samedi 23 mars 2019

Doha World Cup: Gold on bars and silver on beam for Nina!

Event finals took place on Friday and Saturday in the Aspire Dome in Doha. Nina confirmed her status of reigning world uneven bars champion by winning the gold. She also added a silver on beam to her collection.

Credit: Doha Artistic Gymnastics - Qatar
Nina was third up on the uneven bars. She confidently performed the same exercise she showed at the World Championships last year in the very same arena. She scored 15.033. Her main opponent, the 2017 World Champion Fan Yilin from China was up right after her. Fan showed a 6.5 routine, the same level of difficulty as Nina,  but her execution couldn't match the Belgian's. She won the silver with 14.933. Russia's Anastasiia Iliankova won the bronze with 14.700 (6.3D). 

Uneven bars final results:
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 15.033
2. Fan Yilin (CHN) 14.933
3. Anastasiia Iliankova (RUS) 14.700
4. Jonna Adlerteg (SWE) 14.216
5. Kim Bui (GER) 14.000
6. Martina Rizzelli (ITA) 13.016
7. Yumika Nakamura (JPN) 12.933
8. Diana Varinska (UKR) 12.400

Credit: Doha Artistic Gymnastics -Qatar
Let's not forget the amazing performance of Jonathan Vrolix, who was also competing on Friday. He impressively qualified for his first ever World Cup final in 3rd place with 14.500 thanks to his excellent execution. In the final however he could not repeat his qualifications performance. With 14.033, he placed 6th.

His qualification results gives high hopes for the future and shows Jonathan belongs among the world's best gymnasts on floor. Alexander Shatilov from Israel won the gold, ahead of Rayderley Zapata from Spain and Carlos Edriel Yulo from the Philippines. 

Floor final results:
1. Alexander Shatilov (ISR) 14.633
2. Rayderley Zapata (ESP) 14.433
3. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) 14.266
4. Emil Soravuo (FIN) 14.233
5. Ahmet Onder (TUR) 14.233
6. Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 14.033
7. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) 13.166
8. Chris Remkes (AUS) 4.566

On Saturday, Nina was first up on beam. She performed very confidently and even improved her qualification score by 1 tenth (13.633). The Chinese Li Qi showed impressive combinations of leaps and acrobatic elements. She was unbeatable with a 6.0 D-score and strong execution. She scored 14.333. Marine Boyer from France won the bronze medal with 13.333. 

Balance beam final results:
1. Li Qi (CHN) 14.333
2. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.633
3. Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.333
4. Adela Sajn (SLO) 12.833
5. Aneta Holasova (CZE) 12.800
6. Hua-Tien Ting (TPE) 12.400 
7. Yumika Nakamura (JPN)11.800  
8. Soyoka Hanawa (JPN) 11.466

jeudi 21 mars 2019

World Cup Doha 2019: 3 finals for Team Belgium!

This week, Doha welcomes the Apparatus World Cup series, the 4th of 8th qualifying World Cups for Tokyo 2020. The Belgian gymnasts qualified for 3 finals with impressive results! 

3 gymnasts represented Team Belgium in this World Cup: Dennis Goossens competed on still rings and Jonathan Vrolix on floor, pommel horse and high bar. Nina Derwael competed on uneven bars and balance beam. 

In her first competition of the year, Nina Derwael did not disappoint. She topped the uneven bars standings with 15.033 and will be the gymnast to beat for the gold on Friday. 

Jonathan Vrolix showed impressive work on floor. He opened with a double twist forward immediately followed by a double tuck forward and showed great form overall. He received the highest execution score in an impressive field. He placed 3rd and qualifies for his first World Cup final. Jonathan also competed on pommel horse, where he scored 12.866 (32th).

Dennis Goossens competed on still rings. He was not at the top of his game and finished 16th with a score of 13.966.

On thursday, Nina was the first to go on beam. She did an excellent job and set the bar for the other competitors with a score of 13.566. No one was able to beat that score during the qualifications. 

Jonathan also competed also on high bar. He finished 25th with 12.100.

Nina and Jonathan will compete on Friday at 2pm (Belgian time). On Saturday Nina will compete at 2pm in the beam final.

MAG Qualification results:
1. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) 14.600
2. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) 14.533
3. Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 14.500

Pommel horse
1. Lee Chih Kai (TPE) 15.166
2. Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM) 14.966
3. Kohei Kameyama (JPN) 14.916
32. Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 12.866

Still rings
1. Lan Xingyu (CHN) 15.166
2. Vahagn Davtyan (ARM) 14.908
3. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) 14.866
16. Dennis Goossens (BEL) 13.966

Horizontal bar
1. Tin Srbic (CRO) 14.333
2. Milad Karimi (KAZ) 14.300
3. Alexey Rostov (RUS) 14.133
25. Jonathan Vrolix (BEL) 12.100

WAG Qualifications results
Uneven bars
1. Nina Derwael (BEL ) 15.033
2. Fan Yilin (CHN) 14.900
3. Anastasiia Iliankova (RUS) 14.633

Balance beam
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.566
2. Marine Boyer (FRA) 13.366
3. Li Qi (CHN) 13.300

dimanche 10 mars 2019

Great results for our WAG teams in Jesolo and Canada !

The past few weeks saw both our Juniors and Seniors WAG teams travel abroad for international competitions : the Trofeo Città Jesolo and the International Gymnix!

Credit : International Gymnix
On 2-3 March, Stacy Bertrandt, Noémie Louon, Lisa Vaelen and Jutta Verkest represented Belgium in Italy for the Trofeo Città Jesolo. They achieved amazing results, placing 3rd as a team (152.734), behind Russia (165.234) and the United States (163.899).

Individually, the all-around final was won by USA's Konor McClain (56.167), followed by Vladislava Urazova (Russia, 55.200) and Elena Gerasimova (Russia, 55.000). Noémie Louon was the best Belgian, with a total score of 51.601 for the 11th place. Stacy placed 15th (50.133), Lisa placed 19th (49.633) and Jutta was 26th with 47.666.

Noémie qualified for the uneven bars final and placed 4th with 13.700, just 0.050 from the bronze medal. Stacy competed in the balance beam final but unfortunately fell. She placed 8th, with 11.450.

Credit : Simone Ferraro/FGI
Last week-end, several Juniors and Seniors gymnasts traveled to Montreal, Canada for the 2019 edition of the International Gymnix.

Juniors Stacy Bertrandt, Noémie Louon, Charlotte Beydts and Jutta Verkest competed as a team. Maellyse Brassart, Fien Enghels and Jade Vansteenkiste composed the Seniors team.

Calisse Kums competed as an individual in the Challenge Gymnix. She placed 24th with 45.283.

Our Juniors did a fantastic job by placing 2nd in the team competition, with 154.530. The United States won the gold medal (159.463) and Canada won the bronze medal (154.463). Noémie Louon was once again the most solid among the Belgians. With 52.432, she placed 4th. Stacy Bertrandt earned 50.999 and placed 6th. Jutta got 50.032 for the 8th place, while Charlotte got a total score of 48.265 for the 15th place.

They also qualified for several individual finals, where Noémie proved she was in great shape, earning 3 medals, including one gold. On floor, Noémie presented a beautiful exercise, for which she received 12.966, enough for the bronze medal. She placed right ahead of Jutta Verkest, who placed 4th with 12.933.

Noémie then won another bronze medal in the uneven bars final, with a great 13.400, devancing once again another of her teammates, this time Stacy Bertrandt, in 4th with 13.200. On beam, Stacy unfortunately fell twice, scoring 10.600. Noémie closed her already fantastic day with a stellar routine on beam, for which she earned a 13.200, winning the gold medal !

Credit : International Gymnix
Our Seniors team placed 6th in the team competition with 138.662. Sadly, Margaux Daveloose got injured shortly before the competition and couldn't compete. Fien Enghels also couldn't compete on vault, meaning the team was a score vault short. Nevertheless, they achieved a pretty good result. The team final was won by the United States (165.261) ahead of Canada (155.196) and Australia (154.963).

Individually, Maellyse placed 10th in the all-around, with 51.565. Jade Vansteenkiste got 47.865 for the 19th place. Fien qualified for the uneven bars and balance beam finals. She placed 6th on beam with 11.633, after falling off the beam. On bars, she placed 7th with 12.100, just ahead of Maellyse, who finished in 8th place with 11.700. On floor, Maellyse scored 12.400 and placed 6th.

Next weekend, our MAG team will compete at the DTB-Pokal Team Challenge in Stuttgart. The team will be announced in the coming days. Also next weekend, Jonathan Vrolix and Dennis Goossens will compete at the Baku World Cup. They will then travel to Doha, where they'll be joined by Nina Derwael.

Trofeo Città Jesolo results : click here
International Gymnix results : click here