Today the first Junior World Championships started with the boys qualifications in Gyor. The Belgian men gained important experience and finished in 15th place.
|Credit: Magyar Torna Szövetség - Hungarian Gymnastics Federation|
They started their competition on vault. Glen Cuyle scored 12.400 while his brother Nicola was rewarded with 13.500. Victor Martinez did two vaults. He scored 14.266 for his first one that counted for the team total and averaged 13.599 for both of his vault. With this score he finishes 9th, just outside the vault final and will be the 1st reserve.
Victor also got the highest score on parallel bars. He received 13.441 for his routine. Glen and Nicola added 12.600 and 12.100 to the team total. Victor finished very close to the final on this apparatus too. He finishes 10th and is 2nd reserve for the final.
On high bar things got a bit more complicated for Team Belgium. Glen topped the team scores with 12.166, Nicola received 11.966 and Victor got 11.333 with a fall.
On floor Glen was rewarded with 12.200, Victor scored 12.633 and Nicola got the team's highest score with a 13.166. Glen had some troubles on the pommel horse and scored 9.533. Victor scored a solid 12.200 and Nicola added 11.900 to the team total.
The boys finished their competition on still rings. Unfortunately Victor had to count a fall and scored 10.700. Glen scored 12.100 and twinbrother Nicola finished the qualifications for Team Belgium with 12.333.
The Japanese men dominated the competition by winning the team title and gold and silver in the all-around. In fact, the third Japanese gymnast finished 3rd but the bronze medal went to Ukranian Illia Kovtun because only 2 gymnasts per country are ranked in the all-around.
Nicola Cuyle was the first Belgian with 74.965. Victor Martinez followed closely with 74.573. Glen Cuyle scored 70.999.
The boys might have hoped for better results but they gained a lot of valuable experience for the future. Victor Martinez showed his potential by just missing out two apparatus finals in these very first Junior World Championships.
1. Shinnosuke Oka (JPN) 80.674
2. Ryosuke Doi (JPN) 80.447
3. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 80.264
33. Nicola Cuyle (BEL) 74.965
36. Victor Martinez (BEL) 74.573
Glen Cuyle (BEL) 70.999 (not officially ranked)
1. Japan 162.754
2. Ukraine 159.828
3. Italy 159.179
15. Belgium 152.271