homogeneous France was clear favourite in this
||It seems even possible that the
Frenchmen qualify for the final ahead of the Russians.
In front of a high number of fans the team gets
motivated noisily. There are not less spectators from
the Netherlands completely dressed in orange and backing
up their team. And a complete block on the main tribune
is full of women and men swinging red flags with a white
cross, and encouraging their team: The Swiss have sent a
good troop to Ghent, too. There is not that much that
can be expected from the Slovenians. However, plenty
from the specialists on parallel bars and rings, Mitja
Petkovsek and Aljaz Pegan. A Bolivian, a Croat and a
Litauian perform in a mixed team.
Florent Maree, the best of French all around
France commences strongly on vault. Johan Mounard starts with
9.25 points, Cedric Guillard increases with a Yurtchenko-Double
twist to 9,3, Yann Cucherat does the best jump with 9,337,
performing a safe handspring-double front as well as Florent
Maree (9,25). On pommel horse Slovenia remains between 8 and 9
points. The Swiss show solid routines on parallel bars. National
Champion Dominik Däppen draws attention with 9.162. Even though
the Dutch do not show extraordinary performances, the fans
applause every routine noisily. Ivo Bennenk is their best man
with 8.025 points.
The atmosphere is better than ever before. And there is plenty
the fans can applause for. The Dutch celebrate the boys on vault.
Mark von Roon starts with a straight Tsukahara (8.6), all the
others perform Kasamatsus. Herre
Zonderland scores 8.8, Ivo Bennenk 8.975. The spectators with the orange hats jump up at the moment when there is a
9 before the comma for the first time. Indeed, Jeroen Hardon
reached a 9.25 and Peter Geurts even manages a 9.375. The Swiss
fans back up their troop despite a high number of crashes on
high bar. Christoph Schaerer is the one who benefits receiving a
9.525 for a stylish routine with a Winkler as highlight. The
Frenchmen have some problems on parallel bars. Cedric Guille
starts strongly with a 9.187. Johan Mounard (9.35) performs his
routine very confidently - inclusive double somersault and
Tippelt. Florent Maree is doing even better, and gains 9.475.
But both Yann Cucherat and Francois Ruffier have problems and
score beneath 9 points.
The Dutch perform on parallel bars without great mistakes. Their
scores are in the lower part of the 8-area. The Frenchmen are
very nervous on high bar. Cedric Guille is the first to score a
9.125 with a perfectly executed Winkler. Florent Maree reaches
9.375 and Yann Cucherat has to be content with 8.85 after a
badly done piked Stalder. On floor the Swiss offer only average
performances. None of his team-mates scores higher than Felipe
Andres’ 8,925 points.
On floor the Frenchman disappoint enormously. Not even
one scores higher than 9. The Dutch are absolutely happy,
even though they do not score higher on high bar, too.
Both Jeroen Hardon and Herre Zonderland catch their
Kovacs-somersaults. The latter receives with 8,337 the
best result. The Swiss have a successful experience on
pommel horse. All the five gymnasts finish their
routines nicely. „Hopp Schwyz“, as it sounds from
the Swiss block, as soon as a gymnast goes on an
apparatus. Dominik Däppen swings to 9.162 points,
Martin Fuchs does not score much lower. On parallel bars
some difficulties are just missing in the routine of the
Slovenian Aljaz Pegan. Thus, he
receives only 8,812 and remains behind his
countryman and eternal concurrent Mitja Petkovsek. The
European Champion performs professionally and receives a
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Aljaz Pegan appears to be in another world. The front
somersault with ½ turn over the high bar called after him
is done perfectly, then, however, he goes off the
apparatus twice. The dream of a final is over. The Swiss
perform on rings without great highlights. Felipe Andres
is the best with 9.05 points. The Dutch cheer the heroes
on floor. Sensationally, Marc
van Roon even demonstrates a successful
world premiere: A tucked front somersault with
full turn into forward roll. He had handed in this element
to FIG as new element: The Roon-somersault was born!
And Peter Geurts, who twists himself with plenty of turns
in his acrobatic series to 9.212 points, deserves his
applause. The Frenchmen commence unusually weak on pommel
horse. Johan Mounard is the first one to reap important
9.362 with a Tong Fei and a Spindel in the Thomas.
Sebastian Tayac and Francois Ruffier appear highly elegant
and score 9.412 and 9.487, respectively.
The Dutch do quite well on pommel horse, Ivo Bennenk, who
receives a 8.3, is their best one. The Swiss demonstrate on
floor all their abilities: Tsukaharas with two and two and a
half twists or with double somersault. For the latter Dominik Däppen
receives 9.5 points, which is celebrated with cowbells. Andres
(9,2), Sager (9,25) and Roman Schweizer (9,362) are celebrated
by their fans, too. Once more, the Frenchmen do not perform
excellently on rings. But the two 9-scores are enough for the
team, to qualify for the final with a total of 218.5 points
ahead of France and China.
France is able to do more than it has demonstrated. There is
hardly a chance for a medal, but the qualification for the final
is already a success. The Swiss and the Dutch have almost
completely used their abilities and presented themselves
excellently. Both teams can be envied for their fans.
8 teams make the finals!!)