EC 2018: 5 finals for our Seniors!

In Glasgow, Belgium already made a big impression on the Gymnastics community by qualifying for 5 finals, setting a new record !

Credit : Belgian Gymnastics
The team, composed of Nina Derwael, Senna Deriks, Axelle Klinckaert and Maellyse Brassart, not only qualified for the team final, but also for four individual finals! However, after a lot of thoughts, the technical staff (coaches, managers, medical), in accordance with the gymnasts, decided to withdraw from the team final, in order to preserve the gymnasts for the next World Championships. The main goal is a qualification as a team for the Olympic Games, and it starts in 10 weeks in Doha.

This result, a 3rd place, is still the best result Belgium ever had in a European (or World) Championships and that is something the girls can be proud of. Even though they must be disppointed, you have to have a look at the bigger picture here and think about the long-term goal. And they will have a chance to earn some individual medals on Sunday.

They started the competition on beam, a nerve-wrecking event and often one that is difficult to start on. First to go, Nina Derwael delivered one of the most steady routines we've seen her compete. She got a 13.500 to take the lead, a lead she will maintain all day, qualifying in first place for the event final. Maellyse Brassart will join her in the final. Her score of 13.066 is enough to secure her the 7th place and a final ticket, her first one at this level.

If Axelle Klinckaert unfortunately fell on her Arabian on beem, she redeemed herself on floor. Her now well-known Harry Potter routine pleased the crowd and her great tumblings earned her a 13.400, the 3rd highest score from the qualifications, behind Angelina Melnikova, the reigning European floor champion, and France's Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos.

After a steady rotation on vault with three clean Yurchenko full, the team moved on to bars. Senna Deriks, who's been struggling with injuries lately, did her job. Even if she's not back to her best level yet, her good performance should cheer her up and give her a boost for the months to come. Axelle Klinckaert also delivered a solid routine. Finally, our European Champion Nina Derwael was the last to go. Her nerve caught hup with her, as she made unfamiliar execution mistakes. Visibly upset after her performance, all she could do now was wait, as one more subidivison was yet to come. But the 2nd qualifying score she got with her 14.400 would not change. On Sunday, Nina will have a chance to defend her title.

With a total score of 159.331, Team Belgium qualified for the team final in 3rd place, right behind France (164.063) and Russia (161.462). But, again, the team won't compete in the final. They will be replaced by Italy.

Individually, Nina Derwael will compete on bars and beam. Maellyse Brassart will join her on beam. And Axelle Klinckaert will compete on floor.

Qualified teams
1. France 164.063
2. Russia 161.462
3. Belgium 159.331
4. Great Britain 158.795
5. The Netherlands 158.529
6. Hungary 154.130
7. Spain 153.430
8. Ukraine 153.163
9. Italy 152.763

Qualifications vault
1. Boglarka Devai (HUN) 14.616
2. Coline Devillard (FRA) 14.183
3. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.166
4. Liliia Akhaimova (RUS) 14.016
5. Denisa Golgota (ROU) 13.999
6. Tisha Volleman (NED) 13.866
7. Teja Belak (SLO) 13.816
8. Sarah Voss (GER) 13.799

Qualifications bars
1. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE) 14.600
2. Nina Derwael (BEL) 14.400
3. Uliana Perebinosova (RUS) 14.266
4. Kim Bui (GER) 14.200
5. Juliette Bossu (FRA) 14.166
6. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.033
7. Lorette Charpy (FRA) 13.900
8. Kelly Simm (GBR) 13.866

Qualifications beam
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.500
2. Pauline Schäffer (GER) 13.500
3. Ilaria Käslin (SUI) 13.400
4. Sanne Wevers (NED) 13.366
5. Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.366
6. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.300
7. Maellyse Brassart (BEL) 13.066
8. Vasiliki Millousi (GRE) 13.066

Qualifications floor
1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 13.833
2. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.733
3. Axelle Klinckaert (BEL) 13.400
4. Georgia-Mae Fenton (GBR) 13.200
5. Denisa Golgota (ROU) 13.166
6. Jessica Castles (SWE) 13.100
7. Martina Basile (ITA) 13.100
8. Celine Van Gerner (NED) 13.066

The team final will be held on Saturday at 14:00 (Belgian time) and the event finals will take place on Sunday at 15:00 (Belgian time).


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