5 / GRUPPE 5
some little surprises in this 5th group!!
Verona Van de Leur
Netherlands started well on bars with an
impressive display of the highest difficulty, with their
best result coming from Verona van de Leur who was
awarded a lenient 9,337 for her routine with a
noticeable break on an attemptted shoot to high bar and
a biglunge on her double double dismount. The best
routine was performed by Renske Endel (9,30) both
routines had a 10 SV.
Ukraine confirmed the weak
impression they have made all year with at
best mediocre performance on floor. Natalia Sirenko
opened well with an Arabian double front but fell on her
full-in. Natalia Sirobaba was best with a 8,937 but she
couldn’t stay in bounds while Olga Roshchupkina was a
shadow of her former self, tumbling a double tuck for
her final pass.
was confident on vault, anchored by a great
handspring front pike with a ˝ twist. Lisa Brueggemann
vaulted a Podkopayeva. Germany’s 36,287 was the second
highest total on vault so far.
Happy Netherlands: The highest score on bars
continued to struggle on vault with Sirobaba falling and
Alyona Kvasha landing her McIntosh in a very low squat.
on by a large contingent of German fans that included
injured Dagmar Fhrenschild and junior Camilla Ermert,
Gernmany was consistent on bars with a strong showings
from veteran Gabi Weller (Shushunova; Tkachev; full-in
dismount) and team leader Schweigert. Their start values
of 9,5 and 9,4 respectively kept them in the eights.
The Netherlands had a bye.
Russian trainer Oleg Orlow >>
- living in Netherlands since a very long time - in interview with a
Netherlands radio station Zealand
caused a few surprises when two of their
gymnasts walked off in the middle of their floor
routines. None of them seemed to be injured, leaving the
audience puzzled. There music seems go be longer than 90
seconds, so they just walk off with the music still
Ukraine won some ground on bars
with good routines from Yarosh and Sirobaba. Irina
Yarodskaya is only competing bars and beam to protect
her injured foot.
The Netherlands had to swallow
a fall from Monique Nuijten on her standing
Arabian while Renske Endel and Gabrielle Wammes put in
good performances with excellent form but lacked in
start value (9,2 for Endel which caused some commotion).
Germany had a bye.
emotions for the Germans on beam with two falls from Gritt
Hofmann (tuck jump-front tuck; side somi) and one on her
mount of round off-layout. Lisa Brueggemann and Brigit
Schweigert competed well – nice front pike mount from
Birgit, who lives in England for the greater part of the
year where she goes to school.
Endel had a few problems in her floor routine with a fall
on her second trumble. But her team mates Nuijten, Wammes,
Valentijn and van de Leur put on quite a floor show for
the second highest floor total so far. Verona van de Leur
capped it all off with a super routine that opened with a
piked full-in and closed with a triple twist for a 9,225.
had a bye.
Lisa Brueggemann (GER)
Dutch finished their successful outing on
vault where they continued to impress judges and
spectators alike. When Verona van de Leur’s feet hit
the mat after her double twisting Yurchenko, the Dutch
fans in the arena errupted. The cheering became defening
when the score board showed them in second place in the
team standings behind the USA. Verona
van de Leur moved into first palce in the
individual standings. Despite some small problems they
lived up to the very high expectations people had of
Germany finished well on floor
with another strong and confident showing to put them in
fifth place, a rank very few would have expected after
the disastrous 1999 World Championships. Even Lisa
Brueggemann’s 8,175 after a fall couldn’t stop the
team. Birgit Schweigert was best here with a 8,837 for,
among others, a high Arabian double front. Coming to
Ghent, the German’s goal reportedly was any place
higher than the 15th place they ended up in
problem here. Ironically, the German women will most
likely end up much more successful than their men’s
team that has traditionally been considered stronger.
Nora Schuler / Photos by Don Johnson
Web editor: Eckhard Herholz
the top eight nations are qualified
at the Team final at Wednesday