Nina Derwael

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Nina Derwael
Full nameNina Derwael
Country represented Belgium
Born (2000-03-26) March 26, 2000 (age 19)
Sint-Truiden, Limburg, Belgium
ResidenceSint-Truiden, Belgium
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight46 kg (101 lb)
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior International Elite
ClubTK Sta Paraat Hasselt
Head coach(es)Marjorie Heuls
Assistant coach(es)Yves Kieffer
ChoreographerIrina Shadrina
Eponymous skillsDerwael-Fenton[2] (F): Stalder to Tkatchev with 1/2 turn (Uneven Bars)

Nina Derwael (Dutch pronunciation: [dɛrʋaːl] or [dərʋaːl]; born March 26, 2000)[3] is a Belgian artistic gymnast and Olympian. She is the 2018 World champion and a two-time European champion (2017, 2018) on the uneven bars as well as a two-time Belgian national all-around champion (2015, 2018). She is the first Belgian gymnast to become a world champion.[4][5]

Career[edit]

2016[edit]

Derwael became a senior gymnast in 2016. At the 2016 European Championships, she just missed out on competing in the team final after the Belgian squad placed ninth in qualifications. She represented her country at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she competed in the all-around final and placed nineteenth.

2017[edit]

Derwael found greater success in the 2017-2020 quadrennium. In 2017, she became the first Belgian female gymnast to win a gold medal in the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships by winning the uneven bars final.[6] At the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, she placed third on the uneven bars behind defending world champion Fan Yilin of China and first-year senior Elena Eremina of Russia.[7] This made her the first Belgian female gymnast to medal at the world championships in history. At these world championships, she and Georgia Mae-Fenton of Great Britain successfully competed a difficult original skill (Stalder to Tkatchev with 1/2 turn), after which it was named after both of them in the code of points.[8] She also placed eighth in the all-around competition.

2018[edit]

In 2018, Derwael continued to dominate on the uneven bars, while also showing greater all-around potential. She regained the Belgian national all-around title and medalled on every event individually in March. She later debuted a challenging Nabieva (toe-on laid out tkatchev release) which replaced the Ricna as the new opening of her routine. At the 2018 European Championships, Derwael qualified in second place to the uneven bars final behind 2013 European runner-up Jonna Adlerteg of Sweden, and surprised many by qualifying in first to the balance beam final. Additionally, the Belgium team qualified in third place to the team final but withdrew to prevent injuries to any team members. In event finals, she successfully defended her European title on uneven bars by placing ahead of Adlerteg and Russian national bars champion Angelina Melnikova. She then won the silver medal on balance beam behind reigning Olympic Champion Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands.

Derwael led the Belgian team at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of October. Individually, she qualified to the all-around, uneven bars, and balance beam finals. In the all-around, strong performances on her specialty events resulted in a fourth-place finish, the highest all-around placement in Belgian history. She scored less than a tenth of a point behind silver medalist Mai Murakami of Japan.[9] She entered the uneven bars final as the favorite for the gold medal given her recent European title and the absence of reigning champion Fan Yilin. She delivered an exceptional routine in the final to score 15.200, winning the title by half a point over American Simone Biles while recording both the highest difficulty and execution scores in the final. By doing so, she became the first Belgian gymnast to ever win a world gold medal, making her one of the most successful Belgian gymnasts in history.[10][11] She placed fourth on balance beam to conclude a historic performance for Belgium.

2019[edit]

Derwael competed at the Doha World Cup in March where she qualified to the uneven bar and balance beam finals in first place.[12] In event finals she won gold ahead of Fan Yilin of China and Anastasia Ilyankova of Russia.[13] In April Derwael announced that she would forgo competing at the 2019 European Championships in order to focus on helping Belgium qualify a team to the 2020 Olympics at the 2019 World Championships.[14]

Eponymous Skills[edit]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty Added to Code of Points
Uneven Bars Derwael-Fenton Stalder to straddle tkatchev release over high bar with ½ twist F 2017 World Championships

Competitive history[edit]

Junior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2014 International Gymnix 15 8
Belgian Championships 5
Beaumont en Véron Friendly 2nd, silver medalist(s) 20
European Championships 6
Elite Gym Massilia 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 5
Top Gym 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 14 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5
2015 Belgian Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Flanders Team Challenge 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Youth Olympic Festival 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Elite Gym Massilia 4 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5

Senior[edit]

Year Event Team AA VT UB BB FX
2016 International Gymnix 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
European Championships 9
Dutch Championships 6 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5
Olympic Games 19
Memorial Joaquim Blume 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
2017 France Top 12 Championships 5 6 1st, gold medalist(s)
City of Jesolo Trophy 7 12
European Championships[15] 7 1st, gold medalist(s)
Flanders Team Challenge 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Paris Challenge Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 6
World Championships 8 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
2018 DTB Pokal Team Challenge 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
Doha World Cup[16] 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
National Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Heerenveen Friendly 4
European Championships 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)
Varsenare Friendly 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships 4 1st, gold medalist(s) 4
Cottbus World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s)
2019 Doha World Cup 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s)

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DERWAEL Nina".
  2. ^ "Nine Original Women's Elements Submitted at 2017 World Championships".
  3. ^ http://www.tbilisi2015.com/en/medals/6/4/11/1707
  4. ^ "Flemish gymnast makes history with first gold medal at World Championships | Flanders Today".
  5. ^ "Nina Derwael wins Belgium's first medal at World Gymnastics Championship". 2018-11-02.
  6. ^ "Derwael claims Belgium's first-ever European Artistic Gymnastics Championships gold".
  7. ^ "Derwael on Historic Bars Bronze: 'It's All So Surreal'".
  8. ^ https://www.flogymnastics.com/articles/6014610-nine-original-womens-elements-submitted-at-2017-world-championships
  9. ^ http://www.ueg.org/en/Derwael-best-on-bars,-Biles-miles-ahead-elsewhere-2018-10-28-1800
  10. ^ http://www.flanderstoday.eu/flemish-gymnast-makes-history-first-gold-medal-world-championships
  11. ^ https://www.sportskeeda.com/gymnastics/nina-derwael-wins-belgium-its-first-medal-at-world-gymnastics-championship
  12. ^ "12th FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup Doha (QAT) Qualification Women Uneven Bars" (PDF). Sportlicht Ltd. March 20, 2019.
  13. ^ "Carey wins women's vault title at Doha World Cup". USA Gymnastics. March 22, 2019.
  14. ^ "Derwael and Klinckaert will miss Euros". Gymnovosti. April 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Nina Derwael wins gold in the European Gymnastics Championships". 2017-04-27.
  16. ^ "Box".
  17. ^ "Gymnaste Nina Derwael wint Vlaamse Reus: "Ik ben zelf toch een beetje verbaasd"".
  18. ^ https://www.hln.be/sport/meer-sport/nina-derwael-steekt-voor-het-tweede-jaar-op-rij-vlaamse-reus-op-zak~a985557b/
  19. ^ "Eerste 'prijs' van het jaar voor Nina Derwael: Wereldkampioene wint Nationale Trofee voor Sportverdienste".
  20. ^ https://www.hln.be/sport/opnieuw-een-prijs-voor-nina-derwael-18-turnster-verkozen-tot-sportvrouw-van-het-jaar-2018~a1bc3160/

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