samedi 24 mars 2018

Doha World Cup: Gold for Axelle and Bronze for Nina !

Today the Doha World Cup concluded with the last 5 finals. 4 Belgian gymnasts were in contention for the medals. Axelle Klinckaert won the floor gold and Nina Derwael added a bronze medal to her collection on beam !


Credit: Alkass TV
Nina Derwael was the fifth gymnast to mount the beam, right after the two French girls. Apart from a wobble on her side aerial, she showed a clean routine. She scored 13.400 and won the bronze medal. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos was rock solid to win the gold, ahead of her teammate Marine Boyer who was second.

Results Beam final:
1. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.933
2. Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.466
3. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.400
4. Yuki Uchiyama (JPN) 13.366
5. Nora Feher (HUN) 13.066
6. Nagi Kajita (JPN) 13.066
7. Adela Sajn (SLO) 12.100
8. Aneta Holesova (CZE) 11.766

Credit: Thierry Deleuze
Axelle Klinckaert was the third gymnast to go in the floor final. She cleanly performed her tumbling passes and had the crowd in the palm of her hand with her choreography. She scored 13.333. Two more gymnasts matched that score: the Italian Elisa Meneghini and Su Jong Kim from North Korea. Rune Hermans would have beaten that score if it weren't for her last tumbling pass, which took her out of the floor area and out of the medals. Her exercise was nevertheless a pleasure for the eye.

Results floor final:
1. Axelle Klinckaert (BEL) 13.333
1. Elisa Meneghini (ITA) 13.333
1. Kim Su Jong (PRK) 13.333
4. Lara Mori (ITA) 13.266
5. Rune Hermans (BEL) 13.133
6. Taeja James (GBR) 13.133
7. Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.033
8. Nagi Kajita (JPN) 12.666
9. Jinru Liu (CHN) 11.666

Credit: FfG
Noah Kuavita was the last Belgian gymnast to take the stage in Doha in the horizontal bar final. Unfortunately he missed the bar on his kovacs salto and ended up in 8th in his first World Cup Final. The high bar final was won by Tin Srbic from Croatia, ahead of Marvin Kimble (USA) and Deng Shudi (CHN). 

Results high bar final:
1. Tin Srbic (CRO) 14.800
2. Marvin Kimble (USA) 14.533
3. Shudi Deng (CHN) 14.500
4. Edgar Boulet (FRA) 14.400
5. Alec Yoder (USA) 13.600
6. Ruoteng Xiao (CHN) 13.466
7. Ryohei Kato (JPN) 12.866
8. Noah Kuavita (BEL) 12.533

With three medals and 7 finals, the Doha World Cup was a great one for Team Belgium. Congratulations to the team!

Results here

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