lundi 29 mai 2017

2017 Belgian Championships: gold for Daan Kennis and Justin Pesesse

In Libramont, the competition was really tight in the Seniors division, with Daan Kenis being crowned National Champion. Things were differents in the Juniors ranked, with Justin Pesesse easily winning the all-around gold and being closer to an EYOF selection.

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After placing 16th at the last European Championships, Daan Kenis was once again the best Belgian in competition, winning the all-around competition with a total score of 81.300, despite a fall on high bar and a 0.4 penalty on floor exercise, where he stepped out of bounds twice. He got his best score on parallel bars with 14.200.

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In second place, just 0.3 behind Kenis, was Maxime Gentges, who struggled on parallel bars but had a clean competition otherwise, earning his best score on pommel horse with 13.800. 4th at last year's Belgian Championships, Gentges is now back on track, after placing 19th in Cluj last month.

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In 3rd place was last year's champion, Jimmy Verbaeys. Jimmy struggled on floor and vault, where he had to count penalties, but also on parallel bars. He earned 13.800 on pommel horse, his best score of the day, and finished on high bar on a good note, with 13.750. He scored a total score of 79.850.

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Other highlights of the competition include Noah Kuavita's packed floor routine. The first year Senior placed 5th all-around in Libramont. Luka Van den Keybus also showed great things to take the 4th place.

Results Seniors all-around
1. Daan Kenis (Turnclub de Eik Lommel) 81.300
2. Maxime Gentges (Gym Club Malmedy) 81.000
3. Jimmy Verbaeys (Blauwput Omnisport) 79.850

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On the Juniors' side, this competition served as a test for the upcoming EYOF. Justin Pesesse easily won the all-around title, scoring 77.400, ahead of Ward Claeys (73.600) and Bram De Ridder (73.450). Justin had his highest score on vault, with 13.700.


Results Juniors all-around
1. Justin Pesesse (La Vaillante de Tubize) 77.400
2. Ward Claeys (Vaste Vuist Lauwe) 73.600
3. Bram De Ridder (Gymflex) 73.450

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Full results here
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2017 Belgian Championships: Rune Hermans, Julie Vandamme on top

Last weekend, Libramont hosted the 2017 Belgian Championships, an important competition on the way to EYOF and Worlds. For her first competition since Rio, Rune Hermans took the all-around crown on the Seniors'side, while Julie Vandamme came on top in the Juniors ranks.

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Rune Hermans wasn't the only one to make a comeback in Libramont. Maellyse Brassart and Axelle Klinckaert also competed this weekend, after a broken toe and a knee injury, respectively. Note that Axelle only competed on bars. These Championships were also the first competition for Julie Meyers since the European Championships.

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The girls started on vault, where they showed good full twisting Yurchenkos, Maellyse earning the best score with 13.550. On bars, Axelle presented a piked Jeager, a Tkatchev and a full twisting double back dismount to earn 13.650. Julie Meyers started off really well until she unfortunately fell on her Tkatchev release. She scored 12.150. Maellyse had to take an extra swing during her routine but was clean otherwise (12.750), while Rune Hermans performed a piked jeager and a double piked dismount (13.150).

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On beam, Rune was the only one to not count a fall, with a clean set including a backhandspring to two layout step out, a side somersault and a double spin. Rune looked very confident on beam, although she performed a simpler dismount than what she used to do (a double twist, instead of a two and half in Rio) to earn 13.150. Both Maellyse and Julie had to count falls. Maellyse fell on her front somersault mount but the rest of her routine was good, with a couple of wobbles but good difficulty. Julie had a difficult day on beam, falling on her backhandspring layout step out and on her front walkover. She only performed a roundoff to a layout as a dismount (9.950).

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On floor, Rune also had the highest score with 12.750, for her new routine including a double pike, one and a half twist to front full twist and a two and a half twist. Maellyse wasn't far behind, with 12.700 but had to count a 0.3 penalty when she went out of bounds on her double tuck. She performed a clean piked full in, a double pike and a double twist. Julie finished her competition with a good floor routine, with a two and a half twist, a one and a half twist to front piked (out of bounds), and a double pike (11.650).

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Results Seniors all-around
1. Rune Hermans (Gym Haacht) 52.400
2. Maellyse Brassart (Sportiva Sint-Gillis-Waas) 51.050
3. Julie Meyers (Tk Sta Paraat-P.H.H. Hasselt) 47.150
4. Axelle Klinckaert (GymMax) 13.650 (one event)

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On the Juniors' side, Julie Vandamme came in first, with a total score of 49.550, her best score coming on vault (13.250). She placed ahead of Kay-Li De Neef who had a good competition overall, and Margaux Daveloose, who had a difficult day on bars. For the Juniors, this competition was a first test for the upcoming EYOF.

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Results Juniors all-around
1. Julie Vandamme (Turnclub Varsenare) 49.550
2. Kay-Li De Neef (GymKa) 49.300
3. Margaux Daveloose (Turnclub Varsenare) 48.650

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The next competition for our gymnasts will be the Flanders International Team Challenge in June in Ghent!

Full results here
Pictures here
Videos here