EC 2018 : 8th place finish and 3 individual finals for the Juniors !

On Friday night, our Juniors competed in the very last subdivision of the Juniors competition. They did a fantastic job, finishing in 8th place and qualifying for 3 individual finals!

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The team, composed of Justin Pesesse, Mattis Bouchet, Ward Claeys, Liam De Smet and Nicola Cuyle got 229.662 and placed 8th in the team competition. The final was won by Russia (240.961), ahead of Great Britain (240.128) and Italy (237.895).

Individually, Justin Pesesse was the best among the Belgians, placing 15th in the all-around with 76.632. Nicola Cuyle was the other Belgium's representative and placed 26th (74.731). Justin also qualified for the vault final in 7th place, with 13.966. Liam qualified for the rings final (5th, 13.433) and Mattis will compete in the horizontal bar final (6th, 13.000).

Our Juniors started the competition on pommel horse, where Liam unfortunately didn't have the best of days, falling three times (8.966). Fortunately, his score was dropped, after the performances of Justin, Nicola and Ward, Ward earning the best score for Belgium with 12.433.

Liam did much better on rings. With 13.433 he got the best score for the team and also qualified for the rings final in 5th place ! Justin got a 13.000, Nicola 12.733 and Ward 12.433. On vault, only three of our gymnasts competed, as Ward had some issues in training. Justin got the higest score with 14.000 for his first vault, and 13.933 for his second attempt. He qualified for the vault final in 7th place. Mattis and Nicola did their job for the team, getting 13.066 and 13.466. 

On parallel bars, Ward once again got the best score for the team. He received 12.900 for his beautiful routine. Nicola wasn't far behind, with 12.866, and Mattis got 12.533. Justin's score was dropped (11.900). 

Things could have gone better on horizontal bar. Nicola fell on one of his releases, and only got 10.666. Justin and Ward hit their routines, but a lower difficulty and some execution mistakes cost them some precious tenths. Mattis was the strongest one, earning a 13.000. With this score, he also qualifies for the final on Sunday.

The team finished on floor, where all the boys hit. The most impressive performance however came from Justin. His impressive tumbling skills earned him 13.466. He placed 9th on this apparatus and is the 1st reserve. 

Our Juniors thus placed in the top 8 as a team but also qualified for three individual finals! They will be held on Sunday morning, at 11am (Belgian time).

Complete results can be found here.


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