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 !
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.
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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.
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.
|Credit: Sofie Naert|
Full results here
Videos of the competition here