jeudi 30 novembre 2017

2017 Top Gym : Martina Dominici dominates the 20th edition !

Last weekend, the Top Gym celebrated its 25th anniversary and its 20th edition. For that occasion, the Gymnos de Charleroi invited prestigious countries that made history at the Top Gym. 

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
But in the end, it is what we can call a small gymnastics country that came on top, with Argentina's Martina Dominici dominating the competition on both days to win 5 medals !

On Saturday, she won the all-around competition which, for the first time in the tournament's history, had to be organised in two subdivision. Dominici showed great execution and loads of difficulty, to win gold with 52.516. Mathilde Wahl, from France, won the silver medal, thanks to her great work on bars and a beautiful floor routine. She earned 51.149. In 3rd place, we find Kaytlyn Johnson, from the club of Denton, who impressed with her double twisting Yurchenko on vault (50.700).

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
On the Belgian side, our country was represented by Cassia Priels and Isabella Jorio for the Gymnos Charleroi, and by Cato Fleurackers and Lisa Vaelen for the Gympies Keerbergen. Lisa got the highest ranking, with an 8th place (49.482). Cato placed 19th (47.250) and Cassia was 23rd (46.683). Isabella started off really well on vault but looked injured and had to withdraw from the competition while performing on the balance beam.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
All-around results:
1. Martina Dominici (ARG) 52.516
2. Mathilde Wahl (FRA) 51.149
3. Kaytlyn Johnson (USA-Denton) 50.700
4. Phoebe Jakubczyk (GBR) 50.499
5. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 50.466
8. Lisa Vaelen (BEL-Gympies) 49.482
19. Cato Fleurackers (BEL-Gympies) 47.250
23. Cassia Priels (BEL-Gymnos) 46.683
42. Isabella Jorio (BEL-Gymnos) 26.000 (3 events)

On Sunday, Johnson added a gold medal to her collection, as she won the vault title, thanks to her power, and a great DTY, ahead of Dominici and Czech Republic's Dominika Ponizolova, who won the bronze medal just 0.025 ahead of Julia Forestier (France).

Vault podium:
1. Kaytlyn Johnson (USA) 14.550
2. Martina Dominici (ARG) 13.800
3. Dominika Ponizolova (CZE) 13.600

Martina Dominici then went on the win the bars title and add yet another medal to her collection. She took the gold ahead of France's Mathilde Wahl and Romania's Iulia Berar, who won Romania's sole medal at this year's Top Gym.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Uneven bars podium:
1. Martina Dominici (ARG) 12.800
2. Mathilde Wahl (FRA) 12.650
3. Iulia Berar (ROM) 12.400

On beam, Sweden's Jessica Castles came on top to win the gold with a beautiful and difficult exercise, ahead of Julia Forestier from France, and Martina Dominici, winning here her 3rd medal of the day. 

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Balance beam podium:
1. Jessica Castles (SWE) 12.400
2. Julia Forestier (FRA) 12.350
3. Martina Dominici (ARG) 12.150

The floor final promised to be really exciting, with gymnasts such as Zoe Simmons from Wales who showed a double front, or Romania's Silviana Sfiringu who has a piked full-in. But in the end, it's Great Britain's Amelie Morgan who won gold, with a complex yet perfectly controlled exercise. Jessica Castles (SWE) and Zoe Simmons (WAL) picked the silver and bronze medals.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Floor exercise podium:
1. Amelie Morgan (GBR) 13.450
2. Jessica Castles (SWE) 13.000
3. Zoe Simmons (WAL) 12.900

For years now, the Top Gym has been known for is very particular team final format. Two countries are paired and compete together to win the title. Jolie Ruckley and Zoe Simmons from Wales, paired with Mari Kanter and Julie Rottum from Norway won the team gold. Just behind them, we find Great Britain's Amelie Morgan and Phoebe Jakubczyk and Canada's Quinn Skrupa and Lucia Jakab. Martina Dominici, paired with Cassia Priels (Gymnos) and Iceland's Sonja Olafsdottir and Vigdis Palmadottir won the bronze.

Credit: Belgian Gymnastics
Team final podium:
1. Norway/Wales 97.425
2. Canada 1/Great Britain 96.700
3. Argentina/Belgium/Iceland 95.525

Full results here
Pictures are available here.
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dimanche 19 novembre 2017

2017 Elite Gym Massilia: 6th place as a team, 5 finals and a bronze medal for Margaux Daveloose

This weekend, Marseille hosted the 2017 edition of the Elite Gym Massilia, a prestigious international competition that gathered Youth, Juniors and Seniors gymnasts. Our country was well represented and the girls come home from Marseille with 5 finals and one bronze medal !

Credit: Elite Gym Massilia
On Friday, Fien Enghels and Julie Vandamme competed in the Open competition as a mixed group. Fien placed 9th in the all-around with a total score of 49.567. Julie Vandamme placed 15th. Fien qualified for two finals, on bars and floor.

On Saturday, Belgium competed in the Master competition, consisting of the 6th best team plus the two best teams of the Open competition that took place on Friday. Our team was a mix of Juniors and Seniors, with Margaux Daveloose, Julie Meyers, as well as Senna Deriks and Axelle Klinckaert competing, both returning back to competition after injuries that kept them from the sport for quite a long time. Axelle and Senna both made appearances at the Belgian Championships and the FIT Challenge respectively, where they only did one event (uneven bars). But in Marseille, they showed they were on their way back as they competed on all four events.

The team started on vault, where Axelle, who we didn't see compete on vault since the Dutch Open back in June 2016 (!), got the highest score with 13.700, followed by Senna Deriks (13.350). On bars, Senna showed all her talent, scoring 13.450. Margaux hit a pretty solid routine too, earning a 12.150.

Moving on to beam, Team Belgium had some struggles there, Axelle posting the highest score with 11.950, followed by Margaux with 11.900. Senna got 10.800, while Julie earned 11.750. They finished on floor where things got much better. Senna Deriks displayed a brand new floor routine for which she got 12.300. Axelle Klinckaert, finally back from injury, was the last on floor and showed great energy to deliver a piked full-in and a double pike for wich she got 13.150.

In the all-around, Axelle got the best ranking as she placed 10th (50.900). No podium for Belgium but a good 6th place finish. In addition to these results, Axelle qualified for the floor final, alongside Margaux Daveloose in the Junior category, and Senna for the bars final, that took place on Sunday.

Credit: Sofie Naert
In these finals, Fien Enghels placed 5th on bars and 6th on floor, while Margaux Daveloose earned a beautiful bronze medal on this event, with 12.533. Senna missed the bars podium by a bit more than a tenth, placing 4th (13.233). Axelle got a bit of troubles on floor as she finished in 6th place with 11.867.

Full results here
Videos of the competition here

dimanche 12 novembre 2017

Busy schedule for Team Belgium !

The past month has been pretty intense for our gymnasts with several international competition in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Belgium, competitions from which our gymnasts brought back medals ! Here's a recap!
Credit: GymFed
Šalamunov Memorial, Slovenia - 20-21st October 
A few weeks ago, Luka Vanden Keybus, Jimmy Verbaeys, Noah Kuavita and Takumi Onosima travelled to Slovenia for the Šalamunov Memorial, an international competition that gathered Juniors and Seniors gymnasts. This competition was successful for Team Belgium as they won 6 medals ! Jimmy Verbaeys won the all-around title, and two bronze medals, on rings and horizontal bar. Noah Kuavita won the silver medal in the all-around and added a couple of medals, the silver on parallel bars and the gold on horizontal bar! Takumi, who's a first year Senior, was held back by a back injury but still made it to the parallel bars final. However, he didn't compete in order to focus on his healing process, as he'll be competing at the Cottbus World Cup next week.

Wase Gym Cup, Belgium - 27-29th October
The 14th edition of the Wase Gym Cup turned out to be very great for our gymnasts with wins in almost every cathegories. In the Youth division, Dries De Schepper won the all-around titel, ahead of Bram Vanmullem and Biek Janssens, while Charlotte Beydts brought home the gold in the WAG's side, ahead of teammates Keziah Langendonck and Kato De Laet. Registered as competitors for GymFed, they also won the team title in both categories.

Credit: Liesbeth Coremans
The Juniors and the Seniors were competing together in what was an exciting competition. On the MAG's side, Justin Pesesse, Mattis Bouchet, Bram De Ridder and Nicola Cuyle, won the team title for Team Belgium. Justin, Mattis and Nicola also went on the place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the all-around in this competition which served as a selection competition for the International friendly match against the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. On the WAG's side, Sweden Alva Eriksson won the all-around gold ahead of Elze Geurts and Juliette Pijnacker from Amsterdam. Amsterdam also went on to win the team title.

Full results here

NED-BEL-ITA-SUI friendly match, the Netherlands - 4th November
The weekend after the Wase Gym Cup, Justin Pesesse, Nicola Cuyle, Mattis Bouchet, Bjorn Luypaert and Victor Martinez competed in this Juniors friendly match, a selection competition for next year's YOG. The team won a good team bronze, behind Switzerland and Italy. In the all-around, Justin Pesesse was the best Belgian, with a 6th place finish. 

Credit: Mathias Hikketik
Nicola placed 11th, Mattis was 13th and Victor placed 16th for his bery first Juniors international selection. Bjorn Luypaert unfortunately got injured on his very first apparatus, the vault.

Full results here

Swiss Cup, Switerland - 4th November
In the very same weekend as the friendly match for our MAG Juniors team, the WAG U13 was in Zurich for the Juniors Swiss Cup. The team, composed of Stacy Bertrandt, Noémie Louon, Keziah Langendonck, Kato De Laet, Calisse Kums and Jutta Verkest won the team silver, behind Germany and ahead of Switzerland. 

Credit: Swiss Federation
Stacy Betrandt also won the all-around title, ahead of Germany's Aiyu Zhu and Switzerland's Lili Habisreutinger. Noemie Louon wasn't far behind with a 4th place finish!. 

Full results here

Tournoi International of Combs-La-Ville, France - 11-12th November
This weekend, Margaux Daveloose, Julie Vandamme, Fien Enghels (team 1), Jade Vansteenkiste, Noémie Louon and Stacy Bertrandt (team 2) were in France for the Tournoi International of Combs-La-Ville. No medals here for our gymnasts but plenty of experience for the future. Team 1 placed 6th and team 2 placed 11th. In the all-around, Noémie Louon got the best result with a 15th place finish. 

What's next?
* 17-19/11 : Jan Gajdos Memorial, Czech Republic
* 17-19/11 : Elite Gym Massilia, France
* 23-26/11 : Cottbus World Cup, Germany
* 25-26/11 : Top Gym, Belgium
* 25/11 : Future Cup Linz, Austria
* 9-10/12 : Christmas Cup, Luxembourg