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. 

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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).

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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. 

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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

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