura Waem and Jelle Beullens, injured earlier this year, will be at 100%. Go Team Belgium!

mardi 1 septembre 2015

First tests for our gymnasts!

The World Gymnastics Championships are fast approaching (Glasgow, October 23-November 1)! Competitions tests have therefore started for both our boys and our girls.

Credit: Liesbeth Coremans

The men's team had its first test on August 26. As a preparation for Worlds, the boys will travel to the Netherlands for a friendly meet with the Dutch team and the Italian team (September 19). In addition to that, Siemon Volkaert (GymMax), Dennis Goossens (Kerels Waasmunster) and Donna-Donny Truyens (Blauwput Omnisport) will go to the World Challenge Cup in Osijek (September 17-20).

The women's team had its first competition test on August 28. This test was used to make sure everything is ready for the World Championships. Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth), Laura Waem (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas), Lisa Verschueren (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas), Julie Croket (GymMAX), Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht), Cindy Vandenhole (Vaste Vuist Lauwe) and Jelle Beullens (De Gympies Keerbergen) competed there.

With gymnasts Hélia Hocquet (Gym Passion Herseaux) and Adélia Galofaro (Club Boussu Gym), the Belgian team will host a friendly meet against the Swedish and the Austrian teams on September 13 in Mouscron. After this meet, the World Gymnastics team will be named.

Do not miss this event! More info here.

If you want to see the photos taken by the talented Liesbeth Coremans of our female gymnasts during the test, it's right this way!