Injuries / Road to Rio

Belgium’s Team Woes

Belgium qualified their first team to the Olympics since 1948, and for a while they looked to be outside contenders to qualify into team finals but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.  Their top gymnast, Axelle Klinckaert sustained a knee injury and will not be competing in Rio.  Instead, Rune Hermans will be competing in her place.  To do a review on their D-Scores, I’m using the Dutch Championships that they also competed in.

Rune Hermans 5.0 5.8 5.7 5.4
Gaelle Mys 5.0 5.4 5.7 5.5
Laura Waem 5.0 6.3 5.8 4.7
Nina Derweal 5.0 6.6 5.8 5.3
Senna Deriks 5.0 6.4 5.7 5.4
15.0 19.3 17.3 16.3 67.9

Klinckaert brought a DTY and 6.0 floor which will really be missed on this team which for the most part is just strong on bars and beam.  She also had a 6.4 difficulty on beam though a bit inconsistent they would still most likely have used her there.  If Klinckaert wasn’t injured, team Belgium would be 2.1 points higher in difficulty for a total of 70.0.

Most of their difficulty comes from their exceptional bar work, and a potential team finals rotation for their top three would nearly match the US and Russia on the event.  However like I said, Belgium as a whole has an incredibly weak vault and floor lineup and that really kills their potential for making the team finals.  Do look at the bar finals and expect one of the Belgium women to either make it or be very close to it.


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