NOTina Derwael retained her world title at uneven bars on Saturday at the Stuttgart Gymnastics Worlds. Derwael, 19, won with a score of 15.233. Britain's Rebecca Downie took second place (15,000). American Sunisa Lee completed the podium (14,800).
The defending champion, Derwael came in with the favorites, comforted by her first place in qualifying with a score of 15.141.
Biles opened the dance
The final started strong because it was the American Simone Biles, a few minutes after having equaled the record of world medals (23) with her coronation at the jump, which opened the dance. She signed a note of 14,700.
Britain's Rebecca Downie took over immediately after first place with a score of 15,000
American Sunisa Lee (14,800), German Elisabeth Seitz (13,566), Russian Angelina Melnikova (14,733), Chinese Liu Tingting (14,400) and Russian Daria Spiridonova (14,633) failed to improve Downie's rating . Last to compete, Derwael perfectly mastered his exercise. It finished with a score of 15.233, slightly better than that obtained in Doha (15.200) last year.
A new line on the Belgian list
Derwael adds a new line to its list after its world title in Doha last year and its European titles in 2017 in Cluj-Napoca and 2018 in Glasgow.
On Thursday, Trudonnaire took 5th place overall with 56.033 points, her best total overall, she was 4th last year, but with a lower score (55.699). Derwael is also qualified for the floor final on Sunday. Last Saturday, the Belgian Sportswoman of the Year 2018 contributed to the qualification at the Olympic Games of Belgium in the women's team event. The Belgians took tenth place.
NOTIna Derwael will not compete in the floor final of the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha, for which she is qualified. His name was removed from the list of entries published by the International Gymnastics Federation. The gymnast from TK Sta Paraat Hasselt wants to preserve her aching foot for the Tokyo Olympics, she told Sporza's microphone after receiving her gold medal celebrating her second consecutive world title at uneven bars.
"It's cautious for Tokyo," said Derwael, 19. "It was a difficult week, also for my foot. I feel the difference. Before my final of the general competition on Thursday (concluded in 5th place, ed), my foot was ok, but yesterday and today I felt more pain. So we will stop here. This floor final would have been great to do, but I do not really have a chance to medal. I do not really lose anything. I'm happy to be able to celebrate and I hope to return to the gym with a good foot for training. "