mercredi 29 mars 2017

2017 Sainté Gym Cup: two silver medals for Team Belgium

Last weekend, Saint-Étienne hosted the very first edition of the Sainté Gym Cup, an international competition gathering teams from 9 countries, including France, Spain, Romania, Italy and Belgium. Our gymnasts brought 2 silver medals back home!

Credit: Laurie Photographies
The team qualifications and the all-around finals took place on Saturday. The Belgian team was composed of Senior Julie Meyers and Juniors Julie Vandamme, Fien Enghels and Margaux Daveloose.

As a team, they placed 2nd in qualifications and qualified for the team final, that took place on Sunday. Individually, Fien Enghels was the best Belgians among the Juniors, as she placed 5th, with a total score of 47.150. Julie Vandamme and Margaux Daveloose weren't far behind, as they ranked 7th and 8th. In the Senior category, Julie Meyers scored a total of 49.800 to take the silver medal!

Credit: Laurie Photographies

Juniors all-around ranking
1. Alessia Canali (ITA) 48.950
2. Aline Friess (FRA) 48.500
3. Violeta Sanchez (ESP) 47.850
5. Fien Enghels (BEL) 47.150
7. Julie Vandamme (BEL) 46.500
8. Margaux Daveloose (BEL) 45.700

Seniors all-around ranking
1. Léanne Bourgeois (FRA) 49.900
2. Julie Meyers (BEL) 49.800
3. Grâce Charpy (FRA) 49.050

On Sunday, the four Belgians competed in the team final, where they won a silver medal! In a 4-2-2 format (4 gymnasts on the team, 2 gymnasts compete on each apparatus and the two scores count), they got 94.100.

Credit: Laurie Photographies
They started on bars, where Julie Vandamme unfortunately had to count a fall after one of her grips was misplaced and slipped. The team could then rely on two good vaults and two lovely routines on floor, where our Juniors Margaux Daveloose and Julie Vandamme both competed 4 tumbling passes.

Credit: Laurie Photographies
On beam, Fien Enghels was solid, while Julie Meyers had to count two falls. Nevertheless, their total score of 94.100 was enough to take the silver medal, behind France and ahead of Spain.

Credit: Laurie Photographies

Team final ranking
1. France 101.600
2. Belgium 94.100
3. Spain 93.100

The next competition for Julie Meyers will be the European Championships in April.


vendredi 24 mars 2017

Doha World Cup: 5th place for Dennis Goossens in the rings final !

This week, Dennis Goossens and Maxime Gentges both competed at the Doha World Cup as a preparation for the upcoming European Championships. Dennis qualified for the rings final and placed 5th.

Credit: Thierry Deleuze

After finals at the 2016 European Championships and the Olympic Games, Dennis Goossens once again qualified for a top final, this time at a World Cup. He qualified in 6th place, with a score of 14.633. This Friday, in a particularly tough final, including Ukraine's Igor Radivilov, Dennis managed to place 5th, with a score of 14.500 (6.1D score). 

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
Still rings final standings
1. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) 15.133
2. Igor Radivilov (UKR) 15.066
3. Zou Jingyuan (CHN) 15.033
4. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM) 14.966
5. Dennis Goossens (BEL) 14.500
6. Marcel Nguyen (GER) 14.433
7. Genichiro Kohzu (JPN) 14.433
8. Ibrahim Colak (TUR) 13.800

Also competing in Doha was Maxime Gentges. The Belgian gymnast competed on 4 events in qualifications. On Wednesday, he placed 12th on pommel horse (12.300) and 18th on rings (12.133). On Thursday, Maxime scored 13.600 to place 11th on parallel bars and 11.433 on horizontal bar (25th).

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Both Dennis Goossens and Maxime Gentges will travel to Cluj (Romania) next month to compete at the European Championships, along with Daan Kenis, Jimmy Verbaeys, Jonathan Vrolix and Kristof Schroé.

samedi 18 mars 2017

DTB-Pokal Team Challenge Cup: 8th place for the boys

This weekend, Stuttgart hosts both the FIG Individual World Cup and the Team Challenge Cup. Our men's team was there to represent our country, finishing in a great 8th place out of 16 teams!

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
The Belgian team, composed of Luka Van den KeybusJonathan VrolixMaxime GentgesDaan Kenis and Jimmy Verbaeys, started its competition on rings, where Jimmy Verbaeys earned the top score with 13.750, followed by Maxime Gentges (13.650) and Daan Kenis (13.350). On vault, Kenis and Jonathan Vrolix got big scores for their vault, a 14.500, the highest scores of the competition on this apparatus. 

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
On parallel bars, Jimmy's best apparatus, the young Belgian earned a 14.350. Daan follows with a 13.800. Maxime got 13.000, while Luka scored 12.950.
This competition was also the occasion to compete new elements. Maxime Gentges tried a new dismount off the horizontal bar : a triple back somersault! Unfortunately, he had to put his hands down, but it is promising for the rest of the season (12.600). Daan and Luka both got good scores (13.400 and 13.500), while Jimmy had to count a fall on his Tkatchev release (12.500).

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
In great shape, Daan Kenis got the highest score of the team on floor, with a great 13.950, followed by Jonathan (13.250). Jimmy and Maxime both had mistakes. On pommel horse, the last event of the day for the team, things didn't go as planned, as they all had issues.

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
Nevertheless, the boys still earned a pretty good total of 239.300 to place 8th (out of 16). The team qualification competition was won by Japan, ahead of Germany and Switzerland. The top 6 advances to the final.

Team rankings after qualifications:
1. Japan 247.900
2. Germany 1 245.800
2. Switzerland 245.800
4. Great-Britain 245.400
5. Russia 245.250
6. Spain 245.150
8. Belgium 239.300

There was no individual ranking, but Daan Kenis placed 7th on floor, as well as 1st on vault, tied with Jonathan VrolixJimmy is 9th on parallel bars, and Luka placed 11th on horizontal bar. Maxime's best result was a 18th place on rings.

This competition wasn't perfect, as mistakes have been made here and there. But let's not forget it was the first competition of the season for most of them. Stuttgart was an ideal competition for the boys to try and compete new elements, before they travel to Romania for the European Championships, and Montreal, for Worlds, two competitions where Belgium hopes to shine once again.

Results: here

mardi 14 mars 2017

Top 12 France : multiple success for our gymnasts

This weekend, Jimmy Verbaeys, Nina Derwael, Senna Deriks and Julie Meyers were back in action at the French Top 12, France's championships. This competition was also the opportunity for us to see how our gymnasts would score under the new code of points. Let's have a look at how they did!

On Saturday, Jimmy Verbaeys helped the team from Sotteville win the bronze medal in the match against La Madeleine for the 3rd place. In a very tense final, made of duels on each apparatus, Jimmy Verbaeys looked super steady, hitting 6 routines out of 6. This competition was the ideal way for Jimmy to prepare for the upcoming European Championships. But before that, he will travel to Germany for the Team Challenge Cup in Stuttgart.

1. Antibes
2. Clamart
3. Sotteville (with Jimmy Verbaeys)
4. La Madeleine

On Sunday, Nina Derwael competed alongside the team of Dunkerque, while Julie Meyers and Senna Deriks competed with Saint-Étienne. Nina started on floor, where she unfortunately made a mistake on one of her turns to score 11.466. She then moved on to vault and bars where she hit clean routines, especially on bars, where she presented a brand new combination : Tkatchev half turn to Ezhova. With this new routine, Nina, known for her excellent work on bars, scored 14.400, which was not only the highest score on bars (tied with Alison Lepin), but the highest score of the entire competition. 

She finished on beam, where she unfortunately had a costly mistake to score 12.200. With a total of 194.928, Dunkerque placed 5th.

Credit: Spotlight Gymnastics
Julie and Senna both had mistakes but helped their team win gold. Senna had to count a fall on beam while Julie fell on her whip to double pike on floor and then had to count a mistake on bars. 

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They then presented good vaults. Senna hit a beautiful bars set to score 14.033. Saint-Étienne won gold with a total of 203.528 ahead of Avoine and Dijon.

Credit: Spotlight Gymnastics

Team rankings:
1. Saint-Étienne (with Senna Deriks and Julie Meyers) 203.528
2. Avoine 203.060
3. Dijon 202.795
4. Meaux 198.796
5. Dunkerque (with Nina Derwael) 194.928

Individual rankings:
1. Louise Vanhille 52.898
2. Elizaveta Kochetkova 52.798
3. Jaylene Gilstrap 52.199
4. Senna Deriks 51.798
6. Nina Derwael 51.666
27. Julie Meyers 47.432

Next step for our WAG team is the Sainté Gym Cup (25-26 March) and the Trofeo Città di Jesolo (1-2 April), followed by the European Championships (19-23 April).

Full results: here
Videos: here
Pics: here

Massive thank you to Spotlight Gymnastics for the videos and the pictures!