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The more pressure, the better the performance

Nina Derwael writes history

The more pressure, the better the performance

No one in the whole world turnt better at the bridge with uneven shelves than Nina Derwael. We knew that already, but since Friday, the 18-year-old Belgian is also officially world champion. “I felt that the expectations are high layers. That gave extra pressure, but that is still not as great as the pressure that I myself support.’

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Nina Derwael worked her exercise unperturbed. Karim Jaafar/afp

Nina Derwael writes history

The more pressure, the better the performance

No one in the whole world turnt better at the bridge with uneven shelves than Nina Derwael. We knew that already, but since Friday, the 18-year-old Belgian is also officially world champion. “I felt that the expectations are high layers. That gave extra pressure, but that is still not as great as the pressure that I myself support.’

‘Cold-blooded and efficient’

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TurnenWK in Doha

Marc Cornelissen

Doha To now, our country never a lot in the international artistic gymnastics. But since this world cup in Qatar, we are completely on the map. On the bridge, towering Nina Derwael towering above the rest. They were more difficult exercises than the competition dares, gives her an edge. But you need to have those tricks, of course, also gracefully together at the moment of truth. No problem for Derwael: when the pressure is highest, is the best in its top.

Derwael saw her performance rewarded with a top score of 15.200 points – the first Belgian gold medal ever at a world cup Gymnastics. No one came near, also, the American superstar Simone Biles (14.700 points). The German Elisabeth Seitz completed with some 14 600 points to the stage.

“It is however a very stressful day,” says Derwael. ‘This morning I used to wake up than the alarm clock. I normally almost never. I had stress and was happy that I the other girls of the team had to keep me quiet. After breakfast, I started cycling at the gym, just for something to do. I wish especially not with nothing, because then I start to think much.’

‘You must not be influenced by the others and you should just focus on your own exercise. And that was good’

Equally, there was concern when the other seven finalists were warming up, but Derwael in no fields or roads to be seen. A conscious choice. “I’m in my hotel remained, for the same reason: after global warming, you’re three hours with your fingers to turn and then you start to think. Then I prefer to stay in the hotel.’

The eyes of the world were on Derwael that her nails are already gold lacquer. It was also as topfavoriete on the bridge, and was actually only himself to beat. But the student project – and event management didn’t flinch, and worked her exercise unperturbed.

‘You must not be influenced by the others and you should just focus on your own exercise. And that was good. When my two tkatsjevs going well, I knew I was good in the rhythm sat. Only my turn for my dismount wasn’t perfect. I have a little over-rotated, to be sure, but then, I did my dismount, there is still super good uitgekregen.’

“When I had done, I thought that the gold was indoors, but you’ll never know for sure until you have all the scores have seen. Then fell all the stress of my shoulders, a huge relief. I’m the one who supervedette Simone Biles of the gold can hold, additional virtue. It was an honor to be with her in the finals, and they turnde also very beautiful. She is very gentle, full of energy and always happy. That made me happy. She’s come to congratulate.’

Nina Derwael is the first Belgian who has a world title in the gymnastics grabs. ‘There, don’t you think, but I felt that the expectations are high layers. That gave extra pressure, but that is still not as great as the pressure that I myself support. I got heaps of messages and thought “Oh my god, who are all watching”. It seemed as though it was of course that I would win, and I’m glad that I can confirm.’

The gold medal at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, also the best prospects for the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo. Derwael will than 20 years, the piekleeftijd for a gymnast. “That’s still almost two years away and in that time there will be a lot of new talents added. I will have to work hard, because no one stands still and if you on top want to stay, should you also not be stopped. This exercise will be in Tokyo not good enough, it will get better.’

On the bar

Today (Saturday) Nina Derwael one more time in action at this world cup. In the finale on the bar makes them, in principle, no chance at the medals, because they turnt the easiest exercise of the eight finalists. But you never know: the bar is the most indented discipline and, for many, topper goes in the error.

‘Cold-blooded and efficient’

With the proverbial streets ahead took Nina Derwael the gold within. Aagje Vanwalleghem, one of her predecessors, indicates Derwaels power. “She will always remain cool-headed. Undoubtedly, she will stress to know, but they faint not under the pressure. On a technical level, connects them very easily the most difficult elements to each other, making them very low energy loses. That sequence is fantastic in each stabbed by her coaches. An exercise lasts less than forty seconds, but nevertheless, it is important to save energy. Nina only does the hoogstnodige. You see, for example, no excess tussenzwaaien. Very efficient is that, also to points.”

In a field of opdondertjes – a lot of gymnastes are soon fifteen centimeters smaller – cross Derwael head and shoulders above it. “You could have guessed that its length is a handicap, but she has just one asset. It makes her exercises so much more elegant. If she makes no mistakes, scores of them as a result, higher to the jury than its smaller concurrentes.’ (mv)

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