2018 Worlds: 4 individual finals and an 11th place finish as a team!

The women's qualifications took place this Saturday and Sunday. Drawn in the very first subdivision, Belgium had to wait two full days to finally know if they had qualified for any finals. Recap! 

Credit: Rune Hermans Instagram
Even though the day didn't go as planned, with falls on bars and beam, Team Belgium managed to score 158.970 and place 11th, the same position as in 2014 and 2015, and qualified for 4 individual finals! Visibly upset after those mistakes, our girls can be very proud of themselves as a fall-free meet wouldn't have changed much in the standings.

Starting on floor, Maellyse Brassart displayed an entertaining routine, including a full twisting double pike and a double pike (12.833). Rune Hermans, who just came back, got 12.533, while Axelle Klinckaert scored 13.166 for her routine including a double layout, a full twisting double back and a double pike. Nina Derwael got the highest score of the team fer her elegant routine, with 13.266.

Moving on the vaults, the team showed 4 steady full-twisting Yurchenkos. Axelle got the highest score with 13.700. Things started to go a little bit off track on bars, with falls from Senna (11.466) and Axelle (12.033). Rune then managed to go clean and earned 13.000. All eyes were on Nina as she prepared herself for her bars set. She once again delivered and received a massive 15.066!

The team then went to beam, their last event of the day. Maellyse unfortunately fell twice (11.266) and Rune once (11.866). No problem for Axelle with a 13.175. Nina was breathtaking on beam, earning a great 13.766!

In addition to the 11th place finish as a team, which assures them a team spot at the 2019 Worlds, Nina Derwael and Axelle Klinckaert qualified for individual finals. Nina had an amazing qualification round with a 55.564 in the all-around. She not only qualified for the final, she did it by placing 4th, the highest ranking ever attained by a Belgian female gymnast at this level ! She'll be joined by Axelle Klinckaert, who had to wait until the very last subdivision. She placed 27th but will advance to the final thanks to the two-per-country rule, as three Americans, three Chineses and three Japaneses had placed ahead of her. She scored 52.072, a score she can easily improve in final.

Nina Derwael made a statement for the bars final, as she qualified in 1st place with the massive score of 15.066. The closest one was Simone Biles, with 14.866, two tenths behind. Already pointed as one of the favorites for a medal, Nina is now the favorite to win the World title. Icing on the cake, she'll also compete in the balance beam final. With 13.766, she qualified with the 6th score. Known for her bars, Nina has proved to be a great beam worker as well, something she showed the world back in August when she won a silver medal.

Team qualifications
1. United States 174.429 
2. Russia 165.497 
3. China 165.196 
4. Canada 163.897 
5. Brazil 162.529 
6. Japan 162.180 
7. France 161.629 
8. Germany 161.071
11. Belgium 158.970

All-around qualifications
1. Simone Biles (USA) 60.965
2. Morgan Hurd (USA) 56.465
3. Mai Murakami (JPN) 55.632
4. Nina Derwael (BEL) 55.564
27. Axelle Klinckaert (BEL) 52.074

Uneven bars qualifications
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 15.066
2. Simone Biles (USA) 14.866
3. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 14.566
4. Luo Huan (CHN) 14.466
5. Morgan Hurd (USA) 14.466
6. Aliya Mustafina (RUS) 14.433
7. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE) 14.433
8. Becky Downie (GBR) 14.400

Balance beam qualifications
1. Simone Biles (USA) 14.800
2. Kara Eaker (USA) 14.466
3. Zhang Jin (CHN) 14.100
4. Sanne Wevers (NED) 14.033
5. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 13.966
6. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.766
7. Ellie Black (CAN) 13.733
8. Liu Tingting (CHN) 13.733

Competition continues all week long. The all-around final will take place on Thursday at 2pm (Belgian time). The bars final will be on Friday and the beam final on Saturday, both at 2pm. Don't forget that Sporza will be showing the finals live on TV!


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