lundi 21 mars 2016

DTB-Pokal Team Challenge: first real test for our Men's team

This weekend, Stuggart hosted countries from all around the World for both the DTB-Pokal Team Challenge and the Stuttgart World Cup! Belgium sent two teams as a preparation for the Olympic Test Event that will be held next month in Rio. Here are the results!

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
The Road to Rio continues for both our National Teams. The 2016 DTB-Pokal Team Challenge was the first real test for Belgium Men's team but it was also a decisive competition for three Belgian gymnasts: at the end of the qualification round, the first three Belgian gymnasts in the all-around would automatically qualify for the Test Event team. And those spots were assigned to Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport), Maxime Gentges (Gym Club Malmédy) and Daan Kenis (Turnclub De Eik Lommel). 

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
As a team, along with Bram Louwije (Turnkring Vlamertinge), they ranked 10th in qualification, with 251.150. Gilles Gentges (Gym Club Malmédy), Thibault Hoffreumon (La Courtoise), Jonas Baert (Turnkring Kerels Waasmunster vzw) and Luka Van den Keybus (Gymteam Sint-Niklaas) composed the second team. They ranked 16th (234.000).

There were good and less good things, with some falls here and there, but this competition was the first out of three for the Men's gymnasts. The last three spot for the Test Event, as well as the alternate spot, will be assigned around April 8th, after the last two tests that will take place in Malmédy on March 29th and April 6th.

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
Belgian all-around standings:
1. Jimmy Verbaeys 84.600
2. Maxime Gentges 83.250
3. Daan Kenis 82.700
4. Bram Louwije 80.600
5. Gilles Gentges 78.650
6. Luka Van den Keybus 77.550
7. Jonas Baert 75.100
8. Thibault Hoffreumon 71.200

Team results here

A big thank you to Mathias Hikketik for the pictires. You'll find more of them on the blog's Facebook page

lundi 14 mars 2016

DTB-Pokal Team Challenge: all you need to know!

The Road To Rio continues for our Men's team. This weekend, 8 gymnasts will compete at the DTB-Pokal Team Challenge in Germany. Here are all the infos!

Credit: German Federation
This weekend, Belgium will send 2 teams of 4 gymnasts. Here are the names of the gymnasts that will be sent to Stuttgart: Maxime Gentges (GC Malmédy), Gilles Gentges (GC Malmédy), Thibault Hoffreumon (La Courtoise), Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport), Daan Kenis (Turnkring De Eik Lommel), Bram Louwije (Turnkring Vlamertinge), Jonas Baert (TK Kerels Waasmunsters) and Luka Van den Keybus (Gymteam Sint-Niklaas).

Competition format
A team can count up to 5 gymnasts. There will be a qualification round and the top 6 teams advance to the team final. In qualifications, 4 gymnasts compete on each apparatus and the 3 highest scores are taken into account for the team total (5-4-3 format). In final, 2 gymnasts compete on each apparatus and the 2 scores count for the team total (5-2-2 format).

Friday 18 March - 10:00-11:30: Subdivision 1 (6 teams)
                              13:15 - 16:00: Subdivision 2 (12 teams)
Saturday 19 March - 15:45 - 18:00: team final (6 bests teams from the qualification rounds)

This competition is very important for our Men's team as the best 3 all-arounders will make the team that will be sent to the Olympic Test Event!

I'm looking for a livestream link at the moment. I'll keep you posted. Sadly, I'll be in Italy for the Jesolo Trophy but I'll post a report and all the results/videos I can find!

Good luck boys!

lundi 7 mars 2016

Gymnix 2016: 4 medals in event finals for Team Belgium!

On Sunday, the event finals took place at the International Gymnix. Belgium was well represented and had strong chances of winning medals. And the girls delivered, with two titles and two silver medals !

Credit: GymFed
6 Belgian gymnasts competed in final: Axelle Klinckaert (GymMax), Senna Deriks (Gymgroep AS), Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth), Julie Meyers (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw), Laura Waem (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas) and Nina Derwael (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw).

During the team and all-around competitions, Nina Derwael fell on bars. But in final, it was a different story! Nina presented a Stalder full, a Bhardwaj (pak salto with full turn), a Ricna (stalder to straddle Tkatchev) and full-in dismount. For this routine, Nina got the beautiful score of 14.375 and first place!

Senna Deriks took silver with a beautiful series including a Tkachev, bars transitions and a full-in dismount. She got 14.175. Laura Waem finished just out of the podium. She even has been virtually in 3rd place before Senna Deriks' score changed. Laura ranked 4th with a routine including a Weiler with half turn, a full turn to Tkachev and a full-in dismount (14.000).

Credit: GymFed
Results uneven bars:
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 14.375
2. Senna Deriks (BEL) 14.175
3. Isabela Onyshko (CAN) 14.1
4. Kirsten Polderman (NED) 14.0
4. Laura Waem (BEL) 14.0
6. Nagi Kajita (JPN) 13.75
7. Sae Miyakawa (JPN) 13.275
8. Victoria-Kayen Woo (CAN) 13.275

Gaelle Mys and Nina Derwael represented Belgium on balance beam. Gaelle finished in 5th place with 13.675 : Switch ring, Onodi, back handspring back handspring layout step out, double pike dismount.

Nina Derwael shone once again and won another medal, silver this time, with a score of 13.975! She performed a switch leap to ring leap, a front aerial to sheep jump, a side somi, back handspring back handspring layout step out, free walkover and a Steingruber dismount.

Credit: GymFed
Results balance beam:
1. Mexi Semple (CAN) 14.125
2. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.975
3. Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) 13.875
3. Nagi Kajita (JPN) 13.875
5. Gaelle Mys (BEL) 13.675
6. Isabela Onyshko (CAN) 13.475
7. Yuna Hiraywa (JPN) 13.325
8. Rose-Kaying Woo (CAN) 13.200

The competition ends with the floor exercise final, where Julie Meyers and Axelle Klinckaert will compete. Julie had some troubles on her landings, as she stepped out of bounds twice. She got 12.325 and finished in 7th place.

Axelle, known for her original routine, is the last gymnast to go on floor. She performed a double layout, a tucked full-in, a double tuck and a double pike to finish. She scored 14.250 and won the gold!

Credit: GymFed
Results floor exercise:
1. Axelle Klinckaert (BEL) 14.275
2. Isabela Onyshko (CAN) 14.250
3. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 13.975
4. Eythora Thorsdottir (NED) 13.925
5. Audrey Rousseau (CAN) 13.850
6. Nagi Kajita (JPN) 13.500
7. Julie Meyers (BEL) 12.325
8. Yuna Hiraiwa (JPN) 11.000

After the team gold and silver in the all-around for Axelle Klinckaert, Belgium adds four more medals to its collection: two titles for Nina on bars and Axelle on floor, and two silver medals for Senna on bars and Nina on beam! And let's not forget the great performances of Laura, Gaelle and Julie in finals.

The girls continue in a very beautiful way their preparation for the Olympic Test Event, where Belgium will send 6 gymnasts. The next step will be the friendly meet against Romania and Germany on April 3rd.

Complete results here

dimanche 6 mars 2016

The preparation continues for Team Belgium

Busy busy weekend for our Juniors and Seniors teams as they prepare for the European Championships and the Olympic Test Event. 


Let's start with the amazing performance of Maxime Gentges (Gym Club Malmedy) at the Austrian Team Open in Linz. A few weeks after his medal on the pommel horse during the World Cup Challenge in Baku, Maxime wins another medal, gold this time, in the all-around. With a score of 84.250 and despite two falls, he won the competition ahead of Norwegian Stian Skjerahaug (84.200) and Hungarian David Vescernyes (82.300).

Credit: FfG
Maxime Gentges continues in the most beautiful way his preparation for the Olympic Test Event in Rio, where Belgium will send a full team, a team that Maxime hopes to join. 

Another test this weekend: the Provincial Championship in Stekene. This competition was an opportunity for the Flemish gymnasts to compete against each other and see how they perform at this point in the season. Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport) won gold in the all-around (83.800) ahead of Daan Kenis (Turnkring De Eik Lommel, 80.300) and Bram Louwije (Turnkring Vlamertinge, 78.850). Jonas Baert (TK Kerels Waasmunsters), Luka Van den Keybus (Gymteam Sint-Niklaas) and Aaron Blomme (Gymteam Sint-Niklaas) complete the top 6.

Credit: Liesbeth Coremans
Siemon Volkaert (GymMax) and Dennis Goossens also competed but didn't perform on all 6 events. This competition marked the return of Kristof Schroé ('t Spagaatje Hoogstraten), recently injured. he competed on 3 events.

The next step for the Senior Men's team will be the DTB Pokal Team Challenge (March 18-20). Team Belgium will consist of Jimmy VerbaeysDaan KenisBram LouwijeJonas BaertLuka Van den KeybusMaxime and Gilles Gentges (Gym Club Malmédy), and Thibaut Hoffreumon (La Courtoise).

Our Junior team was also competing this weekend in a friendly match against France. This competition served as a first test for the European Junior Championships to be held in June in Switzerland. France won the team competition, a point ahead of Belgium (241.250-240.250). In the all-around, France's Baptiste Miette won gold (82.050) ahead of two Belgians, Noah Kuavita (Silok Deurne, 81.100) and Jonas Delvael (Gym Izegem, 79.100). 

Credit: Liesbeth Coremans
Credit: Liesbeth Coremans
Finally, on the girls' side, the competition continues at the International Gymnix. Yesterday, Chloé Leblicq (La Nivelloise) took part in the Challenge Gymnix. She finished in 23rd place in the all-around with a total of 47.875.

The Junior team, composed of Maellyse Brassart (Gym Phénix), Alysha Senders (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw), Manon Muller (Gymplus) and Myrthe Potoms (Gymflex), competed in the Juniors Cup. Belgium ranked 8th with 150.250, in a team competition won by the United States. Individually, Myrthe is 28th, Maellyse 29th, Manon placed 30th and Alysha was 31st. 

Credit: FfG
This competition also served as a test for the European Junior Championships.

The weekend is not over yet. The Seniors gymnasts will compete in the event finals at the International Gymnix.

Results Austrian Team Open here
Results Stekene here
Resultes BEL-FRA Juniors AA and team
Resultes Challenge Gymnix here

Results Juniors Cup Gymnix AA and team

samedi 5 mars 2016

International Gymnix: two medals after day 1!

The Belgian Women's team continues its preparation, less than two months away from the Test Event. After an internal competition, the girls flew to Canada and the International Gymnix. And they already shine in Montreal : two medals, including team gold!

Credit: International Gymnix
Described as the most promising generation that Belgium has ever known, all eyes were on our gymnasts, including new Seniors, Axelle Klinckaert (GymMax), Nina Derwael (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw), Senna Deriks (Gymgroep AS) and Julie Meyers (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw).

Belgium sent 9 Seniors gymnasts to this prestigious international competition. The first team consists of Laura Waem (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas), Gaelle Mys (OTV Nazareth), Axelle Klinckaert and Nina Derwael. Cindy Vandenhole (Vaste Vuist Lauwe), Julie MeyersSenna Deriks and Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht) were part of the second team. Julie Croket (GymMax) competed individually.

Our gymnasts started on vault, where the Belgians all performed the same vault, a Yurchenko full twist, excepted Julie Croket (handspring front pike, 13.200). Axelle Klinckaert got a superb score of 14.275 and took the lead of the competition after the first rotation.

On the uneven bars, Senna Deriks got the highest score for Belgium (14.175), followed closely by Laura Waem (14.050). Unfortunately for Nina Derwael, things didn't go as planned, as she fell at the beginning of her routine. She finished strong with a full-in dismount (13.050). Rune Hermans (13,675) and Axelle Klinckaert (13.725) showed beautiful routines. Julie Croket unfortunately fell on her dismount and only got 11.450. Remember that this is the first time that Julie competes on all 4 events since her injury last September!

Nina Derwael quickly got herself back together after her disappointment on bars and got an amazing 14.450 on beam : side somi, back handspring back handspring layout step out, Gainer piked dismount. Gaelle presented a strong routine with just a small wobble (13.600). Laura Waem keeps going and gets the second highest score for Belgium on beam with 13.950. No fall for Axelle either, just a balance check on her side somi but she fights to stay on (13.725). Julie Meyers (13.025) and Cindy Vandenhole (12.275) both fell, as well as Rune Hermans who still got a 13.100!

The girls finished their competition on floor exercise, an event that the crowd and fans enjoy very much. Laura Waem is the first to go (13.375), followed by Nina Derwael (double pike, two and a half twist, 13.000). Then comes Axelle: double layout, tucked full-in,  double tuck, double pike to finish (14.400). Gaelle Mys got a score of 13.825. She performed a front double twist to a punch front, double back tuck and double pike. Cindy Vandenhole came back strong after her fall on beam and got 12.500, while Julie Meyers came out of bounds. She finished well to score 13.200. Julie Croket had a difficult floor set, as she put her hands down on her last tumbling pass (12.625). Finally, Rune Hermans got a score of 13.450 (double back, one and a half twist to full twist, two and a half twist to finish).

Team Belgium 1 (KlinckaertDerwaelMys and Waem) won the team title with 166.450 ahead of two Canadian teams. Team Belgium 2 ranked 5th (158.850).

Credit: International Gymnix
But that's not all as Axelle Klinckaert won a silver medal in the all-around (56.125) behind Canada's Isabella Onyshko (57.550) and ahead of another Canadian girl, Rose-Kaying Woo (55.225)!

Credit: International Gymnix

Credit: FloGymnastics
In addition to those beautiful results, Belgium also qualified into 11 apparatuses finals! 
Credit: FloGymnastics
Of course, there is still room for improvement on the Belgian side, as some of the girls had mistakes, but those results are amazing and encouraging for what comes next : event finals on Sunday. And a friendly meet against Romania and Germany on April 3rd.

Today, Chloé Leblicq (La Nivelloise) will compete in the Gymnix Challenge competition. Then, Alysha Senders (TK Sta Paraat - P. H. H. Hasselt vzw), Manon Muller (GymPlus), Myrthe Potoms (GymFlex) and Maellyse Brassart (Gym Phénix) will compete in the Juniors Cup competition!

Résultats complets ici