At the World Championships in Antwerp, Dutch gymnasts, like their male colleagues, secured participation in the Olympic Games in Paris. They also reached the World Cup final with a record score. Sanne Wevers missed out on a place in the finals on beam.
Weavers, Ithura Thorsdottir, Naomi Visser, Sanna Vierman and Vera van Poel scored a total of 161,197 points as a team. They finished sixth. A place in the top twelve was necessary to obtain an Olympic ticket.
The points total represents the highest score ever for a Dutch women’s team. The record has reached 159,396 points since last year’s World Cup. A record result is also good for a place in the top eight and thus the World Cup final.
Dutch gymnasts are participating in the Olympic Games for the third time in a row. They have also represented our country in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tokyo (2020).
The men’s team qualified for the Games on Sunday. Casimir Schmidt, Bart Durlo, Jordi Hagnar, Laurent de Monk and Germaine Grunberg finished eleventh in the country classification. Schmidt also qualified for the individual all-around final at the World Championships.
Wevers falls short on the beam
For Weavers, a World Cup final on crossbar was not possible. The current European champion and 2016 Olympic champion was just behind with a score of 13.733. It is the first reserve.
There were individual final places for Visser (11th in the all-around, 7th on bars and 7th on floor), Thorsdottir (21st in the all-around) and Ferman (6th on bars).
Furthermore, Simone Biles shines once again. The top American gymnast advanced to the finals on the all-around, beam, floor and bars. It was the best of the best in the first four parts.
Biles, who has returned to the top level after mental issues, really shined on vault on Sunday. She completed the Yurchenko Double Lance, now called Biles II.
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