Top Gym 2015: Belgium shines in finals!

Yesterday, Belgium shone at the 2015 Top Gym to end what was one of the best edition of the competition so far. The Belgian Juniors won 6 medals in finals.

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One of my favourite things at the Top Gym is the team competition. The concept is simple : to pair together two countries which will compete together. This year, Russia and the Netherlands won gold. Belgium won two more medals as Belgium 1 (Senna Deriks and Axelle Klinckaert) and South Africa, as well as Belgium 2 (Maellyse Brassart and Julie Meyers) with Spain, won silver and bronze. France, paired together with Gymnos Charleroi, came in 4th.

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In apparatuses finals, Belgium once again showed how great the Juniors are as Axelle Klinckaert (GymMax) won two gold medals and Senna Deriks (Gymgroep AS) won one silver and one bronze.

On vault, Axelle performed a Yurchenko full twist and a front handspring piked somersault with half turn. She scored 14.266. In 2nd and 3rd place were the two Russians, Angelina Simakova (14.150) and Uliana Perebinosova (13.900).

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For many years now, France is known for its bars work and the team proved it once again in Charleroi by placing its two gymnasts on the podium. Alison Lepin won gold Alison Lepin (14.466) and Oréane Lechenault (14.366) won the bronze medal. Between the two French is Belgium's Senna Deriks. She won silver with a very good routine to earn 14.433. She performed a Weiler with half turn, a sky-high Shaposhnikova and a Tkatchev release.

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Balance beam was an issue for the gymnasts. Stress and maybe some fatigue were in the line when it came to beam and we could see a lot of falls. On the contrary, Russian gymnast Angelina Simakova was confident and performed a stellar routine to win the gold medal with 14.100. Oréane Lechenault of France won a second medal, silver this time (12.750), ahead of Senna Deriks, 3rd, with 12.600.

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Floor exercise was definitely a showdown for the audience with impressive tumblings and beautiful choreography. Now famous among the fans, Axelle Klinckaert's routine was the highlight of the competition. She won the gold by presenting a double layout, a full twisting double back, a double pike and a double tuck to score 14.300. Axelle always shows a lot of expressiveness  with this routine. Silver and gold went to Russia, who was one of the winners at this year's Top Gym (2 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronzes). Angelina Simakova (14.250) placed 2nd and Uliana Perebinosova (13.700) was 3rd.

I really loved Simakova's routine : 

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This year's Top Gym was a success, despite the fact a lot of teams withdrew. The ones who were there put up a show and we'll see some of those gymnasts again in the future. Starting by Belgian Juniors, who got the best result ever achieved by Belgium at the Top Gym so far. 

In addition to Axelle and Senna's performances, Maellyse Brassart (Gym Phénix) and Julie Meyers (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw) were great too. They didn't win medals but they showed what they were capable of (and I'm sure they can do even better). Maellyse placed 5th on vault, 8th on bars, 12th on beam and 8th on floor. Julie ranked 7th on bars and 9th on beam.

The next competition will be the Tournoi International du Pas-de-Calais (December 11-12).

Watch the videos here
Pictures here and here

Full results here


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