vendredi 26 octobre 2018

2018 Worlds: 19th place as a team, Dennis Goossens 9th on rings!

The 2018 World Championships kicked off on Thursday morning with a two-day qualifications for the men's team. In a very tense couple of days, our Team Belgium placed 19th, while Dennis Goossens came very close of a World's final.

Credit: FfG
Our boys started their journey on the second subdivision (out of 10). Things started really well, with solid performances on vault and parallel bars. On vault, Jonathan Vrolix earned the highest score for the team with a 13.866, while Noah Kuavita proved to be the best on parallel bars, with 13.700. 

The horizontal bar was a rotation to forget, as both Maxime Gentges and Noah fell. Luka Van den Keybus got the highest score there, with a 12.833. The team reacted very well and immediately got to a good start in floor with strong scores from Maxime (13.733) and Noah (13.966). But it's Jonathan who stole the show with an impressive 14.066 !

If you've followed the men's qualifications from beginning to the end, you'd have noticed most of teams struggled with the pommel horse, counting multiple falls, even from favorites. Belgium didn't escape the pommels disaster, having to count a 10 in the team total. Maxime showed he could resist to the pressure by hitting his set, while the rest of the arena was ready to move on to the next apparatus (12.658).

The team finished on rings, with good performances, especially from Dennis Goossens, who got 14.533. With a total of 236.644, all the team at to do now was wait.

After two days of qualifications, Russia came on top. The Russians competed in the very first subdivision and managed to keep the lead all the way. With 258.402, they placed 1st, ahead of China (257.836) and Japan (253.312). The United States, Great Britain, Brazil, the Netherlands and Switzerland will join them in final.

Team qualifications
1. Russia 258.402
2. China 257.836
3. Japan 253.312
4. United States 250.362
5. Great Britain 249.836
6. Brazil 246.961
7. The Netherlands 245.663
8. Switzerland 245.186
...
19. Belgium 236.644

Individually, China's Xiao Ruoteng, last year's all-around champion, leads the qualification with 87.332, ahead of Russia's Nikita Nagornyy (87.098) and Samuel Mikulak from the United States (86.598). There will be no Belgians in the final that will gather the top 24 from qualifications. Jonathan Vrolix placed 32nd (78.830). Maxime Gentges is 42nd (78.082) and Noah Kuavita is 56th (76.599).

All-around qualifications
1. Xiao Rutoeng (CHN) 87.332
2. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 87.098
3.Samuel Mikulak (USA) 86.598
...
32. Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 78.830
42. Maxime Gentges (BEL) 78.082
56. Noah Kuavita (BEL) 76.599

It was very close for Dennis Goossens, who still had a ticket for the rings final until the very last subdivision. He places 9th and will be the first reserve.

The 19th place finish as a team means that our Belgian guys qualified for the 2019 World Championships, that will serve as the last team qualifier for the Tokyo Olympics ! Even though they didn't manage to improve their best result (17th place in 2015), Belgium can be proud of what they accomplished here. 

Tomorrow, our girls will start their qualifications at 8:00 (Belgian time) on floor.

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