30. September 2013  
Antwerp, Belgium  
Artistic Gymnastics

PREVIEW: 44th Worlds of Artistic Gymnastics - after 110 years in Antwerp again

44th GYM-WORLDS, Antwerp 2013
When starting on Monday (30 09 -. 06:10) Belgium is hosting a World Gymnastics Championship for the third time in the history. The city of Antwerp, which hosted a first "International Tournament" 110 years ago, which subsequently received the status of the "1st world championships" in 1934, at the 10th Worlds in Budapest, welcomes now about 400 gymnasts from 74 different countries to the second time in history. Also, the first world gymnastics (FIG-) president, Nicolas J. Cuperus, was a Belgian ...

Among the current top-athletes of these Worlds now in the Belgian seaport Antwerp - which are also the 35th women's Worlds - are also many established veterans, including Oksana Chusovitina (38 years) and Mitja Petkovsek (36) as the oldest virtuosos in the world, in a good mix of many new and ambitious youngster on their way to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 ...

* Janssen-Fritsen - Partner of worldwide gymnastics -
supports the GYMmedia coverages since the last decade, but also from the World's competitions in the 'Sportpaleis' of Antwerp this year!

Now draw the Belgian as three-time host by:
After Antwerp "World Championships" justified "unknowingly" with a first international tournament in 1903, they received again in 2001 the world's elite in Ghent in 2001, and the co. Janssen-Fritsen opened there in the top sport hall Vlanderen a new histirical vault era with the new vaulting table "Pegases" :

<< the former gymnastics queen Svetlana KHORKINA from Russia and Marian DRAGULESCU (ROU; photo, left) were the very first world champions in history on this new and official WCh apparatus from 2001 on, "Pegasus".

Kohei Uchimura (JPN): - three times all-around champion, already, at last in Tokio 2011. ... unbeatable?

Then, when the current start list will be announced in Antwerp, you will know more about the constellation of the favorites in the battle for the crown of modern gymnastics in 2013.
  > WCh Entry men's lists  (26.09.)


On women's side, there is always traditional a more stronger cut after the end of an Olympic cyclus:
From AA Olympic medal trio in London 2012 only the bronze Aliya Mustafina (RUS) arrived in Antwerp, however, that the current 2013 Student Worlds and European Champion and the World Champion of Rotterdam 2010.  Overall, you only have 11 London Olympic all-around finalists spotted in the 2013 Antwerp entry list again.
From the last World Cup final Tokyo 2011, even only 6 gymnasts are.
Both, the women and the men, will be a lot of experimenting in this new championship week.
The focus of interest in the Sports Palace of Antwerp should therefore primarily on how to put the newbies and WCh debutants against the incumbents in the scene.
If the exact start lists for all-around and individual devices are published, then you know here also more...

>> WCh, Women's Entry list  (26.09.)

... we will inform you about all facts of membership very soon on our new GYMmedia-Platforms